So anyway, even though I don’t really travel roughin’ it style anymore, my long history as a super extreme budget traveller does allow me to design excellent budget itineraries. So, if you want to visit Munich, but unfortunately don’t have the budget to eat at good restaurants, or visit the expensive tourist sites, here is what I recommend:
If your hostel or hotel has a free breakfast, then awesome, fully partake in that. Better yet, make yourself an extra sandwich and smuggle it out for later. If you need to scout out some breakfast, your best bet is one of the many bakeries around town for a pastry or breakfast sandwich. For a good, affordable chain bakery I recommend Rischart. With locations at Marienplatz, the Viktualienmarkt, and at the Hauptbahnhof (among others), it is extremely convenient. You can find all sort of options in the 2 – 4 Euro range.
After breakfast, ride the tram out to the Nymphenburg Palace and take a walk or a jog around the palace grounds. It's kind of like a mini Versailles in Munich, and the grounds are beautiful and open to the public. If you have the time, walk back along the canal in front of the Palace in the direction of the Ubahn at Rotkreuzplatz.
Return to Marienplatz to watch the Glockenspiel – it’s not really that exciting, but it’s quaint and kind of cool when you think about how that clock has been chiming, and the little figurines dancing, for over a century. After watching the Glockenspiel, you might stroll around the pedestrian area and do a little window shopping.
Head to a beer garden! The wonderful thing about beer gardens is that you can bring your own food, and beer is generally cheaper than water in Germany.
Get to know Munich by bicycle. There are tons of cheap options for renting bikes by the hour in Munich, and there is no better way to explore Munich than on bike. Deutsche Bahn has bike stands all over the city, as does Next Bike. You usually have to just call up the phone number on the bicycle and set up an account linked to your credit card, which is charged based on how long you use the bicycle. Average costs are around 1 Euro per hour, up to 8 or 9 Euros for a full day.
The best places to explore on bicycle are the English Garden and the paths along the Isar.
Quickly stop by the grocery store before it closes at 8PM, and grab a few cold beers. Then head over to Gaertnerplatz in the Glockenbachviertel, find a spot on the grass, and settle in for the evening. It’s an ideal place to people watch on a summer night, and maybe chat-up your neighbor if you are so inclined. If you're hungry, the best cheap eats / street-style food in Munich are generally döner kebap, currywurst, leberkäse semmel, sausages of all sorts, pizza by the slice, and french fries. Another tip for saving on food, is to go to a typical German establishment and order off the kids' menu. Schnitzel and fries is on almost every kids' menu in town, is actually a generous portion, and can be had for around 5 - 6 Euros.