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Munich Attractions

Munich, Germany, is one of those cities which seems ripped from a fairy tale. Charming architecture dominates the streets, castles perch in the distance, and ages-old folklore is just as relevant as modern amenities. Want to spend some time discovering the top sights? Pick up a Munich map, and let us help you put together an unforgettable itinerary.

This gorgeous region is home to a variety of stately places and ornate castles, and one of the best things to do in Munich is spend an afternoon exploring the majesty. Start your Munich excursions with a trip to the Schloss Nymphenburg palace and museums, and then head to the Residenz for a look at its castle, halls, and galleries. You can even venture beyond the city’s borders to regal sights like the Schloss Dachau — several Munich tours can get you to the area — but you’ll find plenty of must see tourist attractions in Munich itself.

If you’d rather spend your time browsing art collections, check out the city’s network of museums. Munich was once the art centre of Germany, so you’ll discover several places to view a world of masterpieces. Museum Brandhorst is home to an exciting array of modern art, the Glyptothek focuses on Greek sculpture, and Pinakotheken is made up of three museums dedicated to works ranging from the 15th to 20th centuries.

Of course, Munich is so charming, you’ll have just as much fun simply strolling the local streets. Residents and travelers alike refer to the city as Toytown due to its quaint atmosphere and clean aesthetic, and you’ll find examples of this character in nearly each of its neighborhoods. Schwabing is one of the top spots to browse boutiques and sample the regional cuisine, and Maxvorstadt is a tree-lined university district that features several cultural Munich activities. No matter where you go, you’ll find something to grab your attention. That’s the magic of Munich.

Free Things to Do in Munich

Some say the best things in life are free. Discover the following around Munich:

Olympic Park - If you're hoping to ramp up the fun factor during your vacation, you can do it here.

European Patent Office - Drop by this landmark and marvel at its distinctive design.

Koenigsplatz - If you're fascinated by bygone times, this is one stop you really should visit.

Karlsplatz - Stachus - This is a bustling location where you can absorb the vibe and experience the local way of life.

Eisbach Surfing - There's something soothing about being close to the water, so spend a while here.

Rindermarkt - If you'd like to explore a few of the more important or unique places in the community, start here.

Damenstiftskirche - Gain an insight into local religious beliefs at this spiritual place.

Old Botanical Garden - Grab your rug, pick up a snack and find a shady area to relish Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Munich

Munich City Centre

Famous as a shopping hub, the city also has many historical attractions. Walk down its wide boulevards and discover what it’s like to be a Münchner.

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Schwabing

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.

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Altstadt-Lehel

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.

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Bogenhausen

Consider exploring the abundant dining options in Bogenhausen. If sightseeing is on the list, English Garden is a top attraction. Hop on the metro at Englschalking S-Bahn or Daglfing S-Bahn to see more of the area.

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Maxvorstadt

English Garden and Koenigsplatz 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.

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München District

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Munich on a rainy day?

There's no need to squelch your way through a wet day when there are so many wonderful indoor activities like these to try:

What is Munich famous for?

Head straight toward Marienplatz and English Garden if it's major attractions you're chasing.

What should I not miss in Munich?

You'll want to put these attractions at the top of your to-do list to make the most of your trip:

  • Allianz Arena
  • Hofbrauhaus
  • Olympic Park
  • BMW World

What can you do in Munich for free?

You'll barely have time to dig your wallet out of your bag with so many wonderful free things to do:

  • Marienplatz
  • English Garden
  • Olympic Park
  • Viktualienmarkt