With so much art, culture and history to take in, Munich offers one of Europe’s finest city breaks. There is so much to see that Munich holidays can be tricky to plan, which is why we’ve created this handy guide to some of its main attractions.
Hop-on Hop-off Tour of Munich
Like many great cities of the world, Munich offers a guided, open-top bus tour. It may sound like a touristy thing to do, but it really is one of the easiest ways to take in the city. You will see the colourful Viktualien market, the world famous Pinakotheken art museums and galleries and the palace of Nymphenburg. The beauty of these tours is that you can hop on and off whenever you like and explore the sights in more detail.
Munich Bike Tour
For a more intimate tour of Munich, exploring its many parks, riverbanks and beautiful, winding roads by way of a bike tour may be of interest to you. Munich is one of the greatest cycle cities in Europe and has lots of official, or if you want to go off-map, unofficial routes to choose from.
One of the most popular official routes is the Munich Bike Tour and begins at the Central Train Station; you will cycle with a pleasant and well-informed tour guide to many vibrant, historical spots. These include: Munich’s Acropolis, Konigsplatz and Odeonsplatz; the royal gardens; Europe’s largest city centre park, Englischer Garten; the infamous Chinese Tower beer garden; the banks of the glorious river Isar and finally, Munich’s spectacular Old Town.
Dachau concentration camp
Germany is a country steeped in history and what could be an important day out for any history enthusiast is the Dachua camp. Here you will discover about the social issues, people and events of the Third Reich in the 1930s and 1940s detailing the events leading up to the persecution and genocide of its prisoners. The Third Reich walking tour of Munich is also well worth a visit.
Day trip to the royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof
Munich and the surrounding areas are blessed with some of the most stunning landmarks in Europe which include the royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, both traditionally homes of the eccentric King Ludwig II.
Indeed, Neuschwanstein Castle is so spectacular and enchanting, with tall towers and a whitewashed finish, that it was the inspiration for the castle in Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. A day trip to these royal castles is a popular choice, and is often considered the jewel in the crown of many holidays to Munich.
If you are travelling in late September, a trip to Munich could well include a visit to the sixteen day long Oktoberfest. The one of the most famous of Munich events, Oktoberfest is about more than just drinking beer and eating crispy brätwurst. It is an excellent way to soak up German culture. You will find traditional German dances, national dress and music to enjoy, as well as an array of funfair attractions. Best of all, it is completely free to get in!
The Allianz Arena tour – The impressive home of Bayern Munich, Germany’s most successful football team, this tour details both the history of the club and the stadium. It is well worth a visit for football enthusiasts.
Authentic German Christmas markets – Germany is renowned for its Christmas markets and Munich is home to some of the finest around. Shop for unique presents and souvenirs and sample the delicious local delicacies, including Stollen (Christmas cake) and Glühwein (mulled wine).
Andechs monastery brewery – Why not learn a little about brewery from the Benedictine monks of St Boniface who have been brewing for centuries?