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Munich - The city of festivals and Fun

Beautiful München (Munich) is worth visiting any time of the year, and various festivals are happening almost every month of the year.

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Munich, a city steeped in history and culture, proudly showcases its vibrant heart at the Neues Rathaus, marking the old center. This iconic landmark stands as the focal point of Munich, drawing in tourists from every corner. The captivating clock tower, a prominent feature, beckons visitors to witness its timeless allure. Join me as we explore the charm and allure of Munich, where the Neues Rathaus takes center stage in this captivating cityscape.

Visit Munich in winter with the fabulous Christmas market in front of the Neues Rathause on Marienplatz

Why visit? Is it worth exploring?

As you navigate the bustling streets surrounding the Neues Rathaus, Munich reveals its rich tapestry of experiences. From the lively Marienplatz, where cafes buzz with activity during summer, to the historic architecture lining the city’s avenues, each step unravels a new facet of this Bavarian gem. The vibrant atmosphere resonates with a blend of modernity and tradition, offering a delightful contrast that captivates every traveler. Beyond the clock tower’s enchantment, Munich invites exploration into its museums, parks, and local markets.  Oh, and don’t forget the magical Christmas markets.

Rathause in Munich Marienplatz
Munich Neues Rathause
Neues Rathaus Munich

Main shopping areas in Munich

Marienplatz itself is a bustling square that serves as a hub for shopping, dining, and entertainment. The area is home to a variety of shops, from international brands to local boutiques, offering fashion, accessories, and souvenirs. The nearby Kaufingerstrasse and Neuhauser Strasse are pedestrian streets that extend from Marienplatz and form one of the most popular shopping districts in the city. Here, you’ll find a diverse range of stores, department stores, and specialty shops, making it a prime destination for those looking to indulge in some retail therapy while exploring Munich’s vibrant urban scene.

While in Munich, you have to check out Viktualienmarkt!

Here you can grab fresh fruits and veggies; the food here is top-notch. Don’t miss the Maypole in the middle and the cool statues and fountains. And hey, if you want some souvenirs, Viktualienmarkt has got you covered. Getting there is a breeze – just hop on the S-bahn or tram to Marienplatz, and it’s a short walk from there. Totally worth a visit.

While Bavaria is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, charming villages, and rich cultural traditions, Munich, as its capital, stands as a very dynamic city.

Viktualienmarkt in Munich

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Viktualienmarkt

When is the best time to go?

December to February offers the charm of Munich’s Christmas markets and the possibility of winter activities in the nearby Alps.  However, from mid- or late-September to the first Sunday in October is the time to be here for the October fest.  Something you can’t miss out on.

Travel Tip:  Buying a day pass (single tageskarte – Zone M) will get you anywhere in Munich on public transport. 

Best things to do and see in Munich enjoy your vacation

Do Germans say Munich or München?


Germans refer to the city as “München.” The name “Munich” is the English version of the city’s name. If you’re in Germany or speaking with Germans, it’s more appropriate to use “München.”

Best way to do City Sightseeing

For first-time travelers, we would really recommend going on a City Sightseeing bus.  A bus tour provides a comprehensive overview of the city, allowing you to see key landmarks and attractions in a short amount of time. 

It’s a convenient way to reach various points of interest without worrying about navigation or transportation.

TRAVEL TIP:  You can download the app if you want to explore on your own.  The MVG Fahrinfo München app offers everything that public transport users in and around Munich need to get from A to B.

15 Things to do and places to see in Munich

Residenz Munich Residence (Residence Museum, Treasury, Cuvilliés Theatre)
  • The Residenz (museum and former palace) is certainly one of the most (if not the most) beautiful places to visit in Munich.  

Munich Residenz (video of what to expect upon your visit)
Address: Residenzstraße 1, 80333 München, Germany

Residenz museum palace in Munich the most beautiful place to visit in Munchen
  • Marienplatz:  Explore Munich’s central square, Marienplatz, surrounded by historic buildings, shops, and the iconic Glockenspiel.

  • Visit the Hofbräuhaus MünchenWebsite

  • The Hofgarten is a peaceful and beautiful place to get away from the busy streets, and the English Garden with the Eisbach Welle where people surf in the river is a fun place to visit.  (Quite busy at times…)

  • The Olympic Park is another fun place to visit, with an ice skating ring, and swimming pool and they often host music festivals.

  • Stachus is another plain that is worth visiting, along with Odeonsplatz.  The Germans have a saying that a place is ‘as busy as Stachus Platz’…that says it all – it can get very busy.

  • Discover Nymphenburg Palace:  Wander through the expansive gardens and baroque architecture of Nymphenburg Palace, the former summer residence of the Bavarian rulers.
  • Experience Oktoberfest:  If visiting in September or October, don’t miss the world-famous Oktoberfest, Munich’s lively beer festival with traditional music, food, and beer tents.
  • Visit the Deutsches Museum
  • Stroll through Viktualienmarkt
  • Attend a Classical Concert at Gasteig
  • Take a Day Trip to Neuschwanstein Castle:  Marvel at the fairytale-like Neuschwanstein Castle, nestled in the Bavarian Alps, just a short drive from Munich. 
  • Visit BMW Welt and Museum: After all Munich is the home of the BMW.
  • Walk through the Old Town (Altstadt):  Lose yourself in the narrow streets of Munich’s Old Town, filled with charming shops, cafes, and historical landmarks.
  • Enjoy a Beer Garden Experience:  Delight in the unique Bavarian tradition of beer gardens. The serene Englischer Garten and the lively Hofbräukeller are perfect spots to savor local brews and traditional cuisine.

Where to stay in Munich (München)

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