In Munich, every generation finds places and offerings to thrill it. With its 1.5 million inhabitants, Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is one of Germany’s most populous cities. It has plenty of bars, cafés, shopping opportunities to discover as well as museums to explore. Indeed, there is no field of interest not attended to. Given the region’s excellent infrastructure, this city in the Prealps can be reached from Rosenheim in less than half an hour, be it for a dinner or a weekend trip. The city is a jewel of the Free State of Bavaria and offers places to go for people from any nation or region. The mix of coolness, chic and down-to-earth attitude gives Munich its unique atmosphere.
Epitome of Bavarian culture or simply the biggest party in the world? It doesn’t matter: The Oktoberfest is legendary worldwide, and over the course of two weeks the entire city goes totally berserk. Whoever wants to get away is advised to do so. Otherwise, enjoy and celebrate. People from all over the world pour into the city to get swept along by the world’s biggest folk festival.
The remaining 49 weeks of the year in Munich are, however, by no means without culture. On the contrary, Bavarian tradition runs through the city like a golden thread. The Hofbräuhaus and Augustinerkeller offer cool beer from the in-house breweries, as well as typical Bavarian snacks and meals, throughout the day and year.
In summer, Munich captivates with beer gardens such as the Hirschgarten, which seats 8,000 people, and the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese tower), which seats 7,000 people and ranked second amongst Munich’s largest “living rooms”. According to traditional Bavarian custom, you shouldn’t miss a carriage ride through the Englischer Garten (English garden) after a nice get together, but you can also simply catch a cycle rickshaw to get home.
Munich’s Eisbach (ice stream) is legendary among surfers. In summer or winter you can see fascinated crowds watching them from Prinzregentenstraße. You can join the onlookers on the balustrade of the little stone bridge at Haus der Kunst or at the tree-lined Eisbach bank in the Englischer Garten. Attracted by the Eisbach wave, the most famous “standing wave” in Munich, the surfer scene makes this their meeting point all year round. Until recently, riding the strong wave was illegal, but today the place is one of the hot spots for outdoor activities in Munich’s center.
Another magnet for outdoor types is Olympiapark. As soon as the first rays of sun hit the city, people from Munich head to Olympiaberg in the center of the park. The little hill is easy to ascend and offers beautiful views over the city’s skyline. The park’s large meadow areas, meanwhile, are perfect for sunbathing or just relaxing. Just next to the meadows, the Open-Air Kino (open-air cinema) offers a diverse and exciting movie program that attracts a large and mixed audience. The Skatepark nearby offers great training opportunities, and why not rent a pedal or rowing boat for a nice excursion on Olympiasee (Olympic lake)?
Should you feel worn out after these vigorous activities, Bayerischer Hof hotel is the perfect spot to find relief. Try an elegant sundowner on the beautiful roof terrace. Or check out the luxury hotel’s wellness area, the Blue Spa, also located on the building’s top floor, with its lovely view over Munich’s Old Town.
Munich has an incredible variety of bars, cafés and restaurants. The Viktualienmarkt, Germany’s most famous farmer’s market, attracts visitors from all over the world with regional specialties and culinary delights, every day except Sunday. Just around the corner, various pubs and restaurants offer every kind of international cuisine, be it for dinner with friends or a pleasant evening with colleagues. The southernmost metropolis in Germany is of course also notorious for its Hofbräuhaus and vast number of traditional Bavarian restaurants.
But of course Munich also has more contemporary offerings. Around Gärtnerplatz and in the center of the neighborhood of Schwabing, you can find any number of hip cafés and bars. Although no longer an insider tip, Vorhölzer Forum on the roof of the Technische Universität München has an impressive roof terrace and a very mixed, urban audience. Not to forget: traditional delicatessens such as Dallmayr and Feinkost Käfer are an essential part of Munich’s society, and every visitor to the city should definitely put them on their must-see list.
After sunset, the fun goes on. Munich’s nightlife is enlivened by countless bars, including Loretta Bar, highly popular among young people and famous for its range of extraordinary cocktails. Should you wish to dance through the night, there are plenty of clubs to choose from. Bob Beaman, famous for its electronic music, is an institution in Munich’s clubbing scene. And night owls have also found another favorite: The Munich Mixed Arts, also called MMA, organizes weekly events with bands and DJs to suit just any taste.
Munich’s diverse cultural offering appeals to both kids and adults. Art lovers of all tastes and ages will find something interesting here at any time of day. Haus der Kunst and Pinakothek der Moderne have regularly revolving, internationally renowned exhibitions. Pinakothek der Moderne, a museum for modern art, graphics, architecture and design, offers an extensive event and art education program. In the middle of Munich’s art district, visitors experience a place of sensual and mental pleasure, a place to meet, discover and research.
In addition to the museums, which are open to the public most days, the Filmfest München is famous well beyond national borders. A wide selection of movies and the possibility to meet international film celebrities at premieres and podium discussions attracts plenty of cineasts and other interested visitors to Munich every year in June.
Bayerische Staatsoper is one of the leading opera houses worldwide and another of the city’s cultural highlights. Within one season there is a wonderful and respected program consisting of concerts, recitals, opera and ballet stagings. Offering 2.101 seats, the national theatre is the greatest national opera house and is known as the most beautiful theatre in Germany.
As an alternative program, the Tollwood festival attracts all kinds of music and festival fans in both summer and winter. In summer, the festival takes place on a large area in Olympiapark. A market atmosphere, international cuisine, jewelry stalls and a wide variety of other exhibitors make you want to stroll endlessly. An extensive program, from cabaret to live concerts, completes the picture. In winter, at the end of the year, the festival takes place on Theresienwiese, with a big tent full of culinary delicacies from all over the world, mulled wine stands and a stage for festivities and concerts. Whatever your age, whatever your preferences, in Munich you will find cultural attractions perfectly suited to you.
Munich offers families a diverse leisure program. On a clear day, Tierpark Hellabrunn can be a nice escape: In this zoo, you can marvel at, feed and in some cases even pet giraffes, elephants, monkeys and loads of other exotic and indigenous animals.
Therme Erding is the largest and most famous sliding paradise in Europe, which makes it a must for keen swimmers in need of action. Twenty-six slides totaling over 2,500 sliding meters create an unrivaled experience, and not just for the little ones! Erding can be reached by public transport in no time at all and is an ideal day trip during vacation time or on weekends.
Motor freaks are also lucky: BMW Welt is always worth a visit for those interested in examining and even testing old-timers. New racing cars and high-tech driving simulators can be explored in the architecturally interesting plant near Olympiapark.
Another popular day trip is an excursion to Bavaria Filmstudios in Geiselgasteig, on the way to Grünwald. A sympathetic guide accompanies you on the tour around the film city and takes you from film set to film set, giving you insights into the productions of German and international classics such as “The Never-Ending Story”. Families with kids are sure never to be bored in Munich!
From Munich, the “most northern Italian city”, you can travel the entire world. The city is characterised by multicultural impressions and is easy to reach for visitors. With an average of 1,019 take-offs and landings per day to and from 238 destinations worldwide, the international airport offers travelers plenty of possibilities. In addition, trains and coaches take globetrotters almost anywhere.
And it’s so close to the MARC O’POLO Headquarters:
|Munich airport:||110 km ― 1.00 h car / 1.20 h train|
|Munich bus station:||77 km ― 1.00 h car / 59.00 min train|
|Central railway station Munich:||76 km ― 1.00 h car / 54.00 min train|
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