March 29, 2017

Germany, Bavaria, Munich – Need I Say More?

If you’ve read many of the post here, you know how much I adore Germany and especially Bavaria!

I have shared with you how much I enjoy small Bavarian villages (like Mittenwald), Kind Ludwig’s Bavarian castles, beer and my joy at visiting Bamberg with all its breweries. Yes, I’ve probably bored you by going over the top in Bavaria, Bavaria How do I love Thee and if pushed to pick a favorite it would be Bavaria.

Munich Skyline Bavaria Germany

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In looking back, I realized I’ve never told you about one of my favorite cities in Bavaria – Munich. What is it about Bavaria’s capital city that makes it so wonderful and why should you visit?

Here are 11 reasons to visit Munich!

  1. Galleries full of European art, Bavarian sculptures and can be found in the many Pinakotheken (Picture Galleries) that call Munich home. The oldest is the Alte Pinakotheke and the newest is the Moderne Pinakotheke with the Neue Pinakotheke in the middle. Together these galleries hold so much of interest they will keep any art lover busy for days!
  2. Nymphenburg Palace was built in 1664 to celebrate the birth of a son to Ferdinand and Maria. The summer palace is gorgeous and famous for its Gallery of Beauties, the carriages and sleigh that belonged to Bavarian rulers and wonderful palace gardens.

    Nymphenburg Palace Munich Bavaria Germany

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  3. The Olympic Stadium was built for the 1972 Olympic games that were held in Munich and include the pool where Mark Spitz won his 7 gold medals! The grounds were built on a former airfield that was transposed into a state of the art Olympic venue including a large hill made of rubble from WWII.
  4. The Residenz is the former residence of Bavarian Kings and the Wittelsbach Dynasty until 1918. Today you will be amazed at the Renaissance building with Rococo interiors. On display are the jewels and crowns of the Wittelsbach along with many silver and porcelain artifacts.
  5. The center and heart of Munich is the Marienplatz. This mostly pedestrian only area was created by Henry the Lion and is a fantastic place to sit and enjoy a beer and bratwurst! It is also home to the world famous Glockenspiel sitting on top of the Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus. Kids and adults of all ages will be charmed by the lovely chimes and dancing figurines retelling Bavarian stories.
  6. Churches have been the center of communities for eons and Munich has its fair share. The best known symbol of Munich is the Frauenkirche. Built in 1468, it is the largest Gothic basilica in Southern Germany and home to the tomb of Ludwig IV of Bavaria. For the grandest views over the city climb the tower of Munich’s oldest church, Peterskirche. The Baroque jewel, Asamkirche, houses a very ornamental grotto and wonderful ceiling frescoes while the largest Renaissance church in Munich, Michaelskirche, houses the crypt of Maximilian I and Ludwig II.

    Munich City Centre Bavaria Germany

    Munich`s city centre by BAYERN TOURISMUS Marketing GmbH

  7. Beer Halls and Beer Gardens are a staple in Munich and probably the first thing people think of when thinking of Munich. The passion for beer is definitely alive in Munich and there are many options for enjoying your favorite brew and singing along to Bavarian songs. But if you’re in Munich during the summer or warmer weather do not miss the Beer Gardens! This is where Munichers go after a busy day at the office and a great place to feel like a local.
  8. The Viktualienmarkt has been supplying fresh foods to residence since 1807 and is one of my favorite places to wander! This wonderful food market has over 140 stalls full of fresh fruit and produce, handmade jellies, bread, pastry, meats and more. Yes, there is even a beer garden!
  9. If you’d like something a little more relaxing maybe some time in one of Munich’s many Gardens & Parks is needed. Munich is home to palace gardens of Hofgarten and Nymphenburg palace as well as a wonderful Botanical garden. The largest and most popular garden, Englischer Garten, is the place to stroll, ride bikes, rent a paddle boat or even surf!

    Englischer garten Munich Bavaria Germany

    Englischer garten by LuxTonnerre

  10. Don’t even get me started on the Food! I can’t get enough wurst, frites, schnitzel, spatzle, pork knuckles, sauerkraut . . .
  11. Munich has many Museums to enjoy but the grand daddy of them all is the Deutsches Museum, the oldest and largest science and technology museum in the world. Sitting on an island in the Isar river is a huge museum that has amongst its displays an Enigma machine built during WWII and the first automobile. There are displays dedicated to transportation, aviation, mining, energy, physics . . .
  12. If this isn’t enough then go for the people. They are open, gregarious, smiling and the real heart of this wonderful Bavarian capital! 


    What’s your favorite thing to do in Munich?

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  36. Tiana Kai says:

    That first pic makes me want to go back to Germany. I spent three nights in Rottach-Egern on the lake, so magical. I need to hit Berlin next!
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      I do love the lakes in Germany! I can imagine how lovely a vacation would be on one of Germany’s lakes.

  37. I’ve not been to Germany so I was trying to make a list from your list. But everything on your list sounds lovely so I’ll stick with yours. In fact, my niece is in Munich now, will share this with her.
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  38. I’ve been eager to visit Munich for a long time and those are 11 great reasons that I should do it sooner rather than later. The beer gardens and the Viktualienmarkt would be enough themselves.
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  39. Munich has long been at or near the top of our list. Hopefully it’s not far off…
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  40. Christine says:

    I am so glad to hear that you like Bavaria. The standard of living in Munich is excellent and there are ample things to do there.
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  41. I guess you’re fighting a weight problem, Debbie, with all those scnitzels, etc? Of course not, after you’ve run up the steps of Peterskirche. You make it sound very appealing, and I was stopped in my tracks by that first photo!
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  42. I’ve visited Munich twice, and I have missed half the ideas on your list–except #7, I’ve certainly seen a few.
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  43. I think I’ve told you enough how Bavaria is first on my travel list. I’ve been seeing so many Germany posts..I think it’s a sign 🙂 I love all these things that Munich has to offer for the whole family too. Still debating whether a visit during the Christmas night markets or during the summer is better.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      HA HA I think you should take it as a sign too 🙂 Christmas or summer. . . thats a tough one. I’ve only been during the summer but would love to visit in the winter.

  44. The Munich Walking tour guide is an excellent way of experiencing the city. Check it out at – http://travelonthedollar.com/travel-guides/munich-walking-tour/

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I love walking tours! IMO they are a great way to get a better glimpse into the people and history of a city.

  45. Jeff Titelius says:

    Wow!! So many exciting places to visit my friend! But where do I start? I want to see them all especially the galleries, the Glockenspiel and the Nymphenburg Palace!! I saw the 1972 Olympic site on a special during the Olympics!! Extraordinary! Great post and spectacular photos too!!
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  46. Sophie says:

    I’ve been in Munich frequently, but it’s always been either on the way to somewhere else or on business, so I’ve never really seen the city. Looks like I’ve been missing out.
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  47. I do love the Viktualienmarkt! I bought the best honey there once. Random, I know, but then again these experiences tend to stick 🙂

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      The Viktualienmarkt is a great place in Munich! I remember just being over whelmed by all the goodness I found there.

  48. Marlys says:

    Don’t forget Lake Starnberg and when there, don’t fail to try the Weisswurst with Honigsenf but well before lunchtime 😉
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I would never forget Lake Starnberg! I haven’t even begun to cover the wonderful area around Munich.

  49. Leigh says:

    What I remember most about Munich is the wonderful art galleries. I think we spent several days trying to absorb the work. I’m long overdue for another visit.
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  50. I like München a lot, and I enjoyed reading your list. I think there’s an even better look and feel to the city when plazas and buildings are bathed in Christmas lights during Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) season.

    The interesting thing about the food is that I’ve had really good Indian food around Münchner Freiheit, and some interesting cafes as well as a decent vegetarian restaurant in Schwabing-West.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      One of my biggest wishes is to be in Germany during the Christamas season. I can only imagine how beautiful everything is! Unfortunately I haven’t spent enough time in Munich to want to venture away from German cuisine but I’ve heard there is an abundance of good ethnic food.

  51. I have to go back to Munich when it is NOT Oktoberfest, so I can actually see the city. So beautiful and so many great things to see.
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  52. Wow your knowledge is extensive! I’m new to your blog and love the European theme! At some point within the next year I’d like to plan a trip to Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle, and was wondering if you had any first-hand tips? Thank you 🙂
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