Top attractions in Munich
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.
1. 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?
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.
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.
4. 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.
5. 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!
6. 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.
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!
8. 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!
9. 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!
10. 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 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
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- 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 trek, the fall colours, the palace and the castle..there is no better word than surreal!! I was smitten by the beauty of the place, the hills and the scenery that surrounded the royal beauties. The trip is planned very well, it gives time for a quick lunch, toilet breaks and to enjoy the tours without wasting any time. Our guide was very informative and helpful. She made sure we were on time so that we didn't miss any highlights of the tour. The drive was also quiet smooth and comfortable.
Gray Line, is a great company to do the tour around Munich, I went with them to the Neuschwaitein castle. Elizabeth and the driver were great guides, she explained every bit of our trip, she really knew the subject. I had a mishap on the trip, I ended up forgetting my wallet with documents, they went with me to the place where I forgot, they gave me all the support, because I don't speak German. Actually, I recommend the company, mainly because of Elizabeth's kindness and understanding.
It was excellent. The guide was really talkative, and knew his history. It was great! We saw both castles and they also took us to a small town where the Nativity is put on every ten years. It was really wonderful. I will tell you that the bus will leave early if everyone is there from the beginning. So when they say arrive 15 min before...they really mean it. No time is wasted to get going in the morning. Our adult daughter went with us on this trip.
The tour was very good and convenient, the bus was comfortable, the guide was friendly and explained a lot of things. However she recommended os to have lunch at Muller Cafe which was a bit pricy, but good food. The tours inside the castle were very organised in small groups of 10 people
Great way of experiencing Munich and learning about its history in a different way. Very well written and thought out. Definitely recommend it! PS: Doing it at night definitely makes the entire experience more immersive!