I was on a business trip in Germany and happened to stay in a small town called Ismaning. I arrived at Munich International Airport (MUC) and bought a S-Bahn ticket to Ismaning. Destination: Hotel Zur Muhle. After a 12 hour plane ride and not much sleep, I was ready to go freshen up and catch some sleep.
On the train to Ismaning, my first thought was, “Wow, this is out in the boondocks.”
My second thought was, “This is quite beautiful, it reminds me of growing up in Sonoma County, in Northern California.”
Ismaning is a charming town. It is extremely clean, quiet, and has character. It also has an S-Bahn station, so you’re only a 20 minute train ride to beautiful Munich, Bavaria’s capital. It was only a 10 minute walk from the train station to the hotel–very convenient.
Thoughts on Hotel Gastoff Zur Muhle
The hotel is a family run establishment, and it is very nice. The rooms are small, but very clean and they have everything you’ll need, including a nice shower with good water pressure. The hotel also has a nice restaurant and a large outdoor biergarten.
Dining recommendation: for about 10 Euros, don’t miss out on trying the pork knuckle. It is a typical Bavarian dish, and believe me, it tastes better than it sounds. It comes with 2 fluffy potato dumplings and a side of kraut (cabbage salad). The skin of the pork knuckle is crispy, but the inside meat is tender and moist. A very satisfying meal–it is quite an accomplishment to actually finish it. Of course, any meal should be accompanied by a tall glass of tasty German beer.
Breakfast: Breakfast is included in the cost of the room. I gravitated to the delicious pretzel bread, and to the cuts of cold meat and various cheeses. You are not going to find bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage, etc, but you won’t miss it. A nice slice of bread sprinkled with olive oil along with tomato and fresh mozarella is a wonderful breakfast. Plus the cheeses are great.
I recommend this hotel if you are planning to come to the Munich area and don’t necessarily want to be in the big city. As stated above, this is a nice, quiet alternative that is charming, but close enough to Munich’s wonders because of the S-Bahn (train). An all day S-Bahn ticket will cost you 7 Euros.
Drawbacks: No air conditioning. If it is hot during your visit, ask the front desk for a fan.
Tip: if you fail to bring a European outlet converter, ask for one at the front desk.
Extra Tip: if you want regular bottled water as served in America, ask for “still” or “no gas” water. Otherwise, the default is mineral water in a little glass.