Munich, as the capital of free Bayern, is known for its truly German order, cleanliness, rich historical heritage, and cultural traditions. The World Health Organization has included this wonderful city in the top five most optimal cities for health among all cities in the world.
The 10 best sights of Munich are described in the article.
The main attraction of Munich is the majestic palace complex located in the city center. This architectural monument was built almost 500 years and therefore harmoniously combines elements of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque. The ensemble includes ten palaces and about 150 halls, as well as a park and courtyards. The museum complex was originally the residence of the ancient dynasty of the Wittelsbach kings, who expanded and decorated the Residence from generation to generation.
Nowadays, there is a unique treasury of kings, the Royal Chambers, the Cuvillier Theater, and the Residence Museum.
In the heart of Munich, its main square is Marienplatz. On the square, there are two Gothic Town Halls at once – the Old and the New. On the tower of the New Town Hall, there is a famous clock with moving figures of knights. An interesting Toy Museum is located in the Old Town Hall. The center of the square is decorated with the column of the Virgin Mary.
The German Museum
The world’s largest museum of natural sciences and technology is the German Museum in Munich. The museum has 5 floors and almost 30 thousand exhibits demonstrating the development of technology and various branches of science. Many mechanisms are working, they can be touched and run.
The museum is open to the public every day from 9:00 to 17:00
The entrance ticket costs 8.50 euros.
The visiting card and symbol of the capital of Bayern are considered a grand Gothic cathedral. The height of the structure is 99 meters. Interestingly, in Munich, it is forbidden to build houses higher than this impressive architectural monument.
Entrance to the church is free.
Working hours: from 7:30 to 20:00.
The building of the largest beer hall in the world is located in Platzl Square. The old building of the late XVI century was originally a court brewery, and today it is a famous place for connoisseurs of authentic Bayern cuisine.
Open from 9 am to midnight.
The most extensive city park in the world is located in the very center of the city. The garden stretches for more than 5 kilometers on the banks of the Izar River. There are many interesting places in the park, for example, a beer garden, a Greek-style Monopter rotunda, a Chinese tower, and several artificial reservoirs. This landscape park is also one of the very first urban folk parks in Europe.
The romantic hunting castle of the Dukes of Bayern is located on the banks of the Wurm River. The history of the castle is very eventful, the building changed hands and changed. Nowadays, the castle area has become a kind of center of Munich’s cultural life and a place for romantic walks.
There is also, the world-famous artificial standing wave in the Eisbach of the English Garden, which invites you to surf all year round.
The headquarters of the automotive giant BMW is located in Munich, so the museum dedicated to the history of this brand is located there. The exposition includes not only motorcycles and cars of different years of production but even airplanes. The futuristic museum building also deserves attention.
Museum opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 – 18.
The entrance ticket is 10 euros.
Old and New Pinakothek
The discotheques of Munich contain a collection of masterpieces of painting. These art galleries are the most famous in Europe. The building of the Old Pinakothek itself is an architectural monument of the XIX century, and the art collection includes works by great masters from the XVI to XVIII centuries. The New Pinakothek exhibits paintings and sculptures dating back to the XVIII – early XX century. There is also a third part of the art gallery – the Pinakothek of Modernity, where a collection of modern art is collected.
Working hours: Monday – closed, Tuesday – from 10:00 to 20:00, Wednesday to Sunday – from 10:00 to 18:00.
Cost: general ticket – 7 euros, discounted ticket – 5 euros, children under 18 years of age – admission is free.
The Nymphenburg Palace and Park complex illustrate the austerity and elegance of German architecture. The construction of the elegant Baroque palace began in the XVII century, and since then the castle has been completed and expanded many times. Now on the territory of the ensemble, there is a Porcelain Museum, Royal Stables with a collection of carriages, phaetons, and sleds, a pompous Amalienburg with a hall of mirrors, and the famous Gallery of Beauties.
Working hours: from the beginning of April to mid-October from 9:00 to 18:00.
The cost of a general ticket is 11.50 euros, a preferential ticket is 9 euros.
From mid-October to the end of March, the palace is open from 10:00 to 16:00.
The cost of a general ticket is 8.50 euros, a preferential ticket is 6.50 euros.
The sights of Munich annually attract hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world to the capital of Bayern.