Adventure in Bavaria and Austria
Most people associate M|nchen (that's Munich to you), with Oktoberfestall the beer, sausage, and oompah-bands you can handle. If you're looking for a truly GORP-y experience, Bavaria's capital works best as a jumping-off point for day trips, with numerous hot spots just a short and affordable train ride away. To transcend the beer-garden variety of outdoor activities within the city, here are two fun options:
See the City by Bike
Check out Mike's Bike Tours (011-89-255-43-988; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.mikesbiketours.com) through Munich. While this is by no means a strenuous rideunless it's blazing hot you'll never break a sweatyou are at least outdoors and astride a bicycle. A bicycle that takes you into beer gardens, no less.
Bikes are everywhere in Munich, so make like a local and pedal along. Designated bike lanes let cyclists really tear along, so pedestrians should cross with care. Rent your wheels from Radius Bikes (011-49-89-59-61-13; email@example.com), located right inside the main train station, for about $2 an hour or $12 per day, plus deposit.
Even though Munich is miles from saltwater, those with a jones for waves can head to the Isar River, which bisects the heart of the city. An artificial rise in the riverbed creates a wave surfers ride back and forth, rocking their boards to stay atop the swell. Eventually, the river pushes them over the crest, and they are swept along with the current. I overheard one local say the record is 40 secondsgrab a board and see what you can do.
For more information:
Munich Tourist Office
Sendlinger Str. 1
011-49-89-233 03 00
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication