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Things to do in Munich, Germany | Munich Travel Guide

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Munich is the Capital of the richest state in Germany. It’s the third largest city in Germany and offers a great experience in History, Arts, Culture, and entertainment for its visitors.


The City is World famous for its Oktoberfest and welcomes 6 million people yearly around the Globe for the celebration of Fest. The city also offers true Bavarian Culture and traditions.

Munich Rathaus, Germany
Munich Rathaus, Germany

Things to do in Munich
Deutscher Museum, Munich

How to Reach Munich:


Flight:


Munich has International Airport, which operates International and domestic flights. Almost all the Airlines are landing their flights in Munich.

Munich Airport
Munich Airport

Train:


If you are coming to Munich from Germany or Europe, You can take a Train to Munich. Normally, Tickets are more expensive than the bus, but if you book your trip in advance, you can get a cheaper ticket.





Munich Train Station


In case you are planning your one-day trip to Munich from a Bavarian City. The Bayern ticket is the best and cheapest way to travel within the Bayern state.


Munich Central Station
Munich Central Station

Bus:


You can also take a Bus to Munich, there are quite a lot of Bus Companies which are operating in Munich. It's a cheaper option but takes more time than the train.


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Where to stay in Munich:


Holiday Inn Westpark Munich:


Do you wonder which is the best hotel to stay in Munich during your trip? Holiday Inn Westpark Munich is located in Sendling-Westpark and it's highly accessible by public transport. It takes less than 7 minutes to reach Marienplatz (the main landmark) by Underground train from Harras train station.


The hotel has amazing rooms available in different sizes according to your requirements. They also have one of the best breakfast and sauna, and Gym facilities.





Check out our blog to read more about our experience at Holiday Inn Munich Westpark here.


25hours Hotel München The Royal Bavarian:


25hours hotel München The Royal Bavarian is the best choice for you if you want to stay in the city center. The hotel is located in front of Munich Central station (München Hauptbahnhof) and within walking distance from the main landmarks in Munich.


The magnificent building of the hotel used to be the main post office during the last century, and now it's a meeting place for the travelers and city explorers like us.

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The hotel also has different rooms and it offers breakfast at its Neni Restaurant which is one of the unique restaurants in Munich.


Check out our blog to read more about our experience at Holiday Inn Munich Westpark here.


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A must-visit places in Munich:


You just reached Munich Central Train Station. Question here? From where should you start Exploring the City of Munich?


The Best idea would be to start your great Trip to Munich by exploring the Munich Old Town, you can either walk (around 8 mins) from Munich Central Train Station or take S-bahn, U-bahn, or Tram (2 mins journey) to Karlsplatz.



How to effectively commute within Munich:


Download the Local App MVV for Munich Public Transportation to find effective connections within the city. We suggest buying a day pass to explore the city as it’s more economical than buying a single journey ticket.


Please make sure that you select the right zone of the ticket. All the main attractions in Munich are located in the M zone.


Are you looking for the opportunity to go on a day trip from Munich? Check out our blog about the best day trips from Munich here.


Munich Old Town:


During the Medieval times, the historic town of Munich was protected with walls, watch towers, and 4 Giant Gates called “Tor”. Now, there are three Gates for entering the Munich Old Town (one of them was destroyed due to a heavy explosion).

Munich Old Town, Germany

Karlstor:


The huge Gothic Gate was called Karlstor and was known as Neuhauser Tor in the 18th century. It takes to the Old town of Munich (One of the longest shopping pedestrians Neuhauserstraße and Kaufingerstraße). The street has shopping brands on both sides and provides the ultimate shopping experience.



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Gate in Munich
Karlstor, Munich

There are several shopping passages that have mostly local brands and restaurants. The most famous is Kauferingertor Passages which also leads to the other side of the street.

Frauenkirche:


The famous Gothic church in Munich is Frauenkirche. The church has two towers, and the south tower is open to visitors it has an incredible view of the entire city. There's an elevator that takes you to the top of the tower.

Church in Munich
Frauenkirche, Munich

Sendlinger Tor:


To enter Munich's Old town from the South, Sendlinger tor is the Gothic style Gate and one of the oldest city towers used in the 14th century to travel to Italy.

Old town Munich
Sendlingerstraße, Munich

The Sendlingerstraße is a famous pedestrian for the shopper as it has all the famous luxurious local brands.


Isartor:


The Isartor is another entrance to Munich's Old town. The Gate is located near the Isar River, and it was damaged during WWII and was restored later on.

Isartor Munich
Isartor, Munich

Karlsplatz (Stachus):


The unofficial name of Karlsplatz is Stachus, it’s a huge square that is always crowded with people whether it’s day or mid of night.

The square has fountains in the center to kill the summer’s heat and often hosted big stages for concerts and Performances during Carnival and Ice rink in the Christmas season.

Main street in Munich
Kauferingertor Passages, Munich

Marienplatz:


If you keep walking on the pedestrian path, you will reach the most famous Town Hall,Rathhaus’’ with the most beautiful and attractive Gothic Architecture.

Marienplatz in Munich
Rathhaus, Marienplatz Munich

The famous square is called “Marienplatz”, and it’s the most lively square and always crowded with people. There are lots of cafes and restaurants around the square.


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Rathhaus, Marienplatz Munich

You can also visit the top of the Rathaus, it costs 3 and offers a lovely view of Munich's Old Town.

Best view of Munich
View from top of Rathhaus, Munich

The Rathaus has a Tower balcony and offers a Glockenspiel show representing the historical stories every day at 11 AM, 12 PM, and 5 PM with Bavarian music, which you can see standing in the square. It’s worth watching the show.

Marienplatz in Munich
Marienplatz, Munich

Viktualienmarkt:


On the right side of Marienplatz, you can find an open-air market called “Viktualienmarket”. The market has fresh products from Farmers, and it has 140 stalls selling fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish, spices, and delicatessens. Occasionally, the market also hosts live performances by local farmers.

Markets in Munich
Viktualienmarket, Munich

National Theatre Munich:


The National Theatre is located in Max Joseph Platz and is considered one of the finest Opera and Ballet theatres. The Theater was constructed by King Ludwig I in 1810, and since then, the theatre has hosted premiers of countless shows.

Bayerisch National theater in Munich
National theater, Munich

Odeonsplatz:


From the Max Joseph Platz, If you walk on Residenzstraße, you will reach to Odeonsplatz. It’s one of Munich's biggest squares, where people gathered for Protests and Parades in old times. The square has Sculptures of lions and is often crowded with people.

Things to do in Munich
Odeonsplatz, Munich

Munich Residence and Hofgarten:


The Munich Residence is located near Odeonsplatz. It’s the largest Palace in Germany and was a Royal Palace of Wittelsbach Monarchs of Bavaria. The Palace is open to the public, and you can get the ultimate experience of visiting the wonderful Architecture and lifestyle of the Royals.

Munich Residence in Munich
Munich Residence

The Residence also has a huge Courtyard known as Hofgarten (near the Festsaalbau zone). Your trip to Munich can’t be completed without visiting the Munich Residence. The small Christmas Market is also set in one of the courtyards of Munich Residence.

Hofgarten in Munich
Hofgarten, Munich

Nymphenburg Palace:


Nymphenburg Palace used to be a summer Palace for the Rulers of Bavaria. The Palace is one of the main attractions of Munich and is located in the Northeast of Munich Central Station (around 10 minutes by car and public transport).


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Nymphenburg Palace, Munich

The Palace is a Baroque style Architecture along with the Park and Lake, which enhances its beauty.

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Nymphenburg Palace, Munich

Dachau Concentration Camp (KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau):


How to Reach Dachau Concentration Camp:


The camp is located in a Neighbourhood of Dachau, around 20 KM from the Munich Centre. The Camp is highly accessible by Public Transport. You can take the S2 direction from Peterhausen or Regional Train from Munich Train Station. From the Dachau Station, you need to take bus no. 726, which drops you infront of the Camp. Download MVG App or Deutsche Bahn App to find Public Connections in Munich.


Dachau Concentration Camp:


The Entrance to the Camp is free, but if you want a guided tour, it Costs € 3.50. but be cautious about the timings.

Concentration Camp in Munich
Dachau Concentration Camp

From 1933 to 1945, during the Nazi's time, the camp used to be a place of terror and violence. The camp had more than 200,000 prisoners from 40 Nations, and uncountable people were killed due to torture, food shortage, and Hunger.


The Dachau Camp is a must place to visit during your trip to Munich as it takes you back to the dark phase of history.


Isar River:


The Isar River flows in the middle of the city, just a few miles away from Isar tor. The River has two branches and provides the best escape to kill the scorching heat of summer.

Isar River in Munich
Isar River, Munich

There are also a lot of pebble beaches in different spots on the River where you can swim and relax.

Isar River in Munich
Isar River, Munich

The Kulturstrand bar also turns into a sandy beach in summer, creating a lively party environment with Electronic music.

The Isar River is surrounded by Maximilian Park, it’s a lush green Park where narrow water channels flow, you will get lost in the peace of this place.

Park near Isar River, Munich
Maximilian Park near Isar River, Munich

Friedensengel (Angle of Peace):


It’s a famous Monument of the Lady located in the Maximilian Park near Isar River. The Monument is elevated with two-sided staircases and a fountain in front of the Angel. The statue is a Replica of the Nike of Panionios.

Monument in Munich
Friedensengel, Munich

Englischer Garten:


World's Largest Urban Public Park is located in the Centre of Munich. It covers the area from Munich's Old town to the City's Northwestern side. It’s one of the lush green parks and usually gets crowded in summer.

Parks in Munich
Englischer Garten, Munich

The water streams also flow from the Park and provide artificial waves for the Surfers. In summer, you can find lots of surfers in the Englischer Garten.


One of the significant points to enjoy the view of the Park is Monopteros, it’s around 16 m high and similar to Greek temples. In the evening, you can find many people enjoying the sunset.

Olympia Park:


The best place to enjoy the 360-degree view of Munich is from Olympia Turm, located in Olympia Park. The ticket costs 7 and it’s a must activity in Munich.

TV Tower in Olympia Park Munich
Olympia Park, Munich

Olympia Park hosts uncountable festivals and concerts during different seasons.

Olympia Park in Munich
Olympia Park, Munich

We attended the summer festival in August, in which the park had set different stalls and rides, including Ferris Wheel and Dogging cars. The Olympia berg is one of the best places to enjoy the Fireworks of New Year's eve in Munich.

Festivals in Munich
Festivity in Olympia Park, Munich

Zipline in Munich:


You can also do the Zipline in Munich over the Olympia stadium. It's a unique experience walking over the stadium roof and then doing the zipline. You need to book your Zipline experience in advance here.

Zipline in Munich
Zipline in Munich

Indoor Sky diving in Munich:


In Neufahrn Munich, you can experience indoor sky diving in a wind tunnel. Don't worry! You don't need any experience. You get a little instruction from the instructor, who also stays with you in the tunnel during the flight. You can book your experience here.

Places to do Indoor Sky diving in Munich
Indoor Sky diving in Munich

Towers in Munich
Munich Old town

We would suggest walking within Munich's Old town and exploring the narrow streets of Munich, which take you back to Medieval times.


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St Peter Tower Munich:


To experience the mesmerizing view of Munich Old town and Munich Rathaus, you should climb up the narrow stairs of St Peter Tower.

Towers in Munich
View from St. Peter Tower Munich

Must-visit museums in Munich:


Deutscher Museum:


For the Tech Savvy, visiting Deutscher Museum is a must in Munich. It’s the World’s largest Sciences and Technology Museum which exhibits more than 28000 objects.

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Deutscher Museum, Munich

Pinakothek der Moderne:


Are you a fan of Modern Art? Then you shouldn't miss your visit to the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, The museum has an impressive collection of art, design, and architecture and collection by artists like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein.


Pinakothek der Alte:


Do you want to experience one of the oldest art museums in the world? Pinakothek der Alte has a vast collection of European paintings and sculptures from the medieval period. The museum has a collection of famous artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, and Peter Paul Rubens,


Bayerisches National museum:


The Bayerisches National Museum, also known as the Bavarian National Museum, is one of the most important museums of decorative arts in Europe. It has more than 40,000 paintings, furniture, textiles, and crafts from the Mid age of the 20th century.


Allianz Arena:


Are you a football fan? Then, you should "t miss the trip to the Allianz Arena, the football stadium, the home stadium of FC Bayern Munich. The stadium hosts different football matches including the FIFA world cup and UEFA Champions league. The stadium also hosts concerts and corporate events and it has a seating capacity of over 75,000 spectators.


Ending Note:


Munich is very close to Liechtenstein and the Austrian Border. You can also go for one day trip to Salzburg, Austria, with Bayern Ticket. Besides this, Munich city has beautiful lakes (Ammersee, Starnberger See, Tegernsee, and Wörthsee.


Check out our blog about Lakes near Munich here.










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