Things to do in

Munich

Home of the world-famous Oktoberfest, this Bavarian capital is rich in food, culture, and history.

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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.

  • Deutsches Museum

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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.

  • Allianz Arena

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Munich

Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 16,652 reviews

This was a wonderful tour! Not only were we able to see the two castles, but we visited beautiful Oberammergau and had a wonderful lunch in Hohenschwangau. The tour guide was wonderful and provided a lot of information about Ludwig II, his life and family. The countryside was beautiful! Since we visited in October, the Fall colors were wonderful and there weren't many crowds. The only downside was that at the Linderhof Castle, many of the sculptures and exterior artwork had been covered up in anticipation of winter snow. Still, the tours of the castles and grounds were wonderful. Highly recommend!

Daniella was the perfect guide. Everything was well organised in advance. We had lots and lots of food to try. Even so much that I could keep some cheese on the side for later. At the end we also had a delish dessert and then a beer of the new (seventh) Munich approved brewery. Perfect all together. I recommend and would do it again with Daniella.

Emotional but very interesting trip. Highly recommend for all. Eric was very knowledgable and it was a nice sized group too.

Great experience! The guide was very knowledgeable & showed a lot of amazing views of the the castle.

The trip from Munich was very interesting and informative by Elisabeth.