A Guide to Munich, Germany

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  • Germany

  • Munich

  • Local Culture

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Fora’s Take

Munich, or München, is an incredible destination for those who want to experience it all! The capital of Bavaria, Germany, Munich is the heart of Bavarian culture and a stone's throw away from the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. It is the perfect destination for those who enjoy the hustle, bustle and culture of city experiences, but want the accessibility of stunning scenery and outdoor adventure.

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Things to do in Germany

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Stroll through the Marienplatz

Munich's Marienplatz is the most famous square in the city. Located in the heart of Munich's Old Town, it is surrounded by incredible shops, restaurants and of course, the famous Rathaus-Glockenspiel, a beautiful clock known for its large characters acting out scenes from Munich's history.

Watch surfing on the Eisbach

The Eisbach River runs through the beautiful Englisher Garten (The English Gardens). This human-made river is a famous location for river surfers and is a marvel to watch!

Visit Nymphenburg Palace and Botanical Gardens

Explore the beautiful palace and gardens of Nymphenburg. Stroll around or take a tour!


Munich is home to BMW headquarters, the BMW museum and BMW Welt! Take a tour — or even a test drive!

Day Trips:

Spend a day at the lake

Starnbergersee is easily accessible by train and a wonderful place to spend the day. Take a swim or a bike ride, or take in the mountain views from one of the many restaurants in Tutzing.

Experience Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is truly unique and a must-see in Bavaria. It is home to the historic Olympiastadion, two ski resorts, beautiful Lake Eibsee and the Zugspitze (the tallest mountain in Germany!) Spend the day hiking, biking or enjoying a stunning gondola ride up into the Bavarian Alps!

Visit Dachau

The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum is an incredibly enlightening destination and a key way to learn some of Germany's history on your travels.

Places to eat & drink in Germany

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Hofbräuhaus München: Easily the most famous Biergarten in the world, Hofbräuhaus is a magnificent 3-floor beer hall built in the 16th century. The food is just as incredible as the beer!

Augustiner-Keller: Located a short walk from Munich's central station is the Augustiner-Keller. This is an incredible Biergarten, always full of laughter, incredible food and incredible beer. If you are lucky enough to travel during the spring, don't forget to try the Spargelsuppe (Asparagus soup!)

True Brew Brewing Co.: Loving Bavarian beer but craving something different? True Brew's handcrafted beer is a delicious adventure and a great place to hang out.

California Bean: Breakfast, brunch or just coffee, this is a great place to kick off the day. Adorable and tasty!

Cafe Guglhupf: The perfect place for a snack! Stop and enjoy a sweet treat, such as the many cakes and ice cream sundaes, a beer, a coffee or a full meal. Tucked in a cozy nook of the Altstadt, this cafe is ideal for grabbing a bite and relaxing with your travel companions.

Cotidiano Gärtnerplatz : A great place to have brunch or lunch! Cotidiano has a diverse menu with options for everyone. Great for those who have dietary restrictions, as well as for friends who do not.

Need to Know

Though Munich is a fantastic place to travel year-round, there are perks to visiting in either the spring or the fall! Visit in September and experience the world-famous Oktoberfest or visit in the spring and experience a more low key favorite, Frühlingsfest. These fests are what Munich is truly famous for, and there is a reason! The Theresienwiese is filled with lights, music, rides and beer tents. Grab a dirndl or some lederhosen, or go as you are and enjoy!

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