37. Munich  GERMANY |  Total Sights: 50+ | Nickname: World City with Heart





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A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Munich

Laidback and welcoming Munich with a population of around 1.45 million, located at the River Isar close to the Alps in the south of Bavaria, was almost completely destroyed in two world wars.

Yet most of its beautiful walkable historic centre and many of its historic buildings (including the Frauenkirche and the famous city hall [Neues Rathaus] and the Residenz) have been carefully rebuilt to its former glory.

Famous for its annual Oktoberfest (which actually starts in September) and year-round beer gardens, the capital of Bavaria is Germany's most prosperous and orderly city, making it repeatedly into the top 10 of global quality-of-life rankings.

Munich is Germany's second most visited tourist destination after Berlin.

 Munich's walkability, cleanliness, safety and consistency in most other areas, explain its top 50 accomplishment.

 Do not expect any major checklist attractions, great weather or low price level.




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5.5/10 [0.870 mio.]


B. Best Things to Do in Munich (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 6.65/10.

Marienplatz  6
Munich's majestic main pedestrian square is dominated by the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) with its elaborate façade and its famous carillon (Glockenspiel) and the reconstructed gothic Old City Hall.

Visitors can ascend the 85-meter tower of the New City Hall by elevator to to a viewing platform on the ninth floor (from April to November) for great views of the city.


by Chris 73 / CC BY-SA 3.0

Residenz  6
Delightfully restored and reconstructed after WWII, this former royal palace of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria is now a museum with 130 rooms in three main sections (Königsbau, Alte Residenz and Festsaalbau).

Highlights of the vast complex around seven courtyards include the magnificent Renaissance Antiquarium, the Schatzkammer (treasury), and the impressive Cuvilliés Theatre (in the Festsaalbau).

Former Royal Palace

by Patrick Theiner / CC BY-SA 3.0

Alte Pinakothek  6
The Alte Pinakothek, one of the oldest museums in the world, is home to one of the world's most significant collection of European paintings from the 14th to the 18th century.

In the halls of the gallery you can see famous masterpieces by Botticelli (“Lamentation over the Dead Christ”), Dürer (“Ecce Homo" [Self-portrait]), da Vinci (“Madonna of the Carnation”), Rogier van der Weyden (“Columba-Altar”), and Altdorfer (“Battle of Alexander at Issus”) amongst many others.


by Sandro Botticelli /Wikimedia

English Garden  6
Created in 1789, the lovely Englischer Garten is one of the world's largest urban parks, even bigger than New York's Central Park, covering an area of 3.7 km2 (910 acres).

It contains a Japanese Teahouse, a 25-meter-tall pagoda (Chinesischer Turm), a small temple (Monopteros) a boating lake, ponds and even a permanent artificial wave for surfers.

Park  (3.7 km2 [910 acres])

by Sven Teschke / CC BY-SA 3.0

Deutsches Museum  6
Opened in 1925, the German Museum is the largest science and technology museum in the world spanning 50 areas of science and technology on 7 floors.

Although there are many interesting exhibits to see (Highlight of the collection: Wright Brothers’ First Motorized Flying Machine [created 1902]) the the presentation seems mostly dry and clearly outdated.


by Jorge Royan / CC BY-SA 3.0

Neue Pinakothek (New Art Gallery)  6
Reopened in 1981 in a postmodern building, this museum displays about 400 works of art from 18th-19th century.

The most notable displays include works by Van Gogh (“Sunflowers” and “View of Arles”), Manet “Luncheon in the Studio”), Gauguin (“The Birth of Christ”) or Munch (Woman in Red Dress).


 Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers by Bibi Saint-Pol / Public Domain

Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace)  6
Completed in 1679 and surviving both World Wars largely intact, Nymphenburg Palace is the largest Baroque palace complex in Germany.

Apart from the lovely gardens, the palace's main showpiece is the lavishly decorated three-story Steinerner Saal (Stone Hall) in the central pavilion with stunning ceiling frescoes.


by Otto Schemmel / CC BY-SA 3.0

Altstadt (Old Town)  5
Historic Area

by Prokrust 007  / CC BY-SA 4.0

BMW Museum and BMW Welt (BMW World)  5
Car Museum

by Diego Delso / CC BY-SA 3.0

Allianz Arena  5

by Maximilian Dörrbecker / CC BY-SA 2.5

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Munich

-Asamkirche (Asam's Church)   5

-Nymphenburg Castle  5

-Peterskirche (Church with climbable tower)   5

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Munich

Schloss Neuschwanstein (126 km from Munich, 1 h 40 min)  9

Salzburg (city, 144 km from Munich)  6

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Munich (including close-by excursions)

Schloss Neuschwanstein (126 km from Munich, 1 h 40 min)  9
Marienplatz  6
Residenz (museum)  6 
 Alte Pinakothek (museum)  6
 English Garden  6
 Deutsches Museum  6
Neue Pinakothek (New Art Gallery, museum)  6
 Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace)  6
 Altstadt (Old Town)  5
 BMW Museum and BMW Welt (BMW World) (museum)  5