One of the most popular search terms in reference to Munich is: Sunday shopping. Why? New comers to the city and a few of the old ones do not know or still cannot believe that the stores in Munich are not allowed to open on Sundays.
Sunday is Ruhetag in Germany and aside from the churches, gas stations, gyms and a few restaurants and cafes, the rest of the local business are closed. Of course there is an exception to this rule: the Mini Markt, which is a mini supermarket located in the Hauptbahnhof and the Edeka at the airport. To know more, check the: The Grocery List - The Einkaufsliste 1/2.
I understand the rationale behind this German restriction, although every Sunday when I run out of milk, I wish I lived somewhere else where the shops open seven days...
As a consequence, part of my every week routine is to come up with a plan for Sundays, so I do not just stay at home, cleaning, ironing or worse in front of the TV. The fact that the stores are closed (and the German weather) discourages me most of the time from going out on Sundays.
Over the past year and thanks to the great people that I know in Munich, I have found amazing plans for the (boring, at first sight) Sunday. Do you want some examples: sledding and cinema in winter; biking along the river or the park; sitting in a rooftop for a nice lunch or a drink; registering for a weekend seminar on my favourite hobby at the Volkshochschule and barbecue and sunbathing in summertime.
Besides all these, I was missing a super plan for Sundays: a museum tour with brunch. To know more about the museum scene in Munich, check: it is culture time!.
Also check this video from the Deutsche Welle featured in the German newspaper Die Welt: Tour durch die Museumlandschaft in München. It is in German, but well and slow spoken. Besides even if you do not get the words, the images are very descriptive because you get to peek inside the most popular museums in Munich.
This super plan for Sunday includes a visit to the Alte Pinakothek (from minute 1.13 in the video) and the Neue Pinakothek (from minute 3.08 in the video), both in Barer Strasse, 27. On Sundays the access to their permanent collection cost 1€ each. Before or after you learn enough about past and contemporary artists, go for a brunch at the Cafe Klenze (inside the Alte Pinakothek), part of the Victoria House chain of cafes and restaurants, which for me, means great coffee and better breakfast!.
I was there a couple of weekends ago. They open at 10am and 15 minutes later it was almost impossible to find a table! The photo only shows the bar at the entrance, but it also has a large dinning room with tables in the inside.
And finally, I would also recommend that you check the following online guide from the Süddeutsche Zeitung on suggestions for breakfast and brunch in Munich, where you can find alternatives to having breakfast in the Alte Pinakothek in case it is far away from you or it is packed when you get there.
What are you doing this Sunday?
Sledding in Spitzingsee
Munich: going to the movies in English
Rooftops and weather in Munich
It is culture time!
Biking in Munich
The River Isar