24 Hours in Munich

in City Guides, Sightseeing

View from the tower of St. Peter's Church - Photo: digital_don

The view from the tower of Munich's St. Peter's Church - Photo: digital_don

Munich is actually a huge city as it is the capital of the largest federal state in Germany, Bavaria. With a city so big there is no way that you could see all it has to offer, so here’s a guide to the highlights if you plan to spend only one day in Munich. If you get the chance to spend more time here, Munich is also used as a base from which to go skiing in the nearby Alps.

Munich's Marienplatz Station - Photo: yushimoto_02

Munich's Marienplatz Station - Photo: yushimoto_02

Even the journey to Munich will be enjoyable as the main Munich international airport has regularly been voted as one of the best airports in the Europe. You can then transfer with ease to the efficient and clean S-Bahn and U-Bahn train system.

Inside of of the many tents at Munich's incredible Oktoberfest - Photo: StrudelMonkey

Inside of of the many tents at Munich's Oktoberfest - Photo: StrudelMonkey

The most exciting time of year to go to Munich is undoubtedly in October when the world renowned Oktoberfest beer festival takes place. The vast collection of outdoor beer gardens as well as lots of traditional German food provides a huge insight to the culture of the country as a whole. Even if you miss Oktoberfest you can go to the Hirshgarten in Neuhausen which is the biggest single beer garden in the world with an 8,000 capacity!

The Frauenkirche is a must-see cathedral in Munich - Photo: palestrina55

The Frauenkirche is a must-see attraction in Munich - Photo: palestrina55

Otherwise many people are just perfectly happy to wander around Munich and take lots of beautiful photographs. Although the city was more or less destroyed in World War Two it has been restored to amazing effect. One of the most attractive churches in Germany, the Frauenkirche, is right in the city centre. Known as the Marienplatz, the central square is incredibly beautiful and should be the first port of call for any visitor.

The BMW museum in Munich - Photo: Werner Boehm

The BMW museum in Munich - Photo: Werner Boehm

Car lovers might want to go to the impressive BMW museum and this is just one of a number of excellent attractions in the museum district. The Deutsches Museum is thought to be the largest collection of technical and natural science displays.

Munich's Schloss Nymphenburg Gardens - Photo: Eduardo Sentchordi

Munich's Schloss Nymphenburg Gardens - Photo: Eduardo Sentchordi

For a more tranquil way to appreciate the natural surroundings of Munich head to the Schloss Nymphenburg Gardens. Take tram number 12 and get out at Romanplatz, then just stroll around and enjoy the fresh air. This is a world away from the touristy parts of the city.

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Munich has much to offer. Make sure to check out the Englischer Garten (English Garden) and the bier garten (beer garden, duh) that is in the Englischer Garten along with the old structure at the top of the hill over there. While you’re there, make sure to check out “The Wave” which is something that only locals know of (it is basically a part of the canal that has a wave that people surf on due to there being a man-made lip underneath the water which produces the wave).

Make sure to check out the famous Hofbrauhaus in Marienplatz, and pretty much anywhere around that area is great if you walk around. One of the places I enjoyed alot was the Olympiapark, which is where the 1972 Olympics were held and is a beautiful park. Something cool to do is get a ticket to go up the Olympiaturm (the tower) and from here you can see all of Munich and even the Alps!

Overall, you can’t go wrong with Munich. There is so much to do and the locals all are quite friendly and love trying to show off that they can speak English. Tschüss!

Yvonne Salisbury

If you want a great view of Munich there are several options:
Climb the 306 steps of the Alter Peter church tower Just off Marienplatz; take the elevator to the top of the tower of the Neues Rahaus in Marienplatz or the tower in the Olympic Park. All offer stunning views of the city and on a clear day to the Alps.

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