Long known as the city of art and beer, Munich is a place where traditional and modern sit side by side like few places in the world. The capital of Bavaria is located on the Isar River in the south of Bavaria, well connected to the rest of the world with the local airport, autobahn, and the rail. No matter if you like art or technology, or if you enjoy a good pint of beer and exquisite cuisine above all else, you will find your heart’s desires in this city.
Things to do
Munich is packed with numerous different museums: from art galleries and historical museums, to science and technology museums. If you wanted to visit them all, it would most likely take you several days.
The Residenzmuseum is Munich’s number-one attraction. It holds amazing treasures, as well as the trappings of Bavaria’s Wittelsbach rulers’ lifestyle over the centuries. When visiting the Residenz, allow yourself at least two hours to see everything quite quickly.
The Alte Pinakothek houses numerous artworks of Old European Masters as well as all the other major artists who worked between the 14th and the 18th centuries. The collection is world famous for its exceptional quality and depth, especially when it comes to German masters.
The Deutsches Museum is sure to make even the science haters love it. Spend a few hours in this temple of technology and discover the beauty that hides in physics and engineering.
If you want to learn more about the history of Munich, make sure to pay a visit to the Münchner Stadtmuseum. Learn Munich’s story in an imaginative, uncluttered, and engaging way.
Car enthusiasts will enjoy both the BMW Museum and the Transport Museum. Learn more about the famous cars and explore the ingenious ways humans have devised to transport things to each other.
Munich is home to many masterfully built churches, one of them being the Asamkirche. Even though it is pocket sized, this late-baroque church is as rich and epic as a giant’s treasure chest.
Standing quiet and dignified amid the retail frenzy on Kaufingerstrasse, the Michaelskirche holds the crypt of the final resting place of the Mad King Ludwig II.
Munich’s spiritual heart has to be the Frauenkirche. No other building stands taller than this 15th century church.
Various historical sights adorn Munich’s busy streets. The lavish Schloss Nymphenburg and its mesmerizing gardens stand 5 km northwest of the Altstadt. One apartment is still occupied by the Franz Duke of Bavaria.
Another palace worth mentioning is the former home of generations of Bavarian rulers, the Munich Residenz. Today it’s filled with fanciful rooms and collections through the ages, which can be seen on an audio-guided tour through the Residenzmuseum.
Military enthusiasts will enjoy the Felderrnhalle, which pays homage to the Bavarian army. While in the Altstadt, make sure to take a look at the two town halls, the Altes Rathaus and the Neues Rathaus.
Gardens and parks
Take a stroll through some of Munich’s numerous parks and gardens and take in the mesmerizing flora. One of Europe’s biggest city parks is Munich’s English Garden – it even rivals London’s Hyde Park and New York’s Central Park in size – and is a popular playground for both locals and visitors.
The Old Botanical Garden is the perfect place for those who want to get away from the stress that everyday life brings. Take a stroll through the garden after an Altstadt shopping spree.
The New Botanical Garden is one of the most important in Europe, as it holds around 14 thousand plant species from all over the world. Highlights include the Victorian-style glass palm house with its famous collection of tropical and subtropical plants.
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest, held for more than two weeks every year. It is held in Theresa’s Meadows, and is truly worth visiting. Good food, even better beer, interesting people, music – this festival is sure to capture all your senses. Take a look at the traditional costumes that can be found nowhere else in the world, drink all the beer you can, dance the night away, enjoy the numerous fun rides, and let yourself loose.
Top places to eat
While in Munich, it would be a sin to not try something Bavarian. There are many places, such as Fraunhofer and Weisses Brauhaus, that offer local dishes. For those who don’t fancy meat, Prinz Myshkin offers vegetarian dishes. If you’re craving something international, Tantris is sure to have what you want. You can even find something Asian in Cochinchina, and Mediterranean in the Esszimmer.
Top places to sleep
Munich offers an assortment of different accommodation – all you need is to know how you want to spend your nights in this city.
Boasting excellent transport connections, the Wombat’s City Hostel next to Munich’s central railway station is just a 10-minute walk from the pedestrian area and the old quarter with its Marienplatz square.More on Hostel
B & B
Müller Inn B&B is set in Munich, 600 m from Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz and 800 m from Marienplatz & Town Hall. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.More on B&B
An elegant spa with pool and panoramic city views are featured at this 5-star hotel. It is centrally located in Munich, a 5-minute walk from Marienplatz Square.More on Hotel
Munich is well connected to the rest of the world with the local airport, autobahn, and the rail, and is supported by taxi stations and solid public transportation, so you will have no trouble getting to your place of stay, nor around the town.
The best way to travel around Munich is by public transportation. Single trips in a single zone such as the city centre cost €2.80, but the four-zone journey from the airport is a whopping €11.20. Thus, if you arrive at the airport and intend to explore Munich by the public transport system, the best option is to buy a €12.80 Gesamtnetz (whole network) day ticket. If you are not travelling alone, then you can purchase a Partner (group) day ticket for €23.90, allowing up to 5 adults to travel together on all lines of the MVV system.
You can also rent a bike or a car.