Beer, pretzels and bratwurst are probably the first things that spring to mind when thinking of Munich. However, this diverse city has so much more to offer. If you’re planning on booking your next city trip, but you don’t know where to go yet, Munich is definitely one to add to your list! Let us help you by sharing the must-sees and does, including some money saving tips.
Welcome to Munich
Munich, Germany’s third largest city, is great if you’re a fan of culture, delicious food and fantastic traditions (read Lederhosen and Dirndl dresses). This diverse Bavarian city is a major centre of history, art, technology and innovation. Its medieval routes show through the older buildings of the city. In fact, Munich houses over 80 museums and galleries, including the BMW museum and the Nymphenburg Palace.
According to the 2018 Mercer Survey,the city was even rated the 3rd most liveable city by the Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey 2018. What’s not to like?
The central square of Munich is called Marienplatz and has been the main square of Bavaria’s capital for nearly a thousand years. It’s the vocal point of the city and has so much to offer. The Glockenspiel, New Town Hall and The Column of St Mary are just a few to mention.
The Glockenspiel is a must-see. Every day at 11am, 12pm, and 5pm a performance of motorised figures dance and twirl around the inside of the tower. Make sure you wait until the end, as the Glockenspiel transforms into a cuckoo clock at the end of the performance.
Munich is home to one of the largest beer festivals in the world: Oktoberfest. If you’re thinking of visiting Munich between late September and early October, and you enjoy a beer or two, you should definitely visit the beer tents of Oktoberfest. This year’s festival takes place from 22 September – 7 October.
Fun fact: Did you know that Germany has a Beer Purity Law? This law was introduced in 1516 by the Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria and guarantees there’s nothing in your Maß (the huge 1 liter glass) that shouldn’t be – Prost! (Cheers).
Catch a wave
Surfing in a city park may sound like a joke, but it most certainly is not! Munich has its very own surfing spot, Eisbach Wave. This exciting tourist attraction draws hundreds of surfers a day to show off their skills on a steady wave on the River Eisbach. The river flows through the Englischer Garten (English Garden) and is two kilometres long. It’s the most famous urban surfing spot in the world. Don’t fancy getting into the water yourself? Don’t worry – it’s still good fun to watch the other dare devils.
Get yourself a Munich City Tour Card to travel and explore the city by public transport. The card is valid for 24 hours up to 4 days. This handy card doesn’t only cover your public transport journeys, but also gives you lots of discount on food, attractions and free treats at a selection of their partners.
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What are you waiting for? Adventure is calling.
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