Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria. It is the third largest city of Germany (after Berlin and Hamburg) with around 1,5 million of population. Most probably, it was founded in 1158, at the times when the bridge over the river Isar next to a settlement of Benedictine monks was built. Munich is famous for its old history, significant culture, art and architecture; Octoberfest celebrations, BMW Headquarters and a lot of other opportunities for life, entertainment and enjoying that are attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world. It has special atmosphere that makes you feel at home immediately. Thanks to such great environment and welcoming people, you will fall in love with this city! But before, read our advice and check out the TOP 5 things to see in Munich!
1. Englischer Garten
Englischer Garten is a German name for the English Garden, a big (we would even say, huge) public park in Munich. It begins in the city centre and lasts to the northeastern city limits, with a total area of 3.7 km2. It was created in 1789 and since that time and till nowadays, this a favorite place in the city of both, tourists and local people. Especially, during summer, at any time of the day - for morning jogging, for afternoon lunch or for evening relaxations. Moreover, it also has a lot of sights, such as Japanese teahouse and a Japanese garden, Schönfeld meadow, Apollo Tempel, Chinese Tower, and many other attractions, so this is for sure a place where you will not be bored!
2. Nymphenburg Palace
Nymphenburg Palace, or the Castle of the Nymphs is a terrific Baroque palace in Munich and one of the most visited sights of the city. Its central part was built in 1675 and was used as a summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria. No wonder, more than 300,000 of visitors are coming here every year! Besides the palace and its stunning exhibits, there is also a beautiful garden around it which is also worth visiting. We promise, you will be impressed!
Marienplatz is the main square of Munich for almost one thousand of years, since... 1158! In the Medieval Ages, it was the main place in the city, where all the markets, tournaments, performances and public events were happening. Nowadays the New City Hall is situated here, and of course, the square is always full of people and has very lively and dynamic atmosphere. On the pedestrian areas and the nearest streets you will find a lot of cafes and restaurants. This is definitely a "must see" place in Munich!
4. Munich Residenz
Munich Residenz is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs of the House of Wittelsbach located in the centre of the city. This is the largest city palace in Germany and one of the most important and popular attractions of Munich. Come here to see its outstanding architecture and exterior design, its courtyards and gardens, and for sure visit it inside as well in order to see its royal collections, Residenz Museum, The Treasury (collection of jewelry), and The coin collection.
5. Hofbräuhaus am Platzl
The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl is a beer hall in Munich, built in 1589 by Bavarian Duke Maximilian I. It is not just another location for tourists - this a place with long and complicated history (it was almost completely destroyed during the World War II), a place with its own soul which is always full of local people as well. Except beer, the restaurant also serves traditional German foods. So don't miss you chance to visit it, if you are in Munich! Here you will discover a local culture, history and traditions!
This is just a very, very short list. Of course, there is a lot of others things to do and places to see in this magnificent city. And we allow you to discover all of them on your own! Enjoy it!