Think Munich drinking: think Oktoberfest. No Bavarian visit is complete without a sizeable serving of beer, best sampled direct from the barrel at the legendary Augustiner Keller or, in summer, at the jovial Chinesischer Turm, a vast, suitably merry beer garden that seats a whopping 5,000 people at the heart of the Englischer Garten. If you’re yearning for life beyond ale, fear not! With a growing German gin scene and several experimental mixologists in town, Munich’s bright new nightspots include the award-winning Zephyr, with stunning fresh and fragrant concoctions, and the laid-back Bar Garçon, a klein aber fein newcomer near the Viktualienmarkt. For drinks and culture combined, the Goldene Bar at Haus der Kunst and Lenbachhaus Ella are perfect spots for a post-exhibition Aperol, while the community-minded Glockenbach Werkstatt runs many music events, from hip hop open mic to jazz. No matter your preference, you'll be able to find a drinking den to suit you in our guide to the best bars in Munich.
When it comes to things to do, Munich isn't shy. You can easily spend days here exploring different areas and attractions. But the city's culinary scene is just as fruitful, with all kinds of good eating to be had. Munich looks south—to the Alps, with hearty meals in quality and quantity, and to Italy, with an ever-growing number of locales specializing in fresh Mediterranean dishes, including the homely Preysinggarten and the bustling Brenner. For the classic Wirtshaus experience, there’s the olde-worlde Bratwurst-Glöckl, the picturesque Spätenhaus an der Oper, or a fresher touch at Maximilian. For those rather craving something—anything!—other than schnitzel and potatoes, vegetarian Tian, Mexican Blitz and Anatolian-inspired Pageou are top notch fixes, while the gorgeous rooftop café at Munich’s architecture faculty offers great mountain views without mountainous portions.
From its stellar art collections to its dense history, its beer-hall jollity to its magnificent green spaces, Germany’s southern metropolis promises a whole lot of culture, interest and good cheer. For culture buffs, the Maxvorstadt is heaven, with Munich’s world-famous Pinakothek trio, the Haus der Kunst and modernist Museum Brandhorst all within walking distance of one another. Those looking to admire historic squares and churches will find a parade of Renaissance, Baroque and neo-Gothic buildings in the Altstadt, as well as the renowned state opera. For a more laid-back vibe beyond the tourist hotspots, ever-more desirable Schwabing offers great cafes and bistros, as well as proximity to the Englischer Garten, while LGBTQ+ friendly Glockenbach undoes some of Munich’s stiffer Bavarian buttons with some of the best cocktail bars and dance spots in the city. Check out our guide to the best palces to stay in Munich.
With its world-renowned opera, star-studded art collections and purring BMW motors, Munich is a hub of German prosperity as much as regional Bavarian pride. Its thriving local economy and highly desirable location have made it the most expensive German city for real estate, not to mention the home of numerous extravagant hotels. But Munich need not blow your traveller’s bank. If you’d rather rather save your Euros for the city’s best bars, good cheer or many cultural showstoppers, these are some of the city’s best affordable hotels. Whether you opt for Altstadt affordability at the dependable Motel One, homely charms at the Laimer Hof or a classic backpackers’ haunt at the Euro Hostel, take your affordable pick and sleep cheap and well.
Whether you’re here to soak up the best attractions in Munich along with their fascinating histories or you simply want to scoot around on a Segway, spend a day in the Garmisch Alps or learn all about the fine art of Bavarian beer in one of the city’s best bars, our cherry-picked list of Munich's best tours should hold you in pretty good stead. Art tours, bus tours, architecture tours – we've lined up the very best tours Munich has to offer. But if you don’t find exactly what you’re after? We’ve included a link to everything on offer – just click the link right at the bottom.
Not as cosmopolitan as Berlin, and a damned sight less raucous than Hamburg, Munich is often unfairly overlooked as a worthwhile destination. Which is a real shame, since Germany’s third-biggest city has a lot going for it – and no, not just the yearly Oktoberfest. It’s filled with pretty parks, elegant riverside walks, awesome attractions, a highly respectable art scene and, at Christmas, charming markets galore. And if you’re look for affordable accomodation, an Airbnb property could well be a better choice than a hotel or B&B. We’ve rounded up the best Airbnbs Munich has to offer – take a look below!
With its verdant riverbanks, soft southern light and panoramic views of the Alps, Munich is a world away from the hip, gritty hubs of Hamburg or Berlin. Best known for its annual Oktoberfest beer binge, the Bavarian capital certainly considers drinking a serious attraction in and of itself, but with outstanding art museums, compelling history and glistening mountain spas in sight, there’s plenty to lure you away from the beer garden. Fortified with schnitzel, tour the rigorous Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism; stand spellbound before the Brandhorst Museum’s Cy Twombly cycle, Lepanto; or brave a wetsuit and the waves at the Eisbachwelle, Munich’s incongruous surf hotspot at the gateway to the Englischer Garten.
If Berlin reigns as Germany’s edgy and hip capital city, Munich has long been considered the oh-so-uncool southern cousin. However, in recent years Germany’s third largest city and Bavarian capital has experienced a major resurgence. From an architectural standpoint, the heavily-bombed city’s historic beauty shines again thanks to a carefully executed reconstruction plan. Add in a booming economy oiled by big businesses like BMW, major cultural centers, and a passionate food culture that sinks its teeth into both the experimental culinary scene and the tradition of hearty Bavarian classics (bring on the pork knuckle) and wash it all down with beer, beer, and more beer, and you have a city that keeps on topping lists of the world’s most livable. From white sausage to river surfing to Art Nouveau bathing temples, here are some of the best things to do in Munich.
With its world-class art collection, Italianate flair, mountain views and irreducible Bavarian pride (and restaurants) Munich is, for many, simply the best German city there is. Whether you’re in town for the opera, en-route to the ski slopes or touring Munich’s mind-blowing museums and top attractions, there are plenty of superb places to spend the night. From the ultimate serene luxury at design hotel Louis to the warmth and simplicity of family-run Laimer Hof to historic splendour at the Bayerischer Hof and the hippest concept pop-up at the Lovelace. Check out our round-up and rest assured that you'll be booking one of the best hotels in Munich.
For Munich locals and loyalists, it’s what’s outside of town that captivates as much as the southern German metropolis itself. When you've finished visiting Munich's stunning attractions and things to do, take advantage of the city's prime location and venture on a day trip. With the Alps on the horizon, there are plenty of stunning mountain destinations and activities a short ride from the city—from hiking, skiing and traditional Bavarian architecture in Garmisch-Patenkirchen to the vertiginous mix of Nazi history and pristine landscape at Berchtesgaden. The shattering legacy of the Third Reich continues at the Memorial Site of Dachau, the first concentration camp in Germany where 41,500 prisoners lost their lives. The walled town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, meanwhile, is about as pristine a medieval city you can find, and an apt reminder of the long reach of German culture and history before the Nazis came to power.