Munich is known as one of the world’s most livable cities. Its strong economy attracts big businesses, while its beautiful architecture, old-world traditions and proximity to the Bavarian Alps draws millions of visitors each year.
Take a tour of the inner city on foot to see a range of architectural styles, from the Gothic St. Peter’s Church to the rococo charm of the Asam Church (Asamkirche). Munich was greatly damaged during World War II, but many buildings have been reconstructed with a view to their original style. See a more modern Munich in structures such as the Olympic Tower and the art museum Pinakothek der Moderne.
Famous for hosting the world’s largest beer festival, Oktoberfest, Munich is home to some of the world’s best-regarded brews and a passionate beer culture. Dedicated drinkers come from all parts of the world to try out Munich’s “Big Six” breweries. These include the Hofbräuhaus, which was founded by royals, and the world-famous Löwenbräu. Visit one of the beer gardens in summer to find locals sipping beer under the chestnut trees, like they have done in Munich for centuries.
The city is home to a number of important multinational companies. The home-grown BMW has its headquarters in Munich along with its BMW World, a fascinating complex which gives an insight into the past, present and future of German engineering.
A trip to Munich is not complete without taking a stroll through the English Garden. This oasis right near the city center has peaceful wooded areas and expansive meadows, with the river Isar flowing through.
Jump on one of the sightseeing buses that depart from Munich’s main railway station. These tours give a good overview of the city. Alternatively, rent a bike and pedal along the bikeways that run along the main roads and parks. There is also a clean and efficient public transport system, which provides access to most areas of Munich. However you get around, you are sure to fall for the varied charms of this world city with a proud local tradition.
Museums, Beer and Churches
Delight in the energetic atmosphere of Munich’s central square, where Christmas stalls, gothic-style buildings and the city’s famous carillon each add to its old-town charms.
Escape the city and head to one of the world’s largest urban parks, which has lakes and meadows, as well as beer gardens and a variety of interesting relics.
Gain an insight into how Germany became one of the worldwide leaders in the motor industry by learning about a uniquely Bavarian brand at this high-tech exhibition.
Formally the site of the world’s best-known sporting event, this park still offers plenty of attractions.
This famous beer hall has attracted decorated personalities and lovers of beer for the last 400 years by offering steins of delicious Bavarian brews in an animated atmosphere.
Gather all the ingredients for a perfect picnic or simply wander around at this lively market that stocks foods both exotic and local.
Step into the pages of a Bavarian storybook as you venture to the fairytale castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Palace. Discover the magic of these royal estates, dreamed up by reclusive King Ludwig II, as you admire the architecture that inspired Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Enjoy sweeping mountain views and feel like royalty as you journey to the fairytale estates of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof with all the comforts of traveling on a luxury coach. Meander through the alleys of Oberammergau and marvel at woodcarvings and frescoes showing historic Bavarian themes.
Visit Mozart's hometown to discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site and iconic locations from The Sound of Music on a guided full-day rail tour to Salzburg. Stroll through some of the best-preserved medieval buildings in Europe and enjoy scenic views of the snow-capped Bavarian Alps.
Head out to Dachau—home to one of Germany's first concentration camps. Gain valuable insight as you delve into the city's dark history. Explore locations where convicts were abused, see remnants of the camp, and hear tragic stories that bring Munich's riddled past to life.
Packed full of cultural and historical sites, enjoy the convenience of discovering Munich at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off tour. Circle the city center aboard a double-decker bus, hearing informative descriptions of the important landmarks from your guide as you go.
Famous for beer brewing, learn more about Bavaria's culinary traditions while sampling some of the celebrated fare. Led by your local guide, embark on a historic journey of beer making in the region before taking a seat in one of the city's illustrious beer gardens for the all-important indulging.