See & Do
The city’s central square since 1158, Marienplatz is perhaps the busiest spot in all of Munich and the perfect hub to begin exploring. The square’s feature is the New City Hall on the North Side, which is famous for the Glockenspiel in its tower, inspired by the tournaments and markets held there in the Middle Ages. Make sure you’re there in the morning around 11am to witness as the figurines re-enact two stories.
A daily food market and square in the centre of town, Viktualienmarkt has gradually developed from an original farmers’ market to a gourmet and culinary paradise. The market is huge (it covers 22,000 metres square!) and has over 140 stalls offering flowers, fruit, produce, game, poultry, spices and cheese, to name a few. Your taste-buds will be salivating!
New York has Central Park, London has Hyde Park and Munich has the Englischer Garten (English Garden). A huge public area stretching 3.7 square kilometres, the English Garden has been an institution since its creation in 1789. Over the years, various attractions have been added. The Japanese Tea House and garden were added to celebrate the Summer Olympics of 1972. The Monopteros greek-style hilltop temple was completed in 1836. The Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower) is also popular in the garden. However, perhaps the attraction that draws the most crowds is the Eisbachwelle – an artificial wave created by the water-pumping mechanism for one of the park’s artificial streams. Here, surfers line up along the bank taking turns entering the water with their boards. The park is beautiful in all of Munich’s seasons, although buzzing in summer, and should definitely be on your list.
BMW Welt & Museum
For car or architecture lovers, you really can’t go past this huge complex. BMW Welt is a multi-functional customer experience and exhibition facility and the design for the building itself came from an international architectural design competition sponsored by BMW AG. The neighbouring BMW Museum showcases the history of the automobile manufacturer. There are 25 different exhibition areas with over 120 exhibits!
Eat & Drink
The famous Hofbräuhaus
One of the most popular ‘Bier Halles’ is Hofbräuhaus, built in 1589 by Bavarian Duke Maximilian I. Its restaurant menu features traditional Bavarian fare, such as Brezn (soft pretzel), cheese dips and sausages and meals are accompanied by traditional Bavarian music. It would be rude not to order a stein really!
Andechser am Dom
Located right in the centre of the city, just a 5-minute walk from Marienplatz and next door to Fauenkirche is the traditional Bavarian restaurant and beer hall of Andechser. The monks of Andechs cloister just outside town have been producing one of Germany’s strongest beers, a double bock, since the 14th century. This place is always packed so you may have to sit at a communal table and potentially make some new friends. Hint – the apple strudel is the must-have dessert!
Schmalznudel (Café Frischhut)
If you’re a pastry lover you simply can’t go past this Munich institution, conveniently located next to the Viktualienmarkt. They serve 4 traditional pastries here, including the Schmalznudel (a type of doughnut), which gives the place its local nickname. Always fresh off the hot plate, they’re best eaten with a steaming coffee or tea.