If you are a lover of history, art and good beer, Munich is the perfect city for you. Great museums will give you an insight into Bavarian history and traditions, but also into the world of science, transport and culture from all over the world. Some museums offer special tickets for just one euro on Saturdays. The city itself, despite its vastness and growing population, has retained the charm and character of a small town, or even a village, as some people claim.
Start your tour at the Stachus with the beautiful Stachus fountain and the Karlstor. From there you reach Marienplatz in ten minutes. It lies in the middle of Munich, framed by the old and the new town hall. The Viktualienmarkt is just four hundred metres away. This is where Eckart Witzigmann himself made his purchases. The market offers a huge selection of fresh products. From vegetables and fruit to fish and meat to flowers and plants.
Within ten minutes you are on Maximilianstraße, Munich’s most beautiful boulevard. Here you will find magnificent jewellery shops, all major luxury brands from Chanel to Gucci or beautiful small boutiques. Plan a stroll and enjoy the unique shopping atmosphere.
A contrasting programme offers a subsequent visit to Maxvorstadt. Student, creative and artistic with many little shops.
When you visit the English Garden – one of the largest city parks in the world – make sure you stop at the Eisbachwelle. It is located right next to the entrance, where the best surfers of Munich meet. The Japanese tea house or the Chinese tower are also worthwhile destinations.
In Schwabing you will find the St. Johann Nepomuk Church in Sendlinger Straße. It was built in the middle of the 18th century by the brothers Asam (Cosmas Damian Asam and Egid Quirin Asam). The two famous artists originally created them as a private church. At the high altar of the magnificent baroque church there are four columns. They correspond to the four Bernini columns above the tomb of St. Peter in Rome.
The Glockenbachviertel is regarded as a trendy district. Here Munich shows itself from another side. Numerous beautiful old buildings, many pubs, galleries or craft shops invite you to take a leisurely stroll, just like another city: Bonn. There are indeed many things to do in bonn germany.
The Allianz Arena is a rewarding destination! Thousands of special hydraulic cushions form the facade. The arena offers space for 75,000 spectators. Outside the match days, the Allianz Arena lights up in red and white for three hours after dusk.
Have breakfast in Munich in a cosy restaurant with freshly boiled Weißwürste, pretzels and a wheat beer. Plan your next trip to Munich. Perhaps you will climb the Olympic Tower, explore Schloss Nymphenburg and its magnificent parks or visit the Oktoberfest.
Just climb the 297 steps of the Peterkirche at Rindermarkt 1, near the main square of Marienplatz, and you’ll see the whole of Munich. From here you can see both the Old Town and the English Garden, Europe’s largest city park, larger than New York’s Central Park, full of historic buildings inspired by the Orient. As well as the European Patent Office, Olympiapark, BMW headquarters and the local automotive museum.
If the weather is good, you can even see the Alps from here. And all thanks to the fact that in accordance with the will of the residents there are no buildings taller than the 99-metre-high Frauenkirche. This is the church with two towers finished with domes, replicated on most postcards.
But it is much lower and in total inconspicuous Peterkirche is not only the best place to find out about the topography of the city. It is also the oldest monument in Munich. The original Romanesque basilica from the 11th century belonged to the monks, to whom Munich owes its name. Interestingly, it is one of the few places where the priest still celebrates masses, standing with his back to the faithful, thus – what to hide – ignoring the indications of the Second Vatican Council
The best art
Every student should visit Munich’s museums at least once with a school trip. And it’s not about German students, but… Italian students. The collection of Italian paintings (and not only) gathered in the city is really impressive. On the mandatory list there are three pinacotheques in particular: Old (open except Mondays), New (except Tuesdays) and Modern Times (on Wednesday, thanks to Alianz sponsorship, entrance for free!). In the first one we can see, among others, paintings by Durer, El Greco, Rembrandt, Bruegel. In Neue Pinakothek it is German, French and English painting from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For example, the famous “Sunflowers” by van Gogh
How to move around Munich
Munich has an extensive public transport network operated by the MVV. The network includes suburban trains (called S-Bahn) which run through the city centre to residential areas and metro areas (U-Bahn), trams and buses. Tickets can be purchased for different travel lengths (single, one-day, three-day, weekly or monthly) and you can choose between individual or group tickets. Tickets can easily be purchased at ticket machines, ticket offices at most central stations and at selected kiosks. S-Bahn city trains, night trams and night buses can be used at night, while U-Bahn metro trains usually do not operate from one to four o’clock. The night public transport network, consisting of night buses and night trams, differs from night buses and night trams in terms of stops and lines, so it is important to plan ahead accordingly. The Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) is located in the very centre of Munich. Regional and long-distance services are served from this station, Pasing (Munich West) and Ostbahnhof (Munich East). The high-speed train connections (ICE) from Munich are to Stuttgart and Frankfurt, as well as to northern Germany in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Hamburg.
In addition, it is recommended to rent a bus in Munich for a trip with several people. This is available for groups of 5 to 70 people and depends entirely on your destination. Thus, the journey becomes relaxing and stress-free!