Munich – New Town Hall – Loge. Photo credit: Nino Barbieri.
Munich is probably best known for its huge beer festival Oktoberfest.
If you can’t make it to the German city for the festival, there’s plenty more to see and do here than whiling away hours in a beer tent.
Here are a few of the top city sights and activities you can enjoy if you jet off for a few days in the Bavarian destination:
Munich Frauenkirche from Neues Rathaus. Photo credit: Jiuguang Wang.
Iconic Munich landmarks
Every city has its famous landmarks and Munich is certainly no different. One of the most striking is the New Town Hall or Neues Rathaus. Its massive bell tower stands out from the rest of the skyline and the facade that faces on to Marienplatz is decorated by statues and carvings of figures from Munich’s past.
The Cathedral Church of Our Lady or Munich Frauenkirche is also worth visiting, as it boasts Gothic architecture dating from the 15th century and it houses numerous works of art, including pieces by Erasmus Grasser and Jan Polack.
Finally, you can always enjoy the Oktoberfest atmosphere if you stop off at the Hofbrauhaus, a beer hall and brewery that was established in the 17th century. There is a restaurant and, of course, a bar here, while it regularly hosts performances of traditional Bavarian music and dancing.
Hofbrauhaus. Photo credit: Kiban.
Munich is home to a host of important museums and art galleries that will keep culture vultures happy for days. Alte Pinakothek on Barer Strasse is a must see for art lovers, as it boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of European works in the world.
Over 800 masterpieces are on display in the gallery, including paintings by the likes of Rubens, Titian and Durer. Some of the exhibits date back as far as the Middle Ages. Picking up where Alte Pinakothek leaves off is Neue Pinakothek, where you’ll find artworks from the late 18th century through to the early years of the 20th century.
Moving on from art to more practical things, you can explore the German Museum, which is home to all manner of installations detailing man’s technical achievements over the years. Interactive science exhibits are dotted throughout its galleries and there are sections dedicated to airplanes and other vehicles.
There are numerous stores and boutiques in Munich where you can splash some cash if you’re on a short city break. For a little bit of everything, head to Kaufingertor, an arcade where you’ll find fashion and shoe stores alongside jewelers and delicatessens.
Sendlinger Strasse in the city centre, meanwhile, is home to a range of predominantly family-run shops that offer arts, crafts and other unusual gifts, while you can head to the Schwabing area if you love rooting through second-hand outlets in search of a bargain or want to browse some old bookshops.
Gardens of Nymphenburg Palace. Photo credit: Florian Adler.
Bavaria is known for its stunning fairytale castles and, although you won’t find any with the characteristic towers with cone-shaped roofs in Munich itself, you can take a stroll around its beautiful Nymphenburg Palace. Situated in the west of the city, this grand building was once the summer residence for Bavaria’s monarchs and, in addition to the main Baroque palace, the site is also home to a park, three museums and a botanical garden.
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