Munich & Bavaria
Collected by Charissa Fay, AFAR Ambassador
Munich and the Bavarian countryside are the heart of German culture. Warm and welcoming locals, beckoning beer gardens, hearty comfort food, and beautiful green countryside beckon visitors from around the world.
Luisenstraße 33, 80333 München, Germany
Lenbachhaus is Munich's premier art gallery. It reopened in May 2013 after a four-year renovation of the original building (a late-19th-century Florentine-style villa for painter Franz von Lenbach), plus the addition of a modern wing designed by...
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...
Museumsinsel 1, 80538 München, Germany
Munich's Deutsches Museum is the world's largest museum of science and technology. My whole family had so much fun in this museum we could easily have spent the entire day here. Exhibits cover 50 fields including computers, electric engineering,...
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,...
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...
Ledererstraße 19, 80331 München, Germany
Shirokko is a small, independently owned music store in the heart of Munich, around the corner from Hofbräuhaus and Marienplatz. It focuses on a curated selection of CDs that span all genres—pop, jazz, ethnic beats, electronica, and more. There is...
Prinzregentenstraße, 80538 München, Germany
The Eisbach is a small, man-made river running through Munich's Englischer Garten. At the southern end of the park, just past the Haus der Kunst art museum is a 3-foot man-made wave where locals come to "urban surf." It is the oddest sight: a...
Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
Few sights encapsulate the magical feel of the Bavarian Alps like Neuschwanstein Castle. The impressive towers, vast halls, and mountain-top setting bring out your inner child, transporting you back to a time of bedtime stories and...
Andechsstraße 1, 82211 Herrsching am Ammersee, Germany
82346 Andechs, Germany
Andechs is the oldest pilgrimage church in Bavaria, Germany. Pilgrims have been making the journey since 1455 to this Benedictine monastery, which sits on a holy mountain on the eastern shores of Lake Ammersee. Now each year, over 30,000 pilgrims...
Untere Bachgasse 8, 93047 Regensburg, Germany
Hotel Orphée, in the medieval city center of Regensburg, Germany, oozes 19th-century French glamour. Centrally located to Regensburg’s cobblestone streets, local shops, restaurants, and small town squares, it’s decorated in a...
Thundorferstraße 3, 93047 Regensburg, Germany
In the medieval city of Regensburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Bavaria, the Wurstkuchl tavern has been operating for over 500 years. The tavern is situated beside the town's Old Stone Bridge and directly on the banks of the Danube. During the...
Kramgasse 1, 93047 Regensburg, Germany
I love a great gift shop, but how much better is it when 1) almost all items are handmade and 2) created by sisters? Schwestern Liebe, in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Regensburg, is just such a store. Located on a quiet, narrow cobblestone...
Ludwigstraße 5, 93047 Regensburg, Germany
Ziegler Feine Kost, a wine store located in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Regensburg, Germany, has one of the most surprising and stunning displays I have ever seen. An entire wall of the store is lined with large, graceful glass decanters...