What to see in Munich and surroundings in 7 days

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Joel Fulleda

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Munich is the third most populous city in Germany and is located in the south of the country.
Its aesthetic is characterized byperfect meeting between past history and modernity, which makes it a fascinating, ancient and progressive city in the eyes of tourists.
Many know it for the famous Oktoberfest, but this wonderful city has much more to offer, including royal residences, commemorative works, bell towers, rococo-style churches, themed museums and endless parks. Here is a 7-day itinerary to fully enjoy Munich and its surroundings!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week in Munich cost
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Start exploring Marienplatz, the central square. Stop to observe the Neues Rathaus, or the town hall, a neo-Gothic building dating back to the th century. The town hall tower features a clock with one of the biggest carillions in the world, the Glockenspiel. Every day at 11:00, 12:00 and 21:00, the statues dance representing a historical scene of the city. The ticket to visit the tower costs € 4,00.

You will notice many tourists taking pictures at the Fish Fountain, a monument destroyed by the Second World War and now rebuilt in a modern style with ancient elements.
For lunch eat meat and drink beer at Augustiner am Dom (€ 30,00). Then go out to admire the Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Munich), the cathedral of Monaco, built in 1400 in the Gothic style.

Walks up to Odeonsplatz, the most "Italian" square in Munich. Here stands the Theatinekirche, the court church, an example of the Baroque style of the areas of Bavaria. By now you will have agreed to be close to the beautiful Monaco Residence, one of the most important buildings in Europe (€ 13,00).
For price sit down to taste something oriental at the tables of the Spice Baazar, spending around € 40,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,4 km / 16 min
  • Places visited: Marienplatz (free), Neues Rathaus (€ 4,00), Fish Fountain (free), Frauenkirche (free), Odeonsplatz (free), Theatinekirche (free), Royal Residence (€ 13,00).
  • Daily shopping: € 87,00
  • 4 hour excursion to the city
  • Lunch at Augustiner am Dom (Get directions), Dinner at The Spice Baazar (Get directions)

2 day

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the then Dolphin Ludwing I began the construction of the Kunstarea: area known as the "art area".
Dedicate your day to getting to know the beauties of these museums.
Start with Staatliche Antikensammlungen € 3,50), which collect ancient Greek and Etruscan works. Pay a visit to Glyptotek (€ 6,00) to see mosaics and reliefs of Greek art from 700 BC to the late Roman Empire of 400 AD
The next stop is there Lenbachhaus, dedicated to the art of the nineteenth century (ticket cost € 10,00).

Have lunch at the tables of Ella - Restautant & Cafè (around € 15,00), with a view of Konigsplatz and then reach the famous one Alte Pinakothek, where there are thousands of European paintings from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century. Continue the tour in Pinakothek der Moderne, the museum of international modern and contemporary art. For each art gallery the cost of the ticket is € 4,00.
For price eat a burger and a nice beer at the Burger House tables, spending around € 15,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,5 km / 18 min
  • Places visited: Staatliche Antikensammlungen (€ 3,50), Glyptoteca (€ 6,00), Lenbachhaus (€ 10,00), Alte Pinakothek (€ 4,00), Pinakothek der Moderne (€ 4,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • Lunch at Ella - Restaurant & Café (Get directions), Dinner at Burger House (Get directions)

3 day

Start the day with Mariahilfplatz, the square located in the district of Au. The square is dominated by the Gothic church of Mariahilf, and there are often various markets. A 10-minute walk will bring you to a small island in the middle of the Isar River, where the largest science and technology museum in the world is located: the Deutsches Museum (museum of natural science and technology) (€ 17,00).

Now stroll along the banks of the Isar River, and come to Nauge & Sauge, for a quick lunch (around € 14,50).
Stop and visit the Bavarian National Museum, 13.000 square meters large and three floors high with exhibitions of works from various eras (ticket cost € 12,00).

Once the visit is over, relax in the immense park ofEnglisher Garden, in the city center, you will be fascinated by the various attractions, including: the Eisbach, an artificial stream where surfing is practiced; the Japanisches Teehaus, an area where there is a tea room and a Japanese-style garden; the Monopteros, a Greek-style temple; the Chinese Tower, 25 m high, similar to the porcelain pagodas found in the gardens of the emperor of China;

For price take a seat in the elegant Seehaus im Englischen Garten, where you can eat with a lake view (price around € 35,00)

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,7 km / 1 h 13 min
  • Places visited: Mariahilfplatz (free), Deutsches Museum (€ 17,00), Bavarian National Museum (€ 12,00), Englisher Garten (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 78,50
  • Lunch at Nage & Sauge (Get directions), Dinner at Seehaus im Englischen Garten (Get directions)

4 day

Start the day by strolling in the busy Karlsplatz, more commonly known as Stachus, here is Karlstor, one of the main gates of Munich belonging to a medieval fortress, in Gothic style, continuing for a few meters there is the church of San Michele, from the Renaissance period. In front of the building you will find the fountain dedicated to Richard Strauss.

For lunch eat sausages and pretzels in the typical Dionisl restaurant, spending € 20,00.
After you reach St. Peter, the oldest church in Munich. The 96 m high tower can be visited by purchasing a € 3,00 ticket, from which you will enjoy a spectacular view of the city.

Noteworthy is theOld one Town hall, or Old Town Hall, which houses the Spielzeugmuseum, the toy museum, with very special dolls, toy cars and toy soldiers. The cost of the visit is € 4,00.

For price reach the Haxnbauer, and enjoy typical Bavarian dishes (around € 22,00). After eating, stroll around the area and admire the elegance ofAlter Hof, a small medieval-style courtyard.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,3 km / 16 min
  • Places visited: Karlsplatz (free), Karlstor (free), St. Michael's church (free), St. Peter's church with tower (€ 3,00), Altes Rathaus (free), Toy Museum (€ 4,00), Alter Hof (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • Lunch at Dionisl (Get directions), Dinner at Haxnbauer im Scholastikahaus (Get directions)

5 day

Start the day by taking a walk on the Ponte Massimiliano, in the direction of the majestic Maximilianeum, the seat of the Bavarian Parliament, built in the second half of the 800th century and overlooking the banks of the Isar river.
From here, reach Wiener Platz, where the Wiern Markt is set up, consisting of various stands where you can taste some local specialties or buy souvenirs.

Visit the largest church east of the Isar River, the Church of St. John the Baptist, built at the end of the 800th century in neo-Gothic style, with a 97 meter high tower.

A lunch stop by Preysinggarten, where you will find Italian-German cuisine (cost around € 18,00).

Pay a visit toEinstein Kultur, an innovative space built in a former brewery. Here are organized various cultural events, exhibitions, concerts, theatrical performances, whose tickets can be purchased at the entrance.
For price eat Thai food at Kai's Kitchen for around € 15,00. After dinner you can enjoy a drink while listening to excellent live music at the Jazzclub Unterfahrt, one of the best known clubs in the city.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,7 km / 22 min
  • Places visited: Ponte Massimiliano (free), Maximilianeum (free), Wiener Platz (free), Wiern Markt (free), church of San Giovanni Battista (free), Einstein Kultur (depending on the chosen event)
  • Daily shopping: € 40,00
  • Lunch at Preysinggarten (Get directions), Dinner at Kai's Kitchen (Get directions)

6 day

Morning at Luitpoldpark, located in the district of Schwabing in the north of Munich, reachable from Karlsplatz in 20 minutes, by bus 27 (ticket cost € 1,40). It is the place ideal for walking, also remembering the dramas of the war: in the park there is an artificial hill, built on the rubble of Munich caused by the world war.

Have lunch at the Bambergerhaus restaurant, a baroque-style building surrounded by the park for around € 35,00.
20 minutes from the park you will find yourself in front of the BMW Museum, where more than 4 models of cars and motorcycles are exhibited in 120 thousand square meters (ticket € 10,00). Free access to BMW Welt, an exhibition space with models of future production.

In 5 minutes you reach theOlympiapark, a place known for sports, for the presence of the famous Olympic Stadium, but also for the fascinating modern and undulating architecture, dating back to 1972. Among the various attractions, the 30 second trip in the Olympiaturm lift ( ticket € 9,00). From a height of 190m, weather permitting, you can even see the Alps. A price eat at the tables of Restaurant181, the luxurious revolving restaurant present here, spending around € 70,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,3 km / 30 min
  • Places visited: Luitpoldpark (free), BMW Museum (€ 10,00), Olympiapark (free), Olympiaturm (€ 9,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 125,00
  • Lunch at Bambergerhaus (Get directions), Dinner at Restaurant181 (Get directions)

7 day

To the west of the city lies the charming Nymphenburg Castle, once a royal summer residence. To get there, you can take tram no. 17, Schloss Nymphenburg stop (ticket cost € 2,00).
The palace, in Baroque style, was built between the end of 1600 and the beginning of 1700, according to the project of the Italian Agostino Barelli. The park surrounding the castle is 180 hectares wide (the ticket for the castle, gardens and attractions is € 11,50).

Take a good brunch at the Schlosscafe im Palmenhaus tables (paying around € 40,00). A few meters is located Badenburg, a palace surrounded by greenery, the € 4,50 ticket also includes Amalienburg, a hunting lodge in Rococo style; Pagodenburg, a small brightly colored building; Magdalenenklause, a sanctuary with stunning interior aesthetics.

Keep walking in the park, pass in front of the Große Kaskade, where magnificent statues float on the water of the lake, in front of theApollotempel, a small temple in the neoclassical style.
Have dinner at the tables of Schlosswirtschaft Schwaige, just outside the castle (around € 48,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,7 km / 1 h 2 min
  • Places visited: Nymphenburg Palace (€ 11,50), Amalienburg + Magdalenenklause + Badenburg + Pagodenburg (€ 4,50) Große Kaskade (free), Apollotempel (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 106,00
  • Lunch at Schlosscafe im Palmenhaus (Get directions), Dinner at Schlosswirtschaft Schwaige (Get directions)

How much does a week in Munich cost

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Monaco of Bavaria it is not a very cheap destination. Germany tends to be a rather expensive country, as regards the average costs compared to Italy. Almost all the museums are paid and many places to stop and eat have quite high prices, especially if they are located in the center, or inside the castles and parks.
However with a bit of field research you can save money, perhaps opting for a street food meal. The type of accommodation can also be strategic to avoid spending too much: choose a neighborhood away from the center, but well connected with the means, which in these areas are more than efficient.

  • starting from € 60,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -
  • Half day tour Full day trip
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 792,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Munich: from the climatic point of view from August to October it is more likely to find better days. October is the perfect time to take part in the famous Octoberfest - find out more
  • Munich airport is well served by low cost flights. The center can be reached within 40 minutes using the underground (lines S1 and S8). Ticket cost € 11,60
  • Altstadt is the central district, one step away from major attractions and the most expensive. For those who want to save money and prefer a quieter area, can opt for Schwabing and Maxvorstadt, to the north.
  • Getting around: the center can be visited entirely on foot, otherwise there is an efficient transport network: buses and trams, tickets from € 1,40 to € 2,80; metro, tickets from € 1,40 to € 2,80 - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: the IsarCard has a variable price, based on the 16 rings, or the areas covered by the metro. Two rings cost € 14,70, four rings € 21,10 and so on. The main attractions are located in the urban area (from 1 to 4)

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