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.

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 15,192 reviews

We loved the bike tour through Munich! Our tour guide (sorry we can't remember her name - young lady with brown hair who studied anthropology) was great! She gave detailed information about the city - we learned about the origin of Munich, explored important landmarks, and even stopped at a Beer Garden to re-energize. With this bike tour, you get to explore more areas than you would be able to on foot. Would definitely recommend!

Best tour of our trip! Our guide was a wonderful story teller and provided commentary throughout the entire journey. Upgrading to the Premium Tour was a great choice - especially during Covid. The seats had plenty of leg room and there was plenty of extra room on the bus. We also enjoyed the included snacks, drinks and coffee. Highly recommend!

Our guide, Achim, did a great job making the history of the 3rd Reich in Munich come to life. I remembered bits and pieces from history class, but seeing the historic landmarks where everything took place, together with Achim's commentary, was amazing. Great value for the money, thorough, and absolutely recommended.

I enjoyed the trip immensely. When they say a 20 minute hike it delivers, it was a 20 minute up hill hike! Lucia was a fantastic guide so knowledgeable about Ludwig and the castle. Her excitement was contagious. The views from the castle and the castle itself were fabulous! Would definitely do again!

Excellent day! Clean bus, great guide, beautiful scenery. Really enjoyed the day.