Welcome to Munich, Bavaria’s magical capital! Explore its treasures ranging from enchanting castles to engineering marvels, spectacular sports arenas to enticing beer gardens. Discover why it is known as one of Germany’s most beautiful city.
In 1972, a 3 square km sports landscape was built in the north of Munich as a venue for the Olympic Summer Games. The Park continues to serve as a venue for cultural, social, and religious events.
Allianz Arena & FC Bayern Experience Centre
The futuristic stadium is home to Munich’s two leading clubs, FC Bayern and TSV 1860. Apart from match days it has also become a must-see attraction for every visitor to the city. Take a guided Arena Tour of this extraordinary stadium for a unique glimpse behind the scenes at FC Bayern, one of Europe's most famous and successful clubs.
Art in Munich
Munich boost a wide range of art museums: Starting from European paintings and classicist sculptures in the new and old Pinakothek, showing a unique collection of the ‘Blue Rider’ artist group in the städische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and moving on to 20th and 21st century artists at Museum Brandhorst.
Built in 1973 near the BMW tower on Petuelring, the world-renowned BMW museum sets new benchmarks with its timeless architecture, wide range of themes and historical vehicles. BMW recently opened the BMW World, which complements the company’s state-of-the art museum.
Neues Rathaus and Glockenspiel (City Hall)
The Marienplatz is the heart of Munich and the site of the world-famous Glockenspiel (chimes). Climb to the top of the 85-meter tower for a beautiful view of the city. Watch the mechanical dancers in the tower of the New Town Hall come to life when the clock chimes at 11AM and 12AM (and 5PM in the summer).
The impressive Baroque palace to the west of Munich was built as summer residence for the Bavarian Electors. The main building now houses a museum. In its large park there are a number of smaller buildings and pavilions and an exotic greenhouse with a café.
Englischer Garten (English Garden)
For over 200 years, the English Garden has been a favourite spot for strollers young and old, with its 373 hectares of lush meadows and its inviting beer gardens. The leisure paradise stretches from the Prinzregentenstraße to Munich Freimann.
Commencing in the second half of September and for 16 days on, Munich’s Theresienwiese transforms into something that might seem like the world’s largest fun fair! The Oktoberfest, or "Wiesn" as the locals call it, is a beer festival above all, but also with lots of sale stands and other exciting happenings.
Destinations around Munich
The TOP 10 Sights in Germany
1. Miniature Wonderland Hamburg
There's only one way to describe Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg: the biggest model railway in the world. Visitors are taken on a journey through different countries and continents, through realistic miniature landscapes and worlds of fantasy.
If you haven't already been to Europa-Park in Rust, then what are you waiting for! Located in south-west Germany between Freiburg and Offenburg, Europa-Park is the biggest theme park in the German-speaking countries and one of the few that is open in winter.
3. Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein is known all over the world as a symbol of idealised romantic architecture and for the tragic story of its owner. After losing sovereignty in his own kingdom, Ludwig II withdrew into his own world of myths, legend and fairytales.
4. Mainau Island
The Lake Constance region, where Germany borders Austria and Switzerland, is a holiday paradise set around Central Europe's third largest inland lake. The most popular excursion is to the Flower Island of Mainau, famous for its magnificent park and gardens surrounding the baroque family residence of Count Bernadotte.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a small town with a big reputation. Nowhere else will you find such a wealth of original buildings dating from the Middle Ages. You can't help but ask yourself whether time has stood still, as you amble past the beautiful old houses, secluded squares and tucked-away corners of the old quarter.
There are many ways to interpret or define culture. But it can be easily summarized with just one word: Dresden. The sheer abundance and splendor of the city's cultural treasures are enough to take your breath away. And since Dresden also just happens to be set amidst a stunning river landscape, your amazement is soon accompanied by pure delight.
One of Europe's most famous landmarks, the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle have been attracting visitors since the 19th century. Take the Philosophers' Walk, Heidelberg's best-known and most scenic trail, and look out over the old quarter and the castle amid the peace and quiet of nature.
A whole host of international stars, including Michael Jackson, have visited Phantasialand, the multi-award-winning, family-friendly theme park in Brühl, some 20km from Cologne. It also opens for a winter season that features a programme of unmissable shows.
9. Hellabrunn Zoo Munich
Munich's Hellabrunn Zoo opened in 1911 in the Isar floodplains conservation area. With more than 19,000 animals in around 40 hectares of grounds, it is one of the biggest and most bio-diverse zoos in Germany and was the world's very first 'geo-zoo'.
10. The Moselle Valley
The Moselle Valley is the oldest wine-growing region in Germany and a diverse recreational area that offers something for every taste.