10 things to do in Munich, Germany, in one day

10 things to do in Munich

Nina Akimkina

German Museum – the world’s largest museum of science and technology, it is visited by more than a million and a half people annually. It is better to come here in time for the opening – you never know how much time you will spend inside. You just can’t stay inside for a couple of hours – there are exhibitions on all possible branches of science and technology on the eight floors: shipbuilding, electricity, communications, astronomy, pharmacology, geodesy, and much, much more. Part of the exhibits are interactive, there is a planetarium and an observatory, and demonstrations of physical phenomena are also on schedule. Both adults and children will be interested, and a flow of new knowledge is assured.

2. See the clock striking at the New Town Hall

The New Town Hall at Marienplatz is the place that comes to mind every time you mention Munich. The 100 m long façade and 85 m high tower catch the eye and make it hard to keep a frame of this magnificence. Every day at 11 am the clock on the tower comes to life: to the sound of 42 bells 32 human-sized figures perform sketches from life in the city. From May to October the show is repeated at 12 and 5 pm. After the show do not forget to climb the observation deck.

3. Take a walk in the Olympic Park

The Olympic Park was built for the 1972 Olympic Games. Now the park is open to visitors and has a stadium, velodrome, tower, rides and green lawns. Pay attention to the architecture of the stadium – then, and now, it looks non-trivial. The stadium often hosts concerts and other entertainment events. The height of the Olympic tower is 290 m and from the top you can see not only the city – in clear weather you can even see the Alps.

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4. Relax in the English garden

A perfect example of when there is a large green recreation area in the center of the city. The English Garden is larger than Central Park in New York City. It takes its name from the style of park architecture, the landscape is as close to natural as possible. Walk along the numerous paths, find the lake and the Chinese Tower, and when you are tired you can always drink a beer in one of the cafes or lie on the grass. You can also see surfers in the garden! There’s a rapids in the creek flowing through here, creating what’s called a standing wave, which means it’s perfect for practicing the sport. On a hot (and not so hot) day be prepared to meet nudists – the garden has several clearings for them.

5. Get to know the animals up close.

Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo is one of the largest in Europe. The area is divided into zones-continents that correspond to the living environment of the animals that live there. The living conditions are very similar to the natural ones – it is a so-called geo-species zoo. Alpacas, elephants, snakes, flamingos, penguins and other animals are waiting for you.

6. Fall in love with BMW.

If you love cars, go to the BMW museum. If you don’t like cars and don’t understand what you can admire there, then go to the BMW Museum. All the developments of the plant, from aircraft engines to ultramodern cars, will appear before your eyes. In addition to BMW, you can also see a collection of Rolls Roys.

7. Feed the swans in Nymphenburg Palace Park

The summer residence of the Bavarian kings is located only 8 km from the center of Munich. The Nymphenburg is one of the most beautiful and largest palace complexes in Europe. The modest yet stately baroque building and the park form a harmonious and pleasant ensemble. The park is rich in lakes, ponds and canals which are home to many swans. You can spend a whole day here, walking around the park and looking into new corners.

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8. Have a beer in a biergarten

Of course, beer in Munich, as well as in all of Germany, is poured literally at every turn. But get in touch with the atmosphere in a biergarten, a beer garden in an open-air park. Such institutions function in good weather, served with beer simple and hearty snacks: brezels, sausages, cabbage, potatoes. There are usually a lot of people here, and if you’re lucky, you can even see a traditional Bavarian show – songs and dances in folk costumes.

9. Feel the scale of Oktoberfest

Yes, again about beer, how can you not mention one of the most famous festivals in the world? Oktoberfest takes place from mid September to early October. Beer lovers from all over the world gather in huge tents: the tents are beautifully decorated, people in traditional attire and beer, of course. Every year at Oktoberfest drink more than six million liters of beer. At least once you should see the fest with your own eyes.

10. Be enriched spiritually

In Munich there are three Pinakothek buildings opposite each other. The Old is one of the most famous galleries in the world. German, Flemish, Italian, and French paintings are presented on more than 700 canvases that cover the period from the Middle Ages to the mid-18th century. If you want to see works by Da Vinci, Raphael, Dürer, Bosch, Rembrandt – here you are. The New Pinakothek was founded by King Ludwig I in the middle of the 19th century, its motto is “From Goya to Picasso”. The Pinakothek of the Modern Age focuses on art from the 20th and 21st centuries and has four museums: the Architecture Museum, the Graphic Arts Collection, the Applied Arts Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum. Choose an era to your liking and go.

10 things to do in Munich between beers

Munich is the most popular international destination from Russia (potatoes is not a bird, Minsk is not abroad) by the number of frequencies: from Moscow alone there are up to 14 flights a day. Demand here is growing not only for New Year holidays. For example, the Rossiya airline carried about 300,000 passengers to German cities in the first 11 months of 2018, which is 7.4% more than a year earlier. Are all these people flying to Bavaria solely to drink beer? No. In fact there is a lot to see in the city and its surroundings, and the large number of flights and high competition among airlines is a guarantee of very attractive ticket prices, so it’s a sin not to fly and see. So…

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    A look from above at the Theresienwiese. In fact, this is the place where Oktoberfest takes place. Although “wiese” means “lawn” in German, it’s still not a lawn, but a large flat area with a dirt and asphalt surface. During beer festivals, the beer tents of breweries stand on it, but even during peacetime it’s not often empty: sometimes a fair is coming, sometimes a concert or a street food festival. And from above they look at the motherland, I mean, Bavaria – the world’s largest metal sculpture, as the guides say. Of course, this is a myth for tourists – the biggest it could be except when it was built in 1850. But it is interesting not because of its size, but because of the internal spiral staircase leading to the observation deck at the head of the statue, which offers a great view of the meadow. There are even sofas on the platform. And yes, they are bronze! An interesting point: the sloping ramps at the edges of the stairs leading from the statue down to the meadow are dotted with metal spikes to keep anyone from riding on them. But some of the spikes are suspiciously bent Keep in mind: the observation deck is closed for the winter.

Don’t skate, kids, off the slides.

What Russian hasn’t dreamed of such a BMW?

A lot of attention is paid to motorcycles as well, and the largest BMW car showroom with space architecture is also located in the next building. There are, of course, plenty of BMW-themed souvenirs for sale. The ubiquitous Chinese give the place a special flair: there are far fewer tourists from other countries. Except for Russia, of course: you can hear Russian speech here, too. All this is in an interesting area: the Olympic stadium built for the 1972 games is nearby, as well as blocks of panel high-rise buildings of the same period (the Olympic village), clearly demonstrating how you can make such construction not gray and dull, but with a certain charm.

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By the way, the openwork supports of the overhead system are historical; they are 90 years old.

The train goes uphill at 20 km/h, and from the mountain even slower: 15. The views from the windows are stunning, but, alas, most of the route (the trip from the last station to the terminal station by car takes 40 minutes) passengers spend in the tunnel.

Zugspitze station reminds some villain’s base from a James Bond movie.

And the final station is not at the highest altitude: there is another kilometer-long cableway up. Travel on it is included in the train ticket price, and the pleasure is not the cheapest: 33.50 euros. However, you can get the same ticket for 48.50, but with a skipass for the whole day – the fares are designed for that, so the train had enough room for skiers. On the outside of the carriage there are even special mountings for skis, so they do not have to be dragged into the cabin.

The upper station of the railroad. Note the ski fasteners

However, for those who do not ski, it will be nice to go to the restaurant at the very top of the mountain. Or cross the border with Austria and go to a restaurant on the Austrian side of the mountain, where the view is better and the prices are a little lower. There is also a small museum dedicated to snowflakes!

The nearest airport is 34 km

One step and you are in Tyrol.

No picture can capture the magnitude of the beauty.

Munich pubs usually specialize in one brewery. Spaten to the left, Augustiner to the right.

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