Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, and it’s probably my favourite! Not only is it beautiful, but the people are awesome and there is so much history to this city. The capital of Bavaria is one of Germany’s most popular destinations, especially in the summer months and during Oktoberfest! If ever you’re wondering what there is to do in Munich (other than drink loads of beer!), here are my top 14 things to do in Munich for a little inspiration:
1. Go check out Marienplatz and the Glockenspiel. Originally built in 1908 on the New Town Hall, this clock re-enacts two 16th century stories when it chimes.
2. Spend an afternoon in a biergarten! Munich is home to many biergartens, but one of my favourites is the Viktualienmarkt biergarten! What’s special about this one is that it rotates through the six local breweries throughout the summer, so you’ll have different beer depending on when you go. Plus, it’s in the centre of Munich so you’re near most tourist attractions!
3. The Viktualienmarkt is also right next to the previously mentioned biergarten, and is a great little market where you can find classic Bavarian meats, cheeses, and crafts! Make sure to spend a little time perusing this classic market!
4. Climb to the top of St-Peter’s Church! It gives you one of the best views of Munich for only a couple of Euros!
5. Make sure you visit the Frauenkirche! This iconic Munich church has a great construction legend regarding the Teufelstritt (devil’s footstep) at its entrance. (You can read all about it in a guidebook near the footstep!)
6. Grab a beer (or two, or three) at Munich’s Hofbräuhaus. This bräuhaus is Munich’s largest. It was founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria and was meant to be used exclusively by the royal family. Today, it’s one of Munich’s most famous breweries.
7. Another famous Munich brewery (and my personal favourite) is Augustiner-Braü. It dates back to 1328, making it Munich’s oldest brewery— and, in my opinion, it has some of the best beer! (For those interested, their most popular beer is Augustiner-Helles, a pale lager)
8. If you’re visiting this city in the fall, you obviously have to try to make it to Oktoberfest! It’s the world’s largest beer festival and it attracts over 6 million people from around the world every October!
9. Spend a day exploring Nymphenburg Palace and its gardens! This beautiful palace is straight out of the Swan Princess! The central pavilion of this palace was completed in 1675 and it was the main summer residence of the the former rulers of Bavaria.
10. Take a stroll through the English Garden, one of Europe’s largest public parks, and make sure you check out the surfers!
11. Explore the Munich Residenz. This is Munich’s former royal palace, and you can now visit the Residenz museum, treasury and coin collection.
12. A great way to get to know more about Munich’s history is to go on a walking tour! There are many Third Reich walking tours available, or you can also go on a general history tour to get more information on the origins of the city and its Bavarian monarchs!
13. An absolute must if you’re staying in Munich more than a couple of days is to go on a day trip to Dachau. This former Nazi concentration camp was one of the most important camps during WWII and was the first of its kind.
14. Another amazing day trip to go on from Munich is heading to Schwangau to visit Neuschwanstein Castle. This fairytale castle was built by King Ludwig II and he was indeed inspired by fairytales for its construction! Plus, you get a glimpse of the Bavarian countryside, which is simply breathtaking!
I have been to Munich three times in the last year and I absolutely LOVED it every time! Hope this inspires you to visit this amazing Bavarian city!