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Top 10 things to see in Munich

This Bavarian capital is well know for a number of things. It's a beautiful city to see, rich in culture and history, and to top it off is home of the world famous Oktoberfest. So where to start? Here's our top ten.

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Deutsches Museum

One of the most important and largest museums of science and technology in the world, it's a sight you definitely don't want to miss. So why not drop by or take a Deutsches Museum tour?


This is the city's main and central square. At Marienplatz you'll find the town hall, the Marian column, and other great architectural sights close by.


Feeling peckish? Then head over to the historic Viktualienmarkt food market and taste local and gourmet cuisine. Open Monday to Saturday, it's one of the cities main tourist attractions.

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Allianz Arena

Allianz is the first football stadium in the world able to change the color of its exterior with inflated plastic panels covering the outside, making it a popular tourist attraction.

Nymphenburg Palace

The impressive Nymphemburg Palace has got stunning surrounding gardens and is a sight not to be missed when you're wandering the city!

BMW Museum

Not just for car lovers, the BMW Museum has something for everyone. Taking a tour will give you real insight into the company's rich history.


With many cultural associations, mainly linked to drinking beer, Oktoberfest is the worlds largest annual funfair. If you like music, beer and lederhosen then look no further!

Hofbräuhaus München

If you want to eat some real German food and drink some real German beer on your trip, then the Hofbräuhaus München beerhall is the place to go. Popular with tourists and locals, you can't go wrong!

Englischer Garten

This park really is incredible! You can spend time in the beautiful green space, the Japanese teahouse, or go surfing in the artificial stream with wave generator!

Munich Residenz

Munich Residenz is Germany's largest city palace and is open daily to visitors. Explore on your own or take a tour of the royal collections and beautifully decorated rooms.

Planning your Munich visit

How many days to spend in Munich?

If you're just going to tick the city off the list, then 3 days will satisfy any tourist's sightseeing needs. But for a more relaxed trip and to really get to know the city, a week's stay will be much more suitable.

Where to stay?

With public transport being so efficient, location depends on what you want your experience to be. If you want to be close to the main sights, then look for something in Altstadt. For a more modest budget, look in Ludwigsvorstadt near the Hauptbahnhof and the Oktoberfest grounds. Or if you're in the city for the nightlife, then Schwabing, Maxvorstadt, and the Gärtnerplatzviertel-Glockenbachviertel areas will be your best bet.

Good to Know

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  • Best time to visit
    From March to May the temperatures are mild and the crowds are minimal. But if you're coming for Oktoberfest (late September through early October) plan accommodations well in advance, be prepared to pay more, and bring a jacket!

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What people are saying about Munich

Great tour, v informative guide, and something you have to experience

The guide on the tour was very knowledgeable and provided great background information regarding the history of the camp, the war as a whole, and the role which the camp had throughout its existence to the current day. Have to experience this and glad I use the tour to do so as it gave a great overall understand of the events here.
Dachau Concentration Camp Half-Day Tour from Munich Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/17/2016

It was a great and informative walking tour!!!

Thanks a lot for the tour. We learnt plenty of interesting things about the city. It was fun and entertaining!
Skip the Line: New Munich Free Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/13/2016

Despite the bad weather, must see attraction

It was a bad weather day at Hochenschwangau but we still loved it. We were little bit terrified when they told us we r about to climb the hill, but in the end - thanks to our great guide Hein - it was not that bad. We made a stop often to hear some really interesting stories avout Ludwig II. One this we didn't know was that there was no need to make ticket reservation because our guides actually did it for us, but it turned out ok in the end. Our reservation was canceled on time by our guides and we had nothing to worry about.
Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/11/2016

A delightful experience I and my daughter will always remember.

The guide, Olly, made the experience unforgetable inspite of the weather. There was never a boring moment. When he asked us what we liked best about the programme, we answered, "You."

Amazing day with spectacular views and informative guide

Admittedly the weather was great when we were there but even so, the views are breathtaking both from the ground upwards and even better from the top of the fortress. Going up the fortress is a must both for the inside tour but especially the views across the city and Alps. Cathedral is also very impressive as is the Mozart museum - would recommend an hour and a half in the museum (Geburtshaus) as there is loads to read!! We also had a very good tour guide from Radius Tours who knew the place well and the history and so the walking tour element of the day was very good and he gave plenty of advice as to where to eat, what to see and included things which catered for a variety of tastes and interests. The city has retained its authentic look and feel without too much influence from multinationals which is another great appeal. Would warn it is a long day, the travel is about 2 hours each way and so this will be a full day of your holiday but it is well worth doing.
Salzburg Day Trip from Munich by Train Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/27/2016

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