The capital of Bavaria, Munich is a hub of art and culture, with plenty of places and activities to wow. The Alte Pinakothek is one of the oldest galleries in the world, established in 1836 and housing more than 30, 000 exhibits with the majority being paintings from the 13th-18th century. In Museum Brandhorst, which specialises in art from the second half of the 20th century, you can find an Andy Warhol near a Damien Hirst by way of Jean Michel Basquiat.
Football and Frescos
Munich has bridged the old and new world perfectly, adding contemporary-style structures among the historic buildings of its rich past. Heiliggeistkirche, a gothic church from the 14th century, has a striking neo-baroque façade full of incredible Rococo frescos. One of our favourites is the Frauenkirche, founded in 1494 AD; you can climb the south tower for views over Munich and the nearby Alps. The Allianz Arena, home to European football powerhouse Bayern Munich FC, is perhaps the most visually striking stadium in the world, with its illuminated façade of red and blue.
If you booked a cheap Munich hotel then the shopping district of Maximillianstrasse is the place to spend that saved cash, the exclusive area is home to international designer brands such as Dior, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. If you’re after a bargain, head on the U-Bahn to the Messestadt-Ost station for the Munich-Reim Flea market, full of bric-a-brac, antiques and hidden gems. One of our favourite places is Marienplatz, the main city square since 1158; it is a hub of shops, markets and eateries, surrounded by statues.
Food and drink wise, there is more to Munich than just different types of Wurst, although it’s a great place to start. One of our favourite places to eat is Weisses Brauhaus, a huge hit with the locals and full of authentic Bavarian cuisine. Make sure to visit one of the 180 beer gardens dotted around Munich, our favourites being the cosy Waldwirtschaft and the huge Hirschgarten, the perfect setting for a locally-brewed Lowenbrau and freshly baked pretzel.
Munich has festivals running throughout the year, from Tollwood Winter Festival celebrating theatre acts, to the Munich Foundation Festival in the middle of June celebrating the city’s birth. Of course If you booked your Munich hotel near the end of September, then check out the world famous Oktoberfest. The world’s largest funfair started out as a royal wedding, but it has now become synonymous with Lederhosen, brass bands and the seven million litres of Oktoberbeer served over the sixteen days.