Munich: Top 10 Must-Sees (Oktoberfest Not Included)


MunichIf you’re traveling to the Munich area between now and October 4th you probably won’t be able to resist the magnetic pull that will have you standing smack dab in the middle of the Theresienwiese, which is where the Oktoberfest is currently underway. If you want to get away from all the excitement and party atmosphere and instead, take in all of the wonderful sightseeing that Munich has to offer, here’s a list of our Top 10 Must-Sees in and around Munich:

  1. Englischer Garten (English Garden,) created in 1789 by Sir Benjamin Thompson, is a large public park that is located in the city center. This park is actually bigger than New York’s central park. Don’t miss the Chinesische Turm (Chinese tower), adjacent to which you you can make a pit stop with a pint of beer at one of the city’s many beer gardens (the most popular beer garden is Hofbraeuhaus.)
  2. The river Isar runs through the city center and is a great place for scenic walks.
  3. A cozy, laid back stroll along a shopping mile in the old-town part of Munich on Sendlinger Straße is a must. Family owned business have resided there for decades. For more shopping experiences, head to Maximilianstrasse.
  4. Marienplatz features the New City Hall and the famous Rathaus Glockenspiel (the show lasts about 12-15 minutes and the end of the show is marked by a small, golden bird that chirps three times.)
  5. Viktualienmarkt, a daily food market square in the city center right next to Marienplatz.
  6. Neue Pinakothek and Alte Pinakothek are two museums exhibiting European Modern Art and masterpieces of 14th to 18th Century painting.
  7. Deutsches Museum is the world’s largest museum of science and technology (the main building of this museum is actually located on an island in the Isar river.)
  8. Schloss Nymphenberg (Nymphenberg Palace) and Schloss Neuschwanstein (the castle that inspired Walt Disney’s design for the Cinderella story) are located just outside of the city but are well worth the extra mile.
  9. Starnberger See (Lake Starnberg) is situated just outside the city of Munich and offers a breathtaking view of nature set in surrounding mountainous terrain.
  10. Andechs Monastery: is about a 45 min trip by S bahn 5 to Herrsching and a small hike. Eat Bavarian food, medieval style (large portions) and drink a mouth-watering Andechser Doppelbock (a dark, strong, nutritious beer, a.k.a. liquid bread because it was drunk in earlier times during fasting periods as Lent.)

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