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Things To Do In Munich – Sunday Spotlight

Welcome to this weeks edition of the Sunday Spotlight – Things to do in Munich.

The Sunday Spotlight series is a collaboration of travel tips and stories shared by other bloggers and traveler’s around the web.

We hope these tips and stories will inform and inspire you to go travel and visit Munich. If you have already been to Munich, please share a tip in the comments down below!


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Exploring Munich

5 Alternative Ways to Explore Munich

While the capital of Germany, Berlin, is hyped all around the globe as a party town, hipster hotspot and the place to be right now, Munich receives much less attention from backpackers and young travellers even though it’s a more original destination. Needless to say, there is much more to Munich than the typical German clichés in your head. Toby, our adventurous Munich editor, has come up with five alternative ways to experience the city like a real local.

5 best day trips for easy travel from Munich – all year long, in and around Bavaria, Germany

If you’re going to be spending some time in Germany, Munich is a fantastically convenient hub from which to easily explore different attractions and sights in the greater Bayern region and even neighboring Austria. Here are 5 of my favorite day trip destinations from Munich, listed in no particular order

I Heart My City: Emily’s Munich

When Emily Rasch fell in love with a German exchange student in the U.S., she knew she couldn’t give him up. So, after two years of dating an ocean apart, they decided to move to Munich. In the six years she’s lived there, the city has become a second love. Here are a few of Emily’s favorite things about Munich

It’s the Small Things in Munich that Make it Worth the Visit 

It is the small things in Munich that make it worth the visit. You can’t come with the mind of a budget traveler, but a short-term guest. Spend 13 Euros to eat in a beer hall and try the crispy pig knuckle, pick a museum or two and enjoy the elaborate displays, party in the club district known as the Banana (a series of neighbourhoods around Karlzplatz Subway Station that make the shape of a banana), and enjoy the Munich night life. But most importantly, head over to turkenstrasse to enjoy the atmosphere of great locals and businesses and don’t forget to head over to “Gratitude” for a hug and to contemplate “What are you grateful for?”



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Visiting Munich with Children

Munich with Kids: More than Beer and Pretzels

Munich is a mellow urban gem full of world-class museums, sprawling parks and kid-friendly beer gardens. The German love of orderliness made it an easy place for us to get around with our three kids, ages 10, 8 and 6.

Munich For Kids
One thing we didn’t compromise on our short holiday to Munich was that we wanted to make it a child friendly visit to a big city. Basically, I’ve had enough of dragging an uncooperative toddler through cities and places within cities that she really didn’t want to be. It’s stressful for everyone involved. We were keen not to let this happen and to make it a holiday that worked for us all, that was relaxing as well as varied.

And luckily, Munich was game for it.

Top Things to Do in Munich with Kids

There is so much more to Munich than beer and Oktoberfest. It is clean, family-friendly and full of culture and history with numerous green spaces, museums and attractions, like zoos and aquariums, that appeal to kids of all ages. These were Mary’s favorite things to do in Munich with kids during our recent trip.


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Saving Money on a visit to Munich

4 Munich Budget Savers to Pack in Your Lederhosen

Munich is the obvious capital of Bavaria and for most visitors, it is an essential stop while visiting the country. However, just as the case is in most major European cities, Munich can drain a wallet faster than a twenty-something can glug down that liter beer at Oktoberfest. Travelers shouldn’t write off Munich or pass it by on the autobahn due to cost. Here are a few very simple yet substantial budget savers to put in place on your visit to Munich.

A Day in Munich — On the Cheap!

Adventurous Kate shares her tips for saving money on a tour around Munich

Road Trips from Munich

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Oktoberfest, Munich

Oktoberfest: 5 Things Women Need to Know

Ladies if you’re planning to attend Oktoberfest, in Munich, Germany, there are a few things you need to know before you go.

Messy in Munich – Oktoberfest Tips and Travel Guide

For me Oktoberfest was one of those love/ hate relationships. Yes, I love beer, singing with a bunch of strangers, and getting good food, but I hated the daily headache I woke up with every morning from to much grog.

These are some things of the Oktoberfest Tips I wish someone told me before I hit the beer tents.

Oktoberfest In Munich – Tips For First Timers!

So whether you’re a first timer at Oktoberfest or looking at Munich flights and growing your moustache in preparation for next year, here are some tips for how to survive the crowds and really get into the spirit of this exuberant two-week celebration.

Where To Stay During Munich’s Oktoberfest

While some of the beer tents can accommodate 10,000 people, the city’s hotels are on the smaller side, and often book up a year in advance; so securing your room ahead is key. From champagne and VIP seats in the beer tents to some carefully planned R&R for after the celebration, Munich’s high-end accommodations show the classier side of Oktoberfest.

Here are Forbes Travel Guides three picks.

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25 thoughts on “Things To Do In Munich – Sunday Spotlight”

  1. Going to Oktoberfest would be fun, but the culture of Munich is still alive at other times of the year as well. It would be cheaper as well, so I’m thinking of going there outside of that holiday!

  2. Great link, tons of info. It would be nice to experience the culture and indulge in the sumptuous German cuisine. Munich is definitely an addition to my bucket list.

  3. Frankly, I didn’t know a thing about Munich except for Oktoberfest. The city seems to have lots of fun options for a variety of people. This is a valuable chunk of information. Thank you!

  4. Munich is a lovely city to visit. I love it there. One thing I would definitely recommened doing, especially if you are into science or technology, would be to visit the Deutsches Museum. It’s the largest science and technology musuem in the world. I visited last year and loved it.

  5. Having spent two weeks in Munich, and being lost the whole time, I will say the townspeople (and police) are very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the “mom and pop” eating establishments and visiting the local neighborhoods and shops, in addition to all the normal tourist areas. The one tip I would offer is learning the driving signs. While they drive on the “right” side of the road, the traffic signs are different than in the US.

  6. Thanks so much for include Travel Mamas in your round up! What a great collection of stories about Munich. Pinning this to use as reference if I’m ever lucky enough to get back to Munich!

  7. English Garden:
    This large public park, which reaches from city center to the northeastern city limits, is one of Munich’s must-dos. Named for the informal English style of rolling hills and open landscaping, the Englischer Garten contains several popular biergartens, a handful of eclectic monuments and a boating lake, among lots of jogging and biking paths.

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  8. Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche)

    The gothic-period Frauenkirche, or Church of our Lady, is a unique part of the Munich skyline with its two dome-topped towers, which residents say resembles a pair of bubbling-over beer steins. The main part of the church was finished in the late 1400s but Allied bombing during World War II necessitated restoration in the mid 1900s. Today, you can tour the church for free, but some say the small fee to reach the observation platform at top is definitely worth it.

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  9. Deutsches Museum
    A science and technology museum like no other (according to travelers), the Deutsches Museum brims with exhibits on everything from transportation to mining, bridge building and musical instruments. But across the six floors and almost 12 miles of halls, you’ll also find an Internet café, an expansive planetarium and the Kinderreich, a section geared toward accompanied children, which teaches them about science and technology through interactive exhibits. You’ll also find the Center for Transportation, the Verkehrszentrum, which for an additional admission fee you can view an array of transportation-related exhibits.

    Located in an imposing building along the Isar River, you can find the Deutsches Museum off the Isartor U-bahn stop. Recent travelers praised the diversity and careful display of the exhibits, saying visitors of all ages will be sure to enjoy.
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  10. great piece! Living in Munich for about 10 yrs now even I found things here I did not know. Thx. Anders/

  11. Great links and info! I live in Munich and love it because offers lots of opportunities for sporty activities, within the city and in the nearby Alps. The 300 km River Isar flows through the city. Bike paths line the river and crisscross through the English Garden, one of the world’s largest urban public parks (bigger than New York’s Central Park). Within the park, you can find surfers at the wave near the Eisbach every day of the year. There are several beautiful lakes in and around the city, perfect for swimming and stand up paddle boarding. Munich is under 2 hours from the Bavarian Alps, a perfect playground for road cycling, mountain biking, alpine and skate skiing, hiking, climbing, and klettersteig. (See my website for more info.)

  12. Love Munich! There’s a wicked restaurant (Schneider Bräuhaus München) where you eat sausage in a broth with pretzels and beer for breakfast. So awesome!! I’m sure they do that at many restaurants, but what a treat!!

  13. Great helpful information! I’m going to be visiting Munich in a few weeks and am hoping to do so on a small budget, so enjoyed reading your advice!

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