Cool things to do in Munich: 20 beautiful places you must see [with map]
Munich is one of the most gorgeous cities in Germany with great sights. We show you our top sights from Bavaria's capital. Don't be surprised, the people of Munich also often like to call their city Minga (a Bavarian term). Or MUC, like the name of the airport of Munich.
With 1.5 million people, Munich is the most populous city in Bavaria. Of course, many more people live in the surrounding area, in the administrative district. In addition, Munich is one of the international cities. And if you take a look at our sightseeing places, you will quickly realize why.
We will now take you to our city, where we have lived for almost a decade and show you the most beautiful sights.
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Munich’s top 20 sights at a glance
Munich is the most beautiful city in Bavaria – at least in our eyes. This is not only due to the great sights and attractions that you can experience on a sightseeing trip through Munich. We show you the most beautiful highlights at a glance.
- New City Hall with Glockenspiel
- Church of Our Lady
- Old Peter
- English Garden
- Olympic Park
- Nymphenburg Castle
- Siegestor and the Leopoldstrasse
- Deutsches Museum
- Court Garden
- Bavarian Parliament – Maximilianeum
- Pinakothek of Modern Art
- Brandhorst Museum
- Bavarian State Opera
- BMW World
- Bavaria Film City
It’s best to plan a weekend for your visit and a short trip to Munich. But even in one day, you can easily see the first five sights.
|City tour “Unbelievable Munich”||29 Euro /19 Euro||book ticket here*|
|Outdoor Escape Game “Bazi-Tour”||29 Euro / 2 persons||book ticket here*|
|Night Watchman Tour||from 19 Euro||book ticket here*|
|Residence concert||from 39 Euro||book ticket here*|
|An evening of Bavarian beer and food culture||from 47 Euro||book ticket here*|
|Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle – day tour||from 62 Euro||book ticket here*|
Map: All sights to see in Munich
In our interactive map, you can find all the important sights in Munich at a glance on the city map. Have fun discovering the best places and most beautiful spots of the Bavarian capital. Take a tour with us.
Marienplatz is definitely the center of Munich, for us one of the most beautiful cities in Germany by the way. Starting in 1315, Munich gained market freedom thanks to Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian. Since then, life took place there.
Everything that was needed for life was sold at the markets. Fish was sold at the fish fountain, which is now a popular meeting place for Munich residents. Not only the market took place in the center, but also executions or jousting tournaments. Today, Marienplatz is a pedestrian zone and in winter a Christmas market is held here. Marienplatz is THE main attraction in Munich.
Worthwhile in any city is a guided tour with a guide (book here city tour*).
2. New city hall with the famous carillon
At the latest daily at 11 o’clock and at 12 o’clock it becomes difficult to cross the Marienplatz in front of the New City Hall. Because then a well-known sight takes place: the famous carillon in the town hall tower. Tourists, but also Munich residents who just walk past it, always find themselves in the square and admire the ancient spectacle. It’s definitely a must-see in Munich.
In the tower, old figures begin to turn to the music of the carillon. A peasant dance takes place. The figures are mechanically constructed. From March to October, the figures also rotate at 5 pm.
The New Town Hall is now the seat of the Lord Mayor and was built in a neo-Gothic style. When FC Bayern Munich wins the Bundesliga championship, the players step out onto the Town Hall balcony to be celebrated by their fans. The council chamber is especially beautiful. You can also enjoy a hearty meal there.
Tip: If you want to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Munich, take the elevator up to the City Hall Tower. The entrance fee is 6 euros for adults. The tower is also a well-known tourist attraction and one of the most beautiful viewpoints in Munich.
Another important sight you can’t miss is the famous Munich Viktualienmarkt (go to the guided gourmet tour*). The market takes place daily here on weekdays. Many different stalls offer everything a person could possibly need. Of course, there is a lot of gourmet food. If you want to do all your shopping at the Viktualienmarkt, you will have an empty wallet afterward.
For this, you get the really good stuff. From vegetables, fruit, cheese, sausage, olives, antipasti, delicious soups, organic food stores, craft stalls, flower pavilions, and bread, visitors will find many Bavarian specialties here, as well as other delicacies.
In addition, there is also a rustic beer garden in the middle of the Viktualienmarkt. By the way, the beer garden at the Viktualienmarkt serves a different beer every week. The beer garden is not owned by a single brewery, as is usually the case, but is alternated. At the bar, there is a sign indicating which beer is on tap each day.
Directly at the Viktualienmarkt there is a special feature: the market hall Eataly. As the name suggests, you will find many delicacies from Italy there and you can also eat and drink there at the same time. It’s always worthwhile to stroll through the market hall because there are really great delicacies.
By the way, cooking classes are also offered here. We have already participated in one ourselves and it was a lot of fun. You can book the course on the website.
⭐ Recommended travel guides for your trip to Munich
We can highly recommend the following travel guides for your city trip to Munich. You should definitely have a look at DK Eyewitness Munich and the Bavarian Alps (get it here*). What you also should give at try is Lonely Planet Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest (buy it here*).
4. Church of our lady
The Church of Our Lady is actually called the Cathedral of our dear Lady. The most striking feature of the church is the twin towers with the characteristic onion dome. The late Gothic brick building can be seen from afar over the roofs of Munich and is one of the city’s top things to do. Unfortunately, it’s not currently possible to climb the south tower.
Since 2022 you can climb up the left tower of Munich’s Church of Our Lady again. From up there, you have a legendary view down to the city hall tower, to the Marienplatz, and over Munich. For 10 years now the tower was closed. So if you’re in Munich, you can’t miss this beautiful sight.
Admission to the tower costs 7.50 euros per person. An elevator takes you up. Here you have one of the most beautiful views of the Marienplatz from above.
Tip: For spooky fans, this very special city tour* about mystical sagas and legends of the old town is worthwhile.
When you visit the church, be sure to check out the square floor tile in the nave entrance. It’s said to be the devil’s footprint, the Devil’s Step. According to the legend, the devil wanted to destroy the church.
What else is in Munich to do? Munich’s Residence is located directly on Odeonsplatz. The Residence used to be the city palace. Bavarian dukes, electors, and of course kings stayed here. Incidentally, the Residence is the largest inner-city palace in Germany and thus an important sight in the whole of Germany.
Today, during Advent, a beautiful Christmas market is held in one of the ten courtyards of the huge complex. Otherwise, the Residence houses one of the most important spatial art museums in Europe.
The museum is huge. Particularly outstanding is the Antiquarium – a huge vaulted magnificent building, but you shouldn’t miss rooms like the Emperor’s Room or the Porcelain Chamber.
Are you interested in history? Then maybe the guided tour on the Third Reich and World War II is something for you (book here*).
6. View from the Old Peter
The church of St. Peter, which is only called the Old Peter by the people of Munich, is the oldest mentioned parish church in Munich. You should definitely take a look at this sight in the middle of Munich’s old town. The Gothic new building of St. Peter’s Church was consecrated in 1294.
If you want to enjoy a great view of the city, then you should take the 306 steps up to the Peter’s Tower. It’s really worth it. If you’re normally athletic, it’s not hard at all. The tower is 92 meters high and promises a gigantic picture, especially at sunset.
7. English Garden
If you’re wondering what to do in Munich, a visit to the English Garden is not to be missed. The name comes from the fact that the park was modeled after English parks. On 375 hectares of green space, you will be able to visit some highlights in one of the largest parks in the world.
In any case, the main sightseeings like the Chinese Tower, the Japanese Tea House, the Monopteros, and the surfers at the Eisbach are an absolute must for all visitors. The Eisbach wave is a real eye-catcher and a visitor magnet. Photographers always gather here to take pictures of a special motif. But also the beer gardens in the English Garden are worth a visit.
By the way, there is also a large nudist area in the English Garden. This is located on the Schönfeldwiese in the English Garden within the oval behind the House of Art. More precisely behind the Japanese Tea House, parallel to Königinstraße. And another one can be found in the northern part of the English Garden in the Schwabinger Bucht at the Schwabinger Bach between Sulzbrücke and Alte-Heide-Steg, parallel to Willi-Graf-Strasse.
By the way, the English Garden can be explored in a very relaxed way with a guide and a bicycle (book here*).
If you’re now wondering what Munich is known for, a trip to the typical Bavarian pub, the Hofbräuhaus, is not to be missed. Built 500 years ago, the Munich pub achieved fame and it’s impossible to imagine the city’s attractions without it. The background for the construction was that the Bavarian Duke Wilhelm V ordered the construction of a brewery in 1589 to supply his court.
Tip: Of course, there is also a guided tour for beer and food culture fans* in Munich.
Today, the Munich Hofbräuhaus is a cult. Of course, many more tourists usually come there than you’ll find locals. Up to 35,000 visitors are said to go to the pub every day. Still, the locale is quaint, the food tastes good, and the brass band or music on site makes for a good atmosphere. So what more could you want?
9. Olympic Park
What else to do in Munich? The Olympic Park is worth a visit! As the name suggests, the Olympic Park was the venue for the 20th Olympic Games in 1972. The park is free to enter and the Olympic Stadium is now home to many sporting events, concerts, culture, and more. The terrain is super hilly. Families and athletes romp around climbing the Olympic Hill. There is also a small beer garden located on a hill.
Tip for soccer fans: Here you can book a combined city tour and FC Bayern soccer arena tour*.
One of the highlights and an important sight in the Olympic Park is the Olympic Stadium. You should definitely visit it. Here you can, for example, climb onto the Olympic roof and fly across the Olympic Stadium on the Flying Fox – a steel cable slide.
Concerts often take place in the stadium. If you can’t afford a ticket or were too slow to buy one, you can also make yourself comfortable on one of the hills around the stadium in summer and listen to the music there. The Munich Midsummer Night’s Dream is impressive. The event features a grandiose fireworks display. The event always takes place in the middle of July. Look at the city’s calendar of events to find out.
In the Olympic Tower there is a restaurant that rotates. From up there, you have a great view of the whole park. The TV tower is 291.28 meters high and at 200 meters is the Rock Museum of Munich. In the huge area, there are other exciting buildings like the Olympic Swimming Hall, the Olympic Hall, and the Ice Sports Center.
10. Nymphenburg Palace
Yes, we have a castle in Munich too. Nymphenburg Palace is located in the west of the city and is definitely an attraction you must see. A huge palace park is part of the palace. It’s very popular for walks when the weather gets nice. The Nymphenburg Palace is one of the great royal palaces in Europe. Of course, you should not miss this sight.
With a length of 632 meters, Nymphenburg even surpasses Versailles Palace. This is where the Wittelsbach dynasty resided in the summer. Especially beautiful is the huge water canal, where you will always find ducks or swans. The huge park with fountains and beautiful architecture is also worth a visit.
By the way, you can also reach the castle with the Hop-On/Hop-Off bus (online ticket*).
Inside the palace, the beautiful gallery of King Ludwig I of Bavaria is particularly noteworthy. He had his court painter portray 36 beautiful ladies from Munich.
You can visit the palace, the Marstall Museum with the Nymphenburg Porcelain Museum, and the park castles. The park castles are the Amalienburg, Badenburg, Pagodenburg, and Magdalenenklause. You’ll find ornately decorated walls in these small, independent buildings. A visit to these other sights is worthwhile.
Nymphenburg Palace 1 (Google Maps)
April to October 15: daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October 16 to March: daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April to October 15: daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There are always exciting themed tours (website)
|Admission prices Nymphenburg Palace||Adults|
|Complete ticket “Nymphenburg”: visit of the palace, the Marstallmuseum with the museum “Nymphenburger Porzellan”, park castles (Amalienburg, Badenburg, Pagodenburg, and Magdalenenklause)||15 Euro|
|Nymphenburg Castle||8 Euro|
|Marstallmuseum with museum “Nymphenburg Porcelain”||6 Euro|
|Map “park castles”||5 Euro|
11. Siegestor and the Leopoldstraße
Schwabing is the most famous district of Munich. The district used to be considered the bohemian quarter of the Prinzregenten era. The Siegestor (Victory Gate) was once intended to be as pompously designed as the Arch of Constantine in Rome. In 1840, Ludwig I commissioned an architect to design this landmark.
The impressive gate is the beginning of the famous Leopoldstraße (Leopold Street). Leopoldstraße is one of the most famous shopping streets in Munich and is very popular. It’s very long, lined with stores, cafes, bars, and restaurants. If you are in Munich, you should definitely make a trip here in the evening.
Behind the Siegestor runs the Ludwigsstraße, the boulevard of the king. In total, the gate is 24 meters long, twelve meters wide, and 21 meters high. At the top is the figure of Bavaria, who has a chariot in front of her, pulled by four lions.
Are you in the mood for some action? Then the Segway tour to the highlights of the city* is certainly something for you.
12. Deutsches Museum
The Deutsches Museum (“German Museum”) is one of the most famous museums, also internationally. It’s the largest science and technology museum in the world by exhibition space. It’s no wonder that the stream of visitors never stops and that the attraction has become a hotspot in Munich. Some 1.5 million people are said to visit
the museum annually. It’s located on the Museum Island and is bordered here by the Isar River.
Tip: With the Munich CityTourCard* you get discounts at many museums, sights, and theaters, concerts, stores, cafes, and restaurants.
Museum Island 1 (Google Maps)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, closed Monday
Adults pay 14 euros
For children, there is an extra children’s kingdom at the Deutsches Museum
The best thing about Munich: every Sunday the museum admission costs only 1 Euro for each visitor. Although there are long lines to get in, it’s definitely worth it. And especially the Deutsches Museum is one of the important sights of the city.
Upstairs in the Deutsches Museum is the Frau im Mond Bar since 2022. From the terrace of the bar, you have a beautiful view down to the Munich Isar. You’re sitting so high up that you can see several of the bridges spanning the Isar from the rooftop terrace.
The Hofgarten (Court Garden) is directly adjacent to the Residence and is now a much-used park. Since 1530 there has been a park in Munich, which has been expanded more and more. The pavilion in the middle of the garden is particularly beautiful. The Diana Temple has stood here since 1615.
The main entrance to the park is the Hofgartentor (“Court Garden Gate”) on the west side. It faces the Theatinerkirche (“Theatin Church”) on Odeonsplatz.
On one side stands the Residence, and on the other side borders Odeonsplatz. On the far side is the imposing building of the Bavarian State Chancellery.
So there are all kinds of imposing buildings to see in the Hofgarten. Not to mention the huge park.
The Odeonsplatz (“Odeon Square”) in Munich is a huge square that is definitely worth a visit. It takes its name from a concert hall that Ludwig I had built in 1827. The Odeon is located on the southwest side of the Odeonsplatz.
Particularly striking is the equestrian statue of King Ludwig I in the center of the square. Behind it stands the Feldherrnhalle (Commander’s Hall). It was built on the model of the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence and dates from the 19th century. The hall is dedicated to the Bavarian army.
Also on Odeonsplatz is the huge Theatinerkirche. The baroque church with a dome is also worth seeing and very imposing.
Insider tip: The Viscardigasse ( Viscardi Street) behind the Odeonsplatz used to be called Drückebergergasse (Shirkers’ Lane). In the Third Reich, you could avoid the SS guards in front of the Feldherrnhalle via this alley and didn’t have to greet them. In the alley, you can still find bronze cobblestones that remind you of the resistance of that time. So if you’re looking for secret places in Munich, you’ve come to the right place.
15. Bavarian Parliament – Maximilianeum
The Bavarian Parliament, the Maximilianeum, is definitely a great sight in Munich. You should definitely not miss the imposing building. Since 1876, the huge estate has been the seat of the Maximilianeum Foundation for gifted students from the Palatinate and Bavaria.
Since 1949, the building has also been the seat of the Bavarian Parliament, which -as the name suggests – is the state parliament of the Free State of Bavaria and the seat of government of the Bavarian Parliament.
The building is located across the Isar River from Munich’s Old Town in the Haidhausen district. It was built in the Renaissance style and looks extremely pompous.
16. Pinakothek der Moderne
The “Pinakothek der Moderne Museum” (museum of modern art) opened back in 2002. The museum houses four different museums. You can find there a collection of modern art. Here you will find paintings from classical modernism to contemporary art. The collection belongs to the Bavarian State Painting Collection.
Also in the Pinakothek, you will find the State Collection of Prints and Drawings as well as the Museum of Architecture of the Technical University of Munich and the Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum.
Barer Str. 40
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, closed Monday
Adults pay 10 euros
Every Sunday, admission to all Munich museums is only 1 euro
17. Museum Brandhorst
What else is to see in Munich? In 2009, an extremely modern and stylish building was opened in Munich, in the middle of the Maxvorstadt district, officially Munich’s art area. The Museum Brandhorst. There you can see the collection of modern and contemporary art.
It belongs to Udo and Anette Brandhorst. The facade of the museum is very striking. Colorful ceramic rods make a popular photo spot
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, closed Monday
Adults pay 7 euros
18. Bavarian State Opera
Munich’s National Theater is home to the Bavarian State Opera. It looks back on a 350-year history. The opera is one of the most renowned opera houses in the world. Premieres were held here as early as 1700.
The opera house on Salvatorplatz existed before 1649 and is thus considered the oldest opera house in the German-speaking world. The Court Opera in Vienna also looks back to this time.
One spectacular premiere, for example, was that of the opera “La finta giardiniera” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Today, many performances of the Bavarian State Orchestra and the Bavarian State Ballet take place here.
The Munich Opera Festival has also been held in Munich since 1875. They are among the most important music festivals in the world.
19. BMW World
Directly at the Olympic Park stands another architectural highlight: the BMW World. Since 2007, BMW fans have been able to experience the brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, BMW Motorrad, and everything about motorsports, innovations, and technology in the museum.
By the way, you can also have a delicious meal at BMW Welt. The gourmet restaurant Esszimmer has been honored with two Michelin stars. BMW Welt is definitely a highly sought-after sight among tourists visiting the city.
20. Bavaria Film City
Bavaria Filmstadt in Grünwald offers exciting guided tours of the film city. 350,000 visitors are said to view the facility each year. However, it’s also a great way to stand on the film sets of famous movies. Bavaria Filmstadt is one of the grandest sights in Munich.
On site you can see the sets of various series and movies: The backdrop street “Münchener Straße” from the series Löwengrube, the Viking village and the ship from “Wickie the Viking”, the interior sets and props from the films “Asterix and Obelix”, “Big Game – Die Jagd beginnt” and “Das Boot”. The tours have been taking place since 1981. There is also a 4D adventure cinema on the vast grounds. The tours are perfect for families with children, for young people, but also for older people.
Extra tip: Kunsthalle Munich and UTOPIA
Finally, we have two important tips for you. If you still have time left and are into modern art installations, then you must definitely check out the exhibitions at Kunsthalle München and UTOPIA.
The Kunsthalle München is located near the city hall and the Marienplatz in Munich. It presents three to four temporary exhibitions a year. Since around 350,000 visitors view the exhibitions every year, the Kunsthalle is one of the most visited exhibition houses in Germany. One ingenious display, for example, was JR: Chronicles. It featured “the largest retrospective to date of French artist JR.”
UTOPIA – a happening place – is also a great art installation in Munich. In the former riding hall in Schwabing-West, an event location was converted. The Reithalle is a listed building and offers artists space for art installations, concerts, readings, and much more. A great installation was Viva Frida Kahlo – Immersive Experience.
What you absolutely have to do in Munich: To the Isar river
What else is there to see in Munich? Well, what you definitely have to do when you’re in Munich is to pay a visit to the Isar River during the day or in the evening. Actually, it’s beautiful everywhere along the Isar. But the most sought-after regions are around the Deutsches Museum, the Reichenbach Bridge, the Wittelsbach Bridge, the Flaucher at the Tiergarten, and the section from the Müllersche Volksbad to the Friedensengel.
By the way, there are more sights in Munich that are worth seeing if you have more time. You can find all information in the above-mentioned articles about the different districts in Munich. We advise you to explore a lot of Munich on foot.
By the way, the half-day bike tour with a local guide along the Isar River is very worthwhile (book here*).
Everywhere along the Isar you have the possibility to spread out your towel or to go to one of the small islands in the middle of the Isar. It’s crowded everywhere in summer. In the morning you will see many locals practicing Qi-Gong or other sports. The Isar is a meeting place for everyone. Along the Isar, there are always small kiosks where you can stop and buy a beer.
Insider tip: Nudism on the Isar: In principle, you can find people everywhere on the Isar who show themselves quite freely and jump naked into the water. But there are already a few areas where you can find more naked people as they say in Bavaria.
In total, there are seven official places in Munich where it is allowed to sunbathe naked. In the western flood bed Maria Einsiedel near the Marienklausenbrücke to about the direction of the Hinterbrühler Lake. On the eastern bank between the Braunau railroad bridge and the Brudermühl bridge. At the Tiergarten section near the large gravel bank east of the Flauchersteg. On the Isar Island on the east bank to Mittlere-Isar-Strasse and about 100 meters before the pedestrian bridge to the English Garden.
The most famous folk festival in the world: the Oktoberfest
The most famous folk festival in Munich and also in the world is the Oktoberfest. It’s not only known throughout Germany but also internationally. Not for nothing, there is an Italian or English weekend at the Wiesn. This is the popular name for Oktoberfest. The event is one of the most famous attractions in Munich.
The Oide Wiesn at the Munich Oktoberfest is particularly beautiful with antique rides. The Wiesn takes place on the large square on the Theresienwiese. Today this is concreted. Outside of the 5th season in Munich (which is also the name of the Oktoberfest), the square is used by joggers, athletes, or walkers.
In winter, the Tollwood also takes place here. A huge Christmas market with concerts. The Oktoberfest takes place every year in September. This year it is from September 21 to October 6.
Directly above the Theresienwiese is the Ruhmeshalle. This impressive columned structure was also commissioned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The statue of Bavaria is enthroned directly in front of it. Both huge mighty structures were built between 1843 and 1853.
The Hall of Fame is 68 meters wide and 32 meters deep. Its roof is supported by 48 frontal columns almost seven meters high. The entire hall was made of Kelheim limestone.
Tip: For 3.50 euros, you can climb up to the Bavaria, right into its head.
For families, the Hellabrunn Zoo is a real experience. The zoo is quite old. It was founded in 1911. the park is located in the protected landscape area of the Isarauen. There are 750 species of animals living there. On the zoo’s website, you can check out what animal births are going on.
We are against zoos and do not visit them. Animals should live in the wild. However, you have to decide for yourself if you want to support zoos.
April 1-October 27 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 28 onward 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 9 a.m.-4 p.m
Adults pay 15 euros
Eating and drinking in Munich
A hearty meal and a good beer to go with it are a tradition in Bavaria. Besides the Hofbräuhaus, a visit to the rustic beer garden is a must-do in Bavaria and especially in Munich. The most famous delicatessen in Munich is clearly Dallmayr.
Largest beer garden: Königlicher Hirschgarten
The Königlicher Hirschgarten in Munich is the city’s largest beer garden. Perhaps even the largest in the world, according to some statistics. Around 8,000 guests can visit the beer garden in the center of Munich. It’s called royal because Elector Carl Theodor created the Hirschgarten.
Here, by the way, it’s tradition to either bring your own empty stein or get one from the stein cabinet and rinse it off. This very one is then filled with Augustiner beer.
Address: Hirschgarten 1
Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. to midnight (maximum until 01:00 a.m.)
Other nice beer gardens in Munich:
- Biergarten Muffatwerk – small, fine beer garden right on the Isar River. Food is organic and even has lots of veggie and vegan dishes.
- Hofbräukeller beer garden on Wiener Platz – very large beer garden, delicious food, beach bar with chill chairs and cocktails.
- Augustiner Keller near the Hackerbrücke – in winter there is a curling rink with a rustic hut and mulled wine, in summer you just enjoy the fine beer outside
- Alte Utting – yes, there really is an old ship in Munich where you can drink your beer
- Biergarten am Chinesischen Turm in the English Garden – traditional brass music, delicious food, and a great location
- Biergarten am Seehaus in the English Garden – located directly on the lake, delicious, typical Bavarian Auszogne or Kücheln (yeast pastries)
- Beer garden at the Viktualienmarkt
- Michaelibiergarten in the Ostpark
An icon in Munich is the delicatessen and probably one of the most famous coffee brands Dallmayr. The company’s history is over 300 years old. There you can not only get freshly ground coffee but also eat delicious delicacies.
After a shopping spree, the chic crowd likes to meet here for a drink. The store is also very suitable for gifts.
Address: Dienerstraße 14-15
Opening hours: daily 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed on Sundays
For more unusual and fun things to do, we can recommend Munich’s Nockherberg. You’ve probably already heard something about it. This place is famous because the Paulaner brewery has settled here. By the way, even though the Nockherberg is called a mountain, it’s not a mountain, it’s just a hill.
Up here, the annual strong beer festival, the Salvator-Ausschank, takes place with the politician Derblecken. Derblecken is a Bavarian expression for the fact that one pulls above all persons of the public life critically, but always with a wink through the cocoa.
Address: Hochstraße 77
Opening hours: open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight
Restaurants and cafés in the city center
- Café Glockenspiel at Marienplatz: If you want to enjoy a dinner with a view of Munich’s city hall, the Café Glockenspiel on the 5th floor is the place to go. On sunny days, however, it’s also worth taking a detour to the café’s terrace for delicious cake and Aperol Spritz. Address: Marienplatz 28
- Roof terrace Hotel Bayerischer Hof: If you want to see Munich’s celebrities or famous Instagram stars, then the Hotel Bayerischer Hof is the place to be. From the rooftop terrace, you have a brilliant view over Munich. The spa with pool, where the film Kirr Royal was shot, is located directly below the terrace. You can also enjoy a delicious meal in the restaurant. The bar downstairs in the hotel is also highly recommended. The Trader Vic’s is popular with many celebrities (you might even see a famous footballer) because you can sit here quite angled. Address: Promenadepl. 2-6
- Café Luitpold: a coffee house with style in a magnificent 19th-century building. Great cake selection! Address: Brienner Str. 11
- Café Maelu: you can’t just walk past this café. The display is filled with wonderfully beautiful cupcakes, cakes, macarons, and chocolates. While the prices are definitely a bit more expensive, believe me, when your cake fork slides into the chocolate mousse of the tartlet, you’ll forget about the price. Address: 32 Theatinerstrasse
- Burger & Lobster Bank: I don’t really like this place, but it’s still very popular in Munich. Therefore I do not want to withhold it from you. The staff is arrogant. The vegetarian burgers and sweet potato fries are super tasty though. And: here you can already meet one or the other celebrity. Address: Prannerstraße 11
Where to stay in Munich?
- An absolutely stylish hotel with a top location right next to the main train station is the 25hours hotel The Royal Bavarian (check prices here*). The reception is located on the second floor and the interior makes influencer hearts beat faster. Every corner offers an apt photo spot. And if you’re lucky, a celebrity will be sitting next to you at the breakfast buffet in the morning. In any case, the 25-Hours-Hotel in Munich is hip. By the way, the in-house restaurant Neni is also very good for breakfast (buffet costs 24 euros and small breakfast 4.90 euros) or dinner.
- Also at the train station is the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost (check prices here*). The five-star hotel is extremely impressive and the cuisine there in particular is a real treat. You can get really good cocktails in the Isar Bar. Of course, the accommodation has a spa and wellness area.
- Also spectacular and in demand by stars is the Hotel Bayerischer Hof (check prices here*) in the middle of the city center. The rooftop terrace offers a terrific view of downtown Munich, the spa is very nice, and the restaurant is a great place to dine. In the basement is one of the most beautiful bars in Munich. By the way, there is a Thomas Gottschalk room for admirers of the star. Otherwise, you’re sure to meet one or two celebrities in the house here.
- Opening in spring 2019 and super hyped is the Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor – a concept by Hyatt (check prices here*). The restrooms alone at this hotel are freaky. Not everyone can get into the stylish rooftop bar.
- A very popular hotel is the Rocco Forte The Charles Hotel (check prices here*). It offers customers not only a top standard, but also a terrific spa area with a huge indoor pool. External guests can also spend a day here.
- But don’t worry, you can also get cheaper hotel rooms in Munich that are still stylish. One example is the Bold Hotel Munich Center (check prices here*). This hotel is ideally suited for a visit to the Oktoberfest due to its location.
- Also the Ruby Lilly Hotel (check prices here*) is currently in high demand, but is priced humanely. The decor is stylish, with rain showers and signature Marshall guitar amps in every room.
- If you’re in the mood for individual rooms, or maybe even want to sleep in a room designed by Michi Beck – frontman of the Fantastischen Vier – then The Flushing Meadows Hotel (check rates here*) is the place for you. The hotel is located in the hip Glockenbach district.
When to visit Munich?
You can visit Munich at any time of the year. In winter, there are great Christmas markets in Munich that are definitely worth a visit. In spring, the city really blossoms. With the first rays of sunshine, the cafés are in full swing and the first spring festivals begin.
Summer is beer garden and Isar time. There are also great concerts and summer events. In the fall, the Oktoberfest takes place. As you can see, Munich is suitable at any time of year.
The “grantig” (Bavarian for annoying) Munich resident is quite sweet
One thing in advance: the Munich native often needs a little time to thaw out. You could also call him lazy. And: the “Schickeria” sung about in the well-known song by the Spider Murphy Gang is not a fantasy, it really exists.
When you move to Munich, you often get the feeling that all the neighbors around you are super rich. And that’s probably even true for many residents in Munich. Also, the prices for restaurants or bars are not insignificant in some corners and can eat a deep hole in your wallet. But if you know that, adjust to it and otherwise just enjoy the advantages of this beautiful city, then you can really enjoy yourself in Munich.
With our tips you can also save a little money. Munich is very cozy, has a really great style and beautiful nature. In Munich, the world is simply still in order and you feel immediately comfortable and safe here.
We’ve been living here for almost a decade now and we’ll show you some great sights that you should definitely see during your visit as a tourist. And whether you’re drawn to the Old Town, Schwabing, Maxvorstadt, Untergießing, Au and Haidhausen, the English Garden or Westpark – every district in Munich is exciting. You can truly experience a lot here.
We hope that we have whetted your appetite for our city and its magnificent sights. However, there is of course much more to discover in Munich. Many more restaurants, many more cafes, ice cream parlors, clubs, and much culture. But that would have blown up the scope of this article now. We will try to catch that in further articles about the districts of Munich. For a long weekend, however, the tips are enough in any case.