Things to do in Munich for Everyone

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  • Germany

  • Munich

  • Arts & Culture

  • Boutique Travel

  • City Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Guided Tours

  • History

  • Sightseeing

View of iconic tower in Munich from fountain on bright but cloudy day.
Curator’s statement

Munich is a wonderful city to visit with so much culture, history and beauty. It is a welcoming city with winding romantic city streets, warm beer halls, great shopping, a lively art scene and delicious Bavarian cuisine. While Munich is a cultural and business center now, it was once reigned by royalty and deeply affected by World War II. This is an easy city to visit time and time again.

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Things to do in Munich

Streets and neutral buildings in Munich on a gloomy and rainy day.

Tour the City with Context Tour. I recommend starting your trip with a tour to overview the city, get bearings on locations, and dive into the history as you may not have on your own. Context also offers additional more in depth tours.

Hofbräuhaus München: One of the most famous beer halls in Munich. These places were much more than for social, but there is a rich history in these halls - they were central for politics and much news in the city.

English Garden: These gardens are a gorgeous stroll in the center of Old Town Munich. One of the largest inner city parks in the world. Bigger than Central Park in New York and Hyde Park in London. Stop to view the surfers surfing year round in the river.

Munich Residenz: This was a former palace now restored and open to the public for viewing.

Opera house: Opera and Munich has been an important part of Munich's history. You can still see performances here.

Christmas Markets: During the December season the city is filled with Christmas Markets. These are a beautiful and fun tradition for the entire family. During the day they are less crowded and in the evening the fill up with guests socializing in the chilly open air with a warm glass of Glühwein.

Places to eat & drink in Munich

Pastries in basket with beer and silverware on plaid table cloth on picnic table.

Ratskeller Munich: Large underground restaurant in a central location ideal for classic and delish Bavarian cuisine.

Wirtshaus Maximilian: A bit off-the-beaten path, this is more of a local spot. Great Bavarian cuisine and warm and comfortable setting.

Eataly Munich: When you are ready for a change from the traditional Bavarian food, head to Eataly for an Italian wonderland. Grab some items to go or sit down. The wine selection is extensive too.

Cafe Luitpold: The pastries and chocolates are stunning and equally delicious, but the cafe is a great option for Bavarian cuisine with a slightly more French-European flair. If you are want a break from some shopping at some of the high end shops, this is a great option and location.

Spaten Operahaus: Adjacent from the opera house, you have the best view of the beautiful building. Upstairs is little more formal and downstairs a bit more casual.

Day trips from Munich

Neuschwanstein Castle on grassy hilltop and alongside lush mountains in Germany.

Neuschwanstein Castle: Rent a car and drive a beautiful drive south to visit one of the most impressive castles perched up high on top of a hill at the base of the German Alps. This is a stunning feat of architecture and design. You will feel like you are in a Disney movie.

Pro Tip: Purchase your tickets in advanced.

Dachau: Munich is filled with so much beauty, but we cannot escape the pain and the sad history of this city. Dachau is sobering and haunting experience, but should not be missed. The trains are very easy and efficient. This is an easy day trip from the city center.

Need to Know

Looking for more inspiration on traveling to Germany? Read a 5 day itinerary on road tripping through Bavarian castles.

Or, for read another guide I wrote for 5 days in Aspen, CO.

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