Discover the Best of Munich: Guide to Bavaria's Vibrant Capital

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  • Active Travel

  • City Travel

  • Munich

  • Germany

  • Outdoors

  • Sightseeing

  • History

An ancient building in Munich
Curator’s statement

Munich is a city rich in history, with landmarks like the Frauenkirche and Nymphenburg Palace. It's a place where old and new exist together. More than just a historical city, Munich is a hub of creativity and intellect. Its museums, including the Pinakotheken and Deutsches Museum, offer a diverse collection of art and science. You’ll be amazed at the wonderful hotel options and can indulge in the city’s culinary diversity. The hospitality of Munich will keep you returning to explore more each trip.

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Where to stay in Munich, Germany

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Things to do in Munich, Germany

Nymphenburg Palace gardens

Top Things to Do in Munich

With its blend of modern flair and charming old-world character, Munich is a city that invites exploration. From sprawling parks and world-class museums to legendary breweries and architectural wonders, this Bavarian city has something for everyone.

Explore the Marienplatz: The heart of Munich, Marienplatz boasts stunning architecture, featuring the New Town Hall and the iconic Glockenspiel. This area is also filled with shops, cafes, restaurants and boutiques.

When you think of Munich, beer inevitably comes to mind. After all, this city is the birthplace of the world-renowned Oktoberfest! I highly recommend going on a beer and food tour to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for Munich's beer culture.

Experience the English Garden: Munich's own version of Central Park, the English Garden is a sprawling green oasis perfect for a leisurely stroll .

At the Eisbach you’ll see people catching waves whatever the weather. We have watched the surfers line up in the Winter.

Nymphenburg Palace: The summer residence of Bavarian monarchs, this palace is a marvel of Baroque architecture.

Deutsches Museum: As the world's largest museum of science and technology, it's a must-visit for any history or science enthusiast. Even if you stay all day you will barely scratch the surface of this interactive museum.

Residenz: Originally served as a residence of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings During the Second World War, the Residence was destroyed, but starting from 1945, it was slowly rebuilt. Today, it is one of the biggest museum complexes in Bavaria, housing the Residence Museum, the Treasury and the Cuvilliés Theatre.

BMW Tours: A Must-Visit for Auto Enthusiasts

For fans of BMW, Munich's BMW Museum is an absolute must-visit. It's not just a museum, it's a journey through time, driven by the power of one of the world's most iconic automotive brands.

The BMW Museum isn't the only automobile-themed attraction Munich has to offer. In addition to the museum, the BMW Welt attraction showcases the latest from the BMW group including MINI and Rolls Royce.

The BMW group offers tours of the museum, BMW Welt and the Munich factory. Both the Museum and Welt you can discover on your own. But if you do just one tour, I highly recommend the BMW factory tour. It offers a rare insight into the intricate processes behind the creation of these mechanical marvels. They're available in both English and German.

The complex offers several restaurants including EssZimmer which was awarded two Michelin star.

One tip: Make sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time! Like a well-oiled machine, these tours run on schedule and spaces can fill up fast

Olympiapark was the location of the 1972 Olympic Games. The facilities are now used for various cultural, social and religious events. The Olympic Stadium, former home of FC Bayern München, is now a popular venue for concerts and festivals. The swimming stadium and Olympic Tower, with its observation platform and revolving restaurant, are open to the public. The park is a popular spot for locals to walk and row.

Day trips

When Germany comes to mind for many people, Neuschwanstein Castle is often the first thing they think of. This magnificent palace is renowned for being the source of inspiration behind Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. To explore the interior, visitors must join a 35-minute guided tour, but please note that photography is prohibited inside the castle. Situated approximately two hours away from Munich, it is advisable to book a tour in advance for convenience.

Places to eat & drink in Munich, Germany

A man with giant pint of beer at Oktoberfest.

Andy's Krablergarten - This casual family-owned restaurant is where you want to go for the best schnitzels in the city. With large portions, we make sure to dine here every time we visit Munich. Finish off the meal with a shot of delicious schnapps. My personal favorite entrée is the horseradish schnitzel.

Italy - Despite its simple name, the food at this place is truly incredible and authentic. Moreover, the staff members are excellent. Insider tip: ask your server for information on the daily special. Situated to the north of the city center, this restaurant has a strong local following. Reservations are recommended.

Takumi - Known for serving the best ramen in town. However, be sure to arrive early as the line often stretches for over an hour.

Chopin Schwabing - Indulge in delicious Afghan cuisine at this restaurant, offering an extensive range of grilled meats and delectable Middle Eastern sides.

Gasthaus Isarthor - Enjoy the best Bavarian cuisine in Munich. This small traditional German restaurant rarely ever seems to have tourists.

Need to Know

Looking for more inspiration on traveling to Germany? Check out Fora Advisor Caroline Lewis' guide, Road-Trip to Castles in Bavaria, Germany: 5-Day Itinerary.

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