The land by river Isar, Munich is the capital and the most populous city of Bavaria in Germany. It is famous for breathtaking architecture, fine culture, and the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration. The quality of the museums is said to have outranked even those of Berlin.
Munich, Bavaria is in Germany. So, if you are planning a trip to Germany, this place is a must-visit. It’s one of the safest cities when compared to the whole of Germany. Violent crimes are very rare. Munich houses around 1.5 million people. Munich is a very important city in Germany, as it’s a major tourist destination and is also a center of book publishing and television production.
We made a list of the best places to visit in Munich along with the best things you can do in Munich during your trip to Germany.
Places to visit in Munich
Here is the list of things to do n Munich:
1. Visit the heart of Munich
Marienplatz has been the heart of the city since 1158. Earlier the place was known for markets and tournaments. Today Marienplatz is best known for its Christmas markets. Apart from the market, it’s known for its gothic style architecture. You can have a walking tour to places like Old and New Town Hall. The old town hall was completely destroyed in World War 2. It was then again reconstructed and now serves as a toy museum.
The New Town Hall serves as a municipal administrative office. The New Town Hall is also home to the Rathaus-Glockenspiel. It’s a mini knight show. Two stories from the 16th century lasting for about 12-15 minutes are re-enacted. The watchtower chimes between 11:00 am- 12:00 pm to mark the inception of the show. You can also see the Church of Old Lady and the Memorial of Michael Jackson. You can also shop from a nearby shopping arcade while returning.
2. Admiring one of the world’s oldest art galleries
Alte Pinakothek, constructed in 1836, is one of the oldest art galleries in the world. The gallery features works of legendary artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Titan, Hans Baldung Grien, Rembrandt, etc. It contains around 800 paintings from the regions of Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, and Spain. The paintings date back to the 1200s to 1800s.
3. Have a glass of State-run beer
At Hofbrauhaus, a state-run beer hall, there’s a condition for obtaining a glass of beer. You have to be seated to order a beer. Unusual as it might seem, it’s a rule of the hall to serve only seated persons to order a beer. The ceiling of the hall features elaborate frescoes in the baroque style. Another special feature is that beer is served in a standard 1-liter mug. Along with beer, you can also enjoy popular snacks served there.
4. Grab a unique feel at Glyptothek Museum
This unique neoclassical building claims to be the only museum in the world dedicated solely to the ancient sculpture of the Greek and Roman era. You are free to wander and admire the beautiful art.
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5. Divulge in the wonders of the BMW museum
Not every other day you get to see a car museum. And if the car brand is none other than the iconic BMW, what other reason you need to go in? The BMW museum located in the northern part of Munich. Want something even cooler? You can literally rent any production BMW car for a small fee for an hour and take it for a spin. You also get to see all the past and future models of the brand. There’s also an app for guiding you through the museum.
6. Surfing on the waves of Eisbach
The name Eisbach (which means “ice brook”) is a small man-made river in Munich. Its two kilometers long. It flows through the park known as Englischer Garten and meets in the Isar River. A man-made wave has been created in one section. It is no less a wonder to surf on the landlocked area. one needs special training for surfing here as unlike the ocean surfing, there’s no paddling to catch the waves. This is a place of interest for both locals and visitors alike.
7. Shop in a distinctive way at Midnightbazar
Shopping can be a boring process, but not at Midnightbazar of Munich. If you want to know about the best places to visit in Munich, don’t forget to visit this one. It’s a huge flea market where you can find anything from clothes, vinyl records, furniture, books, toys, etc. the thing which makes it unique is the background music that is played by a DJ.
There’s a nominal entry fee, but you get access to huge bargained goods along with the unique experience of purchasing while having a beer and good music. You can also have dinner and cocktails on your return.
8. Enjoy live music at Freiheiz
The old power and heat supply train station is now a new concert venue. Located in the center of the city, Freiheiz has a maximum capacity of 400 people. Some old remains of the train cargos can also be seen here. Types of music played here are Rock, pop, folk and cabaret. You can check online for the events that are covered here. Sometimes you may get to pay a nominal fee for covering the cost of food and drink. But otherwise, it’s a must-visit place on your trip to Munich.
9. Visit the Munich Residenz
Don’t go by the unobtrusive exterior of this place. Beneath the exterior lies a grand palace complex. This palace was once a small defensive castle for the royal family in 1385 and was called Neuveste. As time went by, it converted into a sprawling palace. The palace houses the books, antiquities and the classical sculptures of the Wittelsbach family. This place is the largest and most lavish Renaissance interior North of the Alps.
10. Visit the Asam Brothers’ Church
This church is one of the hidden gems of Munich. This church was officially named as Saint Johann Nepomuk Church and was built as a snow house for the Asam Brothers who lived in the neighborhood. These church makers are frequently considered as the masters of the Rocco Movement. The church is only 30 feet wide but excels in the quality of the interior. This construction is really a work of art. An amazing feature of the church is the Eye Of God which is the oval-shaped bright yellow window above the altar.
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Munich is a very good vacation spot. The best time to visit the place is from March to May. One thing to note is that the weather of the place is around 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit, so make sure to pack your jackets and coats along with you.