Things to do in Munich

With oodles of Bavarian culture, sights and stunning scenery, there’s heaps to see and do in Munich once you’ve paid your respects to one of the city’s famous temples of ale – the beer hall. First, let’s get some history into you. The walkable city centre includes the Altstadt (Old City) where you’ll find the world-famous Glockenspiel, Neues Rathaus (New City Hall), the Old City Hall, Nationaltheater (Opera House) and the world-renowned Hofbräuhaus am Platzl beer hall. As well as a number of historic churches, you’ll also be able to spy three of the original city gates, conveniently located at U-Bahn or S-Bahn stations.

For the royal castle tour, within the city confines you’ll find the Residenz and Schloss Nymphenburg with more castles just outside Munich. For art, head to the Kunstareal in Maxvorstadt just north of the city centre, which boasts 16 museums, 40 galleries and 7 art schools onsite including the PInakothek der Moderne for 20th-century artworks and the Expressionist works within the Lenbachhaus. In other areas of Munich you’ll also find the Jewish Museum, National Bavarian Museum, and the Deutsches Museum – considered to be the biggest technical museum in the world.

Head outside to see Munich’s green spaces, which include parklands like the massive Englischer Garten – where you can even surf a wave on the river, and  manicured gardens like Nymphenburg Park and Olympiapark – the site of the 1972 Olympic Games. Take a drive to the scenic areas of Bavaria to see the seasons change or go on a daytrip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen to ski or snowboard in winter.

Munich is also home to Germany’s most successful professional football team, FC Bayern München, who have won the German championship a whopping 23 times. If you can snap up a ticket, the home games are on at the 71,000-capacity Allianz Arena. Here’s our pick of Munich’s best sights.

Oktoberfest

The world’s biggest public festival, as well as the largest beer fest on the globe, hits town in late September every year. Don your lederhosen and dirndls and join the throngs at the Wies’n for the annual Munich Oktoberfest for a dose of Bavarian culture and a huge stein of beer.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Disney fans will recognise the silhouette of this famous Bavarian palace that inspired Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Perched on a rocky hilltop in the picturesque setting of the Alps, a visit to the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle near Munich is a truly magical experience.

BMW Welt

Design and motor enthusiasts won’t want to miss the showcase of German technology that is BMW Welt. From the futuristic buildings of the Munich museum, world and headquarters to over 90 years of motoring excellence on display, it’s one of the city’s most popular sights.

Nymphenburg Palace

Located just 15 minutes from Munich city centre, Nymphenburg Palace is an opulent celebration of Baroque architecture set among sumptuous garden surrounds and complemented by niche museums, decorative buildings and local wildlife.

Hofbräuhaus

If you’re not visiting Munich during Oktoberfest, a visit to the city’s oldest beer hall, Hofbräuhaus, is a must. Soak up the old-time atmosphere, enjoy the summer in the beer garden, check out the rack of regulars’ steins and indulge in a beer or two and some Bavarian nosh.