Nature in the City
English Garden (Englischer Garten):
Very popular scenic park, more international than its name would suggest, it contains a Greek temple, Chinese pagoda and Japanese tea house.
One of the world's largest science museums, visitors can to this famous institution can easily get lost among the endless floors of interesting exhibits, including a fascinating exhibit on mining.
Old Pinakothek (Alte Pinakothek):
Housing much of the city's most famous artwork, this museum's collection includes renowned international works from the 14th through the 18th centuries.
Here, the history of the automobile is stunningly displayed in an atmosphere created by Oscar-winner Rolf Zehetbauer, a "film architect." The exhibition "Horizons in Time," housed in a "demisphere" of modern architecture, takes you into the future and back to the past. You can view 24 video films and 10 slide shows (an especially interesting one shows how people of yesterday imagined the future). Many of the exhibits are in English.
Residenz Royal Palace:
The former residence of the Bavarian Wittelsbach kings has been a museum since 1920. Heavily damaged during World War II bombing raids, the museum has been restored to much of its splendor.
Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg):
Schloss Nymphenburg was built around an Italianate villa created for Electress Henriette-Adelaide in 1663-64 and was reworked to include four pavilions in 1715. The sprawling complex includes the legendary Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory, gardens, and splendid public rooms.
Point of interests
This prominent public square, the largest in Munich, still stands as the center of social activity in the city, much as it has throughout history. The Neues Rathaus or New City Hall dominates the square. Its central clocktower features a splendid Glockenspiele with medieval knights hold a jousting tournament and the townspeople dance afterward holding the city's banner aloft. The bells chime and the figures dance at 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
The world's most famous beer hall is very popular among tourists and locals. Enjoy traditional music, tasty Bavarian dishes and, of course: A "Maß" of Beer!
Located in the north of Munich, the futuristically designed football stadium is the new home to Munich's two Bundesliga clubs, TSV 1860 München and FC Bayern München.
The Victuals Market, only a few steps from the Marienplatz, is Munich's most popular open air market. A walk across the "Victuals Market" can be a sensual revelation. Stalls not only offer the freshest fruits and vegetables in Munich, but traditional Bavarian food, sea food, delicious cheeses from all over Europe, herbs, honey products, sushi and hand-made straw puppets are also for sale. For all those who appreciate culinary seduction of the senses, this is the perfect place to spend your lunch break, get inspired for new creations, and buy those rare and special herbs and spices that can't be found anywhere else in the region.
Most people love the big shopping malls in Munich: they often offer unlimited parking, a roof over your head and lots of shops and restaurants for spending a nice time at any weather. There are three big ones in Munich.
- Olympia Einkaufszentrum
An atmosphere of well-being pervades Bavaria's largest shopping centre: with 135 trend-setting shops, three department stores, large clothing shops and creative gastronomy, the Olympia Einkaufszentrum is a genuine shopping experience.
- Einkaufs-Centrum Neuperlach (pep)
The big shopping centre in the east of Munich contains some 120 shops. Whether you need a bed, shoes or clothes: the main shops of central Munich have a branch here. Also the pep often offers special events for entertaining the customers.
- Riem Arcaden
120 shops on 3 floors. Only seven kilometres away from the city-centre this huge mall is situated in Messestadt Ost and so easy to be reached by subway and by car. Shops from all branches are waiting for the customers. Food and clothes can be found as well as furniture and high-tech.
Major Shopping Areas:
- City Centre: You have a wide choice of shops, boutiques and department stores.
- Schwabing: Where students of Munich live, shop and go out in the evening.
- Glockenbach: One of Munich's most exciting and trendy shopping areas.
- Maxvorstadt: University area - Find out about quaint little shops and reasonable prices.
- Maximilian Straße: If you have a big budget and or are seeking luxury items, this is the place to go. The Main Pedestrian Area (die Fussgaengerzone) between Karlsplatz and the Marienplatz is a Munich MUST SEE.
Take a plunge into the lively and exciting nightlife of Munich. Below you find a description of a few recommended nightclubs - of course there are many more. IGet inspired by this selection:
The legendary nightclub in Prinzregentenstraße 1 started as a club of US-American army officers and is now the number one nightclub in Munich. The rich and the beautiful, stars and starlets party here - and the lucky ones who, despite being none of the above, manage to get past the bouncers. Remember to wear posh clothes and shoes.
A small nightclub right in the city centre, mainly frequented by students. Independent and 1960s/1970s music, Britpop on Wednesdays. The 1960s deco and the comfy sofas next to the dance floor make for a cosy and unpretentious atmosphere for individualists. Live Acts.
Famous live acts, rock music and a beer garden. This party hall is a first address for rockers and a standard concert venue.