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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?

Marienplatz

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.

Viktualienmarkt

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.

Oktoberfest

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

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • 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

an excellent guide and tour. recommended.

Excellent tour with a very Knowledgable and understandable guide. Spoke several languages for all.
Dachau Concentration Camp Half-Day Tour from Munich Reviewed by Jonathan, 09/26/2016

Fabulous, quirky, funny and informative !

Our guide was very young but very knowledgable, witty and had a very expressive face and voice which added to what she was telling us about. Her name was something like Marlin, but sadly I can't remember it exactly! It was a really great experience and I hope to book another one when I get to Rome!
Skip the Line: New Munich Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Lyn, 09/24/2016

Something everyone should see in your lifetime!

Was like out of a fairy tale! The castle was beautiful & the land around it was breath taking !
Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Tour Reviewed by shannon, 09/21/2016

Two castles, one spa town makes for full day!

Enjoyed the variety of seeing the two castles plus Oberammergau. The guides at the castles are not part of this company & thought the tour at Neuschwanstein was pretty bare bones in terms of information probably due to overwhelming crowds. You do have a 40-minute walk to this castle and should know ahead of time. We did enjoy the day & would call it worthwhile.
Day Trip to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles Reviewed by Carol, 09/20/2016

It was splendid day in spite of the weather

Our guide was Franka and she was exceptional. It was a grey and miserable day but she lifted our spirits and made the day shine like the gold in the Schloss. Her knowledge and experience ensured everything ran like clockwork.

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