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Top 10 Places to Visit in Munich

Updated on June 9, 2015

Facts about Munich

Munich is the state capital of Bavaria. It has more than 1.4 million residents of which 25% are foreigners and is the third biggest city of Germany. The city has many scientific universities and important museums, theaters and historical buildings and is an annual point of attraction from mid-September to the beginning of October when the Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest folk festival, takes place. Munich is one of Germany’s most successful and fastest growing megacities. The city was placed second and fifth in terms of infrastructure and life quality among fifty metropolitan cities worldwide.

1 The Frauenkirche

The Frauenkirche, a late gothic hall church from the 15th century, is the typical landmark of Munich. The church regularly hosts concerts, has several choirs and even a church choir school for talented kids. In the entrance hall of the Frauenkirche, there is a black footprint which is supposed to belong to the devil according to a legend. Under the cathedral, the Emperor Ludwig IV and the Duke Wilhelm IV are buried. Close to the cathedral, the restaurant Bratwurst Glöckl offers the original Nürnberger Rostbratwürstl.

Address:

Frauenplatz 1, 80331 München

How to get there by public transport:

Marienplatz: All suburban trains (S-Bahn), subways: U3, U6 + bus: 52.

Karlsplatz: All suburban trains, subways: U4, U5 + tramway: 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 27 and 28

Odeonsplatz: All suburban trains, subways: U3, U4, U5, U6 and bus: 100

Userful information:

Opening hours daily from 7:00am – 7pm, Thurdays until 8:30pm, Fridays until 6pm

Guided tours of the Cathedral: May 1st – September 29th on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm for 60 minutes

Tower visits: at the moment not possible!
(April 1st to October 31st Monday - Saturday 10:00am – 5pm)

Free entry, tour visits 2€ or discounted 1€

Hotels Nearby:

Pension am Jakobsplatz, Dultstraße 1, 80331 Munich

Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Promenadeplatz 2-6, 80333 Munich

HOTEL Mercure Munich Altstadt, Hotterstraße 480331 Munich


View of the Marienplatz from Alter Peter

2 Marienplatz

The Marienplatz is the center and the urban heart of the city from where you can reach shopping locations, restaurants, bars, the city's top sights, movie theaters, operas etc. You can get the best view of the Marienplatz from the tower Alter Peter. If the weather is nice you can even see the Alps, the lake Königssee and the lake Bodensee in West Bavaria. On the Marienplatz you can find Hugendubel, a book store on five floors, the bakery Rischart that sells delicious bread and pastry and Ludwig Beck am Rathauseck where you can find premium fashion, accessories, cosmetics and a music department. During Christmas, a giant Christmas tree decorates the Marienplatz.

Address: Marienplatz 1, 80331 München

How to get there by public transport:

All suburban trains (S-Bahn), subways: U3 and U6

Can also be reached by foot from the Karlsplatz (Stachus) which is reachable by the subways U4 and U5 and various tramways.

Hotels Nearby:

Hotel am Markt, Heiliggeiststraße 6, 80331 Munich

Hotel an der Oper, Falkenturmstraße 10, 80331 Munich

Louis Hotel, VIKTUALIENMARKT 6 - 80331 Munich

3 Nymphenburg Palace

30 minutes away from the Marienplatz lies the beautiful Nymphenburg Palace. It was intended to be the summer residence of the long-awaited heir to the throne, Max Emanuel, who was born in 1662 to the Bavarian Elector Ferdinand Maria and his wife, Henriette Adelaide of Savoy. Most famous are the stone hall, the beauty gallery and the birth room of King Ludwig II. The castle park begins underneath a pompous flight of steps and reveals an English park with streams, channels, cascades, bridges, artificial lakes, figures and statues and seems almost like an enchanted forest.

Address: Schloss Nymphenburg, 80638 München

How to get there by public transport:

Tramway: 17 (stop Schloss Nymphenburg) 500m away from the palace.

By foot it can be reached from the stop of the suburban train (S-Bahn) called „Laim“ which is 2km away.

Useful information:

Opening hours: April – mid-October daily 9am – 6pm and Mid-October to March daily 10am – 4pm

Entrance fees

Ticket "Nymphenburg":

April 1st – Mid October: 11.50 € / 9 € discounted price

Mid-October to March 31st: 8.50 € / 6.50 € discounted price

Hotels Nearby:

Hotel Laimer Hof Nymphenburg Palace,Laimerstraße 40, 80639 Munich

Hotel Kriemhild München-Nymphenburg, Guntherstrasse 16, 80639 München

Villa am Schlosspark, Hieberplatz 3 – 5, 81247 München

Nymphenburg Palace

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4 German Museum

In the German Museum in Munich, 30,000 masterpieces in the areas of science and technology are exhibited. It is the biggest scientific-technical museum of the world and attracts around 1.5 million visitors every year. There is an almost 1km long pit which represents a mine and is very popular among kids. In the aviation section, several dozen airplanes and helicopters are displayed among which is the first jet aircraft of the world. You can even climb into some of them. There is also a 42m long submarine from the Imperial Navy of 1906. In the department power engineering you can look at a simulation of a one million volt lightning strike.

Address: Museumsinsel 1, 80538 München

How to get there by public transport:

The tramway 16 stops at the museum. The suburban train stop (S-Bahn) is within a walking distance of 5 minutes.

Useful information:

Daily from 9am to 5pm, presentations in the planetariam at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm

Entrance fees

Day ticket 8.50€, discounted 7.00€

Hotels Nearby:

Novotel München City, Hochstraße 1181669 München

Holiday Inn, Hochstrasse 3, 81669 Munich

Hotel Admiral, Kohlstr. 9., Isarvorstadt, Munich


Hofbräuhaus

5 Hofbräuhaus

The imposing neo-renaissance building is the most famous brewery in Munich and attracts up to 35.000 visitors every day. The brass band plays live music and the drinks are served by waiters wearing "Lederhosen" and waitresses wearing "Dirndl" dresses. The atmosphere is defined by a mix of Bavarian inhabitants and tourists who sit together at long tables and sway to the music while drinking the famous Hofbräu beer which comes in 13 different varieties. In the summer, visitors can enjoy their beers in the beer garden in the inner courtyard.

Address: Am Platzl 9, 80331 München

How to get there by public transport:

The Hofbräuhaus is within a walking distance of 5 minutes from the Marienplatz (all suburban trains, U3, U6 and the bus 52). You can also rich the Platz by tramway 19. The walking distance from the stop Nationaltheater is also at a walking distance of 5 minutes.

Useful information:

Opening hours: 9am - 11:30pm

Hotels Nearby:

Hotel Falkenturm, Falkenturmstraße 380331 München

Mandarin Oriental München, Neuturmstraße 180331 München

Apartments & Hotel Maximilian Munich, Hochbrückenstraße 1880331 München

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6 English Garden

The English is among the biggest innercity parks in the world. You can pretty much do anything in the English Garden: jogging and biking on 78km long paths, playing soccer, go boating and even surfing.

The famous German beer gardens can also be found in this huge park. One of them is just next to the Chinese Tower and seats 7000 people.

You can get the best view from the Monopteros which is a temple-style round building built in 1836. The Japanese teehouse was built in 1972. In July the Japanese festival attracts many Japan fans.


Address:

Englischer Garten, 80538 München, Deutschland

How to get there by public transport:

Parallel to the south end of the English Garden you will find the subways U3 and U6. You can walk to the English Garden from the university, from the street Giselstraße or Münchner Freiheit or take the busses 154 and 54 to the Chinese Tower. From the south you can take the subways U4 and U5 until you reach the stop Lehel and then you walk into the direction of the Haus der Kunst or take the tramway 18 that takes you along the English Garden to the Chinese Tower Süden (stop Tivolistraße). It really sounds more complicated than it is!

Hotels nearby:

Corps Palatia, Königinstraße 4980539 München

Golden Leaf Park Hotel im Lehel, Unsöldstraße 1080538 München

Gästehaus Englischer Garten, Liebergesellstraße 880802 München



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7 Munich Residence

The Munich Residence is one of the biggest city castles in Germany. The residence had not been destroyed for 600 years when it was reduced to ruins in the Second World War. During the Baroque and Rococo times, elaborate decorations were made as well as paintings and furniture, silk at the walls and a lot of gold. The Bavarian kings and princes had high standards when it came to art and luxury. The Cullilliés theater was built in 1753 and is one of the most beautiful Rococo theaters in Germany. The four floors are defined by a strong red and gold and even today concerts and small operas are performed here. In the treasure chamber, royal insignia, trophies and statuettes amongst other things are displayed. In the courtyard one can relax, visit the Café Tambosi or look at the boule players.

Address:

Residenzstraße 1, 80333 München

How to get there by public transport:

At the stop Odeonsplatz which is very close the subways U4, U5, U3 and U6 take you to the Munich Residence. The tramway 19 stops directly at the Max-Joseph-Platz.

Useful information:

Opening hours: April - Mid-October 9am-6pm, Mid-October - March 10am-5pm.

Entrance fees

Residenzmuseum: 7€, 6€ discounted

Treasury chamber: 7€, 6€ discounted

Combination card "Residenzmuseum / Treasury chamber": 11€, 9€ discounted

Cuvilliés-Theater: 3.50€, 2.50€ discounted

All-round-ticket "Residenzmuseum / Treasury chamber / Cuvilliés-Theater": 13€, 10.50€ discounted price

Hotels nearby:

Domus Hotel, St.-Anna-Straße 3180538 München

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, Maximilianstraße 1780539 München

Hotel Falkenturm, Falkenturmstraße 380331 München

Old Pinacotheca

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8 The Munich Pinacothecas

There are three pinacothecas in Munich. The old one (Alte Pinakothek), the new one (Neue Pinakothek) and the modern one (Pinakothek der Moderne).

The Old Pinacotheca exhibits more than 700 paintings. The names of the painters are well-known to many: Cranach, Altdorfer, Dürer, Botticelli, da Vinci, Raffael, Tizian, Rembrand, Rubens.

The New Pinacotheca gives an overview of the European art from the age of Enlightenment to the modern era and focus on Classicism, Romanticism, art nouveau and Impressionism. The most famous artists include Goya, Turner, Caspar David Friedrich, Spitzweg, Delacroix, Renoir, Monet, van Gogh, Klimt and Rodin.

The Modern Pinacotheca shows all of the branches of modern art. But it also shows the collection of the Munich Design Musuem, the Architecture Museum of the Technical University of Munich and the National Graphic Arts Collection.

Addresses:

Old Pinacotheca: Barer Straße 27 ,80333 München

New Pinacotheca: Barer Straße 29, 80799 München

Modern Pinacotheca: Barer Straße 40, 80333 München

Useful information:

Sunday is the One Euro Day. You can visit many public museums as well as the pinacothecas every Sunday for only one Euro.

Entrance fees

Old and New Pinacotheca 7€, 5€ discounted
Modern Pinacotheca: 10€, 7€ discounted

How to get there by public transport:

You can reach the pinacothecas by taking the tramways 27 and 28 as well as the museum bus 100.

Hotels nearby:

Das Hotel in München, Türkenstraße 3580799 München

Hotel Pension Theresia Regina, Luisenstraße 5180333 München

Leonardo Boutique Hotel Munich, Amalienstraße 2580333 München

9 Church Alter Peter

Alter Peter is the oldest parish church of Munich and its history dates back to the 12th century. It also has the oldest bells of Munich that were cast between 1327 and 1720. When you climb the church's 300 stairs you will get the best view of the city including the Alps if the weather is good.

Address:

Rindermarkt 1, 80331 München

Useful information:

In the summer: Monday - Friday 9am to 6:30pm, Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10am to 6:30pm

In the winter: Monday - Friday 9am to 5:30pm, Saturday, Sunday and holidays: 10am - 5:30pm

Entrance fees

Tower climbing: adults 1.50€, students 6 years or older 1€, kids under 6 free

How to get there by public transport:

From the Marienplatz, where all suburban trains (S-Bahn) and the subways U3 and U6 and the bus 52 stop, you can easily reach Alter Peter by foot.

Hotels nearby:

Hotel am Markt, Heiliggeiststraße 680331 München

Hotel Louis, Viktualienmarkt 680331 München

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10 Karlsplatz (Stachus)

You will always see the Karlsplatz square swarming with people and bikers. Just behind the "Karlstor" you will find a shopping mile full of stores. Many shoppers come to relax on the Karlsplatz after their shopping tour and eat ice cream or hamburgers. In the winter, you can even ice-skate and drink the famous German Glühwein (mulled wine). You can reach the Karlsplatz by bus, subway, tramway, suburban train or just by bike or by foot. Thousands of tourists frequent the square every day and take souvenir pictures.

Address:

Karlsplatz 1, 80335 München

How to get there by public transport:

You can reach the square by taking any suburban train, or the subways U4/U5 as well as all tramways.

Hotels nearby:

Hotel Königshof, Karlsplatz 2580335 München

Hotel Stachus, Bayerstraße 780335 München

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      Stijn Brysbaert 5 months ago from Ghent, Belgium

      Can't stress enough how crazy it is to see surfers in a random park in Munich. Happily sharing a picture I made during my stay https://www.instagram.com/p/tBZwYuyfoQ66A7HZz9L7_b...

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      Cedric Yong 15 months ago from Singapore

      Great list of the best of the Bavarian capital.

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      Konig Ludwig 3 years ago from Füssen

      great great post ,and thanks for sharing your info

      i just wanna add that the visit of Neuschwanstein (the most beautiful castle in the world ) during your stay in Munich is a MUST ,

      how to get there is easy just take a look here

      http://www.new-swan-stone.eu/p/transportation.html

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      tastiger04 4 years ago

      I've only been to Munich once and saw a couple of these, but I will have to go back for the rest of these!! Great info, beautiful city :)

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Great city and good list of places. Good hub