MORE fun and LESS stress: how to spend a perfect weekend in Munich?
Guest Post By Lily
“Munich loves you” – the official motto of the Bavarian capital. And indeed, here you can really feel friendly and cheerful atmosphere of this southern German city. Munich – this is not only a rackety Oktoberfest, great football team and “mecca” for lovers of powerful cars. Munich is like a fairy tale city, which will delight you with its cozy streets and hospitality. In addition to numerous museums and parks, magnificent ensembles in Baroque and Gothic, built in the Middle Ages, there is a plenty of entertainment venues ready to give you fun and adrenaline.
As you can see, Munich is quiet a multi-faceted city where everyone will certainly find something special for himself. Well, and for those who are going to visit this amazing place, we’ve carefully prepared a very interesting guide. Check it now and have the most incredible weekend in Munich…
How to get around Munich?
If you plan to arrive to Munich International Airport, don’t worry about getting to the city center. Actually you have a variety of choice – taxi, train or bus. You can choose any of them. But if you want to be independent of public transport and save your time, just get a rental car and travel on your own. Moreover, using rental car your trip will be much more comfortable and interesting. You can easily make an advance booking at Munich Airport and select any car you want depending on your taste or purposes.
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When it’s better to visit Munich?
Of course, you can choose the time for visiting Munich which is convenient for you. But you must know that the capital of Bavaria is the best holiday destination in the offseason. March – April and September – October are the most successful periods to set off to Munich. In addition to the nice weather, in these months the city hosts 2 world-known beer festivals: Starkbierfest (March-April) and Oktoberfest (late September – early October).
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During these periods you can fully experience the unusual way of life of Germans and also enjoy the most attractive city’s places and entertainments.
Where to go and what to see?
Despite the seeming similarity of the Central European’s cities, each of them – is a unique combination of the amazing architecture, narrow medieval streets and Gothic cathedrals. So, Munich is not an exception. However, in addition to attractive antiques, Munich also can boast of its modern design which makes the city incredibly beautiful. The major “must-visit” spots of Munich and all information about them you’ll find below:
Marienplatz is the heart of the city and the best place to start your weekend. This is an amazing architectural ensemble decorated with a graceful column of the Virgin Mary, refined Old City Hall (Neues Rathaus) and luxurious New City Hall (Altes Rathaus). Here you’ll see houses from the different epochs, funny fountains and also cozy restaurants, where you can taste appetizing sausages, listen to the famous clock chimes of the New Town Hall and enjoy wonderful surroundings.
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Location: Marienplatz 1, 80331, Munich, Germany
GPS Position: 48.138278, 11.577005
Olympic Park and Tower
Olympic Park, which was built specifically for the Olympic Games in 1972, is one of the most popular places in Munich now. The complex of architectural structures, which includes water sports stadium, ice rink, velodrome and, of course, the famous “Olympiastadium” (a former home arena of the legendary FC “Bavaria”) is really impresses. However, the main attraction of the park is not even a stadium – this is a huge 290- meters-high Olympic Tower. The high-speed elevator quickly takes you to the observation decks located at the height of 190 meters, which give you stunning views of Munich and its surroundings. When the weather is fine, you can even see the Alps. Olympic Park and its green lawns are also a great opportunity to relax after the city’s bustle.
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Location: Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21, 80809 Munich, Germany
GPS Position: 48.175338, 11.554579
Price: entrance to the park – free, Olympic Tower – 5.5€ for adults, 3.5€ for children (under 16)
Hours: daily 9 am – 12 pm
The BMW Museum
Located to the north-east of the Olympic Park, it’s a great exposition of the Bavarian auto-giant BMW. BMW Museum consists of the showrooms, entertainment center (dedicated to BMW) and Exhibition Centre. This is a must-visit place even for those who are not big fans of cars. It’s interesting to know that the museum and the surrounding buildings are made in the very unusual form of four silver cylinders. Here you’ll see the reflection of the development of BMW Company, starting from the past achievements and finishing with the future concepts.
The exposition of the museum includes:
– All car models released since the beginning of the company existence (over 90 years)
– Sports cars, developed in partnership with the famous brand Lamborghini
– Engines and propellers for aircrafts
You also have the opportunity to take an audio guide which will help you to learn more interesting facts about BMW.
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Location: Am Olympiapark 2, 80809 Munich, Germany
GPS Position: 48.176576, 11.561296
Price: 9€ single entrance, 8€ groups of 5 or more persons
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm, Monday – closed
Covering an area of 39 hectares in the southern part of the city, Hellabrunn is the largest zoo in the whole Europe. It’s situated on the bank of the Isar River and divided “by the continents”. To date, the zoo has 14.5 thousand and more than 650 different species of animals. Feedings and shows are also available. You shouldn’t miss this unique place anyway, especially of you travel with your kids.
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Location: Tierparkstrabe 30, 81543 Munich, Germany
GPS Position: 48.101427, 11.553204
Price: 14€ for adults, 5€ for children (4-14 years)
Hours: daily 9 am – 5 pm
Without exaggeration, it can be argued that Alte Pinacothek is one of the world’s largest picture galleries. 19 huge halls and 49 cabinets store almost 700 paintings by Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer, Bosch, Rembrandt, Rubens and the other masterpieces of Spanish, French, Dutch and Italian painting. And the most of paintings are written by German artists. Where else can you see such a magnificent collection?
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Location: Barer Strabe 27, 80333, Munich, Germany
GPS Position: 48.148335, 11.571386
Price: 5€, 10€ for special exhibitions
Hours: Tuesday 10 am – 8 pm, Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm, Monday – closed
Enjoy the best of Munich!
Author Bio: Lily Berns is a freelancer, blogger, and travel journalist. She enjoys traveling the world and exploring the great outdoors activities.