Top 34 Things to Do in Munich

A Comprehensive Guide to the Top Munich Attractions and Activities

Munich at a Glance

Home to white Weisswurst sausages, pretzels served only before noon and beers to drink while donning lederhosen’s; Munich is a Bavarian metropolis situated in southern Germany. This walkable city is also famous for its museums, most of which close on Mondays but offer €1 entry on Sundays. Aside from a history dating back to the 12th century, the city also offers tranquil gardens, beer halls to boot and a budding nightlife in the hip Schwabing district.

Munich, however, might be most famous for its annual 3-week long beer centered folk festival; Oktoberfest. Drawing upwards of 6 million visitors each year, and held ironically at the end of September, this elongated celebration has been running since the middle ages and is the ultimate celebration of Bavarian culture. A trip to the city at this time of year is simply a must-do to enjoy endless liquid gold, traditional fare and live Bavarian brass bands.

How Much Time Do You Need to See Munich?

To really explore Munich, we recommend spending 3-5 days here to ensure you see a little of everything. If you consider yourself a history and culture buff, aim for a longer stay as hours can be spent in any one of the museums. Similarly, for those wanting a day trip out to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, we’d suggest adding an extra day to your journey. Below we’ve created itineraries for one, two and three-day trips to Munich. The itineraries provide a feel for what attractions and activities can be seen and done on both a short flying visit to the Bavarian capital or on an extended stay.

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Free Things to Do in Munich

If you’re on a strict budget, or just saving your euros for beers, there’s plenty of free attractions to visit in and around the city and, lucky for you, we've listed them all below.

Residence Royal Palace and Museum
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This grand palace and former home of Bavarian monarchs sits in the center of Munich and should be visited to experience its grandeur alone. Inside the palace, there’s a museum open to the public that displays delicate décor, royal displays and art that spans back to the Renaissance period. History buffs won’t be disappointed.

English Garden
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As large public parks go, the English Garden in central Munich is pretty impressive. Bigger than both London’s Hyde Park and New York’s central park this green oasis covers an impressive 910 acres and provide the perfect picnic spot for families and couples alike. Spend the morning strolling by the river and keep your eyes peeled for the Chinese pagoda.

St Peter’s Church
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This Roman Catholic church sits in the center of Munich and is the oldest church in the district. Head inside this place of worship for a peek at the impressive architecture. If you’re feeling lavish, there’s a €3 charge to climb to the top of the tower, and for such a small price it’s worth it as the panoramic views over the city are never-ending.

Marienplatz Square
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On your self-guided walking tour around the city center, you’re bound to cut through Marienplatz Square, home to the new town hall. This neo-gothic structure is dotted with gargoyles and a Glockenspiel that chimes at 11 am, noon and 5 pm. Make sure you’re around to hear the booming rings.

Viktualienmarkt
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This old farmers market boasts 140 open air stalls serving fresh produce. Open Monday to Friday the market has a real buzz about it and is a great place to wander for free, though we can’t promise you won’t be tempted to purchase a fresh pretzel or two.

Museum Brandhorst
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Though not technically free, the Museum Brandhorst entry fee is only €1 on a Sunday, and that’s a small price to pay to see 200 exhibits of modern art. With exhibitions changing regularly the museum is a great stop off for any art historians or hopeless romantics.

Olympic Stadium of Munich
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To the north of the city sits Olympia Stadium, host of the 1972 summer Olympics. The stadium is impressive enough from the outside with sweeping architecture and tent like structures. A wander around the tree lined stadium is fun for all the family and for €3 head inside to read up on the Olympics and the buildings construction.

FC Bayern Munchen

We know that ticket prices to an FC Bayern Munchen game are through the roof, but tickets to watch the team’s training sessions are free. With multiple training sessions running throughout the week it’s easy to land on one, just head to the team’s website and check the schedule. This is a perfect activity for families with little football fans.

Map of Free Things to Do in Munich
Map of free things to do in Munich

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1-Day Itinerary in Munich

If you find yourself in Munich with only a day to spare, there’s still plenty of attractions that can be visited without feeling rushed off your feet. Take a look at the below itinerary to see how to get the most out of the city in a limited period of time.

Hofbrauhaus
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This three-floor brewery dates back to the 16th century and is one of the most famous beer halls in all of Germany. Enjoy home brewed beers and fresh nibbles as the live oompah band plays.

BMW Museum
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With both classic and modern BMW’s on exhibition, this museum is an auto-heads paradise. Visitors can learn about the car making process on a factory tour or simply admire the cars on the floor. Where better to learn about this Bavarian automaker than on its home turf.

Church of Our Lady
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This red brick church is hard to miss from the town square, and it's considered one of Munich’s most notable landmarks. The exterior gothic architecture is quite impressive and inside the décor features a long central nave and delicate arches. Head inside the south tower before climbing to the top for a view of the Alps.

Wiener Platz
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Wiener Platz is a daily food market that runs in the Haidhausen district of Munich. This small affair is a hotspot for the locals with stalls selling fish, flowers and wine to name a few. The surrounding cafes are quaint and worth a visit too.

Villa Stuck
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This historic house pays tribute to the life and work of painter Franz Stuck. Suitable for culture vultures and art admirers the museum also exhibits art ranging from the 19th century to the 21st.

Friedensengel
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This famous monument, known as the Angel of Peace sits in the suburb of Bogenhausen. Head here in the afternoon for a walk around the gardens and fountains before arriving at the 19th century golden statue.

Hofgarten
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This city center royal garden is the perfect place for a morning stroll. The gardens focal point is the hofgartentemple, the Temple of Diana, which is an octagonal pavilion that divides the gardens into eight.

Schatzkammer der Residenz
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Not all the glitters is gold unless you’re inside the Schatzkammer exhibition in the Residence Museum. Home to a world-famous collection of jewels, crystal and ivory works visitors should spend an hour or so admiring the treasures

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Map of things to do for a one-day itinerary in Munich

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2-Day Itinerary in Munich

For visitors with two days in the city, there’s plenty more to see and do. Below we’ve set out an itinerary of attractions for those with a little extra time on their hands.

Asamkirche Church
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This Baroque church is as breathtaking from the outside as it is in. Built in the 18th century Asamkirche Church is tucked down Sendingler St, pay a visit before the crowds in the morning to enjoy its grandeur before meandering down the street to enjoy some shopping.

Nymphenburg Park
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To the north west of the city center sits Nymphenburg Park, a green space in the grounds of Nymphenburg Palace. With pretty walkways, a large lake and plenty of open spaces this park is perfect for families or couples alike.

Gartnerplatz
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Gartnerplatz is a hip and happening area in central Munich. Couples can take a romantic stroll here by the river, enjoy a BBQ in the park or pay a visit to any of the local bars to kick start a great night out.

Tierpark Hellabrunn
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Fun for all the family, this 40-hectare animal park and garden sits on the banks of the Isar River. With elephant talks, sea lion training and birds of prey shows, there’s plenty of activities here to keep the kids entertained. For those after some inside knowledge on each animal, private and guided tours run daily.

Maximilianstrabe
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This royal avenue and elegant promenade serves the rich and famous as it boasts designer shops and art galleries to boot. Luxury cars tend to line the street too, and if that’s not a giveaway of an affluent neighborhood, we don’t know what is. Bank cards at the ready.

Konigsplatz
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Konigsplatz is a historical square modelled after the Acropolis in Athens. The square is an attraction alone, but the surrounding buildings are home to collections of Greek and Roman sculptures that would be of interest to any history buff. In the summertime, locals sunbathe on the surrounding lawns, and open-air concerts run frequently.

Beach 38

The thought of sand between your toes isn’t usually coupled with the idea of a city break to Munich. However, Beach 38 bar would say differently. This converted factory now sits as a bar and restaurant in the Steinhausen district and boasts a man-made beach with deck chairs. There’s even a volleyball court.

Haus der Kunst
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With an eclectic mix of contemporary exhibitions, Haus der Kunst art museum is a must see as the building itself is one of the few remaining structures of Nazi Germany in Munich.

Deutsches Museum
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As the largest museum of science and technology in the world, you’d expect to be impressed on a visit to the Deutsches Museum and thanks to its array of interactive activities, kids Kingdom and six floors of exhibitions, you won’t be disappointed.

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Map of things to do for a two-day itinerary in Munich

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3+ Day Itinerary in Munich

For those with the luxury of three or more days in the city, we’ve set out a longer itinerary that includes a few attractions a little further afield. Check them out below.

Holareidulijo

With all this extra time on your hands, it only seems fit that you spend it shopping for the perfect pair of lederhosen’s and we’ve got just the place; Holareidulijo. This shop is a famous second-hand clothes store selling Bavarian costumes to help you blend in with the locals.

Karstadt
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Maybe the weather has taken a turn for the worst, or you’re just a shopaholic, either way, Karstadt department store is a great spot for some bargain shopping. Head here after a hearty breakfast and prepare for a morning of shopping.

Schwabing
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Munich’s second hip neighborhood, after Gartnerplatz, is Schwabing. Packed with cool café’s, vibrant restaurants and a buzzing nightlife scene, couples after a fun night out will enjoy the lively atmosphere.

Eisbach Surfers
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In the same way you wouldn’t associate sand with Munich; you also wouldn’t associate surf. But once again, we’ve been proven wrong. Eisbach surfers is a river surfing spot in downtown Munich. River surfing was invented in 1972, and with swell almost as good as Hawaii, it’s no wonder it’s taken off. Bring the family to watch the pro surfers ride the standing waves.

Oktoberfest
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If you find yourself in Munich in late September or the first week of October, then you simply have to visit the city’s world famous festival; Oktoberfest. Celebrate the Bavarian culture by revelling in the live music and non-stop flowing beer.

Biergarten am Chinesischen Turm
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A visit to Munich can’t pass without an afternoon spent in a beer garden, and Chinesischer Turm is one of our favorites. Situated inside the English Garden, visitors take to the outdoor tables in numbers and sip cold beers from steins underneath the afternoon sun.

Augustiner Braustuben

This beer hall and restaurant is the perfect spot come evening to enjoy an array of Bavarian specialties including homemade meatballs, pork schnitzels and Bavarian duck. After successfully lining the stomach on all thing Bavarian, head to the rooftop to continue clanking steins.

Dachau Concentration Camp
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As one of the first Nazi concentration camps to open in Germany, Dachau has a solemn atmosphere. Pay a visit to learn more about Nazi Germany, Hitler’s power play and World War II in general. This activity is not recommended for young children due to the nature of the subject matter.

Neuschwanstein Castle
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If you’ve got a day to spare and fancy a day-trip out of the city, then Neuschwanstein Castle is the answer. This 19th-century palace sits atop a hill just a 1 hours 40-minute drive south-west of Munich. The somewhat fairytale castle is incredibly picturesque, so pack your camera and prepare for a historical tour.

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Map of things to do for a 3+ day itinerary in Munich

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Parting Words

In short, Germany’s third largest city and Bavaria’s capital is really quite a catch. Whether you’re a couple on a romantic weekend break, a group of friends on an elaborate bar crawl or a family looking for fun filled days out and educational experiences, this Bavarian city has it all.

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