As Germany’s third largest city, Munich is a hotbed of culture, great food and fantastic traditions (read Lederhosen). In truth, Munich is one of Germany’s most interesting places to visit simply because it’s a city of two halves. Partly a haven for arts and technology, and partly a place of culture and history. Beer-drinkers and culture vultures step this way, we think you’re going to love this one.
Although it’s tricky to be sure, it’s thought Munich was founded in 1158. Since then, this city has far from rested, defining itself as a central part of Bavarian culture. Its medieval routes show through the older buildings of the city. In fact, Munich houses over 80 museums and galleries, including the BMW museum and the Nymphenburg Palace.
The other half of Munich is founded by its Mediterranean style cafés and Mitteleuropa beer halls, letting you know that it’s not all serious in Munich. Its town centre feels like a village but it houses some of the city’s most memorable sights, such as the Old City Hall and the wonderful Neues Rathaus (the New Town Hall). Finally, Munich is home to one of the largest beer festivals in the world, Oktoberfest. If you happen to be visiting Munich between late September and early October, and you enjoy a beer or two, you should definitely make a beeline for the beer tents of Oktoberfest.
Munich’s dual personality also makes it an interesting destination for families and young travelers. With a vibrant and hearty nightlife, and the finest restaurants in southern Germany, as well as a city full of interesting and fun things to do, it’s clear why so many travel here. Welcome to the city of laptops and lederhosen!
This is the place to come for easy access to ancient Bavarian culture and modern German partying. Located almost directly in the centre of Munich, just south of the main train station, hotels in Ludwigvorstadt are very close to the River Isar, which is perfect for a quiet midday stroll. At night, it becomes the central point of clubbing for the city. In Munich alone, there are over 6000 bars and clubs to choose from, so whether you do you research beforehand, or just fancy a wander around town, you’re sure to end up with a hearty pint in hand.
Altstadt (The Old Town)
Welcome to Munich’s Old Town - the best place to do all of your sightseeing. It welcomes you in with its surrounding ring streets and offers you sites like the Neues Rathaus and the Glockenspiel. Although most of the hotels here will be quite pricey, it contains many of Munich’s and Bavaria’s best tourist attractions.
This is the trendy part of Munich’s bustling city, filled to the brim with quaint cafés, fashion outlets and galleries. In the east of this resort sits The English Garden. A vast and beautiful park covered in greenery, creeks, lakes and beer gardens, this is the perfect place to chill out and forget about the city for a minute.
Quaint, kind of quirky, and definitely a Munich-must, the Glockenspiel is a sight to behold. Part of the 2nd construction phase of the New Town Hall, it consists of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures. Every day it chimes and re-enacts two stories from 16th-century Bavarian legend. The show lasts for around 15 minutes and is quite a feat of engineering to watch. Plus, it’s very entertaining for children as well.
If you like your attractions gold-plated, this one is for you. The original home of Bavaria's Royalty (the Wittelsbachs) in 1508, the Residenz is Munich's number one attraction. Inside, you can see all of the glittery treasures that have been collected over the centuries. In fact, there are so many of them, the treasures take up around half of the palace. Don’t forget to visit the incredible Antiquarian, built to house the enormous antique collection of the Wittelsbachs family.
This museum is a temple to science and technology. Filled with state of the art interactive features, demonstrations and experiments, the museum aims to make physics, technology and even human biology engaging and fun. It even manages to successfully entertain the kids in its custom built Kinderreich, hosting attractions like a kid-size mouse wheel and a water fun area.
Calling all beer drinkers! A must in this part of Bavaria is a visit to an authentic beer hall. The traditional beer hall inside of Munich’s Augustiner brewery is a fantastic experience and is slightly more authentic when compared to its city-centre cousins. With fewer tourists frequenting the tables, it’s time to grab a bench and have a casual drink with the locals.
As the home of Oktoberfest, Munich is renowned for its range of Bavarian beers, with many local beers being brewed in the city itself. Despite the city’s love of beer, many in Munich will never refuse a slightly acidic sparkling glass of wine from the Rhineland. Traditionally German food is to be expected in Munich. Few cultures do sausages like the Bavarians. The ‘wurst’ has been a major part of the national diet for hundreds of years. Finally, Munich offers its very own speciality to round off a typical German meal nicely. It’s called Kuchen, and it’s a sticky sweet cake that is served all over town.
Restaurants in Munich
Restaurants vary hugely in Munich because of its intermingling cultures. As a central hub of European business, there are many places for fine dining dotted all over the city. However, these eateries might be quite pricey. The more affordable dining experiences are also the more authentic in Munich. But the Bavarians do enjoy eating a lot. So, whatever you do pay, expect to receive quite a lot of food.
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