Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Top 11 Things to Do In Munich, Germany!

September is certainly in full swing right now! Just under a year ago I was packing up and gearing up for my second trip to Munich for Oktoberfest. Of course, as a city Munich has so much more to offer than just Oktoberfest! In the spirit of knowing that there are tons of other great things to do while visiting Munich, today I'm going to take a look at the best eleven things to do in Munich, Germany! No matter how long you are staying in Munich, you are bound to find plentiful things to do, sights to see, and food to eat!

Celebrate Oktoberfest. Obviously, this is a given. Oktoberfest in Munich is one of the best, if not the best, attended festival in the entire world. Each year, it welcomes over 6 million visitors, in addition to the locals celebrating the holiday. Check out more information on the history of Oktoberfest! If there is ever a time of year to visit Munich, the Oktoberfest season would be it!

Stroll the English Garden. The English Garden (or Englischer Garten, in German) is essentially Munich's version of Central Park - albeit, established prior to Central Park! The park was established in 1789 and extends from the city center to the northeastern city limits. Within the park, you are guaranteed to find beautiful landscaping, boating, jogging and hiking paths. One of my personal favorite things about traveling to large cities is having the feeling that you are not in the city, and the English Garden will definitely give you that impression!

Visit Marienplatz. Marienplatz is the town square of Munich, and has held that title since 1158. In the middle ages, markets and tournaments were held in the square. Nowadays, the square hosts both the New City Hall and the Old City Hall, as well as many other attractions. Marienplatz is very centrally located and easy to access, especially as it is located on top of the U-bahn and S-bahn stations!

Check out the local scene at Viktualienmarkt! Just a short walk from Marienplatz, you will encounter Viktualienmarkt, one of the great farmers markets in Munich. Viktualienmarkt occupies over 22,000 square feet and has shops ranging from foods such as cheeses and sausages to flower shops to tourist shops. It really is one of the best ways to experience the feel of a city and understand the local appeal to Munich!

Taking a walking, biking, or Segway tour of the city. Munich is a bustling city, and as such there are tons of different things to see and ways to see them. Personally, I would recommend taking a tour of the city- a great one would be to find a free walking tour- in order to ensure you don't miss out on any of the sights! Most of the walking tours will include all of the major things listed in this post, and will also be a great way to meet other people visiting the city.

Unwind with a great Bavarian beer at one of the legendary beer halls. This is primarily for those who aren't able to attend Oktoberfest. If you can't do this, it is an absolute must while in Munich to visit an iconic beer hall, such as Hofbrauhaus, and try out a liter of the beer! In Munich, there are six original Bavarian breweries, and each of them will offer a different experience. Every city has an attraction that you simply can't skip, and for Munich, visiting the beer halls is it!

Eat a pretzel. When in Rome, right? Germany is known to have fabulous pretzels - or brezel, in German. Most places that you go, these pretzels will be larger than your head, and being fresh-baked, they are amazing!

Residenz Palace. The Residence Palace was constructed in 1385, and served as the royal palace to Bavarian monarchs from 1508 to 1918. Currently, the Residence Palace will feature gorgeous furniture, art, porcelain, and more from any decade and style to the present day. Currently, the Residenz Palace features over 130 different rooms, each with a unique and dynamic display.

Neuschwanstein Castle is just gorgeous, and the perfect day trip from Munich!
Get out of town! If you are looking for a break from the city, take a day trip to one of the great Bavarian cities located near Munich. My personal favorite would be taking a two-hour train ride to Füssen. Füssen is home to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles. Each of these castles is majestic, and most certainly the perfect way to spend a day away from Munich!

Deutsches Museum. The Deutsches museum is the world's largest museum of science and technology, and features over 28,000 exhibits. With a museum of this size, there is certain to be something for everyone! If you are curious about just about anything in the world, Deutsches Museum will have an exhibit for you.

Relax! Hey, chances are, if you are visiting Munich (or any new city!) you are on vacation. Relax, and do whatever pleases you. Just because I loved some of these attractions, doesn't mean you will. Vacationing is all about relaxing, so do whatever it is that really pleases you!

For those of you who have been to Munich before, what would you say are the top attractions? Did I miss anything on the list? No matter what you do, you really can't go wrong with a trip to Munich!


  1. Thank you for this list! I'm planning a trip to Munich and will definitely keep these suggestions in mind!

    1. Awesome, Rachel! When are you headed to Munich?

  2. How about visiting the Alps? How far is it from Munich?


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