When you think about Munich you probably think about beer and Oktoberfest. However, there is much more to this beautiful city. Dating back to the year 1158 this city is full of castles, old buildings, and parks. With BMW, Siemens and other big companies, the city is also an economic powerhouse and a favorite expat destination. Here are our highlights:
Wander the streets of Schwabing
One of the oldest parts of Munich, actually older than Munich itself, dating back to the year 782. It used to be the district for arts and literature. Nowadays it is still hip but also the prices went up due to the popularity. We loved just wandering the streets and enjoying the old buildings, resting in a cafe or Biergarten. The district is also home to the LMU, one of the best and prettiest universities in Germany.
Make sure you leave some time and energy to walk through the Englischer Garten, the lungs of Munich, covering an area of 3.7km2, it is one of the world’s largest urban parks. If you’re going in summer, grab a beer, take a blanket and soak up the sun by the river. Don’t be surprised to see some nudes sunbathing!
Munich is famous for its beer and that is for a reason. Home to 6 big and a number of small breweries, beer is a party of the daily life. While you are there make sure you try an Augustiner – to the day, for us, the best brew in the world. If you have the time just rent a bike and combine your city tour with visiting the numerous biergarten in Munich. Our Top 5:
- Biergarten an der Bavaria
- Biergarten in der Au
- Biergarten im Englischem Garten
- Biergarten am Wiener Platz
The Inner City
While Munich has a lot of sights, you can’t miss the city center. Just walk from the English Garden to Odeonsplatz, further to Marienplatz and grab a bite at Viktualienmarkt. Go up the Alter Peter and have a look from above over the city. Go see the Frauenkirche, the landmark of Munich before you head towards Karlsplatz on the Kaufinger Strasse, the main shopping street. Also, we recommend having a beer at Sendlinger Tor and visiting Theresienwiese (where the Oktoberfest takes place) before heading to the Biergarten an der Bavaria for a beer.
Explore by bike
Overall we recommend renting a bike or walking. Munich is not a big city. You can easily visit most sites without using public transportation. With a huge amount of bike paths, it is safe and fast to go around by bike.
Although Munich has a lot to offer you should definitely reserve some days to visit the surroundings.