You want to know the best places to be in a city before you even get there. Life’s too short to end up eating a Peperami in a motorway service station when there’s haute cuisine on the next Strasse.
Luckily, your friends at Copa90 have been about a bit – if you’ve been watching our videos for a while, you’ll know we’re no strangers to foreign lands. We’re going to be putting that travel know-how to good use, and over the next few months we’ll be creating guides to some of the world’s best football destinations – tailored specifically for travelling football fans.
First up, it’s Munich. Home to recent European champions Bayern Munich, the city is a treasure trove of great footballing history – thanks in part to their rivals, the overachieving underdogs of 1860 Munchen.
Allianz Arena – Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25, München.
Much to the dismay of many of the 1860 fans we met, the two clubs currently share the Allianz Arena. If you’re travelling there to watch football from either side, there’s a few bits you need to know.
The stadium is easily accessible by car as it lies adjacent to both the A9 and A99 stretches of the Autobahn motorway. However, the easiest way to get to the stadium is by Metro. Catch the U-Bahn, Line 6 in the direction of Garching-Hochbruck. This takes you to Frottmaning, which leaves you with a brisk 10 minute walk to the stadium – or 20 minutes if you grab one of the cracking lagers for the stroll.
Make sure you purchase an Arena Card. You can choose from 3 prices of €10, €20 and €30. You’ll need this card to purchase beer, food or merch within the stadium, but don’t worry – a refund is also given if you have money left over. That’s German efficiency.
The English Garten – 80538, München, Bavaria.
If you’re an English football fan and you’re on your holidays, you don’t want to be messing with foreign nonsense. A fry-up, a can of shite lager and a nice relaxing place to take your top off and shout at locals is obviously what you’re after – luckily, the latter can be easily found in Munich.
Get yourself down the English Garten for a breath of fresh air, a welcome break from the city and a chance for some top-notch people spotting. We saw a few very handsome canines down there as well, so be sure to keep an eye out if you’re a dog person. That’s a person who likes dogs – not a person who likes dogging.
Marais Café – Parkstraße 2, 80339, München – +49 89 50094552
Marais Café is it a junk shop, a cafe or an all-purpose graveyard for Munich’s tat? Well, West End’s oddest coffeehouse is in fact all three. It’s a must visit if you fancy a coffee or want to buy a present for someone you don’t really know very well, like your mother-in-law. Kai picked up his customary carton of bon-bons.
For us, Marais Cafe was just a nice change for Jason’s face to not be the strangest thing in the room for once.
Mixed Munich Arts – Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 8A, 80333 München.
There’s no better way to get to know a city and its people by getting down with the locals – and if you like a bit of electronic music, the charmingly named Mixed Munich Arts is the place to be.
Munich was never going to have the same clubbing clout as a spot like Berlin, but we were very impressed with the vibe here. If you’re here for the weekend, the unpretentious atmosphere, decently priced drinks and a banging Funktion One sound system make this a must visit for those partial to house and techno.
That’s it from Munich.
If you’re a local or you’ve visited and are budding to share, let us know the spots we’ve missed as this lot is no doubt just the tip of the iceberg.
Also, be sure to check out our Ultimate Christmas Weekend in Munich here: