Munich is the capital of Bavaria, a German state in the southeast of the country renowned for its natural beauty and medieval towns.
Its rich culture of traditional Blasmusik and beer brewing mixed with friendly locals and hearty food made from simple ingredients, make Munich a highlight of any trip to Germany.
Things to do in Munich, Germany
Right at the heart of the city, Marienplatz is a perfect place to start a sightseeing tour of Munich as it is in walking distance of many must-see attractions. The city’s main square since 1158, Marienplatz has been home to Medieval markets, Christmas markets, tournaments and Gay Pride festivals over the years and is still a popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike.
Although it looks impressively old, Munich’s New Town Hall in the Marienplatz was actually constructed at the turn of the 20th century. Up in the tower of the New Town Hall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Munich, the glockenspiel clock. Every day at 11am and 12noon (plus 5pm in summer) bells chime and 32 life-size figures emerge to re-enact important scenes from Bavarian history.
By far the most famous produce of Munich is beer. The city has six major breweries and is home to one of the largest festivals in the world, Oktoberfest. The first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 to honour the wedding of King Ludwig I and has now grown to be a 16-day celebration of all things beer, drawing crowds of more than 6 million people from all corners of the globe.
One of the most well known Munich breweries, Hofbräuhaus has been in operation since 1589 when it was the official brewery of the Royal Residence. In the late eighteenth century, the Hofbräuhaus was the local watering hole of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who lived just around the corner. A Munich vacation just wouldn’t be complete without tasting at least one of their famous brews.
The grand thoroughfare of Ludwigstrasse is the perfect place for an afternoon stroll in Munich. Cafes, art galleries and plenty of small shops line the kilometre-long boulevard alongside cultural buildings such as the Staatsbibliothek (state library) and the Ludwig-Maximilian University.
Christmas in Munich is a magical time, with its quaint Christmas markets and festive atmosphere. Many Christmas traditions such as the Christmas tree, originated in Germany, making the holiday season a great time to soak up some cultural heritage with a visit to Munich.