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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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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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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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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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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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Munich Residence (Residenz München)

Munich Residence (Residenz München)

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Discover elaborately adorned rooms and royal art collections during a visit to Munich Residence, the former royal palace of the Bavarian Monarch. This landmark is the largest city palace in Germany and contains museum displays spread across 130 rooms including collections of porcelain, silver, antiquities, and paintings.More
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St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)

St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)

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Explore a piece of Munich’s history with a visit to St. Peter’s Church or Peterskirche, a Roman Catholic church built in the 12th century. The building is known for its Gothic paintings, sculptures, and a ceiling fresco, plus panoramic views from its spire. Colored rings at the lower platform reveal details about the view from the spire; a white ring means the Alps are visible.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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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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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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Top activities in Munich

Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich
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Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Private Tour from Munich by Train
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Giovanna_R, Jun 2022
Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Easy to find the starting point, and you can get to see the highlights of Munich!
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Great experience in Munich!
Ella_K, Jun 2022
Panoramic Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Munich by Double-Decker Bus
Three different routes allowed us to see the city in its entirety.
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Great tour
Annie_A, Jun 2022
Hitler and the Third Reich Munich Walking Tour
Each stop has significance and a great way to see the city.
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Local, not tourist, tour of Munich
Kathleen_G, Jun 2022
Private Custom Munich Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems
The walk through the English Garden was probably the best part.
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Great excursion
Shelly_W, Jun 2022
Munich's Highlights 3-hour Segway Tour
Great way to see the sights of Munich!
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Great view of city!
Kathryn_L, Jun 2022
Munich Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour
Great way to see highlights of Munich and get the lay of the land for future exploring.
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Lots of fun biking around Munich
Karen_B, Jun 2022
Munich Sightseeing Bike Tour
Great way to see a lot of Munich in an easy, fun way.
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Highly Recommend
Jordan_F, Jun 2022
Hitler and the Third Reich Munich Walking Tour
This was great way to see important sites in Munich and gain important cultural background on the city and the sites.
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Must do
Joe_M, Jun 2022
Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich
Very good way to see Munich and learn about the history of beer and monks, our guide Dani was fantastic great time
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Scott_A, Jun 2022
Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
A good way to experience all that you might want to see in Munich.
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Rumble Round Munich!
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Munich Segway Tour
Efficient way to see Munich’s key sights, led by a knowledgeable and friendly guide (such as Rob!
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Pretty German town
Paula_T, May 2022
Romantic Road, Rothenburg, and Harburg Day Tour from Munich
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Comfort Mini-Van & Professional and FRiENDLY Guide: CUSTOMIZED 1-DAY TOUR from Munich
Our guide, Karl, suggested some other places to see on our way back to Munich which were also very pretty.
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Cheryl_G, May 2022
Munich's Highlights 3-hour Segway Tour
Would recommend to anyone wanting a unique and fun way to see Munich!
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Highlight of my Munich trip
Kim_T, May 2022
Munich Sightseeing Bike Tour
Traveling via bike allowed us to see many sights Munich had to offer.
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Rafael_W, Feb 2022
Third Reich Walking Tour: Historic Facts and Sites in Munich
Guide was nice and informative and spoke English quite well.
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Genevieve_N, Jan 2022
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
The palaces were very beautiful and on the way there you get to see the beautiful countryside.
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RaeLin_M, Jan 2022
EXCLUSiVE MUNiCH & Surroundings ALL-IN-ONE Culture, Nature and History Tour
The tour was great, it was a combination of walking and riding, the guide was exceptional, and was a good way to see a lot of Munich in a short amount of time.
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AnnLynn_H, May 2022
MY*GUiDE EXCLUSiVE Lake Königssee, EAGLE'S NEST & 'Fuehrer Headquarters' Tour from Munich
We saw all items outlined in the tour description and Karl also showed us several extra sites in the Obersalzberg not usually known to visitors.
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Ursula_B, May 2022
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
This was my granddaughter’s first time to see these beautiful castles and she really enjoyed it.
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What is Munich famous for?

Munich is known for beer, and its famed Oktoberfest, which begins in mid-September, is the pinnacle. The well-known Hofbräuhaus tavern serves more than a million visitors yearly with ales, lagers, and giant German soft pretzels. Munich is also known for its architecture, with spots like the Marienplatz steeped in history.

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How many days do you need in Munich?

You’ll want at least three full days in Munich, though, to properly tour the city’s 16th-century architecture, biergartens, and world-class museums, you may want a week. Consider using the city as a Bavarian hub for day trips to spots such as Neuschwanstein Castle and Salzburg, Austria.

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What should you not miss in Munich?

Visitors have choices: Kick back with a Hofbräu Dunkel in the 16th-century Hofbräuhaus, tour the BMW Welt and Museum, take a walking tour of WWII sites including Munich Old Town Hall, and wander the English Garden, Marienplatz, and Deutsches Museum. Of course, that’s just the tip of the schnitzel.

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What is there to do in Munich in October?

The acclaimed Munich Oktoberfest ends early in the month, so autumn is about more than beer here. Explore the city’s gardens (Nymphenburg Palace Park), walking paths, and markets (the daily Victuals Market). On rainy days, head to Munich's Kunstareal arts district for your pick of incredible art museums and galleries.

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Was Munich the capital of Germany?

No. Munich has never been the capital of Germany. That title has mostly belonged to Berlin (though Bonn was the capital of West Germany from 1949 to 1990). Munich, however, is the capital of Bavaria, a state in southeast Germany known for its beer, sausage, and lederhosen—and lake views.

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Is Munich touristy?

Yes and no. Before the pandemic, Munich had nearly nine million visitors a year—with a robust tourist scene, regardless of season. The city’s most popular hotels, museums, and attractions are geared toward global visitors, but it’s still easy to go off-the-beaten path for more authentic experiences.

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