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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.

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

12 Places

2 City Tips

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12 Places

Marienplatz

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Frauenkirche

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

Cafe Glockenspiel

Restaurants

Cafe Luitpold

Restaurants

New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)

Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings

Rathaus-Glockenspiel

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites

Nymphenburg Palace

Historic Sites

Residenz

Speciality Museums

Lenbachhaus

Art Museums

Alte Pinakothek

Art Museums

Neue Pinakothek

Art Museums

Lindengarten

Restaurants

Margaret K'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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    Margaret K 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 431 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful sight 08/08/2020
    • review 08/08/2020
    • Marienplatz
    Address:
    Marienplatz 1
    80331 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Frauenkirche
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers
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    Margaret K 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 #49 of 431 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great building 01/03/2020
    • Beautiful Building to Visit in München 17/02/2020
    • Frauenkirche
    Address:
    Frauenplatz 12
    80331 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 2900820
    Other:
  • Cafe Glockenspiel
    Restaurants (Cafe, European, Central European)
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    Margaret K 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 #284 of 3,190 restaurants in Munich
    • Food was of a average/good standard but the service was poor. 03/08/2020
    • Cozy space with good food and a nice view 20/01/2020
    • 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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    Margaret K 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 #748 of 3,190 restaurants in Munich
    • Excellent meal but very bad service 10/08/2020
    • Worst café with the WORST staff! 30/05/2020
    • Cafe Luitpold
    Address:
    Brienner Str. 11
    80333 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 2428750
    Price range:
    US$ 11 - US$ 32
    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)
    Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings
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    Margaret K 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 #6 of 431 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Neues Rathaus, München 23/06/2020
    • Impressive and amazing - the dominant building of the Marienplatz 11/06/2020
    • New Town Hall (Neus Rathaus)
    Address:
    Marienplatz 8
    80331 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 23300
    Other:
  • Rathaus-Glockenspiel
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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    Margaret K 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 #30 of 431 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Too big for the square and tacky but still a lovely place in EUROPE<3 01/08/2020
    • Rathaus 24/06/2020
    • Rathaus-Glockenspiel
    Address:
    Marienplatz 8
    80331 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Other:
  • Nymphenburg Palace
    Historic Sites
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    Margaret K 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 #10 of 431 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great 23/07/2020
    • A few beautiful rooms 22/07/2020
    • Nymphenburg Palace
    Address:
    Schloss Nymphenburg 1
    80638 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 179080
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Other:
  • Residenz
    Speciality Museums
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    Margaret K 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 #11 of 431 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting history 22/07/2020
    • Great 21/07/2020
    • Residenz
    Address:
    Residenzstrasse 1
    Hours are: April-20 October: daily 9 am-6 pm 21 October-March: daily 10 am-5 pm
    80333 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 290671
    Other:
  • Lenbachhaus
    Art Museums
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    Margaret K 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 #4 of 431 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice museum 07/03/2020
    • Excellent for history of Blue Rider Group 09/02/2020
    • Lenbachhaus
    Address:
    Luisenstr. 33
    80333 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 23396933
    Price range:
    US$ 14 - US$ 14
    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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    Margaret K 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 #9 of 431 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Must visit 04/08/2020
    • Breathtaking 01/08/2020
    • 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:
  • Neue Pinakothek
    Art Museums
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    Margaret K 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 #36 of 431 things to do in Munich
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Closed for Renovations but masterpieces on display at Alte Pinakothek and Sammlung Schack 17/12/2019
    • a days visit 12/12/2019
    • Neue Pinakothek
    Address:
    Barer Str. 29
    80799 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 23805195
    Other:
  • Lindengarten
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean)
    Margaret K 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 #1,326 of 3,190 restaurants in Munich
    • Great Italian Reataurant 02/10/2019
    • High level Italian cuisine 07/05/2019
    • Lindengarten
    Address:
    Agnes-Bernauer-Str. 115
    80687 Munich, Bavaria
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 89 564452
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
    Other:
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