How to Travel Munich & Vienna in One Week: A Day-By-Day Inside Look

How to Travel Munich & Vienna in One Week: A Day-By-Day Inside Look

One of the things I want to do more of is travel. So when my friend Kelly and I were talking about Memorial Day plans, we quickly starting thinking about taking advantage of the holiday and heading to Europe. After we found a reasonably priced ticket to Munich, there wasn’t much holding us back!

Below is an overview of our trip by day. If you’re planning a trip to either Munich or Vienna, or you’re just curious, this post is for YOU:

Day 1
We spent the first real day in Munich doing a LOT of walking and getting a feel for the city, walking around and exploring. I highly suggest making Marienplatz your starting point for getting to know the city as well. (There’s a cute market close by here called, Viktualienmarkt, which I stumbled upon that I recommend.)

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Excited to begin exploring!

Our main destination, however, was the Munich Residence, which is the biggest inner-city palace in Germany and was the seat of residence/government to the Bavarian rulers for over 400 years. It truly is a sight to be seen and I recommend putting it on your shortlist.

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A hall in the Munich Residence called the Antiquarium
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We’re already making friends!

We walked a TON so we carved out time for a mid-day regroup/siesta session before heading to Museum Brandhorst, a modern art museum. We ended the day drinking steins and people watching in Marienplatz.

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This is me, casually standing outside the museum

Day 2
In the morning we headed to St. Peter’s Church and climbed 14 flights of stairs (!) up the tower. It was a HIKE, but we had seriously incredible views of the city that made it totally worth it. Pro tip: get there right when it opens and beat the crowds for the climb. Kelly and I did (by accident!) and it was such a blessing – we flew up and didn’t realize how lucky we were. By the time we were heading down, a bottleneck formed on the narrow stairs, which made the experience more difficult for those just starting.

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In the afternoon, Kelly and I hopped on a train to Lenggries and went PARAGLIDING. I’m a big baby and was seriously concerned if I’d have the courage to do it, but the instructors were AMAZING and I was able to get off the ground. I’m so happy I did because this was easily a highlight of the trip. Seeing Germany from 2000 ft. up is absolutely breathtaking. I had a big smile plastered on my face the entire time. I can’t recommend this experience enough.

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Kelly’s ready to FLY
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In action! The views were UNREAL

Day 3
This day was jammed packed, trying to squeeze in all Munich had to offer before heading to Vienna. In the morning, we headed to the “Siegestor,” the triumphial arch/victory gate built for the Bavarian army.

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We had breakfast at one of the cutest restaurants ever – Café Queen 43, before heading into the famous Englischer Garten (English Gardens). Pro tip: if you head towards the Haus der Kunst Museum, you can find people surfing (!) on a standing wave on the Eisbach, a man-made river that runs through the English Garden.

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Doesn’t this place look like it could pass for Hawaii? Because I feel like it could 100% pass for Hawaii. (It’s the English Garden though!)
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Surfing! Can you believe it?

After a quick siesta (notice a theme?), we headed to the Hofbräuhausa very popular beir garten in Munich, for a stein. This place was AWESOME and out of all the pretzels I ordered in Germany, my favorite was the one I ate here (see picture of aforementioned pretzel below).

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#GirlswithGluten
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Last day exploring Marienplatz

Day 4
We spent most of the morning on a train to Vienna, and arrived around 2pm. Our AirBnB in Vienna was PERFECT. It was in a very hip, very vegan-friendly part of the city. I couldn’t believe that right across the street there was a pizza shop that served vegan cheese and a dairy-free ice cream shop called “veganista.” It also happened to be a stones throw away from MuseumsQuartier, which is overflowing with museums, cafes, restaurants and bars, so we were able to drop our bags and have an afternoon.

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While it was SO hard to decide which museums/places to see (there are seriously so many), we hit up Kunsthistorisches Museum because it was close by and we both like #art. In the evening we headed to 25 Hours Hotel for a rooftop view of the city and a killer sunset.

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The Kunsthistorisches Museum
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Outside our AirBnB
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25 Hours Hotel Rooftop View & Vino

Day 5
The next day got up early and headed to Schönbrunn Palace, Austria’s most frequently visited tourist attraction and a Cultural World Heritage Site. The massive 1,441-room Baroque palace served as the imperial summer residence for the Habsburgs between 1569 and 1918. Even though it’s a little out of the way, it’s worth the trip – trust me. Because it’s so popular, there’s typically an hour + wait time to view the palace, but that gives you time to explore the gardens, which are breathtaking.

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Touring the gardens with Hilltop the triumphal arch, call the Gloriette, behind us
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Eating in the Cafe in the Gloriette before going into the Palace
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Stoping to smell the roses 🙂

After the Palace, we explored the city a little more, walking through Volksgarten (a beautiful public park) while on our way to shop to in the first district (near Stephansplatz). I had a lot of people tell me to hold the trip shopping until Vienna and I’m SO glad I listened.

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In the Volksgarten
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Seriously, HOW pretty is Vienna?!

We had such big day that we lost track of time and shopped a little too long. But, we just couldn’t end our one full day in Vienna without at least trying to go to the State Opera House. After a very quick turn around and DASHING to the theater, we found out there were only 2 open seats left to see Samson and Delilah. What are the odds of that happening? It was a sign!

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Totally candid shot of me on the State Opera House Stairs
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Free opera viewing outside the State Opera House

Day 6
In the morning, we headed to the train station to store our bags since we had to check out of our AirBnB early, then spent the rest of the day doing last-minute gift shopping before taking the train back to Munich. We paid a little extra to have assigned seating on the train, which paid off on the trip back. Once we arrived in Munich, we headed to our hotel near the airport, which was the perfect way to close out the trip.

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The last coffee
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Final day shopping successes

My Secret to Giving Really Cool Gifts

My Secret to Giving Really Cool Gifts

A few months ago my friend Blake created IGiveCoolGifts, and it’s been voted the best gift guide on Internet.* I love this site because I genuinely think a fun or thoughtful (bonus points for both!) gift goes a long way.

If this is your first time hearing about IGiveCoolGifts, I suggest you sit down, buckle up, and get ready to fall into a black hole exploring the site. Do you like Netflix? Check out the binge watcher section. Do you eat food? You’re gonna want to explore the foodie section then. Do you have a mom? Mother’s day is coming up (May 13th!) and – don’t worry – there’s a gift guide for that.

I love this site because it’s so easy. Blake’s already curated some of the coolest items the web has to offer to give as a present. Or, maybe just buy for yourself – I won’t tell. 🙂

Here are some of the items that caught my eye:

My Favorite Finds

Wine Stopper With Date Marker | Travel Mug Iced Coffee Maker | Geometric Desktop Planter Vase | Matching Human/Dog Hawaiian Shirts | The Chambong | Anywhere Travel Guide

Just For Fun

Wine Bottle Flasks & Cups | Dog Selfie Stick | Drinko Drinking Game | Sushi Making Kit | Sriracha2Go Keychain Bottle Pack |Hipster Reagan Print 

Notable Mentions:

Adidas Yoga Mat by Stella McCartney | Good Vibes Earrings | Guzzle BuddyFloral Hanging Cosmetic Bag | Donut Popsocket | Frozen Healthy Dessert Maker

Shop all my favorites here

 

*electorate consisting of me and everyone I know.

The Dress & Jacket I Just Can’t Get Enough Of

The Dress & Jacket I Just Can’t Get Enough Of

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I’m back from my weekender on the Eastern Shore with Dex feeling refreshed and ready to carpe the diem (seize the carpe). On Saturday night, Dex and I went to the Stars Restaurant at the Inn at Perry Cabin for dinner, which is located in St. Michael’s. For those of you that may not be from DC or Maryland, the Inn at Perry Cabin is stunning and a good portion of the movie Wedding Crashers was filmed there. (Think: “The painting was a gift, Todd.”)

To dinner, I wore a this LIKELY dress that I’m low-key obsessed with. The cut and shape are making it my new favorite desk-to-drinks option. (Here, we see it shining in the “drinks” department.) The dress color is perfect for spring. It’s technically called “Twilight Mist,” but I’m calling it lilac because that’s extra, even for me. I got the dress from Bloomingdales for $168, but because I love it so much I just ordered it again in a “English Manor.” I got smart this time though and snagged it on sale at Neiman Marcus for only $100. Bloomies has way more color/size options, but NM is obviously cheaper – so whichever works for you! For reference, I’m wearing a size 4. I sized up after reading the reviews and am so happy I did! It definitely runs small.

To stay warm, I also have on this oversized duster coat from Missguided. I’m wearing the nude color, but, again, I fell in love and stocked up on a variety colors. The fit is just too good. Plus, each duster is only $34 (!) and Missguided frequently runs large discounts. As I write this, everything on the site is 50% off with the code: gobabe.

Outfit Recap:

 

A Saturday in Annapolis

A Saturday in Annapolis

Last weekend Dex and I headed up to Annapolis to watch the annual Navy – St. John’s croquet match and visit his college friends. We lucked out because it turned out to be a incredible spring day.

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Finally, a frameable photo together!

For anyone who hasn’t been to Annapolis, it’s a cute cobblestone city (the capital of Maryland, too!) on the water. I highly recommend making the trip from DC, because it’s about an hour away give or take.

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I wore this by the way. Aubrey Off Shoulder Dress the spring day event. And while I got a lot of compliments on this dress, I wish I could say it was the best dress ever. Truth is, I bought this dress a few months ago and had every intention to return it. Even though I liked the style of the dress (that OTS situation is killer), the material is very thin, has little give, and feels cheap. Honestly, the only reason I didn’t ship it back was because I was lazy and just didn’t get to it in time.

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All that being said, I was thanking my lucky stars now that I had this dress in the back of my closet – tag still on and everything (!) – for me to bring to Annapolis, just in case. Despite the fabric, I do love the color, clean lines, and simplicity of the dress, which gives it a tailored look and feel. The dress is sold out in light blue, but pink is still available! For reference, I’m wearing a size XS. I paired the dress with a hat I got at TJMaxx.

Dress: by the way. Aubrey Off Shoulder Dress ($72)

 

The weird way I organize my closet & why it works

The weird way I organize my closet & why it works

My Closet Organization (1)

I’ve always struggled with finding the right system to organize my closet. Sorting by category, occasion, color, you name it – I’ve probably tried it. And what I found was, despite the pros, none of these approaches matched up with how I got dressed.

Almost inevitably, trying to find something to wear meant clothes all over the floor, while I went through various options.

Frustrated by this, I started thinking about what wasn’t working and why:

  • Sorting by category (e.g. dresses, sweaters, tops) led to cocktail dresses organized with work dresses organized with casual day dresses; short sleeved sweaters organized with long sleeved sweaters; long sleeved shirts organized with blouses organized with tank tops.
  • Sorting by occasion was messy because there was too much crossover – where is the line between a cocktail dress and a work dress? Yes there is a definitely a difference, but where the gravel met the road too many pieces fell in between. And the same was true for tops and pants. While some items are clearly one occasion and one occasion only, the majority of my clothes are versatile enough that they could be worn for many occasions.
  • Sorting by color was visually very satisfying, but ultimately gave me a false sense of order. I liked it because there is something nice about seeing everything in my closest grouped by color and it was relatively easy to “restock” my closet after laundry day, but I found that the color of my clothing is never that important to me when I am deciding what to wear.

So I decided to organize my closet by my arms.

I know it sounds weird, but I found sleeve length is a major factor for me when I approach getting dressed. Long sleeve? Short sleeve? Strapless? Do I want to show my arms? Hide them? These are the real questions going through my mind when I’m deciding what to wear – not what color my dress is. If it is a very cold day, long sleeve it is. If it is a very hot day, I usually like to wear off-the-shoulder, spaghetti string or sleeveless. If it’s a work day, usually short sleeve or long sleeve.

This is how it works in action:

  • All items that relate to my arms (dresses, rompers, jumpers, tops, jackets, and cover ups) are hanging
  • I have these items organized into have two major buckets: “full outfits” and “half outfits.”
    • “Full outfits” are dresses, jumpers, and rompers – basically whatever is a one and done deal when getting dressed
    • Half outfits are tops, jackets, and cover-ups or anything that needs one or more items to make a full outfit
  • All “full outfits” are grouped together and all “half outfits” are grouped together. My closet is a small walk-in, so I have full outfits hanging on the left, half outfits on the right.
  • Then, I group by sleeve style: strapless, spaghetti string/halter, sleeveless (thick, non-spaghetti), short sleeve, off-the-shoulder short, off-the-shoulder long, long sleeve.
  • Length of the item does not matter. Meaning, there is no difference between a fancy spaghetti string maxi dress and a casual spaghetti string romper, for example. Similarly, there is no difference between a short sleeve crop top and a short sleeve tunic.
  • Finally, I organize these by color: white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, grey, and black.
  • Folded, I have my bottoms (pants, shorts, and skirts) on the shelf above my “half outfits.”

Organizing my closet by how I approached getting dressed has exceeded my expectations. While there are some issues, so far it has worked out the best out of all the methods I’ve tried.

How do you organize your closet? Is there a method that works for you?