What are the Munich attractions you shouldn't miss during your visit?
This travel guide introduces you not only to the sights and things to do in Munich, but also to beautiful tours and destinations in the immediate vicinity of Bavaria's fascinating capital.
Munich's motto used to be "Weltstadt mit Herz" (cosmopolitan city with a heart). It was replaced by "München mag dich" (Munich likes you) in 2006. Isn't it an inviting motto to visit Germany's third largest city?
München has something to offer for everyone, regardless of your interests. Historic buildings and architecture, museums for art and technology, parks and the famous English Garden just north of the city centre on the Isar, and boulevards lined with elegant shops.
You think I forgot something important on the list of things to do in Munich? Of course, the famous Hofbräuhaus, the Oktoberfest and the lovely beer gardens make Munich the beer capital of the world, and are a huge visitor attraction. At least for those who love a "cold one".
Use the quick links below to navigate around this page and find your favourite Munich tourist attractions.
Because Munich has so much to offer to its visitors, it can be hard to decide where to start with your sightseeing.
Three city gates of the medieval fortification survived, Isar Tor, Sendlinger Tor and Karlstor. Within these former city walls you will find the old München.
Discover all the facts about the famous Munich festival on my pages dedicated to that huge event.
You can easily explore most Munich attractions on your own. However, if you prefer a tour in company with other travellers and an English-speaking guide, here are a few suggestions that might be of interest.
As a partner of Viator (a reliable online tour booking company), I have picked the tours which other travellers liked best. Click on the links below to learn more about the activities in Munich on Viator's website. Read other traveller's reviews of the tours before you make a decision.
München was first mentioned in a document in 1158. Duke Henry the Lion was granted the right to build a bridge over the Isar. 14th June 1158 became the official foundation date of Munich. Only 17 years later the town received city status and fortification.
In 1806 München became the capital of the Kingdom of Bavaria. Under the reign of King Ludwig I many of the historic buildings we still see today were built.
It was in Munich where Hitler and his supporters organised the failed "Beer Hall Putsch" to gain power in the city, Bavaria and Germany. Ten years later, after the Nazis took power in Germany, the NSDAP headquartes and other Nazi-buildings were errected around Königsplatz. Dachau Concentration Camp was the first to be built, just a few km outside the city.
But Munich was also the base of a students group called Die Weisse Rose that formed a resistance movement.
Hans and Sophie Scholl, as well as other students from the university of Munich, called in an anonymous leaflet campaign to active opposition to the Nazi regime. Six core members of the group were excecuted in 1943.
German castles abound, but only a few are well-known all arond the world. The fairy-tale castle Schloss Neuschwanstein is certainly one of them.
Like Herrenchiemsee and Linderhof Castle, Neuschwanstein was built by the famous Bavarian king Ludwig II in the 19th century. However, Linderhof Castle was the only one he ever lived in.
Don't miss the opportunity to visit the castles of the Märchenkönig (Fairy tale king) Louis II when you are in Munich.
Beautiful towns and landscapes, historic places and castles are waiting to be explored when you have some extra time while staying in Munich.
Hopefully, you liked this quick guide to the best Munich attractions. I am happy to help you to decide about what to do in Munich.
I wish you a pleasant time discovering Bavaria's capital city.