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What to see in Munich: guide with practical tips about the city

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Among the most beautiful destinations in southern Germany there is Munich, favored above all by tourists from all over the world during the period of the Oktoberfest folk festival, in which the city comes alive with folklore and concerts; few, however, know the places where the ancient and rich Wittelbach family lived with their Residenz, or those connected to the neo-Gothic architectural style that made it famous in Europe and in the world.

Do not miss this splendid destination, the capital of Bavaria, and make yourself comfortable to discover the things to see in Munich, with this guide with practical tips about the city!



Index

  1. Marienplatz, Neues Rathaus and Altes Rathaus
  2. Munich Cathedral (Frauenkirche)
  3. English garden
  4. Residenz München (Royal Palace)
  5. Nymphenburg Castle
  6. Hofbräuhaus München brewery
  7. Viktualienmarkt
  8. Lenbachhaus
  9. Olympiapark
  10. Deutsches Museum (museum of natural science and technology)
  11. BMW Museum
  12. Allianz Arena (Football stadium of Bayern Munich)
  13. Peterskirche
  14. Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne
  15. Asamkirche
  16. Neuschwanstein Castle
  17. Hohenschwangau Castle
  18. Dachau Concentration Camp
  19. Other attractions to visit
  20. 8 things to do in Munich
  21. User questions and comments

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1 - Marienplatz, Neues Rathaus and Altes Rathaus

E' the heart of the historic center, a splendid and large square full of charming cafes and particularly suggestive during the Christmas period, when it is filled with Christmas markets.

At Marienplatz you will also find the neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus, the inspiration of the Austro-German architect Georg von Hauberrisser, the municipal building. It is particular because, if you look closely, you can see many symbols that tell of Bavarian history; for example on the top of the tower there is a statue of a child with a tunic, the Münchner Kindl, symbol of the city. The other "highlight" of the Neues Rathaus is the Glockenspiel, the gigantic clock-music box which, in addition to indicating the time, represents a real show: at 11:00, 12:00 and 17:00 it stages a small "ballet" of the statues present! Absolutely not to be missed!

On the other side of the square is the Altes Rathaus, or the Old Town Hall, whose construction began in 1310. During the bombings of the Second World War, however, it was severely damaged, so much so that its facade, almost completely rebuilt, seems more modern than that of the Neues Rathaus. Inside its tower is the Toy Museum, ideal for spending a few hours with the family!



Take advantage of free tours: the city tours depart from. For a first approach, you can join the free walking tour, but don't forget to tip the guide at the end. In addition, every year in December this square is enriched with lights and Christmas magic, the Christkindlmarkt begins. It is a splendid Christmas market which, together with many other anniversaries, for example the traditional Krampus race, projects the city into the Christmas air.

  • in the heart of the historic center. Take the underground line 3 or 6 and get off at the "Marienplatz" stop. While on foot, you reach it from Karlsplatz in about 10 min - Get directions
  • square always accessible / Climb to the Neues Rathaus tower Mon-Fri 10: 00-20: 00, Sat 10: 00.16-30: 10, Sun and holidays 00: 14-30: 10 / Toy Museum every day 00: 17-30:
  • square free / Climb to the Neues Rathaus tower full € 4,00, reduced € 1,00 / Toy Museum full € 4,00, reduced € 1,00

2 - Munich Cathedral (Frauenkirche)

Known to the Bavarians as the Frauenkirche, or Dom zu Unserer Lieben Frau, it is built on the remains of a Roman basilica in the second half of the 1400s, in pure Gothic style.

Little legend: it seems that inside the church there is the imprint of a foot imprinted on a tile, which should be "the imprint of the devil". It would be the testimony of the victory of the two builders of the Cathedral over Satan himself. According to legend, the two in fact had bet with the devil that they would be able to build a church without windows. Obviously this is not the case, but if you position yourself in the spot of the footprint and look towards the altar, the church will seem devoid of any external light source.



  • at Frauenplatz 12. Take the underground line U3 or U6 to Marienplatz and continue on foot. From Marienplatz it's about 8 minutes walk - Get directions
  • every day 7: 00-19: 00, Fri until 18:00
  • free

3 - Englischer Garten

This huge garden located in the center of the city was built in 1789 and is in effect the first public park in Germany. Initially conceived as a garden reserved for the military, it was opened to the public shortly after.

Inside the park you can also also visit a Japanese-style structure donated by the Tokyo government to Munich on the occasion of the 1972 Olympics, the so-called "Japanische Teehaus", and a Greek-style temple. If you ever happen to venture into the maze of this park, do not be scandalized if you happen to come across completely naked people, there is in fact an area of ​​the park dedicated to nudism, this area is called Schönfeldwiese (in Italian, "The meadow of Schönfeld ").

Outside the historic center, take the underground line U4, U5 or U6 from the center to Odeonsplatz (5 min) and continue on foot - Get directions

Surf in town on the Eisbach Wave: in the summer you can swim in the stream, sunbathe, or even go surfing! In the small waterfall on Prinzregentenstraße, there is the famous Eisbach Wave, where you can surf like in the open sea! Sure, the scenery and landscape is a bit different, but definitely worth trying! Among the events not to be missed is the Taste of München Festival, held at the end of August and where you can learn about the culinary specialties of the area.



4 - Residenz München (Royal Palace)

Sparkling and regal rooms, ancient rooms embellished with fine stuccoes and expensive furniture, the Munich Residence, also called Residenz München, is a favorite destination for tourists visiting this beautiful Bavarian city. Home of the Wittelbach dynasty, built in 1400, is located right in the heart of Munich and contains within it a mixture of Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and classical styles.

To visit it will take some time: the structure in fact includes 10 courtyards and 3 main complexes, namely the Konigsbau, the Mazimilianische Residenz and the Festsaalbau. The part that most often strikes visitors is certainly the Ahnengalerie, where there are portraits of the members of the Wittelbach family, and the Antiquarium, embellished with numerous busts of Roman emperors.

It is very damaged, but it remains gorgeous: unfortunately the building was damaged during the second world war; over the years it has been rebuilt and the restoration works only ended in 2008, however some frescoes and apartments have unfortunately been lost. However, its beauty is indisputable and its Gallery is certainly one of the most photographed places in all of Munich.

  • in residenzstrasse1. By underground take line U3 or U6. With bus n. 100 to "Odeonsplatz". By tram 19 to "Nationaltheater"; from the Cathedral of Monaco is about 8 min walk - Get directions
  • from April to mid-October every day 9: 00-18: 00, from mid-October to March every day 10: 00-17: 00
  • Full residence € 9,00, reduced € 8,00 / Gardens free

5 - Nymphenburg Castle

The magnificence of Nymphenburg Castle is famous in Bavaria: Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical are the three absolute protagonists styles. Visiting this castle means discover the extraordinary richness of the internal rooms, of the legendary collections kept in the internal museums, such as the Marstallmuseum, but also the majesty of the adjoining park, which extends for 200 hectares with pavilions, small geysers and suggestive waterfalls.

The Castle of the Water Lilies was the "modest" gift that King Ferdinand gave to his wife Enrichetta Adelaide of Savoy to celebrate the birth of his male heir Max Emanuel; initially only in Baroque style, it was built between 1660 and 1730, based on a project by the Italian architect Agostino Barelli. Until the end of the 1st World War this castle was one of the main summer residences of the Wittelsbachs, the oldest family in Bavaria.
Even today, Duke Franz von Bayern, one of the descendants of the Wittelbach royal family, lives in a wing of the royal palace.

  • Schloß Nymphenburg 1, outside the old town. Fastest S-Bahn (line S4, S6 or S8) from Munich Central Station to Laim stop + bus line 51 or 151 to Schloss Nymphenburg stop (25 min) - Get directions
  • every day, from April to mid-October 9: 00-18: 00, from mid-October to the end of March 10: 00-16: 00
  • full Castle ticket € 8,00, reduced € 7,00 / full Marstallmuseum € 6,00, reduced € 5,00 / combined ticket Palazzo + Marstallmuseum + Palazzi del Parco from April to mid-October full € 15,00, reduced € 13,00 , 12,00, from mid-October to March full € 10,00, reduced €

6 - Hofbräuhaus München brewery

One of the seven historic factories in the city, the Hofbräuhaus is also one of the oldest in Germany and it was the royal brewery, together with the annexed factory, of the Kingdom of Bavaria.

If you enter this brewery at 10:00 in the morning you will see hundreds and hundreds of people, not only Germans but also tourists, drinking beer and eating sauerkraut, potatoes and Wollwurstl immersed in a typically German atmosphere, where at all hours of the day there are musicians playing traditional Bavarian music and the waiters wear ancient clothes.

This brewery is located in the center of the German city, almost hidden between small restaurants and souvenir shops. To give you an idea of ​​how old this legendary brewery is, history tells us that Duke William of Saxony drank here in 1.600.

The Oktoberfest anthem: Gabriel Wiga dedicated a song to this brewery which read: "In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus - oans, zwoa, g'suffa!"; so these verses reached an immense success so as to become the "anthem of beer", still sung today during Oktoberfest!

  • in Platzl 9. It is about 5 minutes walk from Marienplatz, the metro stop of reference and also the closest is Marienplatz - Get directions
  • every day 9: 30-23: 30
  • Consumption starting from € 8,00, consult the menu on the official website

7 - Viktualienmarkt

The most famous permanent food market in Munich is the Viktualienmarkt: it has been located right in front of the Peterskirche since the 1807th century, active exactly since the approval of King Max Joseph I in , and is one of the most loved and typical places in the city.

From the very beginning the best-selling products on the stalls were fruit and vegetables and it was not extremely extensive. Subsequently, following the Second World War, the market area suffered considerable damage and then flourished again in the 50s and it was enriched with graceful fountains between the different banks, in memory of some of the myths of Bavarian popular theater and the greatest actors of cinema: there is the one dedicated to Ida Schumacher, Elise Aulinger, Roider Jackl, Karl Valentin, Weiß Ferdl and Liesl Karlstadt.

  • in Viktualienmarkt 3. From Marienplatz it is about 4 minutes on foot; the nearest metro stop is Marientplatz, alternatively the tram stop is Reichenbachplatz (3 minutes from the market) - Get directions
  • Mon-Sat 8: 00-19: 00
  • free

8 - Lenbachhaus

Located in the Kunstareal, the "museum zone" of Munich, the Lenbachhaus (full name Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München) is dedicated toth century art, modern and contemporary. Commissioned to the painter Franz von Lenbach, the building was initially conceived as a private residence in the Italian Neo-Renaissance style.

Inside you can admire the works by Kandinskij, Paul Klee, Fran Marc, Andy Warhol, August Macke and many more. Not everyone knows that it was possible to establish a museum of this value thanks above all to the foresight of the wife of Franz von Lenbach, a German painter specialized in portraits: on his death Lolo von Lenbach sold the villa to the city of Munich and, precisely because of him, today we can observe this splendid museum collection.

Inside there is also a library which includes about 60.000 multimedia units and the focus is on publications on 1945th century painting in Munich, on the Blauer Reiter theme and on selected art areas after .

  • in Luisenstrasse 33. Accessible by bus lines 90, 92, 100 or 150 or by underground line U2 or U8 to Konigsplatz - Get directions
  • Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00, Thu until 20:00, closed Mon
  • full € 10,00, reduced € 5,00

9 - Olympiapark

Nestled in the "Oberwiesenfeld" and dated 1972, the Munich Olympic park came built on the occasion of the Games of the XX Olympiad and consists of a huge park with the stadium (the Olympiastadion), the theater where concerts and festivals still take place during the summer months and the Olympic tower, the Olympiaturm, 291 meters high. Today this park also stands a sculpture dedicated to the victims of the 1972 terrorist attack, when some terrorists entered the Olympic village, murdering two Israeli athletes and taking 9 others hostage, then killed; Steven Spielberg dedicated the film "Munich" (2005) to this sad event.

This is an unmissable stop for all lovers of sport and football, in fact, inside the big stadium the two Munich teams met for thirty years: the little known but ancient München 1860 and Bayern München, one of the strongest and richest clubs in the world; only starting from 2005 will all the matches be played in the new Allianz Arena stadium.

In the park there is also the Olympiaturm, an Olympic tower overlooking the whole of Munich; inside there are a music museum, a renowned restaurant and finally the apex, which can be reached by an elevator that rises at 7 meters per second, offering a spectacular views over Monaco, including the Alps.

Climb to the roof of the Olympiastadion: in summer the more daring can climb the corrugated roof of the Olympiastadion. This roof was built with transparent plexiglass and with a wavy edge, to avoid the accumulation of snow or water during the winter days. By participating in the Roof Climb Tour you can climb to the top, admiring a spectacular panorama. All info, reservations and costs on the official website

  • Spiridon-Louis Ring 21. Accessible from the center by underground line U3 to Olympiazentrum. Trams 20 and 21 to Olympia Park West or bus to Olympia Park Ice Rank - Get directions
  • Olympiapark always accessible / Olympiaturm generally 12: 00-17: 00, consult the official website / every day 9: 00-18: 00
  • Olympiapark free / Olympiaturm € 7,00

10 - Deutsches Museum

If you go to Munich you should definitely visit it. It is huge paradise museum for lovers of science and technology. To date it contains about 28.000 objects, among which prototypes of inventions such as the first diesel engine and the first device used to discover nuclear fission are preserved.

Built in 1903, it stands on a small island in the middle of the Isar River, called Kohleinsel, meaning "coal island", now renamed Museumsinsel. Among the main objects kept inside the museum are the first car of Karl Benz, the first motor plane of the Wright brothers or the submarine U1.

Nice, interesting, but...: to visit the whole complex it takes a long time and could be a bit boring for two reasons: the building is large and a bit distracting and walking around it is challenging, moreover those who do not understand German may find themselves in difficulties because most of the information is written only in this language. For this reason, we recommend that you take a map at the entrance or download the museum App in advance on the official website in order to plan the route to follow.

  • in Museumsinsel 1. Accessible by metro line S towards Isartor, by metro line U1 and U2 to Frauhoferstrasse - Get directions
  • every day 9: 00-17: 00
  • full € 14,00, reduced € 4,50, family ticket € 29,00

11 - BMW Museum

If your dream is to discover the evolution of one of the most famous industries in the world in the field of cars and motorcycles, the BMW Museum is a real milestone of the city of Munich. IS' one of the most visited museums in the German nation, the perfect place to relive the history of a brand that has gone global, the starting point from which the most avant-garde Germany has given life to new visions for tomorrow and the future of mobility.

The external building, designed by Coop Himmelb, strikes its visitors even before entering: it is round and metallic, in fact wants to represent the tire of a racing car. You enter through a spiral entrance door from which you begin a journey to discover splendid exhibitions of cars, airplanes, engines, turbos and motorcycles.

Book in advance to see the establishment: if you plan well in advance, you can visit the adjacent BMW factory by booking online with at least six months' notice.

  • in Am Olympiapark 2, outside the historic center. It can be reached by metro Olympiazentrum stop, lines U2 and U3. By Bus with line 173 to Olympiapark Eissportstadion - Get directions
  • Tue-Sun 8 am-00pm, closed Mon
  • full € 10,00, reduced € 7,00

12 - Allianz Arena

The great stadium of the glorious Bayern Munich is the spectacular Allianz Arena: together with its FC Bayern Museum, it is the place where every year thousands of fans and fans come from all over Europe to discover the history of the most successful club in the Bundesliga. The Allianz Arena is also called Munich Arena or Schlauchboot (rubber dinghy in German) because of its very particular architectural form, it also boasts a capacity of about 70.000 seats.

This large plant was also designed for include huge shops, restaurants, bars, conference rooms and also entertainment spaces for adults and children. The building is divided into 4 large sectors and organized into 3 rings: 2 stands and 2 two curves divided respectively into Oberrg, Unterrg and Mitterrg; apart from that there are 106 luxury boxes, about 2.000 "business" seats and 400 reserved for journalists.

Limited entry: admission is for a limited number of people for each tour, so you may find endless queues and risk hours of waiting. For this, either book weeks in advance online or opt for the guided tour of the Allianz Arena and the FC Bayern museum, which also includes a city tour by bus!

  • on Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25, north of the old town. The best way to get there is metro line U6, Fröttmaning stop - Get directions
  • every day 10: 00-18: 00. Closed to visitors on FC Bayern home match days
  • tour full ticket € 12,00, reduced € 6,00

13 - Peterskirche

The Church dedicated to St. Peter, in German Peterskirche, is one of the oldest religious buildings in Munich, in fact, dates back to 1180.

Its original structure, remodeled several times over the centuries, it boasts a splendid Gothic-style altar of San Martino, several bronzed and Rococo-style sculptures by Ignaz Günther, and a Baroque fresco on the ceiling, the result of the inspiration of Johann Baptist Zimmermann. Today this Gothic church represents one of the major attractions of the German city!

Climb to the top: climb to the highest point of the church, that is its bell tower, 92 meters high, which is reached after 306 steps. At the end of which you will be rewarded with a splendid view of Munich

  • Rindermarkt 1. By metro line U3 or U6 or line S (S1, S2, S3, S4, S6, S7 or S8) - Get directions
  • Mon-Fri 9: 00-17: 30, Sat and holidays 10: 00-17: 30. Visits not permitted during celebrations and Holy Mass
  • single € 3,00

14 - Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne

There are the three main art galleries of the city. Centerpiece of the city's museum district, in German called Kunstareal, are three large separate buildings that make up one of the largest art galleries in the city (and not only).

The initial core dates back to 1598, when Johann Fickler he cataloged for the first time the collection of the ducal family of Munich. Divided by historical period, they contain works ranging from the Italian Renaissance to Andy Warhol.

Daily ticket: if you find yourself visiting them during the week, and you want to visit more than one museum in the "Kunstareal" (art district) in one day, buy a day ticket that is valid for all museums.

  • in the Kunstareal district, near the historic center. Accessible by metro with lines U3 and U6, Kunstareal stop - Get directions
  • Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00, Tue-Wed until 20:30, closed Mon
  • Alte Pinakothek full € 7,00 reduced € 5,00 / Pinakothek der Moderne full € 10,00, reduced € 7,00 / Neue Pinakothek currently closed for renovation, the works will take several years

15 - Asamkirche

The Asamkirche, or St. John's Church, is a small church built between 1733 and 1746 ed extremely particular and often underestimated or little known. However, it should be seen for its uniqueness and richness of decorations: on the façade stand out the fake rocks that seem to have no particular meaning; instead, together with the structure and decorations, they are consecrated to a single theme, that of the sky.

Entering it, you immediately come across the external facade in Baroque style that almost seems to want to invite us to enter the church, through a heavenly door where the saint to whom the Church is consecrated also stands, San Giovanni Nepomuceno, supported by some angels, goes to the aid of the needy. Its interiors are a truly unique wonder in the world, in fact, the remarkable fresco on the ceiling stands out, illustrating numerous scenes from the life of St. John of Nepomuk, and then the splendid sculpted angels that enrich the pulpit and the altar and added by Ignaz Günther added to the altar only in 1767.

The origin of the name: The Asam brothers were those who wanted the construction of the church with the intent of thanking the patron saint of bridges and waters, St. John Nepomuk, for having saved them during a storm on the Danube river.

  • in Sendlinger Strasse 32, in the historic center. Reference stops Sendlinger Tor with lines U1, U2, U3, U6 and U7, and Marienplatz, lines U3 and U6. Close to Marienplatz (500m, 6 min) - Get directions
  • Mon-Sat 09: 00-18: 00, Sun and on celebrations closed
  • free

16 - Neuschwanstein Castle

Not really in the city, it is about 120 km but it is an absolute must for those visiting Munich (day tour from Munich from € 50,00).
It was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, entrusting the project in 1869 to the set designer Christian Jank; the result is one among the most beautiful castles in Germany, as well as one of the emblematic symbols of this nation.

The king came up with the idea of ​​building it by referring to the German feudal residences: he was in fact delighted by the beauty of the medieval fortress of Wartburg, in Thuringia. This castle is located at almost 1.000 meters high, overlooking the surrounding landscape and the villages of Füssen and Schwangau. Inside there are very special environments: the throne room in Byzantine style, some paintings by Hauschild depicting the twelve Apostles, the Carrara marble steps leading up to the apse, and again the painting representing "The fight of St. George with the dragon ". The mosaic floor made using over two million tiles is entrancing.
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A fairytale inspiration: Do you remember the magical castle that appears in the animated film "Sleeping Beauty" from 1959? Well, for his creation Walt Disney used Neuschwanstein as his model! Fascinating in every season, in summer and spring with lush nature all around, in autumn with red and orange trees, in winter completely submerged by snow. A real modern fairy tale.

  • in Schwangau, 120 km from Munich. Accessible by car via the A95 (1 h 50 min) or by day tour from Munich including transport - Get directions
  • from April to October 15 every day 9: 00-18: 00, from October 16 to March every day 10: 00-16: 00. Closed January 1st and December 24th, 25th and 31st
  • full € 13,00, reduced € 12,00, up to 18 years free

17 - Hohenschwangau Castle

Close to Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau is Hohenschwangau Castle, which is often included in castle discovery tours from Munich. Close to the border with Austria, it is also called the Castle of Youth, as King Ludwig II of Bavaria spent most of his youth here.

The origin of the castle, however, precedes the life of the king: it was in fact built in the th century by the Knights of Schwangau. Unfortunately then the castle was abandoned, thus falling into ruin, until it was restored by Maximilian II, father of Ludwig II. Today the castle can also be visited inside and the most beautiful and important room is the Hall of Heroes. The predetermined route will take you to discover the royal apartments and wonderful rooms.

Spend a few hours on the Alpsee: After the visit to the castle, we recommend that you spend a few relaxing hours at the Alpsee, the beautiful lake of Schwangau. From the panoramic terrace Pindarplatz you can admire one of the most beautiful views, both on the lake and on the town, while in summer you can relax at the Freibad am Alpsee, an outdoor thermal bath.

  • in Schwangau, 120 km from Munich. Accessible by car via the A95 (1 h 50 min) or by day tour from Munich including transport - Get directions
  • every day, in winter 8: 30-15: 00, in summer 8: 00-16: 00
  • single € 18,00, up to 7 years free

18 - Dachau Concentration Camp

A very important place from the historical point of view, located less than 30 km from Monaco.

Its sad story begins on March 21, 1933, when the news of the opening of the first concentration camp, right here in Dachau. Initially built to house up to 5.000 prisoners, mainly political prisoners, from 1938 many Jews also began to be deported and, from 1942, the number of inmates never dropped below 12.000. A sad chapter for the whole city and for Europe. Visits to places like these are essential in order not to forget what happened in the past and to try not to repeat the same mistakes in the future.

Worth a guided tour: Places like this deserve a thorough visit. We therefore recommend that you take a half-day tour from Munich, with transport included, during which you will always be accompanied by an official guide authorized by the Dachau Memorial.

  • in the locality of Dachau, km from Monaco. Accessible by car via A99 (30 min) or line S2 from Munich Central Station to Dachau Bahnhof (20 min), then bus line 726 to Dachau KZ-Gedenkstätte (7 min) - Get directions
  • every day 9: 00-17: 00
  • free / Paid guided tours, tours from Munich from € 32,00

Other attractions to visit

The previous attractions are certainly the best known, however there are many other beauties that deserve to be mentioned. They range from splendid castles to churches more or less hidden in the alleys of the Altstadt, and then a purely cultural tour to discover Bavarian art. Also not to be missed is a dip in the wonderful indoor pools of Müllersches Volksbad, in Art Noveau style (from € 15,00).

Strolling through the historic center, you will also come across the Odeonsplatz, a square with an important historical value, as it was the starting point for the Nazi coup d'état. This moment is remembered by a memorial plaque affixed to the facade of the Royal Palace. But that's not all: in the square you can admire the Feldherrnhalle (free), in Italian Loggia dei Marescialli. Perhaps it will seem familiar to you: its architecture is in fact inspired by the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence, present in Piazza della Signoria!

As for the museums, if you love art, do not miss the Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art (€ 7,50) and the more classic Staatliche Graphische Sammlung (€ 10,00). Nearby is also the Staatliche Antikensammlungen, or the Archaeological Museum (€ 6,00). If you are traveling with childrenFinally, you cannot miss the Münchner Tierpark Hellabrunn, the city's zoo (€ 15,00). It is a huge reserve where the animals are divided according to the continents of origin and is one of the most renowned zoos in Europe.

8 things to do in Munich

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  1. Attend Oktoberfest: one of the things to do at least once in your life is definitely to participate in the famous Oktoberfest in Munich! Music, rivers of beer and traditional clothes will surely be an unforgettable weekend
  2. Visit the Bavaria Film Studios: is the film studio complex used for the filming of films and well-known television series; the tours take you to discover the sets of productions such as the one of The Neverending Story or Asterix and Obelix
  3. Third Reich History Tour: with this tour you will discover all the places unknown to tourists, which trace the history of the Third Reich, linked to the rise of power of Hitler and Nazism. Info and prices here
  4. Bath in the Müllersches Volksbad: take a dip in the thermal waters of one of the most beautiful wellness centers in Europe dating back to 1901. These pools, in Art Nouveau style, are truly a marvel, ideal for relaxing after a day of sightseeing
  5. Gourmet ice creamIf you visit Munich in the summer, there is nothing like a nice ice cream break. Then we recommend Gecobli Gourmet Gelateria in Maxvorstadt, where you can find the most particular flavors, such as Gin Tonic and cucumber, and also opt for a black ice cream cone
  6. Relax in Dachgarten: relaxation on the upper floors, in Munich you can. The Dachgarten is a particular wellness area, located on a terrace full of plants, an oasis in the city. Well-stocked bar where you can quench your thirst and relax under the rays of the sun
  7. Visit the castles of Bavaria: are the most popular excursion from Munich. They are about 150 km away, which can be visited on a day trip. Must-haves are Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau and Linderhof. Info and prices on the excursion here
  8. Take the Romantic Road: it is one of the symbols of Bavaria in the world, as well as being one of the most popular tourist routes that will take you to discover the most beautiful places in the Land. If you don't have your own car, you can join one of the tours departing from Munich. Info and prices on the excursion here

Plan your stay in Munich: flights, hotels and tips

Munich is easily reached by plane even with low cost flights, the flight takes about 90 minutes from Rome and in low season or well in advance it also gets around € 50,00 (compare flights).
The city is large, there are many things to see, and if you don't chew German, you might feel disoriented for a moment. For this, for a first approach a guided tour is very useful (info and prices here) or alternatively the evergreen hop-on hop-off bus, to locate the landmarks and get an overview of the city.

For overnight stays the areas of the historic center are recommended (Altstadt) where you will have all the main attractions within easy reach, while the Hauptbahnhof area is perfect for connections to the airport. Choose to visit it in spring or autumn, in particular the weeks characterized by the Oktoberfest; however the latter option may not be the best if you don't like crowds.

The nightlife spots, perfect for going out in the evening, are Schwabing and Glockenbachviertel: you will find many pubs, clubs and discos and are neighborhoods in the south-west of the city, both reachable by subway; instead, for a quieter evening, opt for a tour of the Altstadt breweries.

If you are traveling with children, you must absolutely take them to the Deutsches Museum: you will give them the opportunity to discover the world of science, from its origins to the present day, very closely! If you are traveling low cost, the city is not exactly an economic destination, like all large cities in Germany. But to save even more, we recommend purchasing the Munich CityTourCard, which includes free or discounted admission to attractions and free and unlimited use of transport for its entire duration.

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