If you’re going to Germany, there’s no better way to get an authentic German experience then traveling into the heart of Bavaria to spend a few days in Munich. Home to about 1.5 million people and a vast tourist destination, Munich is big, but don’t let that fool you–it’s got the charm of old German towns and villages—and enough culture to immerse yourself. Here’s a great list of things to do in Munich.
1. Cheap Walking Tours – Radius Tours
Often times getting off the flight, you feel more than a little jet lag. One of the easiest ways to get through it is a walking tour. Radius Tours does a great job and is very friendly. They meet at the train station and at Marienplatz for two hour walking tours of Old Town Munich. The tour is great for learning a lot of the big history points and also for giving you the lay of the land so you can venture out on your own.
2. The Glockenspiel at the New Town Hall
Everyday thousands walk to Marien Platz at City Center to watch the Glockenspiel at the New Town Hall. The glockenspiel depicts much history of Bavaria, but a favorite of interest is the bottom half that displays the dance that the local keg makers did in the streets of Munich to let the locals know it was safe to come outside after the plague had subsided in 1510.
3. Hofbrau Haus
You cannot go to Munich without going to one of the oldest German beer halls around. Originally built in 1589, Hofbrauhaus is the steeped in culture and tradition. It’s a loud and busy place, but that’s where it get it’s charm. With an ompah band playing in the background, ask a local if you can pull up a seat next to them—don’t worry it’s normal, no assigned seats here. Do yourself a favor and get the full liter of helles beer and a pretzel. You will not be disappointed.
This open air market – Viktualienmarkt – is a fantastic place to see local merchants and goods, as well eat fresh local food with a stein of your preferred Bavarian beer.
5. Bell Tower Climb at St. Peter’s Church
A fun and cheap way (about $3 USD) to get a great view of Old Town Munich and an amazing photo opp is to climb the bell tower at St. Peter’s Church. Lines can be long during the height of travel season so go early in the day.
6. Englisher Gartens
The “Central Park” of Munich – the Englisher Gartens – has tons to offer from great walking paths, to sun bathing, cafes and gelato stands, to the frequent tourist favorite of watching surfers on the Rein river.