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Best attractions in Munich: Top 25

It would be too long to list all the attractions in Munich. Therefore, we have compiled for you a brief rating of what every tourist should see in Munich.

What to see in Munich first

In creating this review of “the best attractions in Munich,” we took into account both the reviews of experienced travelers and the recommendations of professional guides. When you come to this hospitable German city, be sure to visit the following interesting places in Munich:

1. Marienplatz

The Column of the Virgin Mary on the central Marienplatz Mister No

If you don’t know what to see in Munich in 1 day, come to this central square, built back in 1158. Every day a few thousand citizens and visitors stroll through the magnificent columns and the gilded statue of the Virgin Mary. It’s also the location of Munich’s most important landmarks, the New and Old Town Halls.

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2. Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall at Munich's Marienplatz or Maria Square

Compared to the New Town Hall, the Old Town Hall, built in the 15th century, has a richer history and a more modest appearance. The building was created in the Gothic style, adding elements of Renaissance architecture. Currently, in the building with a beautiful spire is the Toy Museum - we recommend its visit to anyone who does not know where to go in Munich with a child.

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3. New Town Hall

View of the New Town Hall from the observation deck of St. Peter's Church

The building is also in the neo-Gothic style, but in the 19th century. The key features for which you should definitely take a trip to the New Town Hall are the 85-meter observation deck on the tower, which offers panoramic views of the entire city, and the magnificent clock with figurines putting on a daily mini “knight’s tournament” show.

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4. Castle Blutenburg

Medieval Castle Blutenburg, surrounded by a lake

Hunting “lodge” of the 15th century, created by order of Albrecht the Third. A sad legend has it that the Duke’s father, dissatisfied with his marriage to a commoner, lured his son away from Blutenburg and had the girl drowned in the river in his absence. A chapel was erected in memory of the deceased.

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5. Nymphenburg Palace

The large pond with the fountain in front of Nymphenburg Palace

Like many other landmarks in Germany, this one has a rich and long history. The date of construction of the former residence of the city rulers is 1664. In the modern palace one can see a study with Chinese lacquered panels in red and black, paintings by the celebrated painter Stieler, frescoes by Zimmermann hands, and a central hall with a rococo interior.

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6. Schleissheim Palace

Parkland and New Castle in the Schleissheim complex

A 16th-century building, at one time a place of seclusion for Wilhelm the Fifth. The site of the present palace complex is represented by three buildings of different eras. The interior design was done by F. Rosa, D. Trubillo, and I. Gamp. Schleissheim is surrounded by a magnificent park.

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7. Munich Residence

Facade of one of the Residence buildings

The largest city palace of the state. During the Second World War, the building suffered considerable damage. However, later the authorities gave a lot of money for its reconstruction. The Munich Residenz is called the most beautiful palace-museum in Europe. The exhibitions include rare figurines, chandeliers and furnishings, silverware and porcelain, portraits and landscapes.

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8. English Garden

The Greek-style rotunda in the English Park

What is worth a visit in Munich for the whole family? Its main park area, one of the most extensive in the world. The date of arrangement of the city park is 1789 (since then it has been constantly expanding its territory). There is a beautiful lake with artificial waves, a meadow where people sunbathe in the nude, and a Japanese-style tea house. Many benches and gazebos are provided for vacationers.

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9. St. Peter’s Church

View of St. Peter's Church from the New Town Hall

The main feature is considered to be the lantern-shaped dome, which appeared on this ancient centuries-old church only in the 17th century. The main attraction of the interior is the majestic pedestal altar with Corinthian columns on the sides and the statue of St. Peter on the throne.

10. Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Frauenkirche)

The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary towers over the buildings of the old city

A majestic cathedral with a 99-meter tower, built in the 14th and 15th centuries. Although only 13,000 people lived in the city in those days, the cathedral has a capacity of up to 20,000 parishioners.

11. Church of the Azamkirche

Interior decoration of Azamkirche Church Mark Pegrum

Baroque architectural masterpiece with a gold and white facade and beautiful moldings. The pastel-colored interior with numerous gold objects is admired not only by tourists but also by guides in Munich. The walls and ceiling of the temple were painted by hand with thin brushes. The interior space is conventionally divided into three parts: the upper is the Heavenly Realm, the middle is the pews, aisles and choirs, and the last part is the blue and white tier of the balcony, created in honor of the emperor.

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12. Bavarian State Opera

The Bavarian State Opera or National Theater of Munich on Max Joseph Square

One of the largest cultural and musical venues on earth. About half a thousand performances of all kinds are given here per year. If your trip was organized for you to experience the culture and history of the country, this is a must-see theater.

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13. German Museum

Bridge and German Museum on Museum Island in the middle of the Isar River

The original complex, the exhibitions of which tell about the achievements of science and technology in Germany. The exhibits are located on 6 levels, each of which has its own theme: engines, gas and oil, shipping, etc. You can see unique pieces of equipment left over from the World Wars.

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14. Bavarian National Museum

The main building of the Bavarian National Museum

The exhibition halls contain unique porcelain objects, furnishings, hand-woven decorative carpets, gold and precious ivory, figurines, and paintings from all over Germany and Europe.

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15. BMW Museum

BMW Museum panorama matze_ott

The German concern produces world-famous motorcycles and cars. If you want to get to know them better, come to this museum. In addition to new models, there is a large number of retro cars. The building itself is also often called a miracle: the length of the double cone-shaped spiral, starting from the east side of the building, is 28 meters. In addition to the exhibition halls, the museum has an official souvenir shop, whose goods are connected with the BMW brand and are sold only here.

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16. Munich Pinakothek

Exhibition in one of the halls of the Munich Pinakothek Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Modern, new and old “vaults” of the city. The first museum shows examples of modern culture and art, the second - masterpieces of the 19th century, the third - collections of paintings from the most ancient years. The Old Pinakothek is one of the first art galleries on earth.

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17. Glyptotheque

The Glyptothek was built by order of Ludwig I and is located on Königsplatz

If you are interested in the most popular tours in Munich, choose to visit this museum. Its name literally means “storage for sculptures”. There are exhibits from Greece and Rome. The Glyptotheque was created especially for the royal family, who gathered an entire collection of sculptures. All the objects of the museum are made only of stone. Among the most famous are the Munich Kuros and the Shadow Kuros.

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18. Dachau Memorial Museum

Museum-Memorial Dachau on the site of the former concentration camp

In the past, the site was a concentration camp where all those captured by Hitler’s army were executed. In more than 10 years several tens of thousands of prisoners were exterminated here. The date of construction of the modern memorial is 1965. Despite the fact that not much has survived from the WWII era structures, the atmosphere at Dachau is still grim and ominous.

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19. Olympic Park

Panorama of Munich's Olympic Park

Even the best hotels in Munich cannot boast such a huge number of guests as this legendary park. In addition to outdoor pools and gyms, as well as a working stadium, there is a 290-meter tower with an observation deck. If you want to see the whole panorama of the city, come here for a vacation. The Olympic Park regularly hosts entertainment events: festivals, fairs, exhibitions, etc. Open screenings of movies are organized.

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20. Allianz Arena

Stadium Allianz Arena or "Schlauchboot" (inflatable boat) Tobias Alt

For more than 12 years, the legendary clubs Munich 1860 and Bayern have held their home matches here. It was also the location of the Allianz Arena for the final meeting of the Champions League in 2012 and for the FIFA World Cup 2006. One of the main “features” of the stadium is a magnificent backlighting, which operates at night and is constantly changing its color.

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Munich sights: what else is there to see in Munich?

We have told you about the main sights of Munich briefly. And if you have some free time left after seeing them, pay attention to such important sights as:

21. Oktoberfest

The beer tent at the Oktoberfest uk:Koristuvach:Gutsul

This legendary and world-famous event represents nothing less than a general drinking of foamy beverages. In the fall of 1810, Prince Ludwig the First was married to Princess Therese. To celebrate the occasion, the couple celebrated with a party at Munich’s gates for all the citizens. The following year, the natives decided to celebrate again, wanting to make the cloudy autumn more colorful and significant. Thus, every year for 16 days, millions of fans of beer and fun in Munich gather. By the way, Oktoberfest brings to the city budget more than $ 1 billion. At the festival you can taste any kind of beer, from light and light to the strongest and darkest. All the drinks are brewed specifically for the festival, and due to their freshness have a unique taste and aroma.

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22. Hofbrauhaus beer restaurant

Hofbrauhaus beer restaurant on the north side Gryffindor

It’s about the court brewery - the first one in Munich (creation date 1589). At one time its “visitors” were the most important dukes of the country. For the “ordinary citizens” of the city Hofbrauhaus opened only two centuries later. If you love beer, want to buy the original varieties of beer and learn the traditions of brewing, come to this restaurant.

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23. Viktualienmarkt

The Viktualienmarkt Usien

The city’s central bazaar, which offers the freshest and most upscale foodstuffs. The number of stalls is about 140. The owners of the stalls are various Bavarian families, and the market places are passed down from generation to generation. It should be said right away that the cost of goods here is quite high. Buyers of Viktualienmarkt are usually wealthy tourists and citizens who appreciate the excellent quality and freshness of products. However, you do not have to buy anything here. It is worth to visit the bazaar, at least, for its colorful atmosphere.

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24. Hofgarten

A top view of Hofgarten Park and the Bavarian State Chancellery Schreinermeister

Landscaped park area, the layout of which has clear geometric shapes. The date of arrangement is the beginning of the 17th century. During the Second World War it was destroyed almost completely. However, later, using old sketches and drawings, it was able to reconstruct it in the same form (adding only features of English art of the 19th century). The colorful fountains, landscaped lawns, flowerbeds and neat alleys captivate even those who are not fond of flora.

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25. Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo

Hellabrunn Munich Zoo Silverije

Visitors to the huge menagerie can watch penguins, lions and tigers eat and watch pelicans and anacondas. There is a “contact zone” on the territory: here the guests are allowed not only to look at and photograph the animals, but also to get to know them better: to stroke goats, lamas and ponies. On the territory there are areas for recreation and an outdoor cafe.

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We hope that those fascinating sights of Munich, photos with names and descriptions of which you have now seen, aroused your interest. When making your own sightseeing trip plan for the city, remember them for sure. Read also about sights of Frankfurt and be inspired for your further trip to Germany.

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