Munich or München (“Home of the Monks) is the capital city of the German province of Bavaria. The city is famous for its beautiful architecture, fine culture, and the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration. A center for culture, art, education, sport, research and medicine, Munich offers a world-class environment and has been a host to emblematic events, including the XX Olympic games in 1972. Dive into the picturesque sights and experience the stunning architecture, the mesmerizing museums and galleries and the beautiful nature, which the city has preserved for years.
Top 5 places to visit in Munich
The square has been the heart of the city since 1158 when it was used for markets and even tournaments. Today, it’s best known for the Christmas markets, which start three weeks before Christmas. Marienplatz is dominated by the Neues Rathaus, which covers 9,159 m² (3.5 sq mi) and has over 400 rooms. It was designed by Georg Hauberrisser, who won a competition to design the city’s new town hall. One of its most famous features is the elaborate Glockenspiel cuckoo clock with a carousel of figures dancing at 11am, noon, and 5pm.
Munich’s answer to the Statue of Liberty stands guard over the Oktoberfest grounds each year. The 18.5 meters tall statue, built in 1850 by King Ludwig I personifies Bavaria. Cast entirely in bronze and weighing almost 90 tons, it’s so big that it had to be produced in several parts. Hidden inside the statue is a spiral staircase that leads to an observation deck, where the entire Oktoberfest area and downtown Munich are visible through four slits in her helmet.
Nymphenburg Palace was built to celebrate the birth of the Bavarian heir Max Emanuel to the throne. With its beautiful gardens and grand rooms, it soon became a favourite of Bavarian rulers, several of whom were born or died here. Not as many rooms of the palace are open to tourists as might be expected; after seeing everything inside, get some fresh air in the extensive formal gardens. There’s even a dedicated app that uses augmented reality to help visitors learn more about what they’re looking at.
The Monopteros, Englisch Garten
While the garden is better known for river surfing and naked sunbathing than it is for its views, there’s also a Grecian-style bandstand called the Monopteros, hidden in this sprawling 900-acre park. Munich is a pretty flat city, so King Ludwig I decided a Greek temple was just what his Englisch Garten needed, and the hill was constructed 15 metres (49 feet) high from bricks then covered with earth. Today, it offers views back down to central Munich including the distinctive onion domes of Frauenkirche.
The Olympic Park
Home to the 1972 Summer Olympics, Munich’s spectacular Olympic Park covers an area of some 2.7 million square meters on the Oberwiesenfeld, a former training ground for the Royal Bavarian army. Now a major recreational center, this huge facility hosts a variety of major concerts and events, including the summer Tollwood Festival (the winter Tollwood is held at Theresienhöhe, home of the Oktoberfest).
Activities and things to do in Munich
Munich: Gala Concert in the Cuvillies Theatre
Cuvillies theatre is definitely one of the most fascinating and important Rococo theatres in Europe. With an amazing performance of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra you can experience the most memorable concert in Cuvillies.
Classic Munich Bike Tour
The one-of-a-kind classic bike tour in Munich lasts around 4 hours. Discover the glory of the Bavarian capital on two wheels and behold its Italianate architecture, while learning from a local guide about Munich’s beer, culture and history.
Munich Old Town Walking Tour
Accompanied by an expert guide, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Munich`s history, cultural heritage and beer-brewing legacy, while walking between the central squares of Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz. Historic landmarks like the Old Town Hall, Frauenkirche and St. Peter’s Church are among the highlights of this memorable walking tour.
Munich Food Walking Tour Including Viktualienmarkt
Eat your way around Bavaria without leaving Munich on this tantalising 2-hour tasting tour. Immerse yourself in local life as you visit Munich’s historic Viktualienmarkt and follow your guide around the colorful stalls. Along the way, tuck into Bavaria’s famous sausages, regional cheeses and freshly baked breads, or sample exotic fruits and delicious sweet pastries.