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.

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Museums, Beer and Churches

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Where to stay in Munich

Munich City Centre
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Munich City Centre

Beer, Museums, Culture

Munich City Centre is a welcoming neighborhood with many tasty options for breweries and cafés. Part of the neighborhood's charm is its architecture. For a taste of the local culture, you can check out the museums and art scene.

Altstadt-Lehel
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Altstadt-Lehel

Museums, Shopping, Beer

Altstadt-Lehel is a welcoming neighborhood with many tasty options for breweries, restaurants, and cafés. The neighborhood's charm comes through with its architecture. You can satisfy your cultural palate with the museums and shopping.

Schwabing
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Schwabing

Museums, Gardens, Culture

The Schwabing neighborhood welcomes visitors with convenient options for breweries. The neighborhood has many appealing features, among them its architecture. Other highlights include the local museums and art scene, as well as the natural splendor of the gardens.

Maxvorstadt
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Maxvorstadt

Museums, Beer, Culture

Maxvorstadt is a historic neighborhood that's popular for its breweries, restaurants, and cafés. The neighborhood has many charming qualities, its architecture among the more noteworthy. You can satisfy your cultural palate with the museums and art scene.

Ludwigsvorstadt
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Ludwigsvorstadt

Beer, Shopping, Festivals

Ludwigsvorstadt is a welcoming, walkable neighborhood with convenient options for breweries, cafés, and restaurants. The neighborhood's charm comes through with its festivals. You can satisfy your cultural palate with the shopping and museums.

Moosach
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Moosach

Skyscrapers, Dining, Friendly People

Moosach is a welcoming neighborhood that's popular for its restaurants, cafés, and coffeehouses. Broaden your horizons with the local shopping.

Top Hotels in Munich

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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MOXY Munich Airport
3.5 out of 5
Eichenstrasse 1, Oberding
$50/night
Aug 9 - Aug 10
4.3/5Excellent! (1,041 reviews)

"The hote has a fun and welcoming vibe. Very clean and the staff was friendly. Offers a welcome drink upon arrival! We wish we could have stayed longer! Would definitely stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

MOXY Munich Airport
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Hilton Munich Airport
4.5 out of 5
Terminalstrasse Mitte 20, Oberding
$129/night
Aug 2 - Aug 3
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,706 reviews)

"So easy and nice to be at the airport for an early international flight!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2019

Hilton Munich Airport
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NYX Hotel Munich by Leonardo Hotels
4 out of 5
Hofmannstre. 2, Munich
$78/night
Aug 1 - Aug 2
4.5/5Wonderful! (94 reviews)

"The hotel was very clean and unique. There was a hotel restaurant which was convenient. I had some laundry done which was nice. I had a change of plans though and I tried to cancel one night two weeks before we left but they would not refund my money. I also purchased hotel protection thinking that ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2019

NYX Hotel Munich by Leonardo Hotels

Popular things to do in Munich

Marienplatz
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Marienplatz

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.  

English Garden
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English Garden

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.

BMW World
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BMW World

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.

Olympic Park
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Olympic Park

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

Hofbrauhaus
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Hofbrauhaus

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. 

Viktualienmarkt
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Viktualienmarkt

Gather all the ingredients for a perfect picnic or simply wander around at this lively market that stocks foods both exotic and local.

Top activities in Munich

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

$64

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.

Fast Track Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Full-Day Premium Tour
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Fast Track Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Full-Day Premium Tour

$165

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.

Salzburg Day Trip by Train
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Salzburg Day Trip by Train

$59

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.

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Tour
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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Tour

$29

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.

Hop-On Hop-Off City Center Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off City Center Tour

$20

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.

Bavarian Beer & Food Evening Tour
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Bavarian Beer & Food Evening Tour

$44

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.

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