Munich is Bavaria’s capital and is famous around the world for its annual Oktoberfest celebration, as it’s home to some of Germany’s largest breweries. It’s also a major cultural destination because of its numerous museums, centuries-old architecture, and charming parks. If you’re planning a European adventure, Munich should definitely be part of the itinerary.
But which attractions should you squeeze into your packed schedule when visiting Munich? Check out our 10 must-sees that you should check off your Munich bucket list!
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Home to numerous historical buildings such as the Old and New Town Halls and the Column of St. Mary, Marienplatz Square is a popular gathering point for tourists. Check out the Glockenspiel clock at 11 a.m., noon, and 5 p.m., when 32 life-sized figures put on a lovely dance show as it chimes. Stop by the Spielzeugmuseum, which houses a unique collection of toys from all over Europe!
Never leave the city without visiting the Marienplatz Square, it’s definitely one of the Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Munich.
Translating simply to “food market” in English, this amazing place offers a wide array of fresh produce, spices, local delicacies, and fresh flowers. Get a fresh pretzel and Bavarian beer, try some falafel, and treat yourself to pickled cucumbers and radishes. There are also plenty of fruit stalls if you want a break from sampling all the tasty cheese and baked goods.
The New Town Hall
Built in the late 1800s, the New Town Hall is home to the famous Rathaus-Glockenspiel. Climb up the Rathausturm and stay at the viewing gallery to get an incredible view of the city. No worries – you can take a lift to go up. From there, you can see the Alps, the Marienplatz, St. Paul’s Church, and the Theatinerkirche!
The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl
Known as the most famous pub in the world, the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl can seat up to 3000 visitors inside and another 400 outside. Sample their locally brewed beer with Bavarian specialties like pork knuckles, sauerkraut, and suckling pig. There’s live folk music with costumed performers too!
Also called the Munich Cathedral, the Frauenkirche is considered a defining symbol of Munich. It offers a unique view of the Alps and the city if you take the time to climb its incredible height. Built with both Gothic and Renaissance-style architecture, Catholic mass is still held here for locals and devout visitors. Admire the works of renowned 14th to 18th century artists like Krumpper, Candid, and Polack in its interiors!
This historic park is one of the biggest in the world, stretching up to 375 hectares. Relax at the Chinese Tower after a stroll in the beer gardens, watch the surfers brave the Eisbach’s roaring waves, and enjoy a cozy afternoon of tarts and cakes at the Seehaus. It’s a wonderful place to cycle or jog too!
The Deutcsches Museum is the largest science and technology museum in the world! Marvel at over 28,000 exhibited items on its seemingly endless floors, including a restored flying wing glider and fighter planes. Check out its multiple displays and exhibits on topics like aerospace, computers, geodesy, and tunnel construction!
The Munich Residenz
The Munich Residenz is the largest inner-city palace in Germany and is the former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria. One of its highlights is the bronze halls of the Residenz which contain over 40 original bronze sculptures from the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
With its bright yellow color, the Theatinerkirche (Theatine Church) at Odeonsplatz is one of Munich’s most beautiful churches.
St Peter’s Church
St. Peter’s is not only one of Munich’s popular churches but also one of the city’s major tourist attractions. Situated in the city center right next to Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt, St. Peter is Munich’s oldest parish church. You can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of Munich from the tower of St. Peter.