City Guide: Munich
It’s a little odd that this Munich City Guide is just released now as I’ve literally been everywhere on the planet, but have never gotten around writing about a city that close to me. Thus, I wanted to take some time to briefly explain what makes Munich worth visiting!
I’ve been to Munich many times, but as it is with cities you are living close to, you never end up really exploring them as a tourist. That’s quite sad though as Munich really has a lot to offer, especially compared to some other cities in Germany. I’d say Munich is way nicer than for example Frankfurt or Cologne, when it comes to touristic purposes.
Englischer Garten in Munich
For me, one of the coolest sights in Munich, is the Englische Garten. It’s the cities biggest park and it stretches nearly through the whole city. There’s not only a lot of greenery with lakes, rivers and more, but there are also some cute buildings.
One of the highlights in the Englischer Garten is the Chinese Tower in the South, where you can also find a very nice beer garden in case you are looking for a traditional Bavarian experience.
In my opinion, visiting the Englische Garten is totally worth it and something you shouldn’t miss when in Munich. It’s located right next to the Hilton Munich Park, for example.
Marienplatz & Munich City Hall
When getting into town, your first stop should be the main square of Munich, Marienplatz. Not only is the whole neighborhood extremely charming.
The Marienplatz itself is also home to some of Munich’s most popular sights, including the Alte Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and the Neue Rathaus (New Town Hall).
The famous Frauenkiche is located here, too. Another really cool church is the St. Michael Kirche, which is located only a few steps away.
This area definitely is a must when visiting Munich, be it for shopping, a nice cafe or restaurant or just spotting the famous sights.
Munich Residence, Diana Temple & Feldherrnhalle Munich
Not far away from the Marienplatz, you can also find the Munich Residence. It’s one of the biggest buildings in the city center and consists of several historic elements.
There’s a large museum, too, but the building itself is worth spotting alone.
Personally, I really enjoy the park next to the Residence, which is also where you can find the tiny, but very cute Diana Temple.
When finished with exploring the Residence and the area around, you should also check out the Feldherrnhalle, which is located at Odeonsplatz, just steps away from the Residence.
In this area, you can find a couple of more interesting historic buildings, which are worthwhile.
Glypothek, Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek
Munich is home to various famous art objects as well as paintings. Especially historic painting and objects play a major role in town. One of those is the Glyptothek, which already looks interesting when spotted from outside.
You should also check out one of the Pinakothek Museums, those are split in the “Alte” (Old) “Neue” (New) and “der Moderne” (Modern) and showcase art and objects from different time sets. The buildings of the museums are quite fascinating, too.
Stachus and Karlstor Munich
Another famous area in Munich is the Stachus, which is a round-shaped square with lots of nice architecture around it. It’s also one of the places in Munich, where you can get some nice shopping done or just sit down in a cafe.
There’s also the Karlstor just around the corner, which is a cute historic city gate.
As the Stachus is very easily reachable by public transportation, I’d highly recommend checking it out.
Other sights in Munich and around
I’ve explored Munich a couple of times already and have some further spots to recommend, which weren’t part of my latest trip. Those include the beautiful Nymphenburg Castle, the St. Peter Church, the German Museum on the Museum Island, the Hofbrauhäus famous for its beer, the historic Alte Hof, the busy Viktualienmarkt and the charming Tierpark Hellabrunn. I’m sure that you could spend at least a week in Munich just exploring the many sights in town!
Overall impressions of Munich
Personally I’d say that Munich is one of the nicest cities in Europe, let alone Germany. Even though Berlin is more often visited by foreigners, I’m struggling to understand why. You could spend days just walking around the old town of Munich, exploring beautiful buildings, but there’s so much more to see in and around town. Thus, I can just fully recommend visiting Munich as soon as you’ll have the chance to!
Do you have any questions about Munich? Feel free to ask or share your impressions in the comments!