Munich is a must-see if you haven’t already. Bavaria’s capital has history, beer halls, and green spaces. There are also many museums. Munich is a great place to visit, whether you’re there for Oktoberfest or to enjoy its beer gardens and lively energy. These are the top things you should do in Munich, Germany.
Things to Do in Munich
Munich, Germany’s third largest city, got its name from the monks who established it. Munchen, a monk in German, is the reason for Munich’s name. That’s cool! You might also like The Essential Guide to Germany’s Romantic Road.
Radius Tours offers a bike rental service.
A city tour is the best way to get to know a place. In Munich, this tour includes cycling with Radius tours. Ask Tim! Munich is a great place to cycle. It’s easy to move around the city, there is a small central area, and you can see much more quickly. Munich is home to many bike trails and bike paths, so you don’t need to worry about traffic. Renting bikes is available for USD 30, or you can book a guided tour through Radius Tours. The guided tour provided valuable insight and helpful information that we loved.
Marvel at Marienplatz
Marienplatz’s name derives from the Marian column, built to commemorate the Swedish troop withdrawal after the 30 Years War. The golden statue of Mary can be seen at the top. It houses the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) and the New Town Hall, (Neues Rathaus).
The Neues Rathaus stands out on the square, with its impressive Neo-Gothic façade in the center. It was built in 1905 and replaced the old city hall, which served as the headquarters of local government during the boom years of the 1800s. For a stunning view of the city, visitors can climb up to the observation tower.
You can visit Munich’s Christmas Markets at Marienplatz in December. Germany has many Christmas markets, and Munich is home to some of the most beautiful. Marienplatz is the biggest in Munich.
The Glockenspiel at Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) is on display.
The New City Hall is the largest building in Marienplatz. However, the Glockenspiel is the most popular attraction in Marienplatz. The Glockenspiel, located in the Neues Rathaus tower, features 43 bells and 32 figures. It performs every day from March through October at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 5 p.m. These figurines tell stories about Munich’s past, including the wedding of Duke Wilhelm VI and the dance of barrel makers who kept spirits alive during the plague.
English Garden – Englischer Garten
Munich is a great place to go to the natural world. The English Garden (Englischer Garten), located just outside the city, is the most extensive European garden. It is possible to spend an entire day in the sun, enjoying the scenery and relaxing. An English Garden inspired the park.
Every detail is handcrafted to create a calm atmosphere. You can do many activities, including cycling on paved paths, playing football, or slacklining. You can also sunbathe in the nude. Englischer Garten is a park that allows you to wear whatever clothes you like.
River surfing on the Eisbach River
You can watch river surfers at the Eisbach River, one of the most incredible things you can do in Munich. River surfing is very popular in Munich, but if you have yet to gain experience, it is best not to try. Expert surfers will be riding the waves in downtown Munich during the day. Although they have been doing it since 1972, the Common Sense Law in Munich made it legal. The Ice River was created by diverting the mainstream to clean up the rivers within the park.
A remarkable fact: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was filmed in Munich. There are many locations around the city where you can view films locations. See Reelstreets to find places.
The Royal Residenz, one of Europe’s most famous residences, is also one of the largest museums of Bavaria. The palace contains ten historic inner plazas. From 1508 to 1918, the residence was both the royal residence and the seat of government. This magnificent palace spans the centuries and features rooms filled with art from Renaissance to Baroque and Neoclassicism.
Muller’sches Volksbad (Mullersches Public Baths)
The Muller’sches Volksbad swimming area is for those who find river surfing too strenuous but still want to get soaked. This swimming pool has an Art Nouveau design that is well worth the effort. It also offers a sauna, steam baths, and massage. This is a great place to unwind after a long day of travel.
Although it is touristy and crowded, Hofbraeuhaus is a must-see for anyone who wants to have one beer in Munich. Hofbraeuhaus is a famous tavern in Munich. You can’t visit Munich without visiting it to experience its energy and fun. Bavarian entertainment, pretzels, and a giant pint of Bavarian beer.