Munich

Munich: a young woman, wearing a Dirndl, in front of  the statue of Bavaria.

Germany’s coolest city

Forget the lederhosen, Munich is now trendy, chic and dynamic, a destination that is shaking up its dullsville image for a more avant-garde look. The city is now a temple to engineering and modern art; with some of the most exclusive clubs in Germany, and the best surfing in the Alps. But don’t forget, Munich is still the beer capital of the world, host of the most famous beer festival - The Oktoberfest.

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Top Highlights in Munich

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The Frauenkirche in Munich as seen from St. Peter
Attraction
4.0
A shadow of its former glory, but still glorious
At Deutsches Museum
Museum
5.0
One of the world's largest science museums
English Garden (Englischer Garten)
Attraction
4.0
A huge English garden at Munich's center
Hofbrauhaus Munchen
Bar/Pub
4.9
An historic beer brewery in the city of beer
The entrance gate at Dachau Concentration Camp
Attraction
4.0
A dark reminder of mankind's often unkind nature
Marienplatz
Attraction
4.0
The center of Germany's third largest city
Munich Zoo (Munchener Tierpark Hellabrunn)
Attraction
4.0
One of the world's great animal habitats
Alte Pinakothek in München
Art Gallery
5.0
One of the world's great art galleries
Olympiapark
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4.0
An Olympic scale fun park
Residenz Royal Palace
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4.0
A monumental palace and gardens
Sea Life Munich
Attraction
4.0
Sea life in the Olympic park?
Viktualienmarkt
Shopping
5.0
One of Munich's best markets
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Neighborhoods in Munich

City CenterHaidhausenIsarvorstadt Neuhausen-NymphenburgOlympic ParkSchwabingThalkirchen

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City Center

For the thirsty for culture and beer traveler
Marienplatz
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Munich’s City Center is a feast for the eyes and stomachs of visitors. Architectural masterpieces like Neues Rathaus, Frauenkirche, and a dozen other landmarks sit so well with the world famous brews of Hofbräu beer at Hofbräuhaus. The city’s hub of transport and culture, there’s an almost unending number of attractions to take in here. Marienplatz to Karlsplatz, don’t miss the city’s famous museums like Münchner Stadtmuseum, or the wondrous churches such as Theatinerkirche.

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Haidhausen

Europe's largest party zone?
Hofbräu-Festzelt
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One of Munich’s most upscale residential neighborhoods, Haidhausen is just to the East of the Munich city center. Noted for being a sort of clubbing Mecca, the area of Kultfabrik here claims to be the largest party zone in Europe. Expect to find a myriad of bars, clubs, restaurants, skate parks, theaters, and entertainment here. The area also noted for such popular attractions as the Deutsches Museum, Museum Villa Stuck, and the famous Gasteig concert hall.

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Isarvorstadt

Oktoberfest central
Oktoberfest
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Famous for Munich’s yearly Oktoberfest, Isarvorstadt is one of the most picturesque natural settings in the city. Fantastic green spaces, the Gärtnerplatz, the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, countless cafes and bars adorn the neighborhood. Fine restaurants and nightclubs straddling Blumenstraße, Glockenbachviertel and the Gärtnerplatzviertel, there’s no shortage of places to see, and things to do in this neighborhood. And you can’t miss St. Paul’s Church, it’s at the center of everything here.

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Neuhausen-Nymphenburg

An undiscovered Munich gem for some
Park at Nymphenburg Castle
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The Neuhausen-Nymphenburg area of Munich is more laid back than some other parts of the city. Famous for magnificent Nymphenburg Castle, visitors will be a bit surprised to find some of Munich’s best nightclubs and restaurants here. The world’s biggest beer garden, great shopping venues, the tranquil Schloss Nymphenburg gardens, this neighborhood is a favorite hangout for locals. Interestingly, almost impossibly, tourists seldom find their way here, it’s truly an undiscovered gem for many.

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Olympic Park

Dubious beginnings, and a modernist outlook
Olympic Park
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The Olympic Park district of Munich is dominated by the old Olympic city constructed for the Olympics of 1972. What became a symbol of a new age of terrorism because of the massacre of Israeli athletes in the Olympic village, stands now as a testament to past and present Munich. Visitors and citizens of Munich still partake of the superb athletic facilities and green spaces here. Be sure and see the fantastic BMW Museum while in this area, as well as the Sea Life aquarium.

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Schwabing

Munich's pride and joy
Englischer Garten
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One of Munich’s most interesting districts, Schwabing, is a mix of history, architecture, and magnificent green spaces in one central city neighborhood. The area’s biggest attraction, the Englischer Garten, is the the largest city park in all Europe. Here, endless bike and hiking trails, Eisbach stream, and acres of picnic and recreation areas await visitors. Sightseeing, beer gardens, fantastic architectural spots in or new Königsplatz, you’ll spend much of your time in Munich here.

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Thalkirchen

Rural bliss and animal wonders
Zoo Hellabrunn
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For a more rural experience while visiting Munich, the Thalkirchen is a bit of a departure from the typical perception of the city. Visitors here will find a far more relaxed atmosphere, some might even call it a boring part of an otherwise vibrant city. Green spaces, the famous Zoo Hellabrunn, and numerous places to light a bonfire along the Isar, especially at Flaucher, are some of the diversions. Expect the great outdoors and a lot fewer tourists here.

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