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Must-Sees in Munich

Bavaria’s lively cities thrive with history,

culture and modernity and Munich is full of diverse attractions and provides visitors with a whole host of new experiences.

 

If you are visiting Munich for the first time, the two-hour guided Old Town Tour will provide plenty of stories and historical facts about the city’s main attractions.

 

In addition to the local public transport ticket, the München Card/MunichCity Pass offers many reductions and discounts on entrance fees for museums, exhibitions, sights, attractions and city tours. The City Pass includes all museums, exhibitions, tours and attractions, some with priority entry without waiting in line. www.muenchen.travel

 

Unique Sights

A Japanese Tea House in an English Garden lies hidden on a small island behind the Haus der Kunst on the southern edge of the English Garden. Twice a month you can take part in a traditional tea ceremony. Just a stone’s throw away, it is possible to surf on the Eisbach wave.

 

A Jewish Centre was opened on Jakobplatz in 2006. It is an impressive complex consisting of Jewish Museum, synagogue, community centre and café. Just next door, Germany’s largest municipal museum, the Munich Stadtmuseum, stages a series of temporary exhibitions.

 

The Gärtnerplatzviertel is a district that starts just behind the Viktualienmarkt, and together with the Glockenbach is the hotspot for hipsters. From currywurst to sushi, from vegan clothes to sophisticated furniture and vinyl records, this places is a mecca of countless boutiques, pop-up stores and shops.

 

Coming east from the simplicity of Haidhausen you come across the Werksviertel, a newly developed residential and commercial district with a great social life. This is where Munich’s new Konzerthaus is being built. 

 

Between Westend and Munich’s main railway station lies the Theresienwiese, home to the Oktoberfest. In pauses between festivals, it is a great meeting place for kite surfers, skateboarders and walkers. From the bronze statue of Bavaria, 18.5 metres high, you get a great view of the city centre.

 

Museums

The MUCA (Museum of Urban and Contemporary Art) is the first of its kind: it has works by internationally renowned graffiti artists, workshops and tours such as the MUCA Street Art Bike Tour. This tour leads groups to sites of the Munich graffiti scene, such as the pedestrian tunnel under the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace) and the “Brückengalerie” on Candidplatz.

 

In Münchner Kunstareal, a museum quarter in the Maxvorstadt district, you can experience 5,000 years of art and cultural history in 16 internationally renowned museums, galleries and universities. Three Pinakotheks, the Egyptian Museum, the Glyptothek, the Lenbachhaus and the Brandhorst Museum offer art from Gerhard Richter to Joseph Beuys as well as da Vinci and Rubens.

 

Food and Drink

Anyone in search of fruit, vegetables, fish, game, herbs and fine foods will love the Viktualienmarkt market stalls behind the Marienplatz, where trading has been going on for more than 200 years. And what’s more there’s a Biergarten in the thick of the action.  

 

The Franzosenviertel (French quarter) runs between Wiener Platz and Pariser Platz. Not only can you eat excellent French cuisine in the “Rue des Halles,” but enjoy a mini culinary world tour with a variety of international offerings. 

 

Hirschgarten is a truly regal Biergarten. This is where aristocrats from the House of Wittelsbach came to celebrate. Today it serves Augustinerbier from wooden barrels and Obatzda (a cheese delicacy) under chestnut trees. 

 

The Hofbräuhaus on the Platzl square is known throughout the world and has up to 35,000 visitors every day. The “Weisse Bräuhaus,” officially called the “Schneider Bräuhaus,” is famous for its many types of wheat beer and tempts with traditional Munich cuisine. 

 

The Beer and Brewery Tour starts at the Marienplatz then goes via the Viktualienmarkt to the Augustiner near the Cathedral. In the “Paulaner Bräuhaus” you can find out how they brew their beer. The tour ends, depending on the weather, either in a Biergarten or in the Hofbräuhaus.

 

Active Travel

The Naturbad Maria Einsiedel natural swimming pool is unique. Water is diverted from the Isar and cleaned of microorganisms in large pools. Chlorine? Definitely not! The ancient alluvial forest makes the summer heat more endurable. Anyone needing to cool down some more can frolic in the fast-running waters of the Isar Canal.

 

Along the River Isar’s  20 kilometre length, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming, grilling, jogging, riding or skinny dipping. The water quality is outstanding. Thanks to a renaturing project, the popular Flaucher park may host barbecues one day, and have wild water gushing past it the next. 

 

For families with children, the trip to Hellabrunn Zoo on the banks of the Isar in Thalkirchen is worthwhile. Over 750 animal species await you in this 40-hectare geozoo! Afterwards, you can relax on the banks of the Isar river and even swim in the river on the Flaucher Island in summer. www.muenchen.de

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