Sights in the cosmopolitan city of Munich
The 'Residence' in the city centre was Munich's city palace and the residence of Bavarian dukes, electors and kings. The extensive Residence is the largest inner-city palace in Germany and now one of the most important museums for interior art in Europe. The treasury in the Munich Residence - with over 1,200 individual pieces of jewellery and gold objects; enamel, crystal and ivory work - is the result of centuries of passionate collecting by the rulers of
The Cathedral of Our Dear Lady in Munich's old town, often just known as the 'Frauenkirche' has been the cathedral church for the Archbishops of Munich and Freising since 1821. It is one of the most important landmarks in the Bavarian capital. For many people, the "Frauenkirche" is also a symbol of Munich life.
The Alte and Neue Pinakothek galleries, together with the Pinakothek der Moderne are a top address for art lovers. The three galleries are home to some of the most renowned art collections in the world. Together with the Brandhorst Museum and several other museums, they make up Munich's art district.
With 1.5 million visitors a year, 50 different areas of interest and 25,000 m² of exhibition space from astrophysics to cell biology, visitors can experience masterpieces of science and technology. Our tip: particularly popular is the almost one-kilometre-long Mining Exhibition, a dark mine that runs deep below the museum, which fascinated us as children too.
In addition to the exciting museum, the BMW Welt offers plenty of other highlights, such as restaurants and shops – so the whole family can spend a day together, full of memorable experiences around the theme of “driving pleasure”.
BMW offers purchasers of new vehicles a special treat. These can be picked up at the event and delivery center at the BMW Welt. In addition, a vehicle is not simply handed over to its new owner: the handing over of the new car to the buyer is quite a memorable event – an experience that one should treat oneself to!
Our tip: A tour of the main plant of the BMW Group runs through all production areas, from the press shop to assembly. Very much in demand, so please book well in advance!
Marienplatz is in the heart of Munich and an ideal starting point for exploring the city: with lovely street cafes and traditional stores it is also a transport hub because of it's city centre location. The entire world meets here: tourists and locals, pedestrians and cyclists, rickshaws, taxis, buses, as will as the underground and local rail services. The Neues Rathaus with its neo-Gothic facade and famous glockenspiel, the Altes Rathaus and various commercial buildings surround the square in which stands the Mariensäule column, where the Pope has prayed. In front of the main entrance to the Neues Rathaus is the Fischbrunnen, a fountain which has always been a popular meeting point for young and old. Today, Marienplatz is a place for festivities, as well as political, cultural and sporting events.
Our tip: the Glockenspiel in the middle tower of the Neues Rathaus, with its 43 bells, is one of the largest in Europe. Performances are daily at 11:00 and 12:00 hrs and from March to October also at 17:00 hrs. At 9.00pm the 'Münchner Kindl' is put to bed.
With a tradition going back over 200 years, the Vitualienmarkt has taken place daily, except on Sundays and public holidays, from 8.00am to as late as 8.00pm findet since 1807. The market is a popular place for shopping and not to be missed. The size, variety and exclusiveness of what's on offer give the market its own very special flair. Covering an area of over 22,000 square metres, 110 traders sell fruit, vegetables, tropical fruits, meat, game, poultry, cheese, fish, bread and pastries, spices, flowers and much more. Nowhere else in Munich offers a bigger choice of fresh produce and specialities.
Our tips: enjoy a beer in the cosy beer garden with its maypole. Next to the Viktualienmarkt, Old St Peter's Church offers the best views over Munich - once you've climbed the 300 steps!
Munich's zoo Hellabrunn
Munich's zoo at Hellabrunn was founded in 1911 as the first geo-zoo in the world. Animals have lived here in spacious natural enclosures appropriate to their geographical origins since 1928. A visit takes you on a round-the-world trip to different parts of the globe. Munich's wildlife park is now one of the largest zoological centres in Germany; above all it's a unique natural paradise in a conservation area on the floodplain of the River Isar.
Go on an expedition through the geo-zoo of the future - on your own or with the family. At Hellabrun you can experience over 19,000 animals from more than 700 species, close up with all your senses!
Our tip: you can make a personal appointment with your favourite animal or join an exclusive guided tour. Don't miss the animal training sessions and feeding times.
The Oktoberfest / Wiesn
The Oktoberfest is the largest people's fair in the world, which has been taking place at Theresienweise since 1810. Informality, fun and fairground rides; tradition, atmosphere and music; together with beer and Bavarian specialities attract millions of visitors every year from all over the world.
The Oktoberfest can be reached directly from the Hotel Laimer Hof in just a few minutes by tram, local train or taxi.
Our tip: the nostalgic 'Oide Wiesen' fair, which has been taking place on the south side of the Theresienwiese fairground since 2010, is our insider tip. The 'Oide Wiesn' with its nostalgic fairground attractions first took place in 2010 as part of the Oktoberfest's 200-year celebrations. Bavarian traditions are celebrated in the marquees, where only Bavarian music is played. Unique and fantastic!
Relax in the largest thermal bath complex in the world, with its numerous slides, wave pool, exotic thermal bath, vitality oasis, vitality thermal bath and saunas. Just like a short break in the Caribbean!
In the various thermal bath and spa areas, you can forget the stress of everyday life in over 30 themed saunas and steam baths.
Whether old or young, large or small, those looking for fun and adventure are well catered for in the leisure pool, with its 27 water slides representing a total length of 2,700 metres with three different levels of difficulty. After this, guests can allow themselves to be carried along by gentle waves and relax in the wave pool .
Our tip: there are often fewer visitors on a normal weekday. A day of wellbeing at Therme Erding (allow at least 6-8 hours) is a particularly welcome change during the colder months of the year.
With over 5 million visitors each year, the English Garden has been a Munich way of life for over 225 years. As the first public garden on the continent, the English Garden was of great importance to the subsequent development of green public areas in cities. With an area of 384 ha the English Garden is one of the largest inner-city parks in the world, today stretching from Odeonsplatz via the Hofgarten and Finanzgarten to the far north of the city. The network of trails in the English Garden totals 78 km in length, of which around 12 km are bridle paths. The view from the Monopteros monument is unique and great for autumn photographs.
Our tip: enthusiastic surfers from Germany and around the world are found with their boards on the Eisbach surfing wave at Haus der Kunst in Munich throughout the year, in all weathers. The wave is now a popular Munich attraction with hoards of spectators gathering on the balustrade of the small bridge to take photographs.
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