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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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Marienplatz 8, 80331 München, Germany
The Neues Rathaus has an interesting show three times a day that you shouldn't miss. The character figures located right below the clock will rotate and play a story show.
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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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The Palace of Justice ("Justizpalast" in German) is one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Munich. It was constructed from 1890-1897 by the architect Friedrich von Thiersch in neo-baroque style. The highlight of the building is the 67m...
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The Feldherrenhallewas was modelled after the "Loggia dei Lanzi " in Florence. It was commissioned by King Ludwig I of Bavaria and constructed between 1841 to 1844. It was built as a monument to celebrate the Bavarian army and its victorious...
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Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 München, Germany
The next time you visit Europe, don’t opt for the train. Instead, cruise Germany’s Autobahn at speeds up to 100 mph (or the speed of your choice!), with the top down in a MINI Roadster. Driving through the curvy, emerald-green fields and...
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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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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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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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Arnulfstraße 5-7, 80335 München, Germany
Donairs and kebabs are Germany's fast food of choice, but it can be difficult for vegetarians and vegans to find quick options on the go. Enter Royal Kebabhaus, conveniently located near the Hauptbahnhof (main train station),which not only serves...
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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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Viktualienmarkt 9, 80331 München, Germany
If you can't decide what to eat, head to Viktualien Market, Munich's most popular open-air market. Here you'll have plenty of choices, ranging from fish vendors like Fisch Witte (pictured above), to sandwiches, to traditional Bavarian specialities...
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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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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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Am Bavariapark 5, 80339 München, Germany
In 1886, Carl Benz filed a patent application for a “vehicle operated by a gas engine.” He constructed his Benz Patentwagen, the first gasoline powered car in the world, out of bicycle parts and a 1-cyclinder engine. Top speed was 7.5 miles per...
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Sterneckerstraße 2, 80331 München, Germany
Our first night in Munich—which was also my husband's first trip abroad—we decided the best way to immerse ourselves was to join the Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour. As we were lead through the Oktoberfest Museum and Hofbräuhaus, we drank...
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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,...
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Barer Str. 40, 80333 München, Germany
The Pinakothek Museums range from the antique to the new and cutting edge, providing a comprehensive overview of Bavarian art and history ranging back to the Renaissance. The museums are also a lot of fun! (Kids enjoy art in their own style: by...
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Platzl 4A, 80331 München, Germany
Germany's most famous chef, Alfons Schuhbeck, travels the world in search of spices but makes it easy for you at his "Gewürze" (Spice) Shop. Choose from over a hundred well-stocked and fragrant spices from all over the world, on three levels. Be...
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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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Brienner Str. 11, 80333 München, Germany
The Confiserie Cafe Luitpold is known as the "sinful mile" and is the meeting place for sweet connoisseurs in the heart of Munich. Bring the flavors back home with you with a package of cookies, marzipan or chocolates skillfully prepared by chef...
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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...
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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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Herrngasse 20, 91541 Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
People always ask about seeing quaint towns in Germany, but don't want touristy places. I always respond by saying the best and most lovely towns are always frequented by lots of tourists and you will surely miss some grand opportunities for...
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83471 Eck, Germany
No trip to Southern Germany would be complete without seeing the infamous Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus) built for Adolf Hitler's 50th birthday in 1938. While the structure was rarely visited by Hitler, it remains a symbol of the Nazi excesses of...
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Bamberg is, perhaps, the best preserved city from the Middle Ages in Germany. Fortunate to have its old town spared much of the ravages of WWII, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built on seven hills, it has been called the "Franconian Rome...
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85221 Dachau, Germany
This small Bavarian village is best known for its horrible history during the Holocaust, with the concentration camp on the outskirts of the village. But Dachau has another side—a quaint, quiet place that appears to come from a story book.
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85221 Dachau, Germany
Dachau Concentration Camp is only 32 kilometres away from Munich and makes for an easy day trip. It is easily accessible by car and public transport. Visiting a Nazi Concentration Camp is not for the faint-hearted. Time stands still here. The...