10 Things to Do in Munich That You Shouldn't Miss

December 16, 2017 Major Galusha

Munich exudes Bavarian charm. Beer fanatics should head immediately to the Hofbräuhaus, a hops heaven that’s been churning out the good stuff since 1589. The drinking is downright legendary during Oktoberfest, a celebration of local beers and German specialty foods. Emulate world-class athletes at the Olympiapark, where skating on the Olympic ice rink will make you feel like a champion. The promenade of Marienplatz is perfect for people watching and gawking at the Glockenspiele of City Hall.
Restaurants in Munich

1. English Garden

80538 Munich, Bavaria, Germany +49 89 38666390
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

English Garden

Very popular scenic park, more internaitonal than its name would suggest, it contains a Greek temple, Chinese pagoda and Japanese tea house.

Reviewed By Li K - Munich, Germany

English Garden has so many nice - and various - sights and atmospheres. You need hours to grab them all and every time the experience is different. The sights are: the surfers´Eisbachwelle in the South, the temple-like round pavillon Monopteros on a steep hill, the impressive wooden tower Chinesischer Turm with restaurant and large beer garden and the classic style Seehaus, restaurant and beer garden at the small Kleinhesseloher See. These sights are scattered beween large lawns and massive trees, traced by curved ways and a small rivet with mossed rocks and small Bridges. The English Garden extends to the North far beyond the city limits and gets less groomed and more natural, partly nearly wild.

2. Marienplatz

Marienplatz 1, 80331 Munich, Bavaria, Germany 120347
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

Marienplatz

This prominent public square, the largest in Munich, still stands as the center of social activity in the city, much as it has throughout history.

Reviewed By BUGI_70 - Florence

The main Munich square. The new Rathaus is here with its amazing tower. Wonderful at night. You can comfortably park at the train station and get to Marienplatz by foot.

Luisenstr. 33, 80333 Munich, Bavaria, Germany +49 89 23332027
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4.5 based on 665 reviews

Municipal Gallery in Lenbach House

The Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus was established in the former residence of the artist Franz von Lenbach and is most known for its world-class and unique collection of works by the artists of The Blue Rider, such as Franz Marc, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Gabriele Munter, accented by eminent works of the Art Nouveau and New Objectivity, the art of the 19th century as well as international contemporary art.

Reviewed By TomOpo - Prague

Amazing building with the Kunstbau part located in the UBahn station where temporary Exhibitions take place, it is worth the visit mainly due to the Blau Reiter floor (Kandinsky, Jawlensky, Klee and others).

4. Asam Church

Sendlinger Str. 32, 80331 Munich, Bavaria, Germany +49 89 23687989
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Asam Church

Reviewed By Cathy C - Olympia, Washington

Built by two architect church-designing brothers between two buildings, this church will knock your socks off! Having seen churches all over Europe, this one takes the cake...and this cake is frosted in every way! Frescos, paintings, statues, gilded everything. You must see it to believe it. It is so laden with everything, it is gaudy in a way yet extraordinarily beautiful.
We had to work hard to get in. We trudged there twice on a Friday and it was closed. On our third trip, a Saturday morning, we finally hit the jackpot. It was worth the effort.

5. Oktoberfest

Theresienwiese 7, 80336 Munich, Bavaria, Germany +49 7456 3475
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4.5 based on 967 reviews

Oktoberfest

A raucous celebration of Bavarian culture, Munich's Oktoberfest is one of the world's oldest, biggest, and longest parties. Dating back to 1810, the event these days kicks off when the mayor taps the first keg at noon on the third Saturday of September. Some 6 million revelers spend the ensuing 16 days clinking and drinking 1-liter beer steins, eating sausages and doughy pretzels, and swooshing through the air aboard carnival rides. Technically a folk festival rather than a beer festival, Oktoberfest features plenty of merrymakers in traditional lederhosen and dirndl dresses belting out old Bavarian songs in giant tents and beer Gardens. Regardless of attire, though, anyone is welcome to link arms and join the fun.

Reviewed By Ellie R - London, United Kingdom

We were camping nearby which was not luxurious at all. However, once we got to the resort we were utterly blown away! The site was vast and had so much entertainment and atmosphere. The tents all brought a different character and decorations. The food stalls and tourist memorabilia were as expensive as you would expect but all worth the money. They all offered the ability to recycle the plastic bottles bought in the area which I thought was brilliant. The location is easy to get to with clear signs and well checked with security. Wish we had stayed there longer! Would definitely come back again!

6. Eisbach Wave

Prinzregentenstrasse, 81925 Munich, Bavaria, Germany
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4.5 based on 440 reviews

Eisbach Wave

Reviewed By jcwlg - Singapore, Singapore

Crowded during summer in July! But worth going over to watch instead of Surfing might be dangerous for inexperienced surfers but overall, an interesting experience in the city!

7. New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)

Marienplatz 8, 80331 Munich, Bavaria, Germany +49 89 23300
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New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)

Standing next to the old government building, the current home of Munich's city government is located on the Marienplatz.

Reviewed By IE2015Traveller - County Dublin, Ireland

The Tourist Information office is worth visiting and the walking tours from it are excellent. Worth going to see the chiming of the bells but check the times and don't expect too much. The Town Hall is worth seeing from the front - but not the back!

8. Botanischer Garten Muenchen-Nymphenburg

Menzinger Str. 61 - 65, 80638 Munich, Bavaria, Germany +49 89 17861310
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Botanischer Garten Muenchen-Nymphenburg

Reviewed By Dan M - Tel Aviv, Israel

Before arriving at Munich I was kind of worrying about what we could do there.
Of course there is Neuschwanstein, and Hohenschwangau, Linderhof or Oberammergau...but they are far from Munich and require a tour, buses or train transportation...
But in Munich itself ...what can be done ?
We did not enjoy shopping that much (not so cheap), Nymphenburg is far from the other European Castles and Palaces ...
And how many times can one walk to the Marienplatz Square ....
But then we discovered this Botanic Garden and it was AWESOME !
I have attached plenty of pictures ... But there is much much more to see there ...
I really recommend you take the time if you like flowers, trees, or simply green and may be if you're lucky and have some sun ... Then it's the best...
Enjoy !

9. Tierpark Hellabrunn

Tierparkstr. 30, 81543 Munich, Bavaria, Germany +49 89 625080
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Tierpark Hellabrunn

Huge complex of buildings makes this one of the most enjoyable museums you will ever visit. Plan to spend a great portion of the day there since there are so many exhibits and rooms to see.

Reviewed By Renae P - Lakewood, Colorado

Photography is my hobby and zoos where the animals are healthy and well cared for are always fun to photograph. So whenever I’m in a city with a good one, I try to make time to visit. I expected to spend a couple of hours, ended up spending the whole day which actually turned out to be one of my most favorite days in Munich! The Zoo was more like a park with lots of trees and grassy spaces, there was even a stream running through it. So it was lovely just walking around. The enclosures were also very open with trees and grass. Unlike what I’m used to in America, where it’s uncommon to see more than one species in an enclosure, here, where possible, many variety of animals were kept together and as a result the animals were more active. Wooden lounging chairs were around some of these mixed enclosures so you could lay back, relax and enjoy the animals interacting. The animals were also much closer to you than here. In der Fledermäuse (bat) grotto, the bats are free and fly all around you, very unique experience. There is also a large goat area where you can go in and pet them. There were so many unique animals that I had never seen before like pale pink pelicans, some sort of mountain goat with these crazy curled horns and baboons with amazing faces. Be sure to go in all the buildings, each had its own surprise, like in the center of the rhino house there was a tree with ropes strung from it. Look closely, there are sloths hanging out in there. So cool! It’s easy to get there by train, has its own stop so no reason not to go.

10. Munich Documentation Centre

Brienner Str. 34, 80333 Munich, Bavaria, Germany +49 89 23367000
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Munich Documentation Centre

29.11.17 - 2.4.18: Sonderausstellung: Nie wieder. Schon wieder. Immer noch. Rechtsextremismus in Deutschland seit 1945 Veranstaltungen (falls nicht anders angegeben, immer um 19:00 Uhr im Auditorium des NSD): Do 11.1.18 Podiumsdiskussion "Rechtspopulismus in Europa - Analysen und Gegenstrategien" I Di 16.1.18 Kabarett und Gespräch "Allein unter Schwarzen" I Do 18.1.18 Vortrag "Neues von der Ehrenbürgstraße"(Kulturzentrum UBO 9) I Do 25.1.18 Gedenkfeier "Erinnern an die verfolgten und ermordeten jüdischen Lehrerinnen und Lehrer" I Do 25.1.18 Lesung "Souviens-toi: Erinnere dich" (Gasteig/Black Box) I Fr 26.1.18 Vortrag "Die neue Rechte und der Untergang des Abendlandes" (Ev. Stadtakademie München) I Sa 27.1. (16:00) / Mo 29.1.18 Kinderoper "Brundibár" I Di 30.1.18 Filmvorführung und Diskussion "Liza ruft!" I Do 1.2.18 Konzert "Józef Koffler" I Do 8.2.18 Lesung und Diskussion "Hate Poetry" I Di 20.2.18 Podiumsdiskussion "Der NSU-Prozess" I Do 22.2.18 Vortrag "Brecht studiert Hitler"

Reviewed By KT12014 - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Cant review fairly since I went on a Monday and the museum is closed! But looks really interesting! Although I went on the Sandemans Third Rieich tour which was great!

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