Munich is the third largest city in Germany with lovely scenery and plenty of attractions such as the fascinating Marienplatz, Frauenkirche (Church of the Old Lady), Nymphenburg Palace, Münchner Residenz and the city’s defensive town gates. To visit the city’s diverse attractions, use the excellent MVV public transport system and walk (the city centre can, in fact, be covered on foot).
Marienplatz will be a stunning start for your exploration of Munich. Situated at the northern part of the square is the New Town Hall with its spectacular façade in Neo-Gothic style and famous Glockenspiel, installed in 1908. is world-famous clock in the tower balcony features tall figurines depicting Munich folklore and every day at 11 am and 12 pm they perform to the chimes of the clock.
Not far from Marienplatz is Frauenkirche (Church of our Old Lady), a treasure to explore. The magnificent onion-shape domes on top of its twin towers are a landmark of this Bavarian capital city, and its peaceful interior provides serenity and a Gothic haven for visitors.
Just a short walk from Marienplatz is Viktualiemarkt, an open food market that is 22,000 sq. m. in size and covered with plenty of diverse stalls offering fresh produce, and delicatessens, every day. It’s the go-to destination for visitors who are interested in a taste (or two!) of Bavarian culinary delights.
One of Munich’s most iconic sights, Nymphenburg Palace was once the summer residence of Bavarian monarchs. Stroll through the beautiful garden with its stunning vistas and surrounding landscape. Nymphenburg Palace is one of Munich’s historical treasures and a visit to this baroque palace is incomplete without savouring the wealth of fascinating history offered within the palace and its museum. A key highlight within is the world-famous Gallery of Beauties, a collection of portraits of beautiful noble and middle- class women gathered by King Ludwig I.
The fascinating history of Munich can be explored further at Residenz München, which was the residence of Bavarian dukes, electors and kings from 1508 to 1918. Over the centuries it developed into a marvellous palace and today, visitors can discover magnificent architecture and more at the Treasury within, Cuvilliés Theatre, Court Garden and the Bronze Halls. ere are free audio tours in several languages including English, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian.
A walk through the Residence Museum is a must. You will be impressed with the Hall of Antiquities, the largest and most lavish Renaissance hall north of the Alps. ere are many elegant spots to discover, including the Court Chapel, Ornate Chapel, Stone Room, State Bedroom, Ancestral Gallery and Porcelain Cabinet.
A beautiful outdoor spot for walking, jogging, cycling and other leisure activities is the English Garden, one of the largest city parks in the world. Artificial streams produced by a water-pumping mechanism ow throughout it, and there are stations of standing waves which provide fun sur ng activity. Germany is world-famous for its beers, and you can relax and sip on these at one of the four beer gardens there: Chinesischer Turm, Lake House, Hirschau and Aumeister.
There are many atmospheric Bavarian beer halls around the city, but if you had time for only one, then Hofbraunhaus would be it. Situated in a historical building that is was once a brewery over 400 years ago, visitors come from all over the world to enjoy its ambience of joie de vivre, and traditional food and beer.
Last but not least, Munich is home to many historic gems that are free to visit. There are, for example, three remaining medieval gates to the city – Karls Tor, Sendlinger Tor and Isar Tor – which offer a fascinating reflection on what daily life was like in a fluent Munich, all those centuries ago.