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Karlspl., München, Germany
Karlsplatz, the city center nicknamed Stachus after a pub Beim Stachus, is home to local life and history, making it the perfect place to start exploring Munich. Around this central hub you'll find that farmers' markets, historical interest...
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Frauenplatz 12, 80331 München, Germany
The Frauenkirche (Cathedral of our Dear Lady) is one of Munich's most famous landmarks, with its two towers seen from all over the city, due to a height restriction on other buildings in the city centre. The south tower, when open (and not under...
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80336 Munich, Germany
Sendlingtor is one of three remaining gates standing that were the entrance to medieval Munich. It formed part of the north-south highway. It was first mentioned in 1318 as the starting point to Italy, but it likely existed earlier. Unlike the...
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Neuhauser Str. 6, 80333 München, Germany
This 16th century church is in downtown Munich, and, other than its amazing architecture and ceiling paintings, it is also where King Ludwig II of Bavaria rests. The mad king drowned in 1886, close to his fairy tale castle Neuschwanstein. The...
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Glockenbachviertel, one of Munich's prettiest neighborhoods, is located south of the city center and next to the Isar River. Formerly home to the city's Jewish community and millworkers, Glockenbachviertel was the center of Munich's gay and...
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Viktualienmarkt 3, 80331 München, Germany
Munich's Farmers' Market, or "Viktualientmarkt," is sure to please everybody. Located in Munich's old town, the open-air market is an overflowing abundance of fresh produce, cheese, appetizers, desserts, breads, honey, fresh-pressed juices,...
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80638 Munich, Germany
Nature lovers in Munich, set your beer stein down and head to the Botanic Garden, home to approximately 14,000 plant species on 55 acres. See turtles and fish in the greenhouse ponds, and check out the native Bavarian plants in the outdoor...
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Rindermarkt 1, 80331 München, Germany
On a clear day, head to St. Peter’s in the heart of Munich’s Old Town and get ready to climb. Visitors can ascend 306 stairs to a lookout that wraps around the church’s clocktower. After braving the narrow staircase, you’re rewarded with bird’...
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Residenzstraße 1, 80333 München, Germany
The Munich Residenz was the seat of government and residence of Bavarian royalty for over 400 years. It's also home to the Treasury which showcases the jewel collections of former Bavarian rulers. A self-guided audio tour of the Residenz and...
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Munich, Germany
English Garden, located on the Isar River in Munich, opened in 1789. This large public area was named "Englischer Garten" because it was designed and landscaped in the style of a classic English park. It is one of the world's largest urban parks,...
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Englischer Garten 3, 80538 München, Germany
One of the most enjoyable things you can do in Munich is sit down at a bench in one of the many beautiful beer gardens, which serve as familiar gathering points for locals, friends, and visitors alike. The beer is top-notch, and the atmosphere...
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Nymphenburger Str. 2, 80335 München, Germany
As is the beer garden tradition in Munich, you can bring your own food to the Löwenbräu Beer Garden as long as you buy a beer. Alternatively you can choose to purchase chicken, spareribs, or pretzels to snack on. The Löwenbräu Beer garden is a...
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Hochstraße 77, 81541 München, Germany
Given that Munich is a flat city, there are view points that offer exceptional views, but the tree-lined Hochstrasse in Haidhausen is one of them. You'll be able to spot the unmistakable domes of the Frauenkirche and beyond. On a clear day go just...
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Menterschwaigstraße 4, 81545 München, Germany
Situated on the banks of the Isar River, with chestnut trees, Menterschwaige is known as one of Munich's most beautiful beer gardens. It's also on the Isar bicycle path, so if you're feeling energetic you can cycle there. Menterschwaige's beauty...
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One of Munich's loveliest beer gardens, the Waldwirtschaft, "WaWi" for short, is located in southern Munich on the banks of the Isar River. Many people cycle or walk to it, stop for a drink, then return along the Isar. It's also famous for its...
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Arnulfstraße 52, 80335 München, Germany
The most "rustic" of Munich’s beer gardens, the Augstiner Keller serves freshly tapped Augustiner Edelstoff beer from the traditionally made wooden barrels. It's a popular beer garden with both locals and visitors. Conveniently located near the...
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Serving their world-famous beer, the Hofbräukeller am Wiener Platz is where locals go to unwind after work under the shade of the chestnut trees. It's also a popular beer garden with parents since it has a large play area for kids.
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Hirschgarten 1, 80639 München, Germany
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The Royal Hirschgarten, – normally just referred to as the Hirschgarten (Deer Garden) is Europe's largest beer garden, with seating for an incredible 8000 people! Its' original purpose was to serve as hunting grounds for Munich's nobility. Part of...
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Serving draft Hofbräu beer, the Park Cafe is a popular spot with locals. Choose from the ever-popular beer garden, or go inside and listen to one of Munich's top DJs or live concerts. The location is also great, just a 5-minute walk from the...
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Marienplatz 1, 80331 München, Germany
I would compare Marienplatz to the Grand Place in Brussels, but with a Bavarian twist. The square in Munich is almost as large, and its town hall just as impressive. A beautiful destination for lovers of architecture. While the square itself is a...
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Olympiapark, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 7, 80992 München, Germany
Take a quick, ear-popping elevator ride to the observation deck of the Olympiaturm (190 meters or 623 feet), in the center of Olympic Park, and see across the whole city—as far as the Alps, in clear weather. The last elevator goes up at 11:30pm,...
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Platzl 3, 80331 München, Germany
Hidden away just to the left of Starbucks is a corridor that leads you to a medieval courtyard. Numerous artists, craftsmen, and civil servants have lived here since medieval times, and the residences are still in use today. So much of life in...
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Theatinerstraße 22, 80333 München, Germany
Theatine Church (Theatinerkirche in German) towers over Odeonsplatz. The inside is mostly white marble, a contrast to the bright yellow facade. It's much more formal inside than many other churches in Munich and is the burial place for many...
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Much of Munich was bombed in WWII, but here and there you can see glimpses of what it looked like before the war. One such example is the remains of the historic gate sandwiched in between two more modern buildings (pictured above) on...
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Rindermarkt 10, 80331 München, Germany
Lüftlmalerei is a Tyrolean native art form of facade painting that can be found throughout parts of Bavaria. The photo shown above near Viktualien Market is a good example of the elaborate style from the Baroque era. The images are grouped in a...
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81667 Munich, Germany
Wiener Platz is home to a couple of beer gardens, a beer hall, cozy cafes, and most charmingly, a cluster of huts serving everything from fast food to gourmet delicacies, and selling homemade jams. It really comes alive in warm weather, when...
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This tiny cafe is a favorite with locals, many of whom are greeted by name by the friendly owner. It's packed full of knick-knacks, chocolates, and other homemade delights. The tight quarters mean that guests often start up conversations with each...
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Grafinger Str. 6, 81671 München, Germany
Kultfabrik claims to be Europe's largest party zone and it just may well be! Home to over 20 clubs and bars ranging from a cozy Irish pub to discos to table dancing to karokee, there's something for every nightlife lover who wants to see the...
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Munich, Germany
The Englischer Garten of Munich is a huge park within the city that has so many different things to see and do. There's an Asian pagoda that is part beer hall, part food stall emporium (think sauerkraut, sausage, and fried potatoes) where you can...
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Hofgartenstraße 1, 80538 München, Germany
The courtyard adjacent to the Munich Residence was commissioned by Duke Maximilain I and was designed to resemble an Italian Renaissance Garden. It is a place to get away from it all, right in the middle of the city. Shrub-lined gravel paths are a...
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80538 Munich, Germany
Münchers love the Isar River, which runs through Munich. It's a popular spot for walking, cycling, and in warm weather hanging out by the river's "beach"—don't be surprised to see naked people in some places. Müncheners aren't shy! There are also...
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Pestalozzistraße, München, Germany
Pestalozzistrasse isn't something you find unless you're looking for it, even though it is relatively central. The small creek that runs through the residential area of the Glockenbachviertel makes for a nice quiet walk, while giving you glimpses...
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Perlacher Forst, Germany
Perlacher Forest is a large public park (13.36 sq km) in southeast Munich. It's a favorite recreation spots for locals, with miles of walking and bike paths, and of course a couple of beer gardens! Of special interest is the Perlacher Mugl (hill),...
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Neuhausen-Nymphenburg, 80638 München, Germany
Nyphemburg Palace Park is interchangeably linked with Nymphemburg Palace and has a history of more than 300 years! The canal is especially beautiful and an ideal place for ice skating in winter, or head over to one of the two lakes found in the...
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Schloß Nymphenburg 1, 80638 München, Germany
Nymphenburg Palace ("Schloss Nymphenburg" in German) is a Baroque palace built between 1664 and 1675. It was the main summer residence of the Bavarian of the House of Wittelsbach. The exterior and expansive grounds are very impressive, more so...
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Ludwigstraße 16, 80539 München, Germany
Founded in 1558, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is a historic, expansive, and important universal library. With almost nine million volumes and countless reading rooms, this is the perfect place to become lost in a text, work remotely, or explore...
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Prinzregentenstraße 3, 80538 München, Germany
The Bayerisches Nationalmuseum is a bit off the beaten tourist path, appearing to attract mainly Germans. It is a big, beautiful building with many floors and wings. Bayerisches tells the story of Germany, with objects and sculpture tracing its...
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Türkenstraße 29, 80799 München, Germany
Miss your kitty or always wanted one? Head to Cafe-Katzentempel for a purr-fect (we couldn't resist) cup of coffee or a light vegetarian lunch and all the cat cuddles you can handle. Home to four rescued cats, the café is the first of its kind in...
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Both a cafe and a shop, at White Rabbit's Room you can nibble on homemade treats, all freshly prepared without preservatives. Browse the shop's whimsical, decidedly feminine, merchandise at the same time. Unsurprisingly, it's more popular with...
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Brienner Str. 11, 80333 München, Germany
Referred to as the "Sinful Mile," Cafe Luitpold is home to some of the finest (and most expensive) cakes and pastries in all of Munich, artfully prepared by chef Albert Ziegler. In Munich, they're legendary! Before you're seated, browse the...
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Odeonspl. 18, 80539 München, Germany
Tambosi is Munich's oldest continuously operated coffeehouse. It describes itself as the "most Italian place in Munich," where the lifestyle is much further south than the rest of the city. Much of the dolce vita at Tambosi takes place outside,...
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Cafe Fräulein (Miss Cafe) is definitely girly, living up to its name. The small cozy cafe has two centrally located cafes, one near Viktualienmarket, the other in the basement of Karstadt, Karlsplatz. This cozy cafe offers mouthwatering delights...
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Vits is a relaxing cafe just steps away from Isator. It's the perfect place to read a book with the sun shining on your face and to just hang out. The first thing you'll notice upon entering Vits is the aromatic smell. It unites coffee roasting, a...
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Salvatorplatz 2, 80333 München, Germany
In a quiet hof (courtyard), just steps away from all the hustle and bustle near Odeonsplatz, to the right of Theatinerkirche, you will find the tranquil Café Arzmiller. In the style of classic coffeehouses, it offers a sophisticated ambience both...
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Platzl 9, 80331 München, Germany
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Germans, especially Bavarians (who are or are not Germans, depending on whom you talk to) love eating their meat and potatoes. While there, I went for a giant joint of pork with kartoffel (potato) salad. Nobody does fresh potato salad better....
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Bergstraße 2, 82346 Andechs, Germany
Andechs Monastery is Bavaria's oldest pilgrimage Church, attracting over 30,000 pilgrims each year. Fortunately, you don't have to be a pilgrim to reach it. You can just hop on a train from Munich. Then either take a bus, or a walk up the hill for...
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Established in 1328, Augustiner Bräu is Munich's oldest independent brewery. It produces Munich's most popular brands of beer including eight different brews from Weiss bier (white beer) to Dunkel (dark) and everything in between. Augustiner Bräu...
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Nymphenburger Str. 2, 80335 München, Germany
Cozy traditional-style pub? Elegant dining? A rooftop terrace overlooking the beer garden? Löwenbräu (lion's brew) has them all. Try a Russ (50% white beer) or a Radler (50% beer) and 50% lemonade on a hot summer day—how refreshing!
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Theresienhöhe 7, 80339 München, Germany
Hacker-Pschorr brings a part of Bavarian brewing history back to life by utilizing two copper brewing kettles which are over 70 years old but have been restored. This combined with selected ingredients and compliance with the Bavarian Purity Law...
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Herrmannsdorf 7, 85625 Glonn, Germany
Bavarians love their pork. Enjoy the region’s best about 30 minutes outside Munich at Das Wirtshaus zum Herrmannsdorfer Schweinsbräu, part of an organic farm cooperative that includes a bakery, a brewery, vegetable gardens, and, of course, happy...
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Hackenstraße 6-8, 80331 München, Germany
Just a few minutes drive from Munich's BMW Welt, I knew this restaurant was an authentic gem when I meandered in and was greeted by a large table of smiling Germans. Dressed in Lederhosens and Dirndls, they were toasting with German beers and...
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Veterinärstraße 16, 80539 München, Germany
Described as serving eco-Bavarian delicacies, Milchhäusl is a rare find. The 100% organic, hearty local specialties at this charming park-side outpost are in high demand. You'll find them near the main entrance to the English Garden—perfect after...
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Dürnbräugasse 2, 80331 München, Germany
Zum Dürnbraü, one of Munich's oldest restaurants, has been serving traditional Bavarian food since 1487. It has retained its popularity over the centuries by consistently delivering homeland classics while adding modern flavors. The restaurant is...
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Pfistermühle is known for two things: its cuisine and its atmosphere. The menu changes with the seasons and is continually reinterpreted to keep it fresh. Many products are sourced locally, including wines from Franconia, an area north of Munich....
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Lilienstraße 51, 81669 München, Germany
Tradition meets innovation at Wirthaus in der Au. Although a variety of Bavarian dishes are served, they're famous for their dumplings which they re-invent with creative twists. Perhaps that's what keeps the locals coming back, or maybe it's their...
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Zum Franziskaner has a laid-back vibe that makes you feel like you're dining in someone's living room. The central location means it's always full, and it's a popular spot after the opera. There are two menus, a German one and an English one which...
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Lilienstraße 6, 81669 München, Germany
For a special dinner head over to the Schweiger2 Restaurant Showroom where, unlike any other place in Munich you'll dine, there is no menu. Instead of ordering just select how many courses you'd like and let the chef know your preferences...
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This sit-down burger joint serves hamburgers with every condiment you could ever think of. They also have a section on their menu devoted to vegetarian burgers. The atmosphere is intriguing. Floor-to-ceiling birch trees line benches, giving you...
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Schellingstraße 13, 80799 München, Germany
Dean & David is where to go when you want to eat healthy. It has an extensive salad menu, along with a good selection of juices and smoothies, and some sandwiches and wraps. The menu changes with the seasons, so you're guaranteed that your food...
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Theatinerstraße 15, 80333 München, Germany
Kaimjng serves fresh Thai food prepared right in front of you without preservatives. Portions are a good size and dishes range from noodles to stir-frys to curries. Once you order, you may have to wait a couple of minutes to find a seat, but...
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Bahnhofpl. 2, 80335 München, Germany
Vinzenmurr prepares over 270 products fresh daily while still honoring tradition. They're especially known for their meat and their butchers. For a quick lunch or snack try the Original Munich Leberkäs (sausage loaf) or Weisswurst (white sausage)....
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Karlspl. 9, 80335 München, Germany
Pretzels are a Münchener's favorite snack, but Brezelina adds a twist by serving them with honey mustard cream cheese, instead of just the usual plain or butter pretzel. They also serve Kartoffelpüree (mashed potatoes) with different toppings...
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Marienplatz 18, 80331 München, Germany
Rischart is one of Munich's most beloved bakeries. It's name is synonymous with high quality and there is always a large variety of fresh-baked goods to choose from. Now in its fifth generation, this family-owned business shows no signs of slowing...
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Blumenstraße 4, 80331 München, Germany
Located in Munich's Altstadt, or old town city center, Schrannenhalle is a long, beautiful, wrought iron & glass market hall filled with gourmet food and wine. Originally dating to the 19th century, Schrannenhalle was recently rebuilt as an...
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Theatinerstraße 15, 80333 München, Germany
Fünf Höfe is a shopping mall in the center of Munich with a unique decor, but it's more than that—it's also a blend of eateries/cafes, workspaces, apartments, and even an art gallery! Max Mara, Massimo Dutti, Patrizia Pepe, and Emporio Armani are...
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Weißenburger Pl., 81667 München, Germany
Just east of Old Town across the Isar River lies Haidhausen, known as the French Quarter in Munich. It's one of the city's prettiest neighborhoods and home to many unique, locally owned stores. The best way to explore is by wandering on foot....
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Kaufingerstraße, 80331 München, Germany
Munich's most popular and busiest shopping place is Kaufingerstrasse, centrally located between Marienplatz and Karlsplatz. The pedestrian-only street is lined with all the major brand names and chain stores. Also check out some of the passageways...
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This family-run souvenir shop (aptly named Souvenirs Flohr) has been in the Flohr family for over 25 years, starting with a small stand just outside the Hofbräuhaus. It has since moved just down the road. It's famous for its collection of...
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Lebkuchen Schmidt is one of Germany's most famous gingerbread makers and prides itself on its "exquisite quality" and secret recipe. Lebkuchen Schmidt is committed to the tradition of the good old baking craft, while at the same time continuing to...