Updated: Jun 21, 2020
Munich is the Capital of the richest state of Germany. It’s the third largest city of 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 every year around the Globe for the celebration of Fest. The city also offers true Bavarian Culture and traditions.
Must places to Visit in Munich:
You have just reached Munich Central Train Station. Question here? From where should you start Exploring the City of Munich?
The Best idea would be starting your great Trip to Munich from 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.
Munich Old Town:
During the Medieval times, the historical 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).
The huge Gothic Gate was called Karlstor and it used to be known as Neuhauser Tor back in the 18th century. It takes to the Old town of Munich (One of the longest shopping pedestrian Neuhauserstraße and Kaufingerstraße). The street has shopping brands on both sides and provides the ultimate shopping experience.
There are several shopping passages which have mostly local brands and restaurants. The most famous is Kauferingertor Passages which also leads to the other side of the street.
To enter the Munich Old town from the South, Sendlinger tor is the Gothic style Gate and one of the oldest city towers which was used in the 14th century to travel to Italy.
The Sendlingerstraße is a famous pedestrian for the shopper as it has all the famous luxurious and local brands.
The Isartor is another entrance to the Munich Old town. The Gate is located near to the Isar River and it was damaged during WWII and it was restored later on.
The unofficial name of Karlsplatz is Stachus, it’s a huge square which is always crowded with people whether it’s day or mid of night.
The square has fountains in the centre to kill the summer’s heat and often hosted big stages for concerts and Performances during Carnival and Ice rink in the Christmas season.
If you keep walking on the pedestrian path, you will reach the most famous Town Hall “Rathhaus’’ which has the most beautiful and attractive Gothic Architecture.
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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You can also visit the top of the Rathhaus and it costs € 3 and offers a lovely view of Munich old Town.
The Rathhaus has a Tower balcony and offers a Glockenspiel show by representing the historical stories everyday at 11 AM, 12 PM and 5 PM with Bavarian music which you can see standing in the square. It’s really worth watching the show.
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 host the live performances of local farmers.
National theater Munich:
The National theater is located in Max Joseph Platz and considered to be one of the finest Opera and Ballet theaters. The Theater had been constructed by King Ludwig I in 1810 and since then the theater had hosted premiers of countless shows.
From the Max Joseph Platz, If you walk on Residenzstraße you will reach to Odeonsplatz. It’s one of the biggest squares of Munich where people used to gather for Protests and Parades in old times. The square has Sculptures of lions and is often crowded with people.
Munich Residence and Hofgarten:
The Munich Residence is located near Odeonsplatz. It’s the largest Palace in Germany and used to be a Royal Palace of Wittelsbach Monarchs of Bavaria. The Palace is open for the public and you can get the ultimate experience of visiting the wonderful Architecture and lifestyle of the Royals.
The Residence also has a huge Courtyard known as Hofgarten (near 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.
Nymphenburg Palace used to be a summer Palace for the Rulers of Bavaria. The Palace is one of the main attractions of Munich and located in the North east of Munich Central Station (around 10 minutes by car and public transport).