Never heard of Monaco of Bavaria? Surely. City of Germany southern, is perhaps the "least German" among the cities of the nation as well as being the third for number of inhabitants. The royal residences, parks and museums of Munich never fade in the mind of those who visit them, so we recommend that you drop by. You could fall in love with it so much that you are planning a permanent move, needless to say Munich was the fourth city in the world for quality of life for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). If the idea of a lightning trip appeals to you, here is a short guide on what you might see in one day in Munich.
- One day itinerary in Munich: Morning
- One day itinerary in Munich: Afternoon
- One day itinerary in Munich: Evening
- User questions and comments
One day itinerary in Munich: Morning
1- Alter Botanischer Garten
Our journey starts from Munich Central Station of the city. A stone's throw from the Old Town Munich is definitely one of the most comfortable and fastest ways if you don't have any luggage to take with you. Once there, take Luisenstrasse (you can easily walk, it's a matter of minutes) to the Alter Botanischer Garten. This small park, full of greenery, is the ideal setting for breakfast. Try it at Sophia's Restaurant & Bar, a stone's throw from the Alter Botanischer Garten, you'll spend about € 10 if not less.
2- Municipal Gallery in Lenbach House, Konigsplatz and Old Picture Gallery
Once your breakfast is finished, continue up Luisenstrasse to the Municipal Gallery in Lenbach House. Located in the "art district" (Kunstareal), is one of the museums that you cannot miss in Munich. It currently contains several sections among which we have those relating to post-war international art (with works by Beuys, Paolozzi, Polke, Kelly, Kandinsky), the Der Blaue Reiter movement and much more. Reaching it is very easy, you can go on foot or take bus 100 or 150. A short distance from there you will also find Konigsplatz: an imposing Greek-style square, it is sadly known for having been the scene of many Nazi party meetings. From here move to Arcistrasse and you will find the Old Picture Gallery (Alte Pinakothek), in Barer Strasse 27, which houses works including those by Titian, Raphael and Rubens.
- Distance traveled: 1,9 km / 24 min
- places visited: Alter Botanischer Garten (free), Municipal Gallery in Lenbach House (approximately € 10), Konigsplatz (free), Old Pinakothek (approximately € 4)
- Bike ride through the streets of the historic center
- where to have breakfast: Sophia's Restaurant & Bar, Sophienstrasse 28
One day itinerary in Munich: Afternoon
1- English Gardens, Odeonsplatz and Hofgarten
Now move to Von-der-Tann-Strasse (you can take bus 100 or 150 or go on foot). On your left you will find the English Gardens. It is one of the characteristic elements of Munich, which will make you forget that you are in one of the most important (and busy) cities in Germany. Inside the park you will also find a pagoda and a well-stocked food area where you can also have lunch. Here we point out the Restaurant am Chinesischen Turm, right in the center of the English Gardens. Despite the place, the prices are quite in line with the rest of Munich (around € 8 per dish). Heading back south you will find Odeonsplatz and Hofgarten. This is the royal garden of Munich, annexed to Royal Palace which you can access right from Odeonsplatz. This garden, built in 1600 on the model of the Italian gardens, completes our "botanical tour" which began with the English Gardens. Surprise of surprises, inside you will also find a temple dedicated to Diana.
2- Munich Residence, Marienplatz, Glockenspiel am Rathausturm, New Town Hall and St. Peter's Church
Further south, stop at the Munich Residence, la Munich residence. Located in the city center, it was once the seat of Munich's government. Inside lived dukes, electors and kings. The structure consists of 10 courtyards and 3 main complexes, the Konigsbau, the Maximilianische Residenz and the Festaalbau.
From here, after the Max-Joseph Platz, move on Weinstrasse to Marienplatze, perhaps the most famous point in all of Munich. Here, monuments such as the Glockenspiel am Rathausturm and St. Peter's Church await you. There Town Hall Tower (Glockenspiel am Rathausturm) is the largest chime German, built in 1908 inside the Rathaus clock tower. Here the representations of the joust of the knights and the dance of the coopers take place, dating back to the 16th century. In addition, on the Glockenspiel there are also 43 bells, 32 life-size statues which, when the carillon is active, move. There Church of St. Peter, not far from there, is one of the main places of worship in Munich. Its bell tower, 96 meters high, lovingly called by the inhabitants of the city Alter Peter (The "old Peter") has 8 clocks and 7 bells. For a breathtaking view you can also go up the tower by paying a very low cost ticket.
- Distance traveled: 5,3 km / 1 h 4 min
- places visited: Munich Residence (€ 7), Marienplatz (free), Glockenspiel am Rathausturm (around € 1 to visit the tower), St. Peter's Church (around € 2 to climb the bell tower)
- Concert + Dinner at the Munich Residence
- where to have lunch: Restaurant am Chinesischen Turm, Englischer Garthen 3
One day itinerary in Munich: Evening
1- Dinner and Frauenkirche
Now move onto Kaufingerstrasse and, taking one of the streets on the right, you will find yourself in front of the Frauenkirche. Built at the behest of Sigismund of Bavaria, the Church of Our Lady it was built in the second half of the 1400s. Characteristic are its two bell towers that dominate the facade of the church, almost 100 meters high, surmounted by two brass domes. Inside you will find statues and bas-reliefs, among these we point out the life-size statue of St. George and the emperor's sarcophagus, surrounded by 4 knights who symbolize peace and war. As for dinner, a short distance from the church of Our Lady you will find the Agustiner Klosterwirt, a typical Bavarian place where you can dine for an average of € 17, accompanying everything with an excellent beer.
2- Asamkirche and Sendlingerstrasse
Complete your evening by moving to Sendlinger Strasse. The road will take you to Asamkirche, la Church of St. John, dating back to the first half of the eighteenth century in pure Rococo style and to one of the ancient city gates.
- Distance traveled: 950 m / 12 min
- places visited: Frauenkirche (free), Asamkirche (free)
- Night patrol Beer tour
- where to dine: Agustiner Klosterwirt, Agustiner Strasse 1
Before leaving: useful tips
Before leaving for Munich, arm yourself with a lot of patience and pay close attention to these advice. It may seem obvious, but many times the success of a trip depends on the little things, such as information on public transport, the climate and skip-the-line methods.
- Although Monaco has a line subway, avoid it by preferring to travel by bus and tram. The beauty of the city is in the architecture and traveling underground you would miss a lot of it.
- Is possible to buy Monaco City Card, a cumulative card that includes public transport and entrance tickets to some attractions.
- Munich is a very cold city, not just in winter. Arm yourself with coats and anything that can keep you warm.
- If you decide to extend your visit, we recommend that you take a look at our accommodation offers in Munich
What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up
The day in Munich was really intense and unfortunately we weren't able to see everything. When you have little time, you have to give up something. Mark these destinations, they could be the itinerary of your next trip to this beautiful city.
- Nymphenburg Palace: very important place in Munich, it is too far away to be included in a one day itinerary.
- Pinakothek der Moderne: not because it is not important, but better to concentrate on a single "sector" of the art gallery. You risk losing a whole day to visit it all.
- Staatliches Hofbrauhaus: Munich's historic brewery, it is only worth visiting if you intend to stay a little longer than just one day. Otherwise you wouldn't enjoy it very much.