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27 Best Things to Do in Munich, Germany

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Want to explore the capital of Bavaria? Munich is a fantastic city to explore in Bavaria. It’s a place blessed with beauty and a lovey destination because many tourist attractions in Munich await discovery. These are the best things to do in Munich.

Munich is a rich historical destination, home to historical infrastructures and museums, a timeless city known for its incredible annual celebration of Oktoberfest, and countless breweries that serve the best classic German beer.

This lovely, historical, blessed town is filled with incredible attractions that will result in a memorable travel experience in Bavaria. Here are our top ten from the ViaTravelers YouTube channel after visiting this incredible city multiple times, including scenes from our visit to Oktoberfest.

Things to Do in Munich, Germany

1. Explore the city’s history at the Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum

Address: Munich, Germany

Deutsches Museum is a massive museum of science and technology located in Munich. As the largest museum of its kind in Germany, it’s no surprise that it’s also one of the most visited museums in all of Europe – receiving 1.5 million visitors annually.

Deutsches Museum has a comprehensive range on display, with over 26,000 exhibits representing fields such as aviation, oceanography, space travel, and microbiology. If you love interactive experiences, the museum also offers multiple exhibits that allow visitors to get hands-on with the material.

Plus, the Deutsches Museum is home to some fascinating items like a replica of a Gutenberg Bible – one of the first books ever printed around 1455 AD – and other rare books and manuscripts.

2. English Garden

Serene Monopteros temple in Munich's English Garden, surrounded by lush greenery and clear blue sky.
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Address: Munich, Germany

The English Garden (Englischer Garten), also known as the English Landscape Garden, is so named because it began in England, an English country, before spreading through parts of Europe successively.

The natural style of the garden was designed and engineered by the eminent English architect William Kent (1684-1748). Inspirations for Kent’s garden design came from the landscape paintings of Claude Lorrain and Nicholas Poussin.

Sometimes, in the 17th century, a Chinese Tower was introduced into the garden, later called the Anglo-Chinese Garden. In the mid-1700s, a Gothic revival ruin was incorporated into the garden. Now, the tower underpins an unbelievable beer garden that makes for one of the best Munich tourist attractions in the summertime.

English Gardens Munich, Germany
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The English Gardens have sections that portray the following: Pinetum, the cave of Capability Brown, Howkwell Hill with a Gothic temple, bridge and mausoleum, pantheon, etc.

To visit the garden, you can book a garden tour. The English Landscape Garden would later have a significant influence on the designs of public parks, especially in the 19th century.

3. Marienplatz

Marienplatz, one of the most famous iconic areas in Munich
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Address: Marienplatz, 80331 München, Germany

Translated to English, Marienplatz means Mary’s Square. The central square has been Munich’s main square until now, even since 1158. The current name, the place bears, was issued in 1854 after it’d previously been known as Markt (“market”), Schranne (“grain market”), then Schrannenplatz (“grain market square”).

In those times, before its current name was given, the place was used as a venue for trading, tournament grounds, and festive celebrations.

The square got its name “Marienplatz” from the Marian Colum, Mariensaule, located in the center of the square. The Marian Column was built in 1638 at the end of the Swedish occupation.

The Marienplatz square was a product of Henry Lion’s findings. Towards the east of Marienplatz today stands the Old City Hall, and to the north side of the square is the New City Hall, which has a Glockenspiel in its tower.

The New Town Hall is about 300 feet tall and was built between 1867 and 1909 in a Flanders Gothic fashion. The Christmas Market, otherwise called Christkindlmark, is open during the Christmas season, from which Christmas items, decorations, or presents can be purchased.

Along with the view, the square displayed its closeness to the English Garden, where one could go and catch a beautiful view of nature.

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4. Sample some Bavarian food at Viktualienmarkt

Bustling Afternoon at Viktualienmarkt in Munich: A High-Resolution Image Capturing Daily Life and Local Commerce
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Address: Viktualienmarkt 3, 80331 München, Germany

Viktualienmarkt is a large food market located in Munich’s city center. It is the perfect place to sample traditional Bavarian food, such as pretzels, sausages, and cheese. There are also stalls selling fresh produce, flowers, and other goods.

The open-air farmer’s market is one of the city’s best spots for people to watch and get a feel for Munich’s local culture. It’s especially lively on weekends when you can enjoy fresh produce and other goods from nearby farms that would otherwise be hard to find outside the city limits.

Viktualienmarkt has several options: grab a cold beer at Augustiner Bräustuben, where Beck’s was first brewed in 1873; grab something sweet at confectioner Großwallner; or sit down for a more traditional meal at restaurant Viktualienhalle. Viktualienmarkt is a must-see when you visit Munich.

5. Fish’s Fountain

Address: Marienplatz 8, 80331 München, Germany

The Fish’s Fountain, situated at Marienplatz, was constructed into what it now is from 1862 to 1865 by Konrad Knoll and started operation sometime in September 1866.

Water flowed consistently from bronze sculptures designed to resemble fishes, butcher builders, musical children, senior journeymen, etc. Away from the Mangfall Valley since 1884, water has been flowing out of the fountain.

World War II inflicted severe destruction on the fountain in 1944. A whole lot of sculptures were lost. Joseph Henselmann, however, rebuilt the fountain around 1954 using only the four statues of butcher builders and three sculptures of musicians of the Knoll Fountain that were spared during the war.

Today’s fountain has a Nagelfuh basin with a central column crowned by a bronze fish. This bronze fish sculpture at the central column symbolizes when Marienplatz served as a trading ground, where fishmongers sampled their living fishes in baskets left in freshwater.

The fountain was renovated in 1991 and, most recently, in 2011. During its renovation in 1991, a channel was made for the Munchin dogs to drink water.

6. Experience Oktoberfest

1 Liter Beers During Oktoberfest
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Address: Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held annually in Munich, from mid or late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in the world and arguably the largest fair of its kind.

According to Guinness World Records, it attracts around six million visitors yearly, who consume about seven million liters of beer during the festivities.

Oktoberfest originated as an event to celebrate a royal wedding in 1810 but has since evolved into a much larger celebration that lasts for nearly two months with over 200 events, such as concerts and fireworks displays.

You can do many things at Oktoberfest, including dancing on tables with strangers, eating vast quantities of giant pretzels, and getting drunk (or hungover) while watching people perform strange rituals involving chickens.

I was also drinking beer after beer after beer (or other alcoholic beverages), wearing lederhosen, and smelling like sauerkraut after trying too hard to eat some delicious sausage at 2 am.

7. Take a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Address: Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century castle that is located in the Bavarian Alps. Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in southwest Bavaria.

Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned the palace after he was inspired by Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after he died in 1886.

The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and has been the inspiration for theme parks and other entertainment venues around the world. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

Neuschwanstein is one of Ludwig’s three castles (Linderhof Palace being another). It is also known as the “Disneyland” castle because it inspired Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Disneyland. You may explore the castle on a day tour.

8. Munich Residenz

Address: Residenzstraße 1, 80333 München, Germany

The Residenz, translated in English as “The Resident,” is the place that used to be known as the royal palace of Bavaria’s Wittelsbach Monarch. It is Germany’s biggest city palace, with 130 rooms and ten courtyards.

The very first building to be raised in this place was in 1385. The town of Munich sponsored the building as a sanction for an unsuccessful revolution attempt against Stephen III and his junior brother. The huge construction of the palace wasn’t at once made. If you plan to visit the residence, don’t forget to experience the Munich Residenz Concert.

It took several years, decades, or centuries, and it didn’t happen sequentially, even though this was achieved in chunks at different site locations. The Residence is an assemblage of different styles: Baroque, Neo-Classicism, and Rococo.

In 1470, fortress walls and the north side gate were constructed, pioneered by Albert IV. Following these constructions was the later construction of dual turrets around the same period.

9. Olympiaturm

Olympiaturm Tower

Address: Olympiapark, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 7, 80809 München, Germany

The Olympiaturm, known in English as the Olympic Tower, was constructed in 1968. The tower is located just before the city center. This gives it a certain kind of grace such that one can see an aerial view of the Olympic Park. Primarily, the Olympiaturm is a TV tower.

It also happens to be one of the most emblematic buildings of Munich and the tallest building the state has in its entirety. Tourists and visitors are often drawn to the tower because it has a lot of mind-blowing and eye-catching attractions. Of course, you’d probably be left with no choice other than to see what building almost touches the skies.

The tower is a deck for observing and viewing the serene, a revolving restaurant 181 meters above ground level, and a rock n roll museum. Yeah, you heard right, a rock n roll museum! The platform for observation of the serene has a height of 190 meters above ground level.

10. Get lost in the markets at Christkindlmarkt

Christmas Market in Munich

Address: Munich, Germany

If you’re visiting Munich during the Christmas season, be sure to check out the Christkindlmarkt. This large Christmas market occurs in Marienplatz, the main square in the city center. The market has stalls selling traditional Christmas decorations, food, and gifts.

Visiting a Christmas market is a great way to see the culture of German Christmas markets firsthand; it’s one of the best ones in the entire country.

The Christkindlmarkt in Munich is an annual traditional Christmas market in the city center. The market has stalls selling traditional Christmas decorations, food, and gifts.

The Christkindlmarkt has a long history in Munich. It first began as a small market in the early 1800s and has become one of the most important places for sightseeing in Munich.

11. Hofgarten

Luxurois Historical Building

Address: Hofgartenstraße 1, 80538 München, Germany

The Hofgarten is a court garden constructed by the elector of Bavaria, Maximilian I, between 1613 and 1617. This remains one of the best parks in Munich to visit.

The garden is situated at the heart of Munich, neighbored by the Residenz and Englischer Garten. The style of the garden imitates the Italian Renaissance garden, which is of the baroque style.

In the middle of the garden is the Dianatempel, the goddess Diana’s temple pavilion. The pavilion was designed and erected in the early 1600s by Heinrich Schon, the elder.

As with many other properties at the time, the Hofgarten was destroyed during the Second World War. After the war, however, movements began to reenact the garden. So the garden was rebuilt, but not exactly as it used to be.

The new design encountered some modifications that comprised both the landscape garden features of the 19th century and the original design of the 17th century.

To the east of the garden is the Bayerische Staatskanzlei, the Bavarian State Chancellery, where the Minister-President head of government’s office is situated.

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12. Olympiapark

Olympiapark

Address: Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21, 80809 München, Germany

The Olympiapark is situated in Munich, Germany, and was built due to the Olympics (Games of the XX Olympiad) to be held in the summer of 1972. “Olympiapark” is named to categorize the four Olympia sub-areas the park occupies. These sub-areas are the Olympic Village, the Olympic Park, the Olympic Area, and the Olympia-Pressestadt.

Also, the name of the park was based on the idea that the name was better suited for the park, which was in line with the theme “Green Olympic Games.” The park is in the borough of Milbertshofen-Am Hart, very close to BMW’s headquarters.

The Olympic stadium, which is contained in the Olympic Area sub-division of the park, holds about 69,000 visitors, reducing the 80,000 it initially held in the beginning. The reason for this reduction was to prevent the risk of insecurity.

The Munich Olympic Walk of Stars, built-in 2003 under the sub-division of the Olympia-Pressestadt, is beautiful and serene, resembling the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Celebrities who visit this part of the park often leave their signatories on the wall.

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13. Nymphenburg Palace

Flowers and Plat in Nymphenburg Palace

Address: Schloß Nymphenburg 1, 80638 München, Germany

The Nymphenburg Palace was constructed in the baroque style and resided in Neubausen-Nymphenburg, Bavaria. The construction began in 1664 and was completed in 1675.

With time, the palace gradually attained its hugeness and, as such, was able to overshadow the nearby Blutenburg Castle. Joseph Effner used pilasters to design the center of the pavilion’s façade in the French Baroque Style in 1716. The court stables were built in 1719.

Generally, as of 1750, Nymphenburg Palace had a new look, thanks to Holy Roman Emperor Charles VII Albert’s desire to see the palace changed into a newer glory. Charles VII Albert was Maximilian Emmanuel’s son and the next heir of Bavaria after Maximilian.

Today, the palace is open to visitors, even if it still is the chancery of the House of Wittelsbach’s head. Some rooms in the palace have been redesigned into other styles, while others still preserve their old look. In the center of the pavilion is Stone Hall, otherwise called The Steinerner Saal.

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14. See some art at Pinakothek der Moderne.

Pinakothek der Moderne Building
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Address: Barer Str. 40, 80333 München, Germany

Alte Pinakothek is one of the world’s oldest and largest art museums. It is located in the city center of Munich and houses a collection of paintings from the 14th to 18th centuries. The museum also has an extensive collection of sculptures and prints.

If you’re looking for some culture in Munich, see some art at Pinakothek der Moderne. The museum is located in Maxvorstadt, and it’s open daily. The Pinakothek der Moderne houses a collection of modern art.

You can get your fill of Jackson Pollock-style drip paintings or Meret Oppenheim’s Object (a teapot full of ambergris powder). Plenty of works by Pablo Picasso and Wassily Kandinsky are also on display here.

The Pinakothek der Moderne is free to enter, so consider this an opportunity to spend some time at one of the city’s most popular attractions without spending any money.

The museum has exciting architecture: its main building was designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (who also created Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin) back in 1968 as part of his “Barcelona Series”—a series of buildings that were inspired by Baroque palaces from Spain during their golden age under King Philip II (1527–1598).

15. Glyptothek

Address: Königsplatz 3, 80333 München, Germany

Glyptothek, one of the best museums in Munich, was built between 1816 and 1830. Leo von Klenze designed the museum structure following a commission by King Ludwig, who was then king over the territory.

King Ludwig’s interest in carrying on with the project was that he needed a dwelling place for his Greek and Roman busts. The museum’s style was patterned in the Neoclassical style. King Ludwig hoped to see a German kind of Athen when he commissioned the project.

The museum was reopened in January 2021 after a three-year lockdown for renovations. A second phase of the renovation is currently ongoing and is believed to end in the summer of the same year, 2021.

Visiting Glyptothek is one of the best things to do in Munich and Germany, and enjoying things to do in Ulm and other beautiful places. The museum’s entrance is ionic, and the outer walls have niches where up to eighteen original sculptures from Rome and Greece are displayed.

The museum has thirteen rooms, each with a geometrical frame between the rectangular, box, and circular shapes. These rooms surround the vestibule.

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16. Explore St. Peter’s Church and Tower.

St. Peter's Church

Address: Rindermarkt 1, 80331 München, Germany

St. Peter’s Church is one of Munich’s oldest churches and features a mix of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque architectural styles. This iconic church was built in the early 1200s and is still used for religious services today.

St. Peter’s Church is an excellent blend of architectural styles with its two tall towers—one octagonal, one square—and ornate stained-glass windows.

Inside are numerous paintings by Lukas Cranach the Elder, as well as a golden statue of Christ hung from the ceiling (careful not to let your eyes wander too much). The building also contains beautiful chandeliers and pews made from dark wood with intricate carvings.

The second chapel is home to Saint Munditia’s bejeweled skeleton. Adorned with golden threads and gems, it glitters magnificently in the light. Save some energy to climb the 306 steps of the south tower Alter Peter for spectacular views of Munich.

St. Peter’s Church is in the center of Munich’s old city, next to Marienplatz Square, where you can see one of Germany’s most famous landmarks: Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall).

It also sits just steps away from other attractions like Viktualienmarkt Market Hall and Odeonsplatz Square with its equestrian statue of King Ludwig I of Bavaria. Explore the church while on an old town highlight tour.

17. BMW Welt and BMW Museum

Yellow Car on Exhibit BMW Museum

Address: Am Olympiapark 2, 80809 München, Germany

The BMW Automobile Museum was built in 1973, close to the Olympiapark of Munich, Germany. The idea of the BMW museum is to display the company’s technical advancements in exhibits it’s turned into BMW World.

Such exhibits in the museum include actual and futuristic models of engines, aircraft, motorcycles, turbines, and vehicles of different designs the company has either constructed already or hopes to construct in the future.

Prof. Karl Schwanzer was the architect who designed the complex, eminent museum building. The building is shaped to resemble a race car’s engine, appears circular externally, and has the beautiful face of the BMW logo as a roof. The building is so intricately crafted.

In the basement of the building is a cloakroom. On the upper floor of the museum, there is a cinema hall (a small one) and other exhibits that throw light on the company’s technology.

One hundred and twenty exhibits are housed in BMW Welt and BMW Museum. A trip to the museum is one step toward experiencing the power of tech and learning modern and old technology regarding automobiles first-hand.

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18. Spend an afternoon at Hofbräuhaus.

Inside the Beer Hall of Hofbräuhaus
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Address: Platzl 9, 80331 München, Germany

Hofbräuhaus is an iconic beer hall built in 1589 and one of Munich’s most famous beer halls. It is located in the city center of Munich and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The beer hall is known for its traditional Bavarian food and beer, live entertainment, and a great atmosphere.

This historic beer hall and restaurant is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the Bavarian culture. Located in the heart of Munich, Hofbräuhaus has been serving up its famous brews since 1634.

Its legendary creation was spurred by Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, who found that Munich’s beers were not up to par. He consequently ordered a state brewery be opened to satisfy his craving for a good beer.

The world’s largest brewery also has an on-site museum with over 3,000 items that tell its story through artifacts, photographs, and documents. Hofbräuhaus is known for its friendly atmosphere, where you can order one of their many beers or try some traditional food like schnitzel or sausages (you may want to go with a pretzel instead).

With live music most days and an indoor area that seats 9,000 people, it’s no wonder this place attracts tourists worldwide. Don’t forget to get a stein of Bavarian beer to enjoy with your meal.

19. Eisbachwelle

Surfers riding Eisbachwelle wave in Munich's English Garden, capturing the spirit of urban river surfing in Germany.
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Address: Prinzregentenstraße, 80538 München, Germany

The Eisbachwelle is a small artificial river with artificial currents implanted on one side of the river. The manmade river extends the River Isar and flows through Englischer Garten.

The river is located in Bavaria, Germany, and is about 2 kilometers long. From 2007 to 2017, the river swallowed up to eight persons, so swimming there isn’t permitted. Here are the signs showing exactly that.

Safety warning sign at Englischer Garten, Munich - prohibition symbols, skull and crossbones, lush green waterside.
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Given the construction of artificial waves, the river is an excellent place to surf. So, one needn’t necessarily go to the sea to surf; a visit to Eistachwelle works for that.

The river forms a stationary wave at a particular part of the river, and the spot has become the most enjoyable spot for surfers. People are advised not to surf on the river due to its forceful current and not to be victims.

The wave has been forced to break more neatly to have the height longer enough and form a U-shaped arc. This is achieved by attaching ropes to the bridge very close to the surfing spot so that its trails submerge planks.

The second stationary wave at Eisbachwelle is relatively slow because that part of the river is wide, and the wave’s current isn’t so demanding. Here, upcoming surfers usually retreat to practicing their surfing skills because it is safer.

20. Visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Multilingual 'Never Again' Memorial at Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany.
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Address: Alte Römerstraße 75, 85221 Dachau, Germany

Dachau Concentration Camp was one of the first Nazi concentration camps, and it was located just outside of Munich. The site is now a memorial and museum commemorating the camp’s victims.

It is a sobering reminder of the horrific events during the Holocaust. Dachau was originally established in 1933 as a detention center for political prisoners. However, it soon became a mainstay of the Nazi regime, serving as a model for other concentration camps established throughout Europe.

The Dachau camp was notorious for its brutality; it is estimated that over 32,000 people perished there during World War II. Today, the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site is a powerful reminder of the atrocities committed during the Holocaust.

Visitors can explore the former campgrounds, see exhibitions on the site’s history, and pay their respects to those who lost their lives there. Here are some pictures from visiting the exhibits and the memorial.

21. Königsplatz

Konigsplatz Munich
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Address: Königsplatz 1, 80333 München, Germany

Translated into English to mean “King’s Square,” Konigsplatz is an open square established in the 1900s in Munich, Germany. The structure of the square was constructed in the Neoclassicism style of Europe. The Propyaen gate, Glyptothek, and Staatliche Antikensammlungen surround the square.

Karl von Fischer designed the structure of Konigsplatz, and Leo von Klenze contracted the building. Due to its beauty, the square was the ground used by the Nazi party during the time of the Third Reich for their mass rallies and meetings.

Towards the east part of the square, two Ehrentempels were raised in the neo-Greek style. The temples were for the Nazis (about sixteen in number) who died during the Nazi’s failed cope de etat attempt.

In 1941, however, both buildings were brought down by the United States Army. To date, both temples’ platforms have been joined with the other two buildings designed by Paul Troost, which are close to the two demolished buildings.

One such building is currently used as a music and theatre school, and the other keeps a few institutions. Movements to rebuild the square began just after the war ended. In no less time, the square appeared like it had been in the past.

22. See the animals at Hellabrunn Zoo

Giraffe in Hellabrunn Zoo
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Address: Tierparkstraße 30, 81543 München, Germany

Tierpark Hellabrunn is a world-famous zoo located in Munich, Germany. Founded in 1863, it is the oldest zoo in Germany and one of the largest zoos in the world. The Tierpark is home to over 10,000 animals of 800 species, including giraffes, tigers, penguins, and more.

Visitors can take tram numbers 17 or 18 to Balthasar-Neumann Straße or bus number 27 to Kolumbusplatz (both stops are within walking distance).

Once at the Tierpark, visitors can explore 16 hectares of animal habitats, learn about animal conservation efforts, and get up close and personal with some of the world’s most fascinating creatures. This is one of the best things to do in Munich with kids.

23. Marvel at the architecture of Frauenkirche

Domes of Frauenkirche, one of the most famous landmarks in Munich
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Address: Frauenplatz 12, 80331 München, Germany

Frauenkirche is one of Munich’s most iconic landmarks. It’s a Gothic church with two massive towers that dominate the city skyline. The church’s interior is just as impressive as the exterior, with high ceilings and intricate details.

Frauenkirche is a Gothic church in Munich, Germany, completed in 1488. The church was commissioned by Duke Sigismund of Bavaria and built by Jörg von Halsbach. It’s a sight to see on a Munich Old Town walking tour.

Visitors can tour the church to learn about its history and see the stunning architecture up close. The Frauenkirche is one of the most popular places for sightseeing in Munich, so be sure to come early to avoid the crowds.

24. Go skiing or hiking in the Bavarian Alps

Bavarian Alps and Skyline

Address: Bavarian Alps, Germany

The Bavarian Alps are a range of mountains that extend from Austria to Germany. The region is popular for its skiing and hiking trails. There are also several towns and villages located in the Bavarian Alps, such as Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Oberammergau.

It is possible to get to the Bavarian Alps from Munich city center by car, train, or bus. The trip takes only a few hours and is a great way to see the Alpine mountains in Germany.

Once you are there, there are plenty of great small towns to explore and take in more of that gorgeous Bavarian architecture.

25. Browse the books at Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Building
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Address: Ludwigstraße 16, 80539 München, Germany

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is the largest library in Bavaria. It houses over 9 million books, making it one of the most extensive libraries in Germany. The library also has an extensive collection of manuscripts and rare books.

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is one of the most popular places for sightseeing in Munich, so don’t forget to come early to avoid the crowds. The library has an extensive collection of manuscripts and rare books, making it a must-visit in Munich for book lovers.

26. Learn about the Bavarian culture at the Bavarian National Museum

Bavarian National Museum Building

Address: Prinzregentenstraße 3, 80538 München, Germany

If you’re looking for cheap things to do in Munich, the Bavarian National Museum is an excellent choice. It’s the world’s largest museum of Bavarian history and culture and covers art, archaeology, folk art, and history.

The museum also has an extensive collection of musical instruments from the region. Admission is only €5 for adults, so it’s a great way to learn about Bavarian culture without breaking the bank. And if you get hungry while there, the museum has a café serving Bavarian specialties like pretzels and beer.

27. Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera House)

Entrance to the Bavarian State Opera House at Night

Address: Max-Joseph-Platz 2, 80539 München, Germany

The Bavarian State Opera House is one of the world’s most renowned opera venues and has been operating since the mid-19th century. The Bayerische Staatsoper is home to the Bavarian State Opera and the National Ballet Company. Karl von Fischer designed the Bavarian State Opera House, drawing inspiration from the magnificent Odéon Theatre in Paris.

The theatre made its grand debut in 1818 with a production of Die Weihe by Ferdinand Fränzl. In 1943, the Bayerische Staatsoper was decimated by bombs during World War II.

Architect Gerhard Moritz Graeber drew upon Karl von Fischer’s blueprints to restore the stately Neoclassical edifice with an auditorium that could hold 1,200 people.

Today, only the grand staircase and foyer remain from pre-war days. The rebuilt theater was inaugurated on November 22, 1963, with a Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg performance by Richard Wagner.

Tours in Munich

1. Munich: 3-Hour Private Segway Tour Top Recommendation

On this 3-hour segway tour, you will see Munich's main sights in just a few hours. Enjoy the city’s most famous attractions - from beautiful parks to the Theatine Church and the Hofgarten.

2. Munich: Old Town and Viktualienmarkt Private Walking Tour

Explore the highlights of Munich during the tour led by a local guide Admire the sights in Old Town like as Marienplatz and see St. Peter’s Church and the Frauenkirche Visit the oldest food market in Munich and find the best gourmet specialties.

3. Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich

Your food and beer tasting tour in Munich is the perfect way to kick off your Oktoberfest adventure. Participate in a range of activities while sampling some of the best brews in town.

Is Munich Worth Visiting?

Aerial of Munich, Germany
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Oh yes, indeed. Munich is a beautiful city with a rich history, cultural attractions, and a spirited atmosphere, making it a popular destination for travelers. It is known for its beautiful parks and gardens, world-class museums and galleries, lively beer halls, and festivals.

Munich is also a technology and innovation hub, with many start-ups and significant companies headquartered in the city.

Map of Munich, Germany

To help you get around for your Munich sightseeing and adventures, use this map of Munich to understand where things are located relative to the city center.

Munich, Germany Map

FAQs

What is Munich known for?

Munich is known for its Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival. This continues to be the top attraction in Munich. However, Munich also has a rich history and culture, with many beautiful sights like the English Garden, the BMW Museum, and Munich’s Central Square.

What are the best things to bring home as souvenirs from Munich?

A few things make great souvenirs from Munich – lederhosen and dirndls for Oktoberfest, cuckoo clocks, beer steins, nutcrackers, and Christmas ornaments.

What must-see sights and dos for sightseeing in Munich?

There are many great things to see and do when visiting Munich, Germany. Some of the top attractions include Marienplatz Square, Munich Residenz, Nymphenburg Palace, and the Chinese Tower at the English Garden.

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