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Welcome to Munich

Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is home to many of the country's most quintessentially German traditions—every September, the famed Oktoberfest comes to the city. But the festivals, lederhosen, and beer halls are only a small part of the city and region’s story. Munich’s architecture shines in palaces such as the Nymphenburg and castles like Residenz, and there are plenty of similarly intriguing buildings scattered across Munich. On Marienplatz, the city’s central square, old and new town halls compete for attention. The Church of St. Peter (Peterskirche), a Romanesque structure, was built even before the city's foundation in 1158. Get a sense for the city’s layout, top attractions, and historical context on a guided tour, with everything from walking to biking to Segway to hop-on hop-off bus tours available. Visitors can also enjoy the English Garden, an enormous park with “urban naked zones” (yes, expect some voyeurs in the buff) and a lakeside beer garden. Of course, you'll also probably want to explore Bavaria's offerings outside of Munich. Sightseeing tours to the royal castles of Neuschwanstein—inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle—and Linderhof are especially popular, and guides provide historical tidbits you might not otherwise hear. Half-day trips to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial take visitors to the first Nazi concentration camp in Germany, and can be combined with a Munich Third Reich tour. Just across the border in Austria, the delights of Mozart's native Salzburg await.

Top 10 attractions in Munich

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

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With its snow-white limestone facade and fanciful turrets peeking out from the forested mountain tops of the Hohenschwangau valley, Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) could easily have been lifted from the pages of a fairy tale. In a way, it has—the German castle famously inspired Disney'sSleeping Beauty castle.More
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Marienplatz

Marienplatz

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A public plaza in the center of Munich, Marienplatz is full of history—it’s been the city’s main square and central heart of Munich’s Old Town (Altstadt) since 1158. Marienplatz is a popular gathering spot and possibly the busiest location in all of Munich, with crowds of locals and tourists visiting its landmarks, shops, and restaurants on foot from early morning until late at night.More
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Odeonsplatz

Odeonsplatz

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Hemmed in by Italianesque palaces, grand concert halls, and Baroque churches—Odeonsplatz is a testament to Munich’s storied past and the site of some of the city’s key historic events. At the northern end of Munich Old Town (Altstadt), the busy public square is the gateway to the Hofgarten gardens and the Munich Residenz.More
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Victuals Market (Viktualienmarkt)

Victuals Market (Viktualienmarkt)

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Munich's historic Victuals Market is the city’s main destination for gourmet Bavarian goods. Its stalls—many family-run for generations—overflow with exotic fruits, fresh vegetables, truffles, flowers, spices, sausages and hams, artisanal cheeses, honey, and much more. Snack as you go or gather items for a picnic at the nearby park.More
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Linderhof Castle

Linderhof Castle

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Inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France, Bavaria’s 19th-century Linderhof Castle is one of the country’s most magnificent structures. The smallest in a trio of elaborate royal palaces built by King Ludwig II (also known as the “Mad King”), Linderhof was the only one he saw completed.More
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Munich Residence (Residenz München)

Munich Residence (Residenz München)

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The former royal palace of the Bavarian monarch, the Munich Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany and is open to visitors to see its spectacularly adorned rooms and royal collections. The complex of buildings in the Munich Residenz contains 10 courtyards and the museum displays 130 rooms. The three main parts of the Residenz are the Königsbau, the Alte Residenz, and the Festsaalbau, which is also home to the Cuvillies Theatre.Get a feel for palace life in the Residenz museum which features the collections of porcelain, silver, paintings, and classical antiquities amassed by the Wittelsbach monarchs. The Antiquarium's Renaissance collections is especially breath-taking. Step outside the elaborately decorated rooms to the beautiful Court Garden or check out the Treasury (Schatzkammer) for a display of the royal jewels, gold objects, and ivory.More
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St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)

St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)

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The oldest church in Munich, St. Peter's Church, or Peterskirche, is a Roman Catholic establishment built in the 12th century in the Bavarian Romanesque style. The interior of the church features the magnificent Mariahilf-Altar, Gothic paintings & sculptures, and a ceiling fresco. But even these beautiful works of art can't top the bizarre gem-studded skeleton of St. Mundita, who stares at visitors with false eyes and jeweled teeth.From the spire of "Old Peter", as the church is known to the locals, are spectacular views of the oldest part of Munich. Remember to check the colored rings at the bottom, a white ring means the Alps are visible, making the hike to the top even more worthwhile. Although the spire was almost completely destroyed duringWorld War II, it was fully restored with the traditional architechture.More
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English Garden (Englischer Garten)

English Garden (Englischer Garten)

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One of the largest urban parks in the world, the English Garden (Englischer Garten) is Munich’s most popular green space, boasting over 48 miles (78 kilometers) of walking and cycling trails. It offers plenty to explore, including a Japanese teahouse, a boating lake, and traditional beer gardens.More
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Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche)

Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche)

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A Munich landmark, the Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche) features two 325-foot (99-meter) towers topped by spherical domes. According to local ordinance, no other building in the city may be taller than this, preserving the cathedral’s central position on the skyline of Bavaria’s capital.More
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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

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The Dachau Concentration Camp was opened by Adolf Hitler's Nazi government in 1933, and served as a model for later concentration camps. Today, the camp is a memorial to the more than 32,000 people who died and the more than 200,000 who were imprisoned during the Nazi regime. The memorial was established as a site of memory and education in 1965, 20 years after Dachau was liberated by American troops.More

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How to Spend 2 Days in Munich

How to Spend 2 Days in Munich

Top activities in Munich

Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Munich

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Ludwig and Stefan!
Julie_G, Jul 2021
EXCLUSiVE MUNiCH & Surroundings ALL-IN-ONE Culture, Nature and History Tour
Munich is a beautiful city in which we will always remember what we learned and hope to visit again.
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Must do in Munich!
Shara_F, Jun 2021
Munich Bike Tour with optional Königsplatz and Olympia Park
Bike tour was an amazing way to see Munich’s history and beautiful parks.
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Good
Lezlie_D, Oct 2020
Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
It was a great way to see highlights of Munich!
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Great way to learn about Munich
Morten_V, Aug 2020
Munich Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour
Our walking tour was changed to a bicycle tour which in hindsight we should have chosen since we got to see more things.
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Fun tour!
Madison_S, Jul 2020
Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich
Hope to see you again next time I’m in Munich!
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Pleasantly Surprised, Could Use More English
YAK, Mar 2020
Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Best way to see Munich, might have to do the 48hr one though because the Nymphburg Palace itself could take 2 or more hours.
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Must see destination
JOPHY_G, Jan 2020
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
An extremely beautiful Castle with a feel of the disney world and so much to see inside.
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Excellent Overview
Katharine_M, Dec 2019
Munich Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour
Excellent English-speaking guide.
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Excellent tour
Lisa_A, Dec 2019
Munich Christmas Markets Tour
Patrick had a good itinerary worked out to see and experience the most in our two hours together.
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Loved it
l0ls123, Dec 2019
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
Visited the two castles on a day trip from munich, we really enjoyed the whole day, bus was very comfortable and our guide was lovely and spoke perfect english.
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Rainy but our tour guide was awesome
Jake_H, Oct 2019
Munich's Highlights 3-hour Segway Tour
Great Tour but keep in mind that due to new regulations in Munich they do not allow electrical scooters in the English Gardens!
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Excellent experience
Glenn_M, Sep 2019
Munich Sightseeing Bike Tour
Also the English Garden with the Biergarten was a great experience.
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Munich Tour😍🤩
RUBELYN_A, Sep 2019
Panoramic Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Munich by Double-Decker Bus
I want to visit again Munich and explore more
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Great tour of an amazing place
TrailBlazer775714, Sep 2019
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
Native English speakers both, they kept us informed and entertained.
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Excellent
rileyusa, Aug 2019
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour from Munich by Train
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and there was plenty of time to see everything except the museum.
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Excellent time!
caitlinlouise94, Jul 2019
Munich Small-Group Bike Tour
It's a great way to see the sights of Munich along with being informative and humorous.
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Hop on Hop off
ELIE_M, Aug 2018
Panoramic Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Munich by Double-Decker Bus
Should book it for 48 hrs to be able to see all of Munich's attractions.
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Best tour we’ve had this vacation.
Thomas_W, Sep 2018
Munich Small-Group Bike Tour
We were able to see areas of Munich we wouldn’t have gone to on foot.
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Salzburg
Catharine_C, Jul 2018
Salzburg Sightseeing Small-Group Day Tour from Munich by Rail
This was a lovely way to travel from Munich to see Salzburg.
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Superb!
varyachka, Dec 2018
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
She even managed to provide us with other interesting things to do in Munich.
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