Munich is the capital of Bavaria and the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg. Bavaria itself is an area that includes 16 states and is located in southeastern Germany.
Bordered by Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, parts of Bavaria are surrounded by the Alps.
Munich is a delightful city known for its many cultural festivals, museums, public parks, beautiful churches and magnificent castles.
Confused about which tourist attractions to visit when visiting Munich? Here are 9 recommendations!
- Marienplatz and Neues Rathaus
Marienplatz built in 1638 is a large, open-air square in Munich. Here there is a city landmark, namely the Neues Rathaus or New Town Hall which was built in 1867 in a neo-gothic style.
Architecture buffs will love to visit Neues Rathaus and check out its stunning architecture. You can also go up to the 85-meter-high tower for a panoramic view of the city of Munich.
One of Munich’s most beloved traditions is relaxing on the Marienplatz while enjoying the beauty of the Glockenspiel, a clock that has 43 bells and 32 figures.
Every day from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, and 5 p.m. in spring and summer, the clock sings with figures emerging from the Glockenspiel and dancing to the sound of the bells.
- Englischer Garten (English Garden)
The Englischer Garten is the largest city park in Germany, even in Europe. If you think Central Park in New York is very large, the Englischer Garten in Munich is much wider.
Founded in 1789, the park has been enlarged over the centuries and today covers an area of 3.75 square kilometers or 370 hectares.
Its name is taken from a traditional English garden that was popular in the 18th century. The park features lush natural groves of trees and plants, the 9-kilometer long Isar river and the beautiful Kleinhesseloher lake.
Usually, visitors come for a picnic with their family, jogging, cycling, playing soccer, and even surfing the shores of the Eisbachwelle (Eisbach waves). Eisbachwelle is an artificial wave that is a favorite of park visitors.
The 1972 Olympics were held in Munich. The location of the world’s sporting events is now known as Olympiapark.
The Olympic Park, which covers almost 1 square kilometer, is still used for various events, such as concerts and festivals.
Olympia Tower or Olympic Tower is a 290-meter-tall television tower that was built in 1968. From here you can enjoy stunning views of the city, you know.
- BMW Museum
If you are already at Olympiapark, you can at the same time visit the BMW Museum which is not far from Olympiapark. The BMW Museum is contemporary in design with a semi-circular shell like a silvery white bowl.
In addition to the Museum, there is also a BMW Welt which displays various collections of the latest BMW cars and motorcycles. Visitors are also exhibited the technology and future design of this luxury motor vehicle.
- Allianz Arena
The Allianz Arena Stadium can accommodate an audience of 70,000 (international matches) to 75,000 (domestic matches).
When Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup, the Allianz Arena was used for 6 matches including the opening match of Germany vs Costa Rica, as well as the semifinals of France vs Portugal.
This magnificent stadium is the headquarters of Bayern Munich. In the past, they shared with TSV 1860 Munich. However, the club, which won the Bundesliga decades ago, has not used the Allianz Arena since 2017 when they were relegated to the Regionalliga or the 4th division of the German League.
The Allianz Arena is famous for its roof that changes color, depending on which team is competing. If it is red, it means that the Bayern Munich team is playing.
If it is white, it means the German national team is playing. When TSV 1860 was still using this stadium, the roof would have changed to a blue color.
- Munich Residenz
Munich Residenz was once the palace of the Bavarian monarchy and is one of the most spectacular palaces in Europe. The earliest part is the Antiquarium which was built in 1579 and is now part of the Residenz Museum.
The Alte Residenz, a masterpiece from the late Renaissance era was built after it. While the other series of buildings were completed in 1848.
Munich Residenz opened to the public in 1920. Its collection of art and architectural styles is a symbol of the power of the Bavarian royal family.
The building was badly damaged during World War II, but after being repaired it is considered one of the best palace museums in Europe.
- Nymphenburg Palace and Gardens
Nymphenburg Palace is a summer palace built to celebrate the birth of the long-awaited heir to the Bavarian throne, Max Emanuel, in 1662. Bavarian ruler Ferdinand Maria and his wife Henriette Adelaide ordered the palace built in 1664.
This baroque-style palace also served as the home for today’s Bavarian aristocrats. The interior exhibits a wide range of art collections from the Baroque to Classical periods. The interior of the palace is full of lavish ornaments and decorations.
Nymphenburg Park covers an area of 200 hectares. The garden design resembles the French garden at the Palace of Versailles. In summer you can ride a gondola on the lake, while in winter you can go ice skating because the lake turns to ice.
- Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein is located on a steep hill in the village of Hohenschwangau, southwest Bavaria. The castle is credited with being the inspiration for Cinderella’s castle and Sleeping Beauty at Disneyland. The castle, which was built by King Ludwig II, was completed in 1886.
The King who ruled Bavaria from 1864 until his death in 1886 took the throne when he was just 18 years old. Having no political experience, his main interest was only in the arts.
Neuschwanstein Castle, which is about 120 kilometers from Munich, can be reached by car in less than 2 hours. Take a day to visit this amazing palace, yes.
Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world with a history of more than 200 years. It began when Crown Prince Ludwig, who later became King Ludwig I, married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810.
Munich residents are invited to a party in the field called the Theresienwiese, so the locals call the festival Wiesn. In this folk feast, you can enjoy a variety of traditional foods as well as a variety of German beers.
Apart from culinary delights, various exciting events from Bavarian culture are also displayed. Because of its popularity, Munich is visited by around 6 million people during the festival, which is from the end of September to the first week of October.
Well, that’s a series of tourist attractions that you can enjoy when visiting Munich. Even without Oktoberfest this year, your traveling event will definitely be memorable.