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7 Best Places to Visit in Munich

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Munich, Germany

Munich is a fast-paced, historic, and beautiful city, and the top seven must-see places you can explore during your Germany trip will reflect the diversity and beauty of one the country’s most famous cities.

With breathtaking architecture, picturesque and peaceful gardens, and a wonderful sense of tradition found in the plazas and neighborhoods, Munich represents a unique contrast between old-world heritage and contemporary life, as they fuse together for an unforgettable ambiance and experience.

Plan your trip to Munich by visualizing yourself enjoying the following flavors, sights, and sounds that make Munich a treasure for any visitor and a classic place to visit during any European itinerary.

Overview

  1. 1. Discover History at Marienplatz
  2. 2. Explore the Nymphenburg Palace
  3. 3. Embrace Culinary Treasures at Viktualienmarkt
  4. 4. Lose Yourself in the Alte Pinakothek
  5. 5. Uncover Beauty in the Schwabing District
  6. 6. Embrace Charm in the English Garden
  7. 7. Delight in the Luxuries of the BMW Welt
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1. Discover History at Marienplatz

Marienplatz in Munich, Germany

Marienplatz in Munich, Germany

This central square in Munich is the heart of the city, with experiences and must-see icons serving as top Munich attractions. The City Hall boasts the famous Glockenspiel clock, which chimes in glorious fashion at 11am and noon each day.

The figurines recount the scene from a royal wedding as they move about the clock’s exterior. The Fish Fountain and the old parish of St Peter's share space in the square with the stunning new City Hall. In December, the square fills with the joy of the Christmas market for a festive and captivating ambiance that brings enchanting new life to the city.

2. Explore the Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, Germany

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, Germany

An architectural treat, the Nymphenburg Palace is a marvelous place to wander, from the interior grandeur to the vast exterior grounds. This opulent palace has a remarkable number of rooms that bear either Baroque, Rococo, or Neo-Classical design.

The central pavilion contains the well-known Stone Hall, while the north pavilions and wings house the chapel. The carriage museum can be found in the former stables of the south wing and the gardens accentuate the luxurious impression, with fountains at the front of the palace offering a warm welcome.

3. Embrace Culinary Treasures at Viktualienmarkt

Viktualienmarkt in Munich, Germany

Viktualienmarkt in Munich, Germany

Visit the culinary center of Munich and discover the treasures of the Viktualienmarkt. This former farmer’s market is today a destination in and of itself in the city, as locals and visitors share in the delectable fresh produce or traditional treats.

Savor local pleasures and spend some time carefully choosing souvenirs of your visit. Embrace Bavarian tradition as you pass the Maypole that lies in the center of the market and enjoy the beauty of the fountains that add extra charm to the bustling market ambiance.

4. Lose Yourself in the Alte Pinakothek

Alte Pinakothek in Munich, Germany

Alte Pinakothek in Munich, Germany

The sheer size of this magnificent building is impressive, with treasures inside that make Alte Pinakothek one of the world’s most amazing galleries.

The ceilings are high and the walls are filled with a large collection of works by Old Masters whose paintings are among the art world’s most captivating and enticing works.

Wander the halls and rooms of this important Munich treasure, where you can marvel at the grandeur of the architecture, the gallery, and overall collection.

5. Uncover Beauty in the Schwabing District

Architecture in the Schwabing District

Schwabing District, Munich

This once-popular Bohemian neighborhood is still the place to discover unique stores, quaint cafes. It’s a place frequented by artists and those looking for an ambiance that’s slightly off the beaten path.

Leopoldstrasse runs the length of the suburb and is famous for the Walking Man statue that poses at one end, marking the way to the English Garden. Vibrant colors blend with buildings that seem to have been forgotten in time, a variety of architecture setting the scene for a quiet part of Munich.

6. Embrace Charm in the English Garden

English Garden in Munich, Germany

English Garden in Munich, Germany

Step outside for a while and enjoy the beauty, ambiance, and fresh air as you wander through the inviting walkways that line the English Garden.

The stretch of green, splashed with ponds and stunning flowers, will offer a sense of tranquility as you take a break from Munich’s museums and galleries.

The Gardens run from the city center to the northeastern limits and are said to be larger than New York’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park. From radiant flowers to the Greek Temple,  the Chinese Pagoda to the lush greenery, you can enjoy a distinctive oasis, accompanied by small herds of grazing sheep.

7. Delight in the Luxuries of the BMW Welt

BMW World in Munich, Germany.  © GNTB, Photo: Saskia Wehler

BMW World in Munich, Germany. © GNTB, Photo: Saskia Wehler

While mostly seen as a rather large and impressive car showroom, the BMW Welt is a work of art. The shape of the building resembles a cone of steel and glass, with hanging partitions that provide a sense of wide-open space on each floor.

See how some of our favorite luxury vehicles have evolved over the years and step through the nearby BMW museum to enjoy a bit of motor history that supports the opulent connection between innovation, art, and the joys of driving.

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Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany

From traditional statues and monuments to traditional festivals and neighborhoods, Munich is an exciting, historic, urban wonder that embraces the old and the new as it charms its way into the hearts and minds of visitors from around the world.

Take a look at our Germany Travel Guide for ideas of where and when to travel to Munich and greater Germany during your trip. Fill out a Trip Request to speak with a Zicasso Travel Specialist or call our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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