Other parts of my trip report can be found at these links:
Part 1: Budapest: https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/3-weeks-in-east-central-europe-part-1-budapest
Part 2: Vienna: https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/3-weeks-in-east-central-europe-part-2-vienna
Part 3: Prague: https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/3-weeks-in-east-central-europe-part-3-prague
Part 4: Castle Hluboka, Divci Kamen, and Cesky Krumlov: https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/czech/3-weeks-in-east-central-europe-part-4-castle-hluboka-divci-kamen-and-cesky-krumlov
Part 5: Salzburg: https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/trip-reports/3-weeks-in-east-central-europe-part-5-salzburg
We arrived in Munich and figured out how to take transit to our hotel, the Munich Hilton Englischer Garten. After getting settled, we decided to take a walk through the gardens. It was a very hot weekend afternoon, and the gardens were filled with people enjoying the day.
We first followed the main road to the Chinesischer Turm that we’d passed on the way to the hotel. This turned out to be the site of a large beer garden. I was fascinated to watch one fellow carrying four huge glass steins, two in each hand, while he pedaled a bike through the crowds.
I don’t care for beer, so we kept walking. We passed some lovely duck ponds and stopped to buy ice cream. We followed a path that brought us around by the tower again, and we passed it and explored the other side. Here, dozens, maybe even hundreds, of people were sunbathing—some nude (males) and some not. At the edge of the gardens, we came across a little canal where some people were dabbling their feet. This looked appealing, and we did the same before exiting the gardens.
We came upon the Bayerisches Museum, and there seemed to be something happening in the courtyard there, so we poked our heads inside. Apparently it was some kind of special weekend. It was getting to be too late to go into the exhibits (unfortunately), but there was food and drink for sale in the courtyard. We were hungry, so we checked it out. They were serving wonderful sausages, salad, and beer or water at very reasonable (for Munich) prices. (I think it was 5 Euros a plate, including a drink.) So we stopped for a bite, and it was great to have a crisp, green salad on a hot day.
We walked along further and ended up at the Angel of Peace monument and fountain. After exploring around there for a while, we walked along the river, looking at the architecture, until we got back to our hotel.
Our hotel had a spa in it with a cool pool with jets and bubblers, a sauna, and lounge chairs. We took advantage of the pool at the end of a hot and tiring day. It was great!
The next morning, we headed to Marienplatz, intending to see the Glockenspiel. We had a lovely breakfast at a café on a raised deck and finished with about 25 minutes to spare before the Glockenspiel time. However, it took so long to get our bill and pay it that we just missed the Glockenspiel. So, we decided to head over to the Residenz and see the Glockenspiel another time.
We arrived just as the Residenz was opening. It was amazing—room after room of treasures. Again, there were bridal couples having photos taken in the spectacular Antiquarium—a huge hall filled with priceless antique sculptures.