- 1 Things To Do In Munich
- 1.1 11 Things To Do In Munich
- 1.2 How To Get Around Munich
- 1.3 Final Thoughts
Things To Do In Munich
Munich is the capital of Bavaria, one of the 16 states that make up Germany. As a result of many air raids during World War II, the majority of the city is very modern, but there are areas throughout the city that preserve the old Munich architectural styles. I visited Munich at the end of July, and overall, I enjoyed my visit. Here is a list of some things to do in Munich.
11 Things To Do In Munich
Out of all the things to do in Munich, this was the highlight for me. It’s a beautiful castle created by King Ludwig II situated on a hill with amazing views of the surrounding towns and lakes. Although it’s technically not in Munich, it’s a popular spot less than two hours away from the city. I highly recommend visiting this place, whether it’s with a tour, or going by yourself.
The view of the castle and its surrounding background of lakes, towns, and grassy fields are incredible, no words can describe it and pictures don’t do it justice. This is the castle that supposedly inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom. This place is definitely one of the top five places I’ve visited in Europe, and I definitely hope to return to this place again in the winter, when everything is covered in snow. Here is an article I wrote about my visit.
This is another one of Kind Ludwig II’s creations. It’s a palace secluded in the wilderness, and although not very large, it’s impressively decorated in the interior. I came here as part of the tour to Neuschwanstein Castle, and I would recommend visiting here as well.
New Town Hall
A nice looking old styled town hall in front of Marienplatz Plaza, the central square in the heart of Munich. The New Town Hall tower contains the Glockenspiel, a gorgeous clock over 100 years old. There are life-sized figures on the clock tower that reenact Bavarian historical events at 11am or 12pm.
Around Marienplatz Plaza is the popular downtown area, with lots of restaurants, stores, and tons of people walking the streets. One thing to note is that on Sundays, everything closes early in Munich, so if you come later in the afternoon on Sundays, it is quite empty, and no stores will be open.
Old Town Hall
Right next to the New Town Hall, the Old Town Hall dates back to the 14th century. It was severely damaged during World War II and reconstructed in the 1970’s. The neo-Gothic elements, such as the statues of Ludwig the Bavarian and Henry the Lion are preserved.
This is a popular daily farmers market in Munich with vendors selling fruits, vegetables, souvenirs, crafts and all sorts of other things. There’s also a beer garden, where many locals gather to have drinks and eat with friends and family. You can grab a 0.5L of beer for 4 euros, and there are numerous food stands selling all types of cuisines.
No visit to Munich is complete without drinking beer! Hofbrauhaus, is a world famous beer garden known for their delicious Hofbrauhaus beer. This place wasn’t super cheap; it cost 9 euros for a 1L beer, and the food wasn’t super good. I ordered the pork belly dish, the pork itself was delicious, but the bread dumpling and Bavarian kraut weren’t that tasty. Still definitely worth a visit, there are lots of tourists, a live band playing traditional German music, and the beer is still good!
An enormous palace, with beautiful gardens in the front and back. I didn’t go inside, but it was free to walk the gardens. The garden behind the palace is enormous; it’s pretty much a park, with walking trails, and a beautiful man made waterway.
A small but incredibly beautifully decorated church. I’m usually not a big fan of churches, but this one was quite flamboyant, and impressive to look at.
Dachau Concentration Camp
10 miles north of Munich, Dachau was one of the first concentration camps in Nazi Germany. Visitors to this camp follow the same path that prisoners walked when they were forced here. The original prisoner baths, barracks, crematorium, and courtyards still exist for display, and there are multiple exhibitions and memorials as well.
The world’s largest museum of science and technology, with over 28,000 exhibits from 50 different fields. If you have time, and you’re remotely interested in the history and development of all the different modern technologies we have in the world today, I’d recommend checking out this museum.
A garden in the center of Munich, near Odeonsplatz. It was built by Maximilian I, as an Italian style Renaiisance garden. There’s a temple in the center of the garden and a nice fountain.
How To Get Around Munich
Munich has a well-developed public transportation system, consisting of trams, metros, and buses. There is just one ticket system, so you only need one ticket to use all of the different transportation systems. Single trips in a single zone cost 2.80 euros, and the ticket lasts for 3 hours. A day ticket is 6.60 euros and is worth getting if you plan to take more than two trips on the same day. So if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing in the city, get the day ticket to save some money. For maps and schedules, check out the official Munich public transportation website here.
Another option is to bike. Munich has over 200 km of bike roads, so it’s a great way to explore the city and see all the sights. You can rent bikes from numerous bike shops throughout the city. Make sure to follow all the traffic rules or the police can and will ticket you!
You can also use taxi or Uber in Munich, but they are not so cheap.
Munich is a beautiful modern city, with lots of tourist spots to visit. My favorite parts of Munich were outside the city at the Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace, so be sure to visit those if you come to Munich. Munich is one of the most expensive places in Germany and all of Europe, so be prepared to pay more for housing accommodations, food, and transportation than you would at surrounding countries such as Czech Republic. I only visited Berlin and Munich in Germany, and I preferred Munich, so I would highly recommend visiting! I hope this list of things to do in Munich inspired you to visit!
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