Before heading out to an adventure and visiting a new place I suggest to have a closer look at what this destination has to offer before heading out. In this way you can really focus on those things that interest you and so make the most out of your time. If you have ever been to Munich in Germany then for sure you will agree that this city has quite some nice things to offer. Apart from its wide array of beers and its famous Oktoberfest, Munich presents a whole lot more of Bavarian traditions and architecture.
Munich is the capital city of the state of Bavaria and lies in the southern part of Germany and north of the Alps. With a population of roughly 1.5 million people it is the 3rd largest city in Germany.
Home to the Olympic games back in 1972 it still serves as a venue for various events. It is well known for the characteristic architectural design of its Olympic hall and has a large 850.000 m² park that offers a great setting to have a nice walk or to enjoy a picnic with a magnificent view. The Olympic park can easily be reached with public transportation (U3).
At true landmark of Munich and a must-see dome to visit. It is quite a majestic construction and impressive when visiting inside. Translated it is the “Cathedral of Our Dear Lady”, referring to Mother Mary. Take a look inside and have a rest along the small water fountains located at the feet of the two towers. The church is situated directly in the Altstadt.
If you want to indulge yourself in the rich Bavarian cuisine the Viktualienmarkt is just about the best market for that in the city of Munich. It is filled with many farmers who are selling their produce, ranging from vegetables to dairy products and meat/poultry. There also is a huge Biergarten in the middle where you can enjoy the food with some nice Bavarian beer. Highly recommendable and easy to reach as it is located directly in the city center, not far from the Marienplatz.
The largest green area in Munich and home to a lake, a river (Eisbach) and various constructions and, you guessed it, Biergarten. This is the place the people from Munich hang out especially during the summer season to enjoy a fresh dip in the cold waters of the Eisbach and to relax and escape the city bustle. You can enjoy some nice, traditional Bavarian food at the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese tower) and either rent a bike or walk along the many paths of the park. There are several public transportation lines from which you can reach the park (U3, U6 or Tram 16).
The heart of the city and a good starting point to discover Munich. It is home to the majestic city hall and is well known for its Glockenspiel, attracting millions of tourists every year. The Marienplatz has its own stations and can easily be reached from everywhere around the city.
The BMW World is a huge exhibition facility of the car producer BMW and offers its visitors a great interactive experience about the wide range of products the company offers. If you are fond of cars and all sorts of motorized vehicles this is a great place to be up front of one of Germany’s greatest car producers in a very unique architectural setting. There is also a BMW Museum that can be visited right next to it. It is located close to the Olympic park and can be reached via the U3 to the Olympiazentrum.
Home to the football team of FC Bayern Munich the Allianz Arena is quite an impressive construction and a definite must-see for any football fan. It has a capacity of around 75,000 seats and is the world’s first stadium with a changing-color exterior. You can arrange tours in the arena and enjoy the FCB Erlebniswelt, an exhibition about the club and its history and success. It can be reached with the public transportation, U-Bahnhof Fröttmaning (U6).
Also another landmark of Munich the St. Peterskirche, or also known as Alter Peter, is one of the oldest churches in the city. It has quite a majestic altar inside and you can also climb the tower to enjoy a nice view over the city.
The Schloss Nymphenburg is a historic baroque castle in the city area of Neuhausen-Nymphenburg. It is a much-visited sight in Munich and one of the largest royal palaces in Europe. It is nice to enjoy a walk around the gardens and visit the porcelain museum. The Castle can be reached with the U1 to Rotkreuzplatz, then with the tram to the Schloss Nymphenburg.
If you visit Munich there is really no way around drinking some beer in one of the many Biergarten. Especially in summers this is the place to experience the true Bavarian beer culture. In winters there are also many indoor beer cellars that offer a wide range of beers and Bavarian foods. Here is a small list of the most famous ones:
- Chinesischer Turm
- Augustiner Keller
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