What comes to mind when you think of Munich? Most likely the fun and festivities of Oktoberfest. But, there’s more to Bavaria’s traditional capital than meets the eye. From delicious food to historic castles, sport and art, there’s something to do every day of the week in the German city of Munich.
You won’t find a place in the world better known for its beer. While Germans across the country love a good drop of amber ale, it’s in Munich where you’ll find the best and biggest breweries. While Oktoberfest tends to overshadow the rest of the year, you really can’t go wrong when it comes to beer halls and ale related activities. From popular beers like Lowenbrau to more niche ales, Munich is a beer lover's delight.
If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a quiet ale (or a few rowdy ones), there’s no spot more quintessentially Bavarian than the Hofbrauhaus. Huge, always busy and historically popular (it’s entertained guests from Mozart to Kennedy), this is the beer hall to end all beer halls. One of Munich’s oldest breweries, it’s conveniently located near Marienplatz and the Residenz in the heart of Munich.
Munich’s central city square hosts the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) and the St Peter's Tower. The latter can be scaled for stunning views of the surrounding city, both old and new. Maybe visit before the beer halls, though.
If you think this castle looks like something out of a movie, you’re not that far from the truth. Germany’s most easily recognisable Schloss , the design inspired the Disney Castle. On the right day it’s shrouded in mists and picture perfect all through the year. Neuschwanstein Castle is located just outside in Munich in Fussen.
Don't be put off by the name, Munich’s sprawling green space is larger than Central Park and boasts all manner of traditional (and nontraditional) attractions. Taking it's name from Englishman Sir Benjamin Thompson, you'll find acres of gardens, cycleways, horseback riding and even pebbly beaches.
Quintessentially German, nude sunbathing is permitted in some areas of the park. The Chinese tower might seem somewhat out of place, but look a little closer and you'll find a beer garden nestled in the shade - now that's Bavarian.
Home to kings and dukes for centuries, The Residenz is a palatial centrepiece that offers a unique perspective into the upper crust history of Bavaria. Aristocratic delights bedazzle, but I'd you're pressed for time, be sure to check out:
Step back into Germany’s darker, more recent past. Dachau is the site of the first Nazi concentration camp. A place of sombre reflection, over 40,000 people died in the camp, and though much of it has been destroyed, though traces remain. This is a haunting place but well worth the visit to better understand the darker side of human nature.
This iconic stadium is home to Bayern Munich, one of Germany’s most popular and successful football (soccer) teams. With 75,000 seat capacity, watching a match within it’s bubble-esque walls is an atmosphere like no other, particularly on major match days. 1860 Munich is the other local football team. While they haven’t enjoyed the recent successes of their hometown counterparts, derbies between these two squads are still a colourful affair.
It’s hard to miss Allianz Arena from the Autobahn. The circular white walls light up in a myriad of colours that actually had to be toned down due to the number of crashes increasing on the highway. It’s still a sight to behold though, just keep both hands on the steering wheel.
Widely regarded and with an outstanding collection, this is one of the world’s great art museums. Masters past and present are on display, with originals from Titian, Rembrandt, Leonardo, Raphael and El Greco, as well as a massive Rubens collection including the massive ‘The Last Judgement’ (The museum itself was designed around it).
You don’t have to be an art lover to be taken in by the sheer volume of talent and craft on display in this outstanding museum. If you’re looking for more modern artwork, the nearby Pinakothek der Moderne is nearby. For more information, see the Pinakothek website.
While Munich boasts historical and cultural attractions, it is the month of festivities that quickly springs to mind. Germans in tents drinking beer is a familiar picture, but actually experiencing the festivities, which run from September through to early October, is a different story altogether. In theory, Oktoberfest commemorates Prince Ludwig in 1810, but really it’s just a good old fashioned festival with music, dancing and lots and lots of beer.
Next time you’re in Germany, be sure to discover all that Bavaria has to offer. ExecuJet can provide you with easy and stylish transport to Munich today in one of our private charter jets. Contact us now to find out how we can help you visit this beautiful city.