Urban Hikes in Munich
Collected by Laurel Robbins, AFAR Local Expert
Along the Isar River, through the English Garden, past the Munich Residence or Nymphenburg Palace—Müncheners love their fresh air and exercise. So head outdoors and explore the city on foot. Go really local and reward your efforts with a coffee or beer, in the German fashion! It's tradition, after all.
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...
Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21, 80809 München, Germany
The Olympic Park from the 1972 games, is still very much alive with activity. Today concerts are held in the arena and the main stadium also hosts sporting events. The funny thing to me was that although it was an Olympic venue, there are no...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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),...
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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