Munich has lots to offer for all sorts of travellers, you can make a trip whatever you want. There are also plenty of options for accommodation, hostels, luxury hotels, mid-range hotels and pensions. What we weren’t able to find were any Airbnb options that we liked although they might be fine depending on the number of your group. Below we have chosen some of the things we enjoyed the most during our time in Munich.
For the outdoor person
Munich has a lot to offer and if you are an active and outdoor sort of person I recommend joining a free walking tour. Most of the hostels are affiliated with a tour which will pick you up from the front door. We walked with Sandeman’s free walking tour which started at Marienplatz, we walked for a good 2 hours though the different areas of central Munich, history, tales, culture and language all featured on the tour. We do love a free walking tour (the concept, in case you aren’t familiar is that you tip what you think its worth at the end of the tour, this is how the guide is paid) and this was no exception. Our guide was brilliant and pointed out lots of good places to eat as well as a few sites to see as well.
Sandeman’s tour information:
For the history person
Munich has looaaaaddddsss of museums. There is a museum of hunting and fishing! We recommend the Municipal Museum of Munich (Muenchner Stadtmuseum). The museum has changing guest exhibitions we chose to just see the permanent exhibitions the ticket cost 4 euros (2 euros if you have a student card – well worth taking around with you!) the ticket entities you entrance to ‘Typically Munich’ and an exhibition about the history of Munich as the capital of the Nazi movement.
The ‘Typically Munich’ exhibition stretches over several floors and explains how Munich was settled and grew as well as the culture of Bavaria. It’s a wonderful exhibition and lots of information about the city and its people.
The exhibition about Munich’s darker past is also worth seeing. Its illuminating and informative with lots of information available. It is, in our current political climate in the western world especially worth viewing.
Elf’s tip – hold on to your ticket it gives you 50% of entrance to some of the other museums.
More information on Munich’s museums here:
For the arty person
There are three main art galleries in Munich all situated close to each other, the Neue Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne and Alte Pinakothek. You can get a combination ticket to all three which is the cheapest way to see them all.
We head in to the New Pinakothek, the gallery is beautifully laid out, we pass though rooms of wonderful paintings. I linger in the rooms filled with Van Gogh, Monet and Manet. There is even a beautiful and unusual Degas that does not feature a ballet dancer. We spend several hours lingering in front bits of history and I thoroughly enjoy the relaxed and mostly empty gallery.
On this same link is information about the combination tickets:
Elf’s tip: the audio guides in all the museums and galleries that we visited are free.
Something completely different
If you want to see something crazy, head over to the English Garden and follow the Eisbach which is a small river channel hat runs though the gardens. Although you are not allowed to swim in the Eisbach you can…. surf! A manmade wave has been created and we are told that whatever the weather you will find surfers here. We head in that direction and to be honest given the -2 temperature and snow everywhere, we did not have much hope. But, fear not the surfers are there is full wetsuits and boots, bright red faces, and amazing skills. definitely very cool!