Munich’s offerings are so vast that you couldn’t exhaust them even in weeks. Here are our top 5 recommendations for the busy traveller.
Attend an Oktoberfest: For 16-18 days a year, Munich transforms from a pleasant, genteel society into a burst of boisterous celebration. Taking place some time between mid September to early October, the festival sees more than 6 million international visitors each year. Feast on traditional Bavarian dishes of roast pork, sausages and potatoes, all washed down with some of the best beer in the world. Prost!
Unwind at Englischer Garten: It would be unfair to call it the Central Park of Munich, since the Englischer Garten is even larger than its well-known associate. The vast lawns have been fashioned after a regal mid 18th century to early 19th century British aesthetic. Today, it is just the perfect spot for a picnic, a good stroll, or for some, river surfing.
Visit Marienplatz: Home to some of Europe’s oldest and finest architecture, Marienplatz is the sturdy, pumping heart of Munich. And its main chamber is Neues Rathaus, a 79-meter monument that houses Munich’s government administration. Look out for the Glockenspiel, located in one of Neues Rathaus’ towers, which chimes its ancient tale every day in a fascinating 12 to 15 minute display.
Drink a Beer…or two: Even if it is not Oktoberfest, the city still has copious amounts of beer coursing through its veins. Beer gardens can be found all over Munich and come in all shapes and sizes. One of the most well-known establishments is Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, a historic beer hall located in Marienplatz that dates back to the 16th century.
Watch a Football Match at The Allianz Arena: Engage in some German pride with the country’s favourite sport. Soak in the spirit of football fervour at the Allianz Arena, a 75,000-seater football stadium, constructed in 2005. The stadium is home to FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich, who have both migrated from their previous home grounds of the Munich Olympic Stadium.