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The Bavarian capital Munich is known all over the world for the Oktoberfest. Many visitors only come to Munich for this reason, which is a shame because the city has a lot more to offer! You can do a city trip over the weekend and discover many of Munich’s stunning sights. That’s how we did it this summer.

Munich travel tips – city break for 48 hours

If you want to get to know the city better, 48 hours in Munich are obviously not enough. But it’s a good start and in our opinion even a short city trip to Munich is absolutely worth it. In the following article we show you many sights and tips for Munich that you can discover in only one weekend.

How to get to Munich

View of Munich with the English Garden
View of Munich with the English Garden

Accommodations in Munich – our hotel tip

Munich sightseeing: Tours and tickets

1. Olympic Park

The Olympic Park was built for the 1972 Summer Olympics and is now a popular recreational area in Munich. The Olympic Hall, the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Tower are also located here, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view over Munich.

View from the Olympic Hill of Munich's Olympia Park

Even today, many events take place regularly in the Olympic Park. Otherwise, it is used by the residents of Munich for walking, jogging or simply relaxing. You can also go pedal boating or rowing on the Olympic Lake or use the indoor swimming pool in the 850,000 m² huge park.

The Munich Olympic Stadium

Tip: You will have a great view of the entire park from the Olympic Hill. Incidentally, there is no entry fee to visit the park, unless you want to use the swimming pool etc. or visit the Olympic tower. You can find prices and events here.

2. BMW Welt

The BMW Welt in Munich has existed since October 2007 and is one of the highlights for many tourists every year. The BMW Welt is not just a normal museum, but also a delivery location and regularly organizes events and exhibitions.

The BMW Welt near the Olympic Park of Munich

Admission to BMW Welt is free, only the BMW Museum costs € 10 per person. It is open daily from 7.30 A.M. to midnight, except Sundays from 9.00 A.M. to midnight. However, the museum is only open from 10.00 A.M. to 6.00 P.M.

3. Old Pete (Alter Peter)

The St. Peter’s Church, also known as the “Old Pete” among the residents, was inaugurated in 1954 and is therefore the oldest church in Munich. It is one of the landmarks of the city and attracts many visitors every day who either look at the church from the inside or climb to the top of the tower.

Old Pete, the St. Peter's Church in Munich

You can visit the interior of the church for free, which is built in baroque style. There is an entrance fee of € 3 per person to climb the tower, but it’s worth it. Over 306 steps through partly very narrow corridors, you’ll get to the 51 meter high platform.

View from the Old Pete over Munich

Once at the top, it can get very crowded and a tour along the viewing platform can take some time. In return, you have great views of Marienplatz, the city hall, the Viktualienmarkt, the Frauenkirche or the English Garden. It is open daily from 10.00 A.M. to 6.00 P.M.

4. Viktualienmarkt

The Viktualienmarkt has been taking place in Munich’s old town every day since 1807. There are over 100 stands and it is only closed on public holidays and Sundays. The market extends over 22,000 m² and offers fresh food such as fruits, vegetables or cheese as well as some stalls where you can have lunch, for example.

At the Viktualienmarkt in Munich

You will of course also find a beer garden at the Viktualienmarkt, where you can consume your dishes that you have bought at the stands. It is open from Monday to Saturday between 8.00 A.M. and 8.00 P.M. Only a few minutes away from Marienplatz or the Old Pete, a visit here is definitely worthwhile.

View of Munich's Viktualienmarkt from Old Pete

If you want to find out more about the Viktualienmarkt and try the various delicacies, then a gourmet tour is ideal. You will get a lot of information about the people working on the market and will stop at some stalls to try the different goods.

5. Marienplatz and city hall

The center of Munich extends around Marienplatz, where the pedestrian zone in the city center begins. Between Isartor and Karlstor, Marienplatz is a popular destination. Also because of the old and new city hall.

The heart of the city is visited by many visitors, especially at noon, as the carillon takes place here in the new city hall at 11.00 A.M. and 12.00 P.M. In addition, anecdotes from Munich’s history are represented with characters.

The city hall of Munich at the Marienplatz

The annual Christmas market also takes place here. You will certainly come across it more often when you stay in Munich, because Marienplatz is located directly between the Old Pete, the Frauenkirche and the Viktualienmarkt.

6. Frauenkirche

The Frauenkirche, with its full name “Cathedral of Our Dear Lady”, is the cathedral of the Archbishop of Munich and one of the city’s landmarks. The 37 meter high and approximately 109 meter long church is located in the old town of Munich.

However, since the Frauenkirche is mostly covered by buildings, at least from the street, it is worth visiting Old Pete to marvel at the full splendor of the church. The interior of the Frauenkirche is also freely accessible and can be viewed free of charge during the opening times of the church.

The Frauenkirche of Munich

If you want to climb the dome of the south tower to enjoy the view of Munich, there is an entrance fee of € 8. It is open daily from 10.00 A.M. to 4.00 P.M. or 6.00 P.M. (winter and summer months). Furthermore, on Sundays it is only open from 12.30 P.M.

The Munich Frauenkirche is also part of the very popular tour Munich: Old Town & Viktualienmarkt City Walk. It’s all about the history of the Bavarian capital, which leads you through the old town of Munich.

7. English Garden

With 375 hectares, the English Garden in Munich is one of the largest parks in the world. The name comes from the fact that the garden designer built this park based on an English landscape garden.

The Monopteros in the English Garden of Munich
The Monopteros in the English Garden

Several million visitors come to the English Garden every year and you can see it straight away, especially in summer. It is not only tourists, but also many Munich residents who enjoy the sun, swim in the Schwabinger Bach or Eisbach and have fun in the beer garden.

Beer garden in Munich's English Garden

With the Monopteros, the Chinese tower and the Japanese tea house, you can discover some interesting things in the English Garden on a walk. The area is really huge and you should take enough time to relax a little from sightseeing in Munich.

8. Eisbachwelle

The Eisbach leads from the Isar through the English Garden of Munich. It flows almost two kilometers through the English Garden and is used by many visitors as a refreshment for swimming, especially in summer.

The Eisbachwelle occurs on Prinzregentenstrasse. This is where the rapids begin and at the beginning piles up into waves about half a meter high, which are used by surfers. A spectacle that always attracts a lot of bystanders when the surfers plunge into the waves. If you are visiting the English Garden, you should stop by.

Surfer on the Eisbachwelle in the English Garden of Munich

9. Victory Gate

If you are walking from the English Garden to Munich’s old town, you can make a short stop at the Victory Gate. It is a bit reminiscent of the triumphal arch of Paris, but is based on the Arch of Constantine in Rome.

Ludwig I. commissioned the triumphal arch to end his boulevard with it. The colossal structure is dedicated to the Bavarian Army and is a great photo opportunity.

The Victory Gate of Munich

10. Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest is known worldwide and takes place every year from the end of September to the beginning of October on the Theresienwiese. The people of Munich simply call their festival Wiesn and it is one of the largest folk festivals in the world. After all, the Oktoberfest has been around since 1810.

Many breweries brew a beer with a special flavor and higher alcohol content especially for the Oktoberfest. In addition to various attractions such as the Ferris wheel or the Devil’s wheel (Teufelsrad), the beer tents are of course the biggest draw.

Inside the large tents, the Oktoberfest is celebrated with large Mass of beer (a mug that fits 1 liter of beer). Often to traditional Bavarian music, sometimes to folk songs. On site you will not only meet many Bavarians, but visitors from all over the world to experience the Oktoberfest.

All further information can be found on the official Munich Oktoberfest website.

11. Bavarian cuisine

When you are in Munich, you should definitely try some dishes from the Bavarian cuisine. Yes, many of them are hearty, but also damn tasty! You can start with the popular sausage rolls in the morning. Then continue with white sausage and pretzels.

Pork knuckle, a Bavarian specialty
Pork knuckle with dumplings

For example, there is often Wammerl for lunch. This is belly meat and usually coleslaw as a side dish. In the evening there is pork knuckles or Sauerbraten and much more. Bavarian cuisine is really diverse.

Of course, you can’t try everything on a weekend in Munich. You can find more inspiration for Bavarian cuisine here.

Tip: The Augustiner Bräustuben is a delicious brewery. It is located outside the city center, but can be easily reached with the S-Bahn via the Donnersbergerbrücke. Great food at reasonable prices.

12. German Museum

The largest science and technology museum is in Munich, better known as the German Museum. The full and correct name is German Museum of Masterpieces in Science and Technology, however.

The German Museum in Munich

The museum is located directly on the Isar and welcomes over a million visitors annually to view the approximately 28,000 exhibits. The German Museum also wants to bring technology and science closer to the unknowing visitors and is therefore interesting for everybody, even without all the prior knowledge.

It is open daily from 9.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. and the entrance fee is € 12 for adults and € 4 for children. Tickets are sold until 4.00 P.M.

13. Nymphenburg Palace

In the west of Munich you can find the Nymphenburg Palace with the associated palace gardens. It is one of the largest castles in Europe and one of the sights of Munich that many tourists visit. It is especially famous as it is the birthplace of Ludwig II. The entrance fee is € 6,50.

The Nymphenburg Palace Park is even under monumental protection and viewed as a garden work of art. So while you can take a look at the castle from the outside, a walk through the park is worthwhile. The inside of the castle is also beautifully kept in baroque style and partly classicism. Several epochs were united in this castle.

The concerts that take place in the Hubertussaal are also very popular with many visitors. Anyone who likes classical music is at the right place on an evening like this. You can find tickets for the concerts here.

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