As the third largest city in Germany, Munich has quite a bit to offer. Probably the most famous thing to do in the city is Oktoberfest. While the annual beer festival is quite an occasion in itself, and certainly plenty of fun, there’s so much more to Munich than Oktoberfest.
Munich is one the best places to visit on a trip to Germany. Here are eight of the best things to do in the city.
The central square of Munich is place not to be missed on any trip to the city. There are several things to, such as both the Old and New Town Halls. If you’re visiting during December, you’re in for a treat, as Marienplatz is home to Munich’s Christmas Market.
2. New Town Hall
While you are exploring Marienplatz, be sure to stop at the New Town Hall, one of the city’s most recognizable buildings. Much of its fame is thanks to its fancy facade that consists of ornately carved figures. There is a Glockenspiel as well that shows a performance of motorized figurines at 11am, 12pm, and 5pm (March-October). If you have some time, stop by the Old Town Hall, too.
3. Munich Residence
The Munich Residence is considered to be one of Europe’s most ornate and beautiful palaces. It was once the hope of kings, queens, and emperors, but is now open for you to explore. The palace is fairly large, so plan on spending at least an hour or two here.
4. Nymphenburg Palace
Often referred to as “the Castle of the Nymphs,” Nymphenburg Palace is a beautiful palace that was once the home of Bavaria’s royal family. If you enjoy local history, it should certainly be on your list of things to do while in Munich. There’s an admission fee to see inside the palace, however, its free to stroll through the gardens.
No visit to Munich would be complete without a stop at the Hofbrauhaus, the most famous beer hall. If you want to get a table here though, I highly recommend you make a reservation. A trip to an outdoor beer garden is also a great idea. I recommend Augustiner Keller beer garden.
6. Cathedral Church of our Lady
This is the main church of South Bavaria, dating back to 1488. The most notable feature of the church is a random footprint located near the entrance which is said to be the footprint of the devil.
7. The English Garden
Encompassing more than 900 acres, the English Garden is the city’s largest park. It was designed in the classic British style, so you will find rose gardens, sprawling lush greenery, and an artificial lake. A stroll through the garden is a great way to take a break from the city and the crowds.
8. Deutsches Museum
The Deutsches Museum is the largest museum of technology and science in the world. So if you want to add a museum to your list of things to do while in Munich, this would be the one to visit.