10 things that will shock you about Munich

Munich, a.k.a. München, a community of monks 900 years ago, is a place that you can’t resist falling in love with. It brilliantly captures your imagination and your heart, leaving you dumbstruck of its immense beauty. We believe you’ll love visiting München too. There is never any dearth of tourist attractions to see or activities to engage in every time you take a trip to this incredible place, but to help you make the most of your retreat in this remarkable city, check out these top 10 tourist destinations in Munich that will surely leave you spellbound and gaping with their beauty.

1. Munich Residenz

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Lying at the periphery of Munich’s old town is the Residenz- former seat of government and royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs. The extensive residence, consisting of ten courtyards and historical gardens, houses a variety of museums, all exquisite and grand, makes it one of the most famous tourist destinations in Munich. The museum, which features stunning apartments, larger- than- life ceremonial rooms, and extraordinarily beautiful chapels of the Wittelsbach dynasty, is filled with antique furniture, art, porcelain, and tapestries that cover the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and the neoclassical era.

 

  1. Frauenkirche

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For all the architectural admirers out there, the Frauenkirche is one of the best tourist destinations in Munich. The brick-built Catholic Church of Our Blessed Lady i.e. Frauenkirche is the city’s largest church which was built in 1494, with a late Gothic architectural approach which has the capacity to accommodate 20,000 people. Combined with the Town Hall, the sturdy twin towers of the Cathedral contour the city’s skyline and you cannot help but admire its beauty, especially when you drive past the church. Its famous domes on the top of each tower were represented on the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

 

  1. Viktualienmarkt

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Located in the heart of the city’s old town is the lively and vibrant Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s local outdoor market. Dating back to 1807, the market gets its name from the Latin word victualia, which in literal terms means “groceries”. It is the oldest farmers market in Munich. Locals, tourists, and the city’s top chefs come here to fill their baskets with everything from fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood, to pastries, honey, spices, flowers and fresh squeezed juices. The Viktualienmarkt is Munich’s the leading place to shop for fresh produce, dairy, bread, and Bavarian specialties.  But that is not all. Located at the centre of the Viktualienmarkt, you find a beer garden; sheltered by centuries old chestnut trees, offering various Bavarian specialties; you should definitely try the warm potatoes salad, or a “Brotzeit” platter with cold cuts and homemade artisan cheese or a pork roast with sauerkraut and dumplings. Another speciality of the garden is that you can also bring your own food. The shopping lovers would love this tourist destination in Munich as they can shop as well as enjoy scenic beauty and enjoy a hearty meal in a picturesque location.

 

  1. Deutsches Museum

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Located on an island in the river Isar running through Munich’s city centre, The Deutsches Museum, (German Museum) in Munich dates back to 1903, and is one of the oldest and largest science and technology museums in the world and possesses a striking collection of historic artefacts. The exhibitions of the museum include natural sciences, energy, communication, transport, musical instruments, and new technologies, making it one of the best tourist destinations in Munich. You can see the first electric dynamo, the first automobile, and the laboratory bench where the atom was first split and trust us all these things would leave you spellbound. The German Museum has a huge collection and can be a tad overpowering when you visit it for the first time, so it would be best if you concentrate only on certain parts of the museum instead of rushing through and trying to see it all. It is great for the kids too as there is a whole section dedicated to curious children for bringing out all the inquisitiveness in them. Also, at the “Kid’s Kingdom”, kids can sit behind the wheel of a real fire engine, fly into the air, or play on a giant guitar ensuring that they have a great time and enjoy themselves while they get to learn new things while exploring the museum.

 

  1. Pinakothek Art Galleries

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Munich is home to an elite ensemble of three museums, the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek, and the Pinakothek der Moderne, all at a walking distance to each other each of them highlighting a different period in art. It most certainly tops the list of best tourist destinations in Munich. The Alte Pinakothek (Old Pinakothek), which was contracted by King Ludwig I of Bavaria was opened in 1836, and with its exquisite galleries lit by enormous skylights, the Alte Pinakothek influenced the architecture of museums and galleries all over Europe. It is home to over 800 European masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the end of the Rococo; important collections include Early Italian, Old German, Old Dutch and Flemish paintings, with masterworks by Albrecht Duerer, Peter Paul Rubens and Leonardo da Vinci.

The next building is the Neue Pinakothek which houses 400 paintings and sculptures from neo-classical to modern art. Its  collection of European art from the late 18th to the early 20th century that takes account of works by Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin and also King Ludwig I’s private collection of German art of the 19th century.

The largest museum for modern art in Germany is the Pinakothek der Moderne. It features collections of contemporary art from various genres and provides a widespread outline of the 20th and 21st-century fine and applied art including works from Picasso, Magritte, Kandinsky, Francis Bacon and Warhol.

 

  1. Hofbrahaus

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It is a known fact that Germany takes beer brewing extremely seriously. Hofbräuhaus, the royal brewery in Munich was founded in 1589. It is one of the country’s most famous places to enjoy a pint. The adjective royal is associated with the brewery because it was founded by the Duke of Bavaria. Hofbräuhaus serves a wide range of brew, from hoppy maibock beer to Oktoberfest lagers. A watering hole with history, it’s educational and good fun. Make sure you take a Brotzeit plate of cold meats and cheese in addition to the booze. Its old yet fun vibe makes it one of the rather cool tourist destinations in Munich to sit back and relax after a long, tiring day spent roaming around the society during the day.

 

  1. Marienplatz

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Marienplatz is the central square in the heart of Munich, the most famous venue in München; from where you can explore many old and breathtaking buildings, and various churches. It received its name Marienplatz (St. Mary’s Square) when the town folks asked Virgin Mary to shield their town from a cholera epidemic.  Marienplatz houses the Mariensäule, the Marian Column crowned with the golden sculpture of Virgin Mary, and the Old and the New Town Hall of Munich. The tower of the New Town Hall houses the Glockenspiel, a striking carillon which is more than 100 years old. The Glockenspiel chimes at 11 a.m. or at noon. You can also watch the 32 life-sized figures re- enact historical Bavarian events. Trust us, this is one of the best tourist destinations in Munich.

 

  1. English garden

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Lying at the centre of lively Munich, the English Garden (Englischer Garten) is one of the largest city parks in Europe, making it one of the topmost tourist destinations in Munich. Stretching all the way from Munich’s city centre to the north-eastern city limits, it was created by Sir Benjamin Thompson in the 18th century. A brilliant place to walk around and take a break from visiting the attractions in Munich, you can rent a paddle boat or  walk along the wooded paths leisurely. You can see children playing and students lounging on the grass to talk about the lectures they have missed. Apart from the four beer gardens, it houses attractions like the entirely astonishing Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower), located right in the middle of Munich’s oldest beer garden , was built in the 18th century and Kleinhesseloher Sea, a lovely lake at the centre of the park. Further south, stands the heavily photographed Monopteros atop of a gentle hill, a small Greek temple where people come and talk while admiring the view of the Munich skyline. However, you need to be careful about two things, i.e. not to stare at the Münchners while they are sunbathing because they love to get naked and work on their tan and it’s perfectly legal and socially acceptable to do so, and; Don’t even think about spending the night in the park as it also houses muggers, drug fiends and other dangerous elements.

 

  1. Nymphenburg Palace

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Located just west of Munich, Built as a summer residence for Bavarian kings the Nymphenburg Palace was commissioned in 1664 by Elector Ferdinand Maria, to celebrate the birth of his son, Maximilian Emanuel. He wanted to make this his summer residence and to live here with his spouse, the mother of his child, Henriette Adelaide of Savoy.  It is a splendid structure imaginatively shaped and modified by the various Electors over its history. Specifically speaking, a total of five Wittelsbach rulers have changed or added to this magnificent palace. Max Emanuel, the young man for whom the castle was built, was the first to make additions to the palace, in the year 1700. At Nymphenburg Palace, you can still view rooms that are decorated in their original Baroque style. Some, however, were redone in Rococo and neo-Classical style. Tours are available daily and several rooms in the palace are even available for rent for special occasions. Exhibiting both baroque and rococo styles, the rooms are tinted with implausible frescos and tapestries. The Gallery of Beauties features portraits of 38 local women that Ludwig I found pleasing, and the court stables demonstrate antique carriages in the Marstall museum including the Paris Coronation Coach of Emperor Charles VII. There is also a renowned porcelain factory that manufactures handcrafted merchandise of the highest quality. The Nymphenburg Palace, with its elaborate scenic beauty and its enchanting interiors is thus definitely one of the best tourist destinations in Munich that you simply cannot miss.

 

  1. Bavaria FilmStadt

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Visit the Bavaria Film Studios, for a great day out with your children. A theme park built around Bavaria Film, one of Germany’s oldest studios, it was founded in 1919 where “Das Boot” was among the classics shot here. This adds more weight to the fact that this place is one of the most favourite tourist destinations in Munich. Many successful German films and TV series have also been shot here. Guided tours take about 90 minutes and the 1 pm tour is in English. Since Films and TV series are still produced today, there is a high probability that you might see a star during the 90-minute tour. You will be walking inside the studios as well as outside, so it is recommended that you should bring comfortable shoes and, just in case if the weather demands, waterproofs would ensure total comfort. Wheelchairs and dogs on a leash are also allowed to enter, so there is no need to worry about your granny and your pet dog. Another highlight is the crash-and-burn Stunt Show. The stunt show with its special effects is an electrifying experience for the whole family where the children can have a ride on the dragon “Fuchur” from the “Never ending Story” The children are particularly fond of the 4D cinema, with swaying seats and other special effects that vary from silly to spooky. Trust us, a trip to the Bavaria Film Studios will be one of the most enjoyable experiences with your family.

We can assure you that no trip to Munich is complete without visiting these top ten attractions and sights. So what are you waiting for? Go pack your bags and visit Germany and we assure you that you will want to go there again and again.

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