Planning a trip to Munich? Get some inspiration on what to do while you’re there with our idea of a perfect three-day itinerary. History, culture, entertainment, restaurants… Pack it all in at a comfortable pace and don’t miss a thing!
The sun is rising on your stay in Munich, and it’s in the historic centre of the Bavarian city, at the famous Marienplatz, here your adventure begins. A symbol of the entire city, this square has an impressive neo-Gothic clock tower that dominates the esplanade and is the setting for an animated puppet show three times per day. In the centre of the square, facing the flamboyant tower, is Mary’s column, decorated with magnificent bronze sculptures. The 85-metre high belfry in this square is known for its entertainment and splendid view of the entire city, which was founded by Henry the Lion in 1158. Once you have your feet back on solid ground, stop by the interior courtyard of the New City Hall (Neues Rathaus) for the first German breakfast of your stay in Munich, which you can enjoy at the Ratskeller below City Hall. The portions here are particularly generous.
They’ll give you just the energy you’ll need to discover the core of the city centre during your stay in Munich. It’s difficult to believe that this hodgepodge of roads and lively boulevards is home to the largest city palace in Germany, the Residenz. With no fewer than 10 interior courtyards, 130 fully furnished and decorated rooms and an adjoining park, the palace displays several different architectural styles. A must-see spot in Munich, it is home to the Antiquarium and its many statues. Don’t miss the Schatzkammer, the treasure room of the kings of Bavaria.
Once night has fallen, you can continue to enjoy the mix of modernity and tradition a bit farther north of the historic centre. Follow your feet to the hip young Munich neighbourhood known as Glockenbachviertel. With its quiet, car-free streets and posh cafés with outdoor seating, this area offers a bucolic atmosphere that provides the perfect ending to your first day. Join the festivities on the emblematic Gärtnerplatz: the night is yours.
Bright and early on the second day of your stay in Munich, chase away the demons of the night by heading for one of the lungs of the city: the Englischer Garten. This green space, which covers nearly 375 hectares and is well known to Munich’s residents, is among the largest urban public parks in the world and is also a perfect place to get a feel for the local lifestyle during your stay in Munich. You can recognize the famous biergartens from a distance. It’s not time to sample the beer just yet, though! For now, stroll along the flower-lined paths of the Hofgarten, the old royal courtyard, and pass the Greek temple to reach the heart of the park. Before you unfolds the immense meadow of Schönfeldwiese, which you can cross to reach the Monopteros. This Greek-style temple is found at the top of a hill and has a splendid view of the park and the bustling neighbourhood of Schwabing. If you feel like working off the indulgences of the day before, try surfing the standing wave of the Eisbach. The cool, fresh water will take care of the rest.
Keep making your way across the park on the Prinzregentenstraße, and you will eventually reach the Bavarian National Museum, an outpost of Munich’s museum neighbourhood, Kunstareal. With its rococo, Baroque, Renaissance and medieval collections, the museum gives you the chance to discover the richness of centuries’ worth of Bavarian art and crafts. On the other side of the park are the old and new art galleries. The first one pays homage to medieval European art, while the second features primarily 19th and 20th century works. It is a perfect example of the uniqueness of Munich, as the two neighbouring museums reveal a remarkable diversity of architecture. This is one of the highlights of your stay in Munich.
In the evening, retrace your steps and head to the heart of the Englischer Garten to appreciate the typically Münchner ambiance of the biergartens. Invented in Munich, these immense outdoor seating areas gather beer lovers around long tables covered in tantalising Schweinshaxe (roasted ham knuckles) and Obatzda. Under the Chinesischer Turm, the improbable Chinese pagoda, you can enjoy hoppy flavours and local conviviality while the sun sets amongst the trees.
The next day, it’s time to take a step back from your stay in Munich and its lifestyle by heading for Nymphenburg Palace. Located west of the city, this Bavarian Versailles is a gem of Baroque architecture and elegance. From its central alley bordered by gardens on each side, you have a magnificent view of the structure. In front of the palace is a large pond where majestic swans swim. Soak up the fairytale ambiance by walking inside to visit the Steinerne Saal with its ceiling decorated by a magnificent fresco. Each room is more grandiose than the last, but the most astounding is undoubtedly the Hall of Mirrors. Stop by the Carriage Museum and the porcelain collection on your way to the adjoining botanic garden, where you can make the most of your day by breathing in the fresh air. The greenhouses, pond, charmingly bucolic buildings and thousands of plant species here make for a stately, romantic atmosphere. The hard-to-miss garden cafe is a perfect place to enjoy a Vienna coffee in the fresh Munich air.
When night falls, return to a more convivial atmosphere to conclude your stay in Munich at the Viktualienmarkt, one of the most important squares in Munich along with the Marienplatz. This open-air market, open until 8:00 p.m., is home to a multitude of mouthwatering stalls. Here you can do a blind tasting of Munich’s traditional white sausage, the Münchner Weißwurst. Nearby, you can choose to dine in the famous restaurant Der Pschorr, or in one of the Mediterranean restaurants in Munich’s old covered market.
To truly appreciate Munich, it’s important to take your time. A city of architects and aesthetes, it is bursting with colourful cultural sites and delightful places you simply won’t have time to explore unless you spend at least 3 days there. Plenty of other emblematic places, such as the Theatinerkirche church, the Lenbachhaus Museum, and the Olympic Park and its BMW Museum, await you. Auf Wiedersehen!