Munich, Germany has just too much to see for one blog post, so we split it into two. There is one for the historic center and this one covers the rest of the city. Make sure to read up on both to get the most of your time in Munich.
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If it is sunny and warm day, especially during the late spring or summer, spend some time exploring and walking through the English Garden. As one of Europe’s largest urban public parks, there are endless walking paths and green areas to rest or picnic. Within the gardens, there are several spots not to be missed:
Chinese Tower: The Chinese Towerwas designed to resemble a traditional Chinese pagoda. Surrounding the tower is the second largest bier garden in Munich. Enjoy a cold beer and some delicious bavarian foods in the warm sun.
Monopteros: Walking further south is the Monopteros, a small greek style temple built atop a small hill. From the hill you can get great panoramic views of the skyline of Munich.
Eisbach: Right at the southern tip of the Englischer Garten is the man-made Eisbach river flowing through the park. At its entrance to the park is a standing wave, a popular spot for surfers. It is quite interesting to see surfers in wet suits in the middle of a green park at the center of a city!
Whether or not you are looking for fresh food, head on over to the Viktualienmarkt. This open air market is full of endless rows of fruits and vegetable vendors.
The Augustiner Brewery is Munich’s oldest independent brewery, established back to 1328 inside a monastery. Head on over to their traditional Bavarian restaurant for a more local atmosphere and prices!
Augustiner Brewery is also one of the staple tents at Oktoberfest, not to be missed if that is your reason for visiting Munich.
The name Theresienwiese might not sound familiar, but Oktoberfest should! Theresienwiese is the location of this famous beer festival and many other festivals throughout the year. When we were in Berlin it was the middle of Frühlingsfest, a spring festival similar, but smaller than the one in October.
If you are a lover of museums, science or just having fun, there is something for everyone at the Deutsches Museum. It is the largest museum of science and technology in the whole world! There are so many exhibits to see that you can spend the entire day there.
Tickets are €11 for adults and the museum is open daily from 9AM to 5PM. Make sure to set aside most of a day to visit or take advantage of a rainy day in Munich.
BMW Plant Tour
If you are a fan or fanatic about cars, your visit to Munich will not be complete without a tour of the BMW Plant. Head inside the famed factory for a behind the scene look at how the automobiles are built from the ground up.
Tickets are €9 per person. Reservations are required for the tour as they sell out well in advance. Make sure to get your reservation done online as soon as you know the dates you will be visiting Munich. There are many dates the tour does not run throughout the year, so check out their website for the most up to date information.
If you are not interested in cars, skip the tour to spend more time exploring all that Munich has to offer.
The tragic events of the 1972 Munich Olympics will go down in history. However, the olympic park has rebuilt itself as a modern destination. Across the massive park there are many different places to see and tour. For just €7 per person, you can head up the Olympic Tower for panoramic views of the city as far out as the Alps on a clear day!
For those who want to witness the home of the FC Bayern, head on over to the Allianz Arena to tour the facilities. Take a guided tour of one of the most modern stadiums in all of Europe and immerse yourself into the history of the greatest team in Germany.
Remember to check out the historic center of Munich guide for a complete experience for your trip!