MunichGermany

From cozy beer halls to dazzling palaces, sprawling public gardens to cutting-edge museums, the Bavarian capital is a modern city with plenty of traditional charms.

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.

Where to stay in Munich

English Garden which includes a park and a river or creek

Munich City Centre

4/5Very Good!(18 area reviews)

Known for its fantastic breweries and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Munich City Centre. Check out top attractions like Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt, and jump on the metro at Lenbachplatz Tram Stop or Karlsplatz (Stachus) Station to see more of the city.

Munich City Centre
Siegestor showing a city, night scenes and heritage elements

Schwabing

4.5/5Wonderful!(153 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like English Garden while getting to know Schwabing, and be sure to check out the colorful gardens. You can hop aboard the metro at Munchner Freiheit U-Bahn or Bonner Platz U-Bahn to see more of the area.

Schwabing
Upper Bavaria featuring landscape views and a city

München District

4.5/5Wonderful!(70 area reviews)

If you're spending time in München District, check out sights like Bavaria Filmstadt or Schleissheim Palace and hop on the metro to see more the city at Unterhaching S-Bahn or Fasanenpark S-Bahn.

München District
Lowenbrau showing a bar and drinks or beverages

Maxvorstadt

4.5/5Wonderful!(484 area reviews)

Koenigsplatz and Lenbachhaus are top sights in Maxvorstadt, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Konigsplatz U-Bahn or Theresienstrasse U-Bahn to see more sights in the area.

Maxvorstadt
Munich City Centre featuring a city, heritage elements and landscape views

Altstadt-Lehel

5/5Exceptional!(367 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Altstadt-Lehel. Hofbrauhaus is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Lehel U-Bahn or Odeonsplatz U-Bahn to see more of Munich.

Altstadt-Lehel
Pasing railway station - the old building, Munich Germany

Pasing

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Travelers enjoy Pasing for its bars and gardens. Consider checking out Pasing Arcaden Shopping Mall while you're in the area.

Pasing

Top Hotels in Munich

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
NH Collection München Bavaria
NH Collection München Bavaria
4 out of 5
Arnulfstrasse 2, Munich, BY
The price is $128 per night

Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Karlsplatz - Stachus and Technical University of Munich. Marienplatz and Theresienwiese ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (205 reviews)

"Location is very convenient . Right in front of train station that can get you anywhere . Shopping area and felt safe. Either you go for business or vacation it is a convenient place"…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

NH Collection München Bavaria
MEININGER Hotel München Olympiapark
MEININGER Hotel München Olympiapark
3.5 out of 5
Landshuter Allee 174, Munich, Bavaria
The price is $53 per night

Located in Gern, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Olympic Park, Olympic Stadium, and BMW World. Theresienwiese and Marienplatz are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...

3.9/5Very Good! (205 reviews)

"Nice place for a touch and go, clean, very friendly and helpful staff, and breakfast is good value for money."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

MEININGER Hotel München Olympiapark
25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian
25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian
4 out of 5
Bahnhofplatz 1, Munich, Bavaria
The price is $123 per night

Located in Munich City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marienplatz, Viktualienmarkt, and Pinakothek der Moderne. Residenz and Hofbrauhaus are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (632 reviews)

"This place was awesome one of the most unique properties I have ever stayed. The staff were great and facility was top notch."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

25hours Hotel The Royal Bavarian

You are unlikely to need a car in Munich, at least if you are largely staying within the city. The public transportation system is fantastic and it covers every corner of the city. Between the subway, the light railway, the buses and the trams, you will have plenty of options to get around. Buy one ticket to cover all the different options, either for one journey or for up to three days of travel.

Popular places to visit in Munich

Marienplatz
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Marienplatz

4.5/5(1,558 reviews)

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.  

Allianz Arena
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Allianz Arena

4.5/5(194 reviews)

Catch an event at Allianz Arena during your trip to Munich. Experience the area's fascinating museums and acclaimed art scene.

Erding Thermal Spa
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Erding Thermal Spa

4/5(45 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Erding Thermal Spa, a well-known attraction in Erding. Check out the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this relaxing area.

Hofbrauhaus
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Hofbrauhaus

4.5/5(1,006 reviews)

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. 

Olympic Park
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Olympic Park

4.5/5(294 reviews)

Formally the site of the world’s best-known sporting event, this park still offers plenty of attractions.

BMW World
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BMW World

4.5/5(291 reviews)

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.

Top things to do in Munich

Royal Castles-Fast track Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Palace
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Royal Castles-Fast track Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Palace

$64
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Fast Track Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Full-Day Premium Tour
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Fast Track Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Full-Day Premium Tour

$164
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Salzburg Day Trip by Train
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Salzburg Day Trip by Train

$62
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Dachau Memorial Site Half-Day Walking Tour
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Dachau Memorial Site Half-Day Walking Tour

$37
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Berchtesgaden mountains & Eagle's Nest Tour
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Berchtesgaden mountains & Eagle's Nest Tour

$61
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Private Eagles Nest Tour from Munich with tour end in Salzburg
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Private Eagles Nest Tour from Munich with tour end in Salzburg

$166
Per adult

Reviews of Munich

4.6

Top Destination

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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.037886340977069%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 25, 2020

Múnich is a beautiful city, one of my favorites

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

Munich is great!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

Transportation system is very efficient

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

I never arrived to Munich. I had to return home to San Diego because of the spread and severity of the Coronavirus.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Loved Munich! Walked and used the rail system, so easy to get around. Our hotel was in a perfect location.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Great city to visit. Travel to Therme Erding for a great spa experience.

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