You don’t stop falling in love with Munich. As a matter of fact, you keep falling in love with the city after every visit and this is why it is special. There isn’t anywhere like Munich, the architecture, the nightlife, 126 museums, the beer and food, etc. It is such a unique place.
So since you would be spoilt for choices on what activities to partake in, here are the 10 best things to do in Munich.
Visit Munich Royal Residenz
The Royal Residenz, now a museum, is the largest city palace in Germany. You are going to learn about King Ludwig I, who was the first King of Bavaria here. He started Oktoberfest as a gift to his wife, where they had horse races and a big party. Bavaria has been celebrating the festival ever since.
Germany’s most expensive shopping street is just by the Royal Residenz. You can get some nice Rolex and Prada there.
Have Fun in the English Garden
The English garden is the largest garden in continental Europe. It’s a massive park, and all kinds of activities take place there. There is cycling, football, slacklining and the nude area where you can hang out in the park, wearing your birthday suit.
This park is modeled after a typical English garden, so everything that you see is manmade. The ponds, rivers, waterfalls, and every tree were hand planted to replicate an English garden. The English garden is a really serene place to hang out.
See the Viktualienmarkt
The beer garden is just a subset of the famous local farmer’s market, Viktualienmarkt. The Market has about 140 stalls where you can buy an array of products.
In the market, you can get freshly produced cheese, wines, bread, awesome cafes, more traditional foods than seafood, great sausages, etc.
They also have nontraditional foods, like ice cream, nice little sababa, falafel and almost anything you can snack on.
Take a Rest at the Chinese Beer Temple
This is the second-largest beer garden in the world. The location is in the English garden, and it is a great place to hang out. The beer garden was born from brewing the beer underground. They put white gravel down to reflect the sun as well as chestnut trees because of their low root systems. This would prevent it from going down into the ground.
The only foods you can get here are pretzels and radishes, but you can bring your own food along. The Chestnut trees provide a nice shady area. This place is just proof that people in Munich really know how to live their life well.
Sightsee the Dresden Frauenkirche
Dresden Frauenkirche, church of our lady, is the second-largest church and the largest brick church in the world.
The location is in the North of the Alps, and there a few things you can check out in the church. Getting in, if you stand at the right angle to the church it technically looks like the whole church is windowless. This is as a result of its great architectural design.
There is also a little story of the devil making a deal with the architect to complete the building within his lifetime. There is a huge mark on the floor, at the back of the church, called the devil’s footprint.
Tour the Marienplatz
Marienplatz is the main square of the city. There you have the old town hall, the new town hall, and the Virgin Mary statue in the center of the city. There are so many places to see in the Marienplatz.
The Glockenspiel is a huge clock on the new town hall and it is world-famous. It has figurines representing stories from Munich’s history. This is performed twice a day for crowds of tourists that gather in the square.
Odeonsplatz is another square worth visiting. It’s surrounded by the Feldherrnhalle, a monument dedicated to the Bavarian army by King Ludwig I. There is a massive residence on one side and the beautiful Theatine church that was built to give thanks for the birth of Prince Maxim Emanuel in 1662.
This square played a huge role in Hitler’s Third Reich and people were forced to give the Nazi salute whenever they walked by a plaque hanging on the wall across the street. To avoid this, many people took a shortcut through the alleyway.
The alley is just outside the square, you will notice golden cobblestones while walking through it. The cobblestones are a tribute to those who paid the ultimate price by defying Hitler’s Third Reich.
There is also a nearby documentation center that sits on a historical site where visitors are told the crimes of the Nazi dictatorship. It stands on former Nazi headquarters that are now either empty or demolished.
Climb to the Top of the Olympic Towers
it’s definitely worth visiting the Olympic village and going up to the Olympic Tower. It’s a great view and it’s the highest viewpoint in all of Munich. You can even see the Alps from there.
Not only can you go up the Olympic tower and check out the 360-degree view of Munich, but it also has a nice little park where you can walk through lakes and waterways. The Olympic tower is also quite close to the BMW museum. So if you’re into cars, you can go over and check it out.
You can also take a nice little walk into the stadium and see where the 1972 Olympics took place here in Munich.
Take a Bike Tour
Cycling is an excellent way to explore Munich. If you know the city very well, you can rent a bike and take a tour to see all the top sites for just a few dollars. This way, you can visit most of Munich’s top attractions in a very short amount of time.
Have Fun at Hofbräuhaus
This is the most famous beer hall in the world. If you like beer, loud music and meeting a bunch of random people you will never see again, Hofbräuhaus is the best place in the city for that.
Hofbräuhaus is always open, 365 days a year. It is a real entertainment hall and you will definitely have plenty of fun. So, if you must have one beer in Munich, you have to make sure that it is in Hofbräuhaus.