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Top 10 things to see in Munich

This Bavarian capital is well know for a number of things. It's a beautiful city to see, rich in culture and history, and to top it off is home of the world famous Oktoberfest. So where to start? Here's our top ten.

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Deutsches Museum

One of the most important and largest museums of science and technology in the world, it's a sight you definitely don't want to miss. So why not drop by or take a Deutsches Museum tour?

Marienplatz

This is the city's main and central square. At Marienplatz you'll find the town hall, the Marian column, and other great architectural sights close by.

Viktualienmarkt

Feeling peckish? Then head over to the historic Viktualienmarkt food market and taste local and gourmet cuisine. Open Monday to Saturday, it's one of the cities main tourist attractions.

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Allianz Arena

Allianz is the first football stadium in the world able to change the color of its exterior with inflated plastic panels covering the outside, making it a popular tourist attraction.

Nymphenburg Palace

The impressive Nymphemburg Palace has got stunning surrounding gardens and is a sight not to be missed when you're wandering the city!

BMW Museum

Not just for car lovers, the BMW Museum has something for everyone. Taking a tour will give you real insight into the company's rich history.

Oktoberfest

With many cultural associations, mainly linked to drinking beer, Oktoberfest is the worlds largest annual funfair. If you like music, beer and lederhosen then look no further!

Hofbräuhaus München

If you want to eat some real German food and drink some real German beer on your trip, then the Hofbräuhaus München beerhall is the place to go. Popular with tourists and locals, you can't go wrong!

Englischer Garten

This park really is incredible! You can spend time in the beautiful green space, the Japanese teahouse, or go surfing in the artificial stream with wave generator!

Munich Residenz

Munich Residenz is Germany's largest city palace and is open daily to visitors. Explore on your own or take a tour of the royal collections and beautifully decorated rooms.

Planning Your Munich Visit

How many days to spend in Munich?

If you're just going to tick the city off the list, then 3 days will satisfy any tourist's sightseeing needs. But for a more relaxed trip and to really get to know the city, a week's stay will be much more suitable.

Where to stay?

With public transport being so efficient, location depends on what you want your experience to be. If you want to be close to the main sights, then look for something in Altstadt. For a more modest budget, look in Ludwigsvorstadt near the Hauptbahnhof and the Oktoberfest grounds. Or if you're in the city for the nightlife, then Schwabing, Maxvorstadt, and the Gärtnerplatzviertel-Glockenbachviertel areas will be your best bet.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    From March to May the temperatures are mild and the crowds are minimal. But if you're coming for Oktoberfest (late September through early October) plan accommodations well in advance, be prepared to pay more, and bring a jacket!

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What people are saying about Munich

The guide, Armin, was outstanding. He talked well to 3 generations.

My wife & I, daughter, and son (10 years old) did the tour with Armin and another group of three. Although my wife & I had been to Germany before, our daughter & son had not. Our grandson, Luke, loves castles, princesses and the like, and was thrilled with Neuschwanstein, as all of us were. The trip to the farm where they produced cheese was a real bonus. At first the smell got to me, but the cheese was amazing. I don't remember having any better. We all highly recommend this tour.

Dachau: A time and Place - Lest We Forget

The time we spent at Dachau will never be forgotten. As a Memorial to the people who died there so many decades ago and as a memorial for terrible atrocities committed there should be a reminder to future generations of visitors that these things did happen and could happen again. We had an amazing guide Alun Evans who took us around the grounds and gave us enough time to spend at very key points within the grounds to absorb what happened at this site. A very informative gentleman, Alun is knowledgeable about the site and brings the memories back us to realize the historical importance of this memorial site.

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour Reviewed by Jay, 04/03/2018

Poor old Ludwig - beautiful castle though

The trip to the castle and back is pretty straight forward. Catch a train (approx 2hr), then shuttle bus (20mins) then walk the rest of the way (40 mins up; 30mins back) so could have fairly easily done this one my own. However, on the way there and up the hill - we heard stories about the history of the area and the beginnings of Ludwig II’s reign as well as his family. You start to form an idea of the type of man he must have been and the times that he lived in. This is where you get the value of the tour. If you aren’t interested in the history, feel free to do the trip on your own, it’s easy enough and you could def get up and back faster than with a group. Would recommend this tour to anyone that’s interested in the history of the area or the controversy surrounding Ludwig’s life and death. Our tour guide was engaging and entertaining.

Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Kimi, 04/02/2018

Superb, informative and magical, made better by the excellent Jax.

I'd read the reviews, good and bad but they are no substitute for making up your own mind. The meeting location was sufficient, however it wasn't totally clear but all the guides in that area were pleasant enough and signposted where to wait. Our guide introduced himself and instantly instilled confidence in his ability to guide us and my choice of taking the tour. Arriving early to the station is a great idea as it allows you to get a great seat on the train, so hanging around is worth it. Jax provided a perfect insight into the story behind the castle and made the telling of that story his own. The material he had was brilliant and his knowledge was excellent. The walk to the castle was made easy by the short breaks and continuation of the tale, the weather was perfect for our visit. There was plenty of time factored into the tour to allow food and drink to be purchased as well as the optional tour inside the castle which you must do! This tour is an experience not to be missed 10/10

Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Mark, 03/29/2018

Good trip. Tour of neueschwanstein very poor.

I kniw the tour is booked by rhe traveller but give feedback to them that it would be good to give some life to the tour and more info

Day Trip to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles Reviewed by Jenny, 03/27/2018