Munich is a city full of culture, art and vitality, known as the Gateway to the Bavarian Alps, with excellent shopping opportunities Munich makes a delightful destination for a city break
. The city has a large pedestrianized zone which makes exploring on foot most enjoyable. The buses and trams provide a good service both to the cities popular tourist attractions and further a field, many of the main sites can be visited using the efficient U and S Bahn train system.
Marienplatz, this great square lies at the heart of the city, the square is dominated by the Neo Gothic New Town Hall dating from the 19th century. One of Munich’s best known landmarks The Glockenspiel plays every day at 11am and 5pm you will see the figures dancing and knights jousting, attracting many visitors daily.
The Old Town Hall stands at the eastern side of the square it was originally built in the 15th century but it has been re-built several times since then. Nearby is Munich’s oldest parish church St. Peter well worth a visit and if you are feeling energetic climb the 300 plus wooden steps of Alte Peter where you can admire a view of the city and on a clear day further a field.
As you explore the city you will see the striking onion domes of the Frauenkirche each tower is over 300ft high the church was damaged during WW11 but has since been fully restored.
There are many excellent museums
in Munich we have chosen a selection. The Alte Pinakothek is filled with European art from the 14th century through to the mid 18th century. The Neue Pinakothek is a purpose built gallery which houses European art and sculpture dating from the 18th-20th century.
The Pinakothek der Moderne is a new museum which features collections in the fields of art, sculpture, and design architecture plus much more from the 20th century to present day.
A popular attraction for locals and tourists alike is the Englischer Garten (English Garden) it is in fact a huge park which covers an area of some 5km, you can enjoy some walking, jogging, horse-riding, or simply relax in one of the beer gardens, and there is a Japanese Tea House plus other interesting structures. The English Garden was created in 1789 by Sir Benjamin Thompson.
Munich is famous for its beers and hosts the world-famous annual beer festival the Oktoberfest. The festival lasts 16 days from late September to October.
The Residenzstrasse (Royal Residence Museum) will interest some of you this former residence of Bavarian Kings has housed a museum since 1920. There are many highlights including the 17th century Ornate Chapel and the Hall of Antiquities. There are textiles, costumes exhibits, paintings and art collections as well as silver and porcelain some from the 18th and 19th centuries, well worth visiting. Finally if ancient weaponry is your thing you will find the Municipal Museum Armory of interest, it has an impressive collection of firearms and artillery housed in the late Gothic Kanonenhalle.
For those of you who like a little retail therapy you will find designer shops and department stores to browse around, a good mix of traditional and international goods are for sale in the city. If you are visiting in December you can enjoy the traditional Christmas Markets. The most famous is the one at Marienplatz where you will find all kinds of stalls, enjoy some mulled wine and the special atmosphere.
There are a wide variety of eateries with something to suit most tastes and pockets! Accommodation is varied from hostels, B&B’s, moderate to de lux hotels depending on your needs and of course budget. Nightlife in the city has pretty much everything on offer from beer halls, clubs/discos, classical venues, bars with live music etc. something to suit most everyone. There is plenty to keep you busy in Munich from sightseeing, exploring, finding hidden away streets and alleys, cycling, which is safe and enjoyable; there are numerous organised tours available from Munich to popular attractions
further a field. Munich also makes an ideal base from which to explore Bavaria