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According to polls, Munich is the German city that most Germans would like to live in, if they could. It actually is composed of several smaller towns, and since no buildings taller than the tallest church steeple are allowed according to building code, the center feels like a town. This guide will take you on a walking tour of the city center, which is pedestrian zone free of all traffic except early morning delivery trucks and emergency vehicles.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Like a Local

12 Places

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12 Places

Marienplatz

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche)

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Observation Decks & Towers

Cafe Glockenspiel

Restaurants

Cafe Luitpold

Restaurants

New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings

Glockenspiel im Rathausturm

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Nymphenburg Palace

Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums, Gardens

Munich Residence

Speciality Museums

Lenbachhaus

Art Museums

Alte Pinakothek

Art Museums

New Pinakothek

Art Museums

Lindengarten

Restaurants

msmunich01930's City Tips

  • In most German restaurants expect to find your own table. A 15% tip is included in the price of all restaurant meals, so give a small tip (Trinkgeld) directly to the wait person.
  • Getting around Munich is easy on public transportation. If you are going to be in the city several days, you can get a 3-day pass for use on all trains, subways, buses and trams.
  • Marienplatz
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    msmunich01930 Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Family
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 345 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Chimes!! 18/11/2018
    • Beer o'clock 18/11/2018
    • Marienplatz
    Address:
    Marienplatz 1
    80331 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    120347
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche)
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Observation Decks & Towers
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    msmunich01930 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 345 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Breathtaking inside 24/10/2018
    • Stark beauty 24/10/2018
    • Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche)
    Address:
    Frauenplatz 12
    80331 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 2900820
    Other:
  • Cafe Glockenspiel
    Restaurants (Cafe, European, Central European)
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    msmunich01930 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #275 of 3,082 restaurants in Munich
    • Perfect Brunch Location in Munich 18/11/2018
    • Hidden Gem 11/11/2018
    • Cafe Glockenspiel
    Address:
    Marienplatz 28
    80331 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 264256
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
  • Cafe Luitpold
    Restaurants (German, Cafe, European)
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    msmunich01930 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Trendsetter
    • Couples
    Tips
    • This is a very busy café. Be prepared to wait at noon or in the late afternoon.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #473 of 3,082 restaurants in Munich
    • A favourite cafe in Munich 11/11/2018
    • Rude staff 11/11/2018
    • Cafe Luitpold
    Address:
    Brienner Str. 11
    80333 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 2428750
    Price range:
    US$ 10 - US$ 31
    Hours:
    Sun
    9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Mon
    8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    Tue - Sat
    8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings
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    msmunich01930 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 345 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding 18/11/2018
    • Amazing view 16/11/2018
    • New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)
    Address:
    Marienplatz 8
    80331 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 23300
    Other:
  • Glockenspiel im Rathausturm
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    msmunich01930 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 345 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Probably the one thing everyone will remember of Munich 13/11/2018
    • Nice 06/11/2018
    • Glockenspiel im Rathausturm
    Address:
    Marienplatz
    Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Other:
  • Nymphenburg Palace
    Castles, Historic Sites, History Museums, Gardens
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    msmunich01930 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You will need to take public transportation to get to the Nymphenburg as it's not in the city center.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 345 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Another wonderful beautiful building, just about worth a visit. 18/11/2018
    • So beautiful 16/11/2018
    • Nymphenburg Palace
    Address:
    Schloss Nymphenburg 1
    80638 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 179080
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Munich Residence
    Speciality Museums
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    msmunich01930 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 345 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing; highlight of my trip; just get there early 16/11/2018
    • Munich Residence - Great way to spend 2 hours 12/11/2018
    • Munich Residence
    Address:
    Residenzstr. 1
    80333 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 290671
    Other:
  • Lenbachhaus
    Art Museums
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    msmunich01930 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go earlier in the day to avoid long lines on weekends.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 345 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • excellent art musuem 10/11/2018
    • Kandinsky! 08/11/2018
    • Lenbachhaus
    Address:
    Luisenstr. 33
    80333 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 23332027
    Price range:
    US$ 13 - US$ 13
    Hours:
    Tue
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Wed - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Alte Pinakothek
    Art Museums
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    msmunich01930 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 345 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • worth a visit 17/11/2018
    • Unmissable 16/11/2018
    • Alte Pinakothek
    Address:
    Barer Strasse 27
    Eingang Theresienstraße
    80333 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 23805216
    Hours:
    Tue
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Wed - Sun
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • New Pinakothek
    Art Museums
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    msmunich01930 Says:

    The second of the Pinakotheken contains 18th to early 20th century European art. Numerous paintings feature scenes of Munich and the surrounding countryside.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 345 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent in parts, but quite a lot of second division stuff 16/11/2018
    • The perfect companion to the Alte Pinakothek 13/11/2018
    • New Pinakothek
    Address:
    Barer Str. 29
    80799 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 23805195
    Hours:
    Wed
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Thu - Mon
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Lindengarten
    Restaurants (Italian)
    msmunich01930 Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,570 of 3,082 restaurants in Munich
    • Easy, late lunch 14/09/2017
    • Very nice fish carpaccio 10/07/2017
    • Lindengarten
    Address:
    Agnes-Bernauer-Str. 115
    80687 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 564452
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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