Munich is the biggest city in the southern part of Germany. This great German city is most famous about its annual beer festival, Oktoberfest. And what an experience it was. Beer, German sausages and parties – everything you need to enjoy a good weekend or a week in Germany.
But it’s not only Octoberfest, but there is also a lot more stuff to do in Munich.
In the city, you can find a lot of history. Through its beautiful historic city centre, large and lavish parks, delicious food (those sausages), and even beer better than the Belgium one. In Munich, you can find tons of people – tourists and locals. halls filled with friendly people. Notable mentions would be the famous Munich clock, a vast art collection, the great mansion, and the most well-known English Garden in the world.
Luckily, Munich was not bombed in the second world wars like Berlin, and the city historical centre has been intact, including an old castle that can tell many stories.
This is not my first visit to Munich, and as times goes by Munich has a real special place in my heart. Simply this city is a mixture of history, art, culture and beauty.
Even though this city lacks the modern, more youthful feel of some other European cities, Munich will grow into your favourite place.
What to visit in Munich
The Church of St Peter
The oldest church in Munich that features a lot of beautiful art that dates from the six century. That art includes ceiling frescoes, who in fact are still in good condition and a huge gilded altar. If you want the ideal city view, then Nextravel recommends climbing the church tower who has 299 steps. Be warned though, if you go in the summer be sure to bring a bottle of water because even if Munich is colder than other places in Europe, the climate change brought higher temperatures to the city.
If you love cars, then this museum is a must! It is located next to the main BMW office in Munich. There are tons of vehicle exhibits about the history of the company and the development of their cars. If you decide to take a tour that will cost you 10 euros, you will get some exclusive behind-the-scene views about the manufacturing of the vehicles.
Drink and Enjoy Beer in Hofbräuhaus
If you love beer than Hofbräuhaus is the most famous beer hall in Germany. It was built back in 1607 as a brewery. Later it was redesigned and moved to the suburb parts of Munich. Today it is the most famous beer hall in Germany and it is especially crowded during Octoberfest. People are so regular there that there have been customers that visit the halls every day for the past 70 years!
Shop at the famous Viktualienmarkt
This the famous Munich market that is located in the middle of the city. There you can find your favourite fruits and veggies, cheese and antipasti. All the locals shop from there and the prices are decent. If you want to taste beautiful german food, we recommended a visit.
In Munich, you can find one of the biggest technical museums in the world. It is full of a wide range of exhibits that will sparkle your imagination! Those who are interested in construction, engineering, aerospace or natural science the Deutsches Museum is the place to be. You can easily book a day there because it has many exhibits to explore and a plethora of things to do for the whole family. To enter you need to pay only 11 Euros for adults and 4 euros for students and kids.
Shop at the most famous Shopping area Kaufingerstrasse
In this area, you can find exclusive shops and boutiques. From famous brands to unique and exclusive clothing you can spend a whole day in Kaufingerstrasse. When you get tired from all of that shopping, you can pick one from the wide range of restaurants, cafes and bars to rest and chill ab it.
When to visit Munich
It is always a good time to visit Munich. It is not only Octoberfest when there is stuff to do, but also thorough out the whole year. If you visit in spring, then you will get the flea markets opened and a plethora of festival to visits. Even though it is spring be warned – it still can be cold and rainy!
During the summer, you can spot lots of tourists because it is the best time to visit! Temperatures are high and everybody is enjoying it. Visit the beer gardens or go to the nearby lakes for a quick swim.
Autumn is when Oktoberfest stars and where millions of people from around the world come to visit. The weather is pleasant as summer with a couple of degrees colder only.
In winter, on the other hand, the weather is unpredictable! At any minute there can be snow! This means you can go sledging and skiing.
The weather is more unpredictable, and you should prepare for snowfall, but there are plenty of places around the city for sledging, skiing, etc. You’ll pay a lot less for accommodations during this time.
Clothes: In summer and late spring temperatures rise, so it is best to bring light clothes. The weather is not tropical, but still medium warm. Autumns can be cold as well, but the first week still feels like summer. Winters are unpredictable and cold. Bring warm clothes, if you don’t like to get the flu!
Hotels: You can pick accommodation depending on your budget. Dorm hotels cost from 15 up to 30 euros, but their prices get lower during winter. Hotel rooms are 60 euros per night but can get higher during Oktoberfest. If you want to live the Oktoberfest spirit you can always go camping. The campgrounds are usually located outside the city and can range from 5=10 euros per night.
Food: Let me start with breakfast – eat Pretzels! The place all the pretzels came from – Munich. Without a doubt these are just way delicious and salty than any other. Nextravel also recommends Spätzle. This dish is the German take on noodles and it is made from small parts of dough in boiling water and later fried with butter! Delicious! And of course, in the end, we recommend the Weisswurst. This German white sausage is stuffed with pork and it goes well with beer and even a pretzel. If you visit Munich during Oktoberfest, then you will eat plenty, trust us!