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We arrived in Munich on our EasyJet flight from London Gatwick to Munich late at night. We took the S-bahn to our stop at Ostbanhof and walked to the Residence Inn Munich City East. We made sure we had a good night’s rest so we could spend a full day at Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the highlights of our trip!
Review of Residence Inn Munich City East
We spent 40,000 Marriott points and 1 free Megabonus night for a total of 3 nights. Paid rates for the hotel were 199 Euros per night! At over one cent per point, this hotel is definitely a Marriott Rewards sweet spot (however, it’s been raised to Category 5, 25,000 points).
The hotel felt brand new and spotless. Upon check-in I asked if we could stay in the same room for 3 nights, and the night clerk responded yes. However, the next day we were informed we would have to switch rooms! We were not happy, but we were upgraded to a bigger room. I’m not really a good complainer, but now that I think about it, I should have asked for some free points or something. We did get a 1 Euro food voucher (wow thanks!) and two slices of tasty cheesecake and fruit to make up for it.
Breakfast was served downstairs and was free to all people staying at the Residence Inn Munich City East. It was quite crowded, but there were lots of food selections. Can’t believe it was free for all members staying here. Probably one of the best Marriott breakfasts I’ve had hands down.
Enjoying Munich and Neuschwanstein Castle
Our time spent in Munich was awesome! We stayed for 3 nights and had two full days in Munich. However, one of the full days we spent on a tour to Neuschwanstein Castle through Mike’s Bike Tours. The full day tour of biking, hiking, and sight seeing only cost 49 Euros per person (additional 11 Euros for castle tour), which included the 1.5-2 hour bus ride each way. The price was quite reasonable with all the activities planned. The great part of using points and miles for our flights and hotels is that we had some extra spending money for activities such as this!
We begun the day by meeting at their shop near the famous Hofbrahaus. The bus ride to the castle was uneventful until we arrived near the mountain. Green pastures and mountains, beautiful!
We started the day with a bike ride around Swan’s lake for about an hour. The scenery was quite amazing and people even swam in the lake for a bit. Afterwards, we ate lunch at a nearby restaurant and then rode the alpine slide. A very fun experience!
Here is my amateur video of the alpine slide. I put some cheesy background music, maybe some will find it entertaining:
The highlight of the day was hiking to Mary’s bridge and getting the best view of Neuschwanstein Castle. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen in my life.
The castle tour was interesting, but only about 20 minutes. If I came only for the castle tour, I would have been disappointed. We could not take any pictures inside, but we could take pictures from the balcony.
The other full day was spent exploring Munich and the Dachau concentration camp. The Dachau concentration camp was definitely a sobering experience.
We had a great stay at the Residence Inn Munich City East at an excellent rate on points. It was nice getting out of the city and exploring Germany’s countryside. It was a great change in scenery from the hustle and bustle of London. German transportation is very efficient and rarely delays. Why can’t public transportation in US (especially Los Angeles) be as efficient?