Lives in Rowley, Massachusetts
Since Oct 2010
I've been traveling to Europe since taking a 9 week seminar in European history in college. That inspired me to start an exchange program at the high school I was teaching at. I've conducted tours of various sites in and around Munich and also advised business travelers about what to take in during off hours.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Observation Decks & Towers
Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums, Gardens
Marienplatz is the central square in the city containing the Neues Rathaus, a city hall in the Gothic style, the famous Glockenspiel and underground transportation to all parts of the city. Around it are numerous specialty shops of all kinds and access to the 2 kilometer square pedestrian zone with access to historical sites and great shopping. During the month of December this square is filled with the Christkindlmarkt which sells various Christmas crafts, decorations and foods. Try the Glühwein!
The Frauenkirche cathedral is a remarkable demonstration of the city's effort to preserve its historical places. The stained glass windows are beautiful and the church itself is notable for its two onion-shaped towers, typical of many churches in Bavaria.
This café is perched high above the Marienplatz with a view of the surrounding old city center. Its food is not the typical heavy German traditional fare, but is more modern and lighter continental style. Try the apple strudel with vanilla sauce for dessert.
Recently remodeled, this café is both modern and elegant in the old style. Its pastries and coffees are excellent, but it offers meals as well.
The Neues Rathaus, is a stunning example of city hall architecture. Going up to the tower on a clear day offers a great view of the city. In the lower level is the famous Ratskeller, or restaurant where the city fathers ate and drank while deliberating important matters. Today anyone can eat typical Bavarian specialties here and enjoy beer brewed according to the German Purity Law from Munich's major breweries.
You cannot come to Munich and not see the Glockenspiel in the clock tower of the Neues Rathaus. Its figures come out and entertain crowds of visitors while telling a bit about the history of the tradesmen who played a role in the history of the city.
This is my favorite place to walk and enjoy beautiful serene outdoor scenery as well as the riches of a castle from the classical era of Munich. You will need several hours just to roam the grounds. Tours of the extensive castle are available and there are several specialty museums on the grounds of the castle. In the spring and summer also enjoy the botanical gardens.
This collection of palaces going back to royal residences of the 1500s is really quite amazing. I do not recommend trying to see the entire complex in one visit. In fact, on any one day, only part of the Residenz is open to visitors. The innumerable collections of art, glass, porcelain, furniture etc. were all saved from ruin in WWII and the buildings were restored in the years following the war. Some museums in Munich are open to the public and free on Sundays. Check to see if this one is. It may be closed on Mondays.
The building itself is an Italian villa with a new modern addition. Its contents are simply remarkable, if you appreciate Expressionist art. The museum contains the largest collection of paintings by the Blue Rider Group to be found anywhere and specializes in paintings and sketches by Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, and Gabriele Munter.
There are three Pinakothek (Greek for art museum) in Munich-- the Alte Pinkothek, the Neue Pinakothek and the Pinakothek der Moderne. The Alte contains art from the 15th to 17th centuries. It contains paintings by Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein and numerous others which you won't see elsewhere.
The second of the Pinakotheken contains 18th to early 20th century European art. Numerous paintings feature scenes of Munich and the surrounding countryside.
The Lindengarten Italian restaurant is off the beaten path in the Laim section of Munich. Its chef uses only fresh ingredients and offers specialties from various Italian regional cooking styles. It is a neighborhood favorite and busy every day of the week. In the summer the garden is open and offers a little oasis under the Linden trees.