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Munich, Germany

Munich is a fast-paced, historic, and beautiful city, and the best places to visit there will reflect its diversity and beauty.

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.

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

  1. 1. Marienplatz
  2. 2. Nymphenburg Palace
  3. 3. Viktualienmarkt
  4. 4. Alte Pinakothek
  5. 5. Schwabing District
  6. 6. English Garden
  7. 7. BMW Welt
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1. 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 attractions. The City Hall boasts the famous Glockenspiel clock, which chimes in glorious fashion at 11am and noon daily.

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 share space in the square with the stunning new City Hall. In December, the square fills with the joys of Christmas as it hosts a festive market in a captivating ambiance that brings new life to the city.

2. Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, Germany

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, Germany

An architectural treat, the Nymphenburg Palace is a marvelous place to wander around, from its grand interior to vast grounds. This opulent palace has many 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. 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 now a destination in and of itself, with locals and visitors descending to enjoy delectable fresh produce or traditional treats.

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

4. 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.

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

5. Schwabing District

Architecture in the Schwabing District

Schwabing District, Munich

This once-popular Bohemian neighborhood is still the place in which to discover unique stores and quaint cafes. It’s frequented by artists and those looking for a slightly off-beat ambiance.

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 in a quiet part of Munich.

6. 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 flowers, offers a sense of tranquility as you take a break from Munich’s museums and galleries.

The garden runs from the city center to the northeastern limits and is said to be larger than New York’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park. From radiant flowers to the Greek Temple, a Chinese pagoda to lush greenery, you can enjoy this distinctive oasis accompanied by flocks of grazing sheep.

7. 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 old and 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 on where and when to travel to Munich and greater Germany, or take a look at our Germany tours and vacations.

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