Anchored by a medieval Old Town, Munich is an enchanting city best known for its annual Oktoberfest celebrations. The beer is fantastic, but it’s not Munich’s only talent. The city is home to a string of fantastic museums and galleries, as well as stunning architecture and lashings of Bavarian history.
Things to Do
For some, Munich is synonymous with one thing. Oktoberfest. Every year, millions of people descend on the city to celebrate a mutual love for beer. Even if you don’t visit in October, it’s easy to soak up Munich’s beer-loving culture. The city is strewn with beer halls and gardens, including the legendary Hofbräuhaus which has been pouring tankards since 1589.
Spend a few hours exploring the Old Town, stopping to admire sights like the Munich Residenz Palace, Cuvilliés-Theater, Old Town Hall and Frauenkirche Church. Rest your feet at a sun-drenched street cafe, before heading to Marienplatz Square to hear the famous glockenspiel chimes.
Munich prides itself on arts and culture, which means there’s plenty to keep urban adventurers entertained. The Deutsches Museum celebrates science and technology, while the BMW Museum is a must for luxury car lovers.
Admire masterpieces at the Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek galleries, then take in contemporary masterpieces at Pinakothek der Moderne. With grassy meadows, winding bicycle trails and even a lakeside beer garden, Munich’s Englischer Garten is a great place to catch your breath.
Germany is a world leader in public transport, with Munich no exception.You’ll find an efficient transportation system, with trains, subways, trams and buses, running throughout the city. Parts of the Old Town are largely pedestrianised, which means walking is often the best way to get from A to B.