Munich Marienplatz

Munich Travel Guide: Top Things to Do

Oktoberfest may be the first thing that comes to mind when people talk about Munich, but there’s so much more to see and do in the Bavarian capital that will easily fill up your itinerary during your visit. With all the sightseeing options in and around Munich, you don’t have to wait for the last quarter of the year to take that trip – the best time to go is now!

What to do in Munich

1. Witness and experience Oktoberfest

Being the most-famous folk festival in the world, Oktoberfest definitely should not be missed! Starting from mid-September and lasting for three weeks, it draws around 6 million tourists from all over the globe yearly. Indulge in the Bavarian culture of merry-making, drinking liters of beer, gobbling giant pretzels and tons of sausages! On the opening day, there will be a grand parade featuring a throng of fancy carriages and people in mostly typical Bavarian ensemble dashing along the streets of the city, and that’s just the start! There’s a full programme in the following days that might interest you whether you are done or still out chugging a beer.

Oktoberfest Photo

When it’s not Oktoberfest season, a visit to the world-famous Hofbräuhaus is a must! It has the same festive vibe accompanied with upbeat Bavarian folk music and the staff is dressed in traditional Bavarian outfits. Even though the ground floor can hold 2,500 guests at a time, it’s always crowded and you may have a hard time finding a seat if you didn’t reserve a table.

2. Climb up the St. Peter’s Church (Kirche St. Peter or Alter Peter)

Munich Marienplatz

This is the oldest parish church in Munich with interiors decorated by renowned Gothic artists and a 91-meter-high tower, which offers a beautiful view of the entire city center. If you don’t mind climbing the 299 steps to the top, it’s very well worth it for a small entrance fee you have to pay for the observation deck. From up here, you can take in an aerial perspective of the city hall (Neues Rathaus), Marienplatz (St. Mary’s Column), and grand market hall of Viktualienmarkt.

3. Buy fresh produce and delicacies at Viktualienmarkt

Virtualienmarkt Munich

Whether you’re already tired of eating out in restaurants or you’re looking for wholesome and cheaper food, stalls at Viktualienmarkt, an open space market situated just behind St. Peter’s Church, offer diverse local cuisine flavors and excellent selection of cheese and meat delis. That’s not all, of course it also features a beer garden with a great atmosphere where you can sit and gather around long tables and savor the food you bought. You can also grab a few bottles of wine, freshly picked flowers, and some home decoration pieces.

4. Stroll through the English Garden

Did you know that Munich’s 900-acre Englischer Garten is among the biggest urban parks in the world? Yes, its total land area even surpasses New York’s Central Park and that’s a fact. Despite being located in Europe, the landscape and sculptures exude an oriental feel with the installation of a Chinese pagoda and a Japanese teahouse.

River Surfing Munich

Locals come here to enjoy numerous activities such as skating, cycling, jogging, playing soccer and even river surfing! Eisbach is an artificial river stream in the southern edge of the park where it’s surf’s up even in winter time! If you know someone who can borrow you a surfboard, you can definitely test your skills here. English Garden presents a lot of things to do in Munich especially on a Sunday when most tourist attractions and shops are closed. In Europe, you always have to keep that in mind.

5. Visit world-class Munich museums and galleries

It’s not just for art lovers; museums showcase a range of countless exhibition subjects from artworks dating back from the Middle Ages to tech and science discoveries to car production to local history to beer and potatoes  – no joking! With over 80 museums in Munich, you will never wonder what to do with your time here. Among the top-rated museums in Munich are the Deutsches Museum, BMW Museum, Dachau Concentration Camp & Memorial Museum, Bavarian National Museum and Pinakotheke (picture galleries).

BMW Museum Munich

There are museums that offer free and reduced entrance fees on certain days. So if you are flexible, you’ll be able to save more. Here’s some museum information for visitors.

These are just the top five things to do in Munich among a long list of tourist attractions in the area, so start looking out for cheap flights to Munich soon! It’s a trip that deserves more than just a weekend – don’t miss out on all the good stuff.

Extra tips:

  • You can take a day trip or sightseeing tours to Neuschwanstein Castle and other lovely nearby cities from Munich.
  • Get a Munich City Tour Card to avoid the hassle of buying multiple public transport tickets from machines and get discounts for tourist attractions in the city.
  • Book your trip to Munich as soon as possible to get the cheapest flight deals.

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