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Things to do in Munich

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Just THE park in Munich. In the Summer you can go for a swim at the spots where allowed. In the Winter just go for a walk and enjoy the great park that also got lots of restaurants in it.”
  • 524 locals recommend
Plaza
“Marienplatz is the central square in Munich city center and the beginning of the pedestrian zone. Old town hall and the new town hall”
  • 286 locals recommend
Moving Target
“The Olympic Park is one of the most impressive and popular places in Munich. Created on the occasion of the 1972 Olympic Games, it is home to some of the state capital's most important buildings: the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Hall with its world-famous tent roof construction and the 290-metre-high Olympic Tower with its viewing platform. In addition, the 850,000 square metre park offers a varied range of leisure activities with concerts, spectacular events, festivals and a variety of sports activities.”
  • 215 locals recommend
Transportation
“the Biggest Beer Fetival in the World. From 21.09.-06.10.2019! Just a short train ride away! ”
  • 274 locals recommend
Palace
“Nymphenburg Palace is located in the west of Munich in the Neuhausen-Nymphenburg district. It forms a unit with the Nymphenburg Palace Park and the small park castles. It is one of the great royal palaces in Europe and is a popular attraction today”
  • 248 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The Pinakothek der Moderne on Barer Strasse in the Munich art area is a museum building opened in 2002, which brings together four independent museums under one roof, covering four different disciplines in a unique constellation: Art: Modern Art Collection”
  • 177 locals recommend
Place to eat
“A historical square with booths selling food, flowers etc. Right next to Marienplatz, you can combine it.”
  • 192 locals recommend
Bavarian Restaurant
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“I want to be honest: this is probably one of the most touristic beer gardens in Munich. That doesn’t mean it’s bad. Indeed it is one of the oldest and therefore mentioned in all city guides such as Lonely Planet. Worth going because of the architecture and it’s popularity. For a more authentic experience chose one of the others though!”
  • 159 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Absolute must do! You might have read about it. This is a wave in the lake Eisbach (English Garden) where locals surf all year long, even in winter. An absolute favourite of visitors. Go, stay for a while and watch the cool kids (and grown ups) surf the Eisbachwelle!”
  • 186 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The Deutsches Museum (German Museum) is one of the oldest and largest science and technology museums in the world. There are 17,000 artifacts taking visitors from early developments like the first automobile to the laboratory bench where the atom was first split.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Art Museum
“As one of the most important art galleries in the world, the Alte Pinakothek on Königsplatz shows European painting from the 14th to the 18th century. More than 700 paintings are exhibited in 19 halls and 47 cabinets. Since 1836, art enthusiasts have been walking through the impressive two-storey rooms created by the architect Leo von Klenze. The treasures of the Alte Pinakothek are kept by the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen. Together with the Neue Pinakothek, the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Museum Brandhorst, the Alte Pinakothek forms the inner core of the Munich art area.”
  • 98 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology (usually only called the German Museum) in Munich is the largest science and technology museum in the world in terms of exhibition space. [”
  • 134 locals recommend
Auto Dealership
“BMW Welt is the Munich car manufacturer's experience and delivery centre. This is where the company's history and future meet. All brands of the BMW Group are represented and can be scrutinised by the visitors. There are also guided tours, restaurants and souvenir shops. In 2007, BMW Welt opened its doors to the public in the immediate vicinity of the corporate headquarters, the main plant and the BMW Museum. With its unmistakable, futuristic architecture, it is also extremely worth seeing from the outside.”
  • 117 locals recommend
Zoo
“A very big green area for a family day out or group sight seeing. Great variety of animals and atmosphere for a very affordable price.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The beer garden Chinesischer Turm is located in the English Garden (Englischer Garten), Munich's largest park area. With a size of 417 hectares, the English Garden is larger than Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York. Due to its close distance to the university, the beer garden often attracts a young crowd, mixed with park visitor including many tourists. In 1789, on Great Elector Karl Theodor's initiative, the creation of the English Garden began with his plan to convert a former hunting area located at the Isar into a recreational nature. In 1790 the Chinese Tower (Chinesischer Turm) was built. The Chinese Tower is a pagoda-style, all-wooden tower with five storeys. The 25-metre tall tower has a diameter of 19 metres at ground level and six metres at its top level. The Chinese Tower was destroyed during World War II in 1944. In 1952 the tower was rebuilt to its original and current style. The Chinesischer Turm beer garden is the second largest beer garden in Munich and has about 7,000 seats in the self-serviced area and about 500 seats in the serviced area. Guests in the self-serviced area can sit on regular beer garden benches, some of which have back rests. The benches are arranged around the tower. The food stalls offer traditional beer garden food such as Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Hendl (roasted chicken), Schweinshaxn (roasted pork knuckle), Obatzda and Auszogne. The beer served is Hofbräu and a Maß Hell (lager) costs €7.90 (May 2016). A highlight of Chinesischer Turm is the yearly Kocherlball which is held in memory of the cooks and servants of the noble families of the 19th century. In the late 19th century, up to 5,000 Munich servants met during the summer months every Saturday morning for a dance at the Chinese Tower. Usually they met before work between 4am and 5am. Today the Kocherlball takes place on the 3rd Sunday in July between 5.30am to 10am (if the weather is bad a week later). The ball attracts thousands of participants, many of which wear historical outfits and Bavarian costumes. Depending on the weather, the beer garden is open from 10am to 11pm. In Winter, End of November till December, 23rd, a christmas market is held here. PS: Don't eat there anything except a Brezl because the food is not the best ;) Rather go for a Beer!”
  • 143 locals recommend
Art Museum
“The hands down coolest building in Munich. Also great exhibitions- check their website for whats going on at the moment”
  • 87 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bavarian Restaurant
“I want to be honest: this is probably one of the most touristic beer gardens in Munich. That doesn’t mean it’s bad. Indeed it is one of the oldest and therefore mentioned in all city guides such as Lonely Planet. Worth going because of the architecture and it’s popularity. For a more authentic experience chose one of the others though!”
  • 159 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The beer garden Chinesischer Turm is located in the English Garden (Englischer Garten), Munich's largest park area. With a size of 417 hectares, the English Garden is larger than Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York. Due to its close distance to the university, the beer garden often attracts a young crowd, mixed with park visitor including many tourists. In 1789, on Great Elector Karl Theodor's initiative, the creation of the English Garden began with his plan to convert a former hunting area located at the Isar into a recreational nature. In 1790 the Chinese Tower (Chinesischer Turm) was built. The Chinese Tower is a pagoda-style, all-wooden tower with five storeys. The 25-metre tall tower has a diameter of 19 metres at ground level and six metres at its top level. The Chinese Tower was destroyed during World War II in 1944. In 1952 the tower was rebuilt to its original and current style. The Chinesischer Turm beer garden is the second largest beer garden in Munich and has about 7,000 seats in the self-serviced area and about 500 seats in the serviced area. Guests in the self-serviced area can sit on regular beer garden benches, some of which have back rests. The benches are arranged around the tower. The food stalls offer traditional beer garden food such as Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Hendl (roasted chicken), Schweinshaxn (roasted pork knuckle), Obatzda and Auszogne. The beer served is Hofbräu and a Maß Hell (lager) costs €7.90 (May 2016). A highlight of Chinesischer Turm is the yearly Kocherlball which is held in memory of the cooks and servants of the noble families of the 19th century. In the late 19th century, up to 5,000 Munich servants met during the summer months every Saturday morning for a dance at the Chinese Tower. Usually they met before work between 4am and 5am. Today the Kocherlball takes place on the 3rd Sunday in July between 5.30am to 10am (if the weather is bad a week later). The ball attracts thousands of participants, many of which wear historical outfits and Bavarian costumes. Depending on the weather, the beer garden is open from 10am to 11pm. In Winter, End of November till December, 23rd, a christmas market is held here. PS: Don't eat there anything except a Brezl because the food is not the best ;) Rather go for a Beer!”
  • 143 locals recommend
Bavarian Restaurant
“Augustiner beer is considered the BEST beer in Bavaria and the Augustiner Keller is the headquarters of the brewery. Not as touristy as other known beer halls (Hofbrauhaus, etc.)”
  • 95 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“German food. A beautiful Biergarten in the English garden. Not the cheapest, but definitely worth it. The pictures only show the restaurant, there’s an amazing outside area with the typical wooden tables. Locals love it as well!”
  • 104 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“Biggest Biergarten with a sociable crowd and real live deer that you can feed with the radishes they sell in the canteen. Obligatory to buy beer at the kiosk, then take your pick from the self serve canteen. Look out for the Steckerlfisch stall. Some locals bring their own table cloth and food. ”
  • 102 locals recommend
Bavarian Restaurant
“THE best brewery in Munich! Apart from delicious Bavarian beer, the restaurant also offers traditional and authentic Bavarian food. Definitely a must-eat ;)”
  • 83 locals recommend
Bavarian Restaurant
“As bavarian as it can get. Good choice of delicious beers and traditional bavarian food. and a very popular and nice beergarden. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Brewery
“Traditional Bavarian brewery open until late night. Some days, espacially durung Oktobefest, it becomes a disco after 23!”
  • 43 locals recommend

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