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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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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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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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BMW Museum

BMW Museum

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Housed in a futuristic mirrored building, the BMW Museum is located at company headquarters near Munich’s Olympic Park. Inside you can find motorcycles and cars ranging from vintage Rolls-Royces to classic MINIs, with a series of interactive exhibits detailing 90 years of automobile design.More
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Olympiapark

Olympiapark

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Home to the Summer Olympic Games in 1972, Munich's vast Olympiapark is now an international events center, sports venue, and recreational park. In addition to the facilities used for the games, Olympiapark was updated in 2003 to included the Olympic Walk of Stars, modeled after the Hollywood version. A popular concert venue, the park also hosts the Super-Cross Cup, Holiday on Ice, and other seasonal events and festivals.Outdoor adventurists will love climbing the roof of the Olympic stadium, abseiling on a zipline from the tent roof of the stadium to the lawn 40 meters (130 feet) below, and the newest adrenaline rush: the Flying Fox. The Olympic Tower is also the highest rock museum in the world, with tmons of meorabilia. The Sea Life aquarium gives visitors an educational and entertaining experience about water cycle and sea creatures.More
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St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)

St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)

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The oldest church in Munich, St. Peter's Church, or Peterskirche, is a Roman Catholic establishment built in the 12th century in the Bavarian Romanesque style. The interior of the church features the magnificent Mariahilf-Altar, Gothic paintings & sculptures, and a ceiling fresco. But even these beautiful works of art can't top the bizarre gem-studded skeleton of St. Mundita, who stares at visitors with false eyes and jeweled teeth.From the spire of "Old Peter", as the church is known to the locals, are spectacular views of the oldest part of Munich. Remember to check the colored rings at the bottom, a white ring means the Alps are visible, making the hike to the top even more worthwhile. Although the spire was almost completely destroyed duringWorld War II, it was fully restored with the traditional architechture.More
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Allianz Arena

Allianz Arena

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Home turf of Munich’s FC Bayern and TSV 1860 football (American soccer) teams, Allianz Arena is one of Germany’s largest sports stadiums. Built in 2005, it’s renowned both for its award-winning architecture—by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron—and sports legacy as host to major events, such as a World Cup and UEFA Champions League Final.More
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Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum

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Billed as the world’s largest technology museum, the Deutsches Museum is so vast that it takes over an entire island in the center of Munich. Six floors of exhibitions are devoted to topics like aviation, energy, and natural science, with hands-on displays and activities that make it fun and educational for all ages.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

Trip ideas

How to Spend 2 Days in Munich

How to Spend 2 Days in Munich

Top activities in Munich

Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Nuremberg Day Trip from Munich

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Recent reviews from experiences in Munich

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A must-have experience when visiting Germany
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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Recommend!
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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Memorable trip to Ludwig’s castles in Munich
Geronimo_J, Dec 2021
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
We had a smooth and fuss free tour to see Ludwig’s Linderhof and Neuschwanstein castle.
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Successful and secure
Timothy_R, Oct 2021
Munich to Prague - Private Transfer with 2 hours of Sightseeing
The car was well maintained and the driver was great with excellent English skills and a broad base of knowledge.
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Wonderful way to see Munich
Corrin_W, Oct 2021
With a local: Small-Group Munich Old Town Tour with optional Breakfast
It was our first time to Munich and wanted to get a chance to see the highlights of Munich and learn a little history of the city as well.
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Walking with the 3rd Reich
Wayne_B, Oct 2021
Hitler and the Third Reich Munich Walking Tour
Very informative insight in to the rise and fall of the Nazi party & a great way to discover different parts of Munich
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Great Tour of Neuschwanstein Castle with an excellent guide!
Matthew_M, Dec 2021
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
Our group was small and with winter and Covid in full-swing, the castle was not crowded.
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Magical Christmas in a fairy tale Castle
Raymond_W, Dec 2021
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
Stevo is very knowledgeable and also gave us good tips of what to do and where to go in Munich.
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Amazing bike tour in Munich
Sarah_H, Oct 2021
Munich Small-Group Bike Tour
I personally loved getting to see the surfers ride the wave from the runoff of the Isaar River.
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Great experience, must do in Munich
Kayla_H, Oct 2021
Munich Small-Group Bike Tour
What a great way to see Munich!
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Interesting Tour!
Patricia_K, Sep 2021
Hitler and the Third Reich Munich Walking Tour
I think because so many people know of Hitler and WWII it feels like your not learning too many new things but it is really cool to see where everything was (Hitlers office and GESTAPO headquarters ) and how important Munich was to the Nazis.
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Great personal tour
Cblindley, Aug 2021
Guided Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site Tour with Train from Munich
We were so fortunate to visit Dachau under the amazing guidance of Alun Evans.
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Ludwig and Stefan!
Julie_G, Jul 2021
EXCLUSiVE MUNiCH & Surroundings ALL-IN-ONE Culture, Nature and History Tour
Munich is a beautiful city in which we will always remember what we learned and hope to visit again.
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Must do in Munich!
Shara_F, Jun 2021
Munich Bike Tour with optional Königsplatz and Olympia Park
Bike tour was an amazing way to see Munich’s history and beautiful parks.
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Good
Lezlie_D, Oct 2020
Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
It was a great way to see highlights of Munich!
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Great way to learn about Munich
Morten_V, Aug 2020
Munich Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour
Our walking tour was changed to a bicycle tour which in hindsight we should have chosen since we got to see more things.
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Fun tour!
Madison_S, Jul 2020
Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich
Hope to see you again next time I’m in Munich!
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Pleasantly Surprised, Could Use More English
YAK, Mar 2020
Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Best way to see Munich, might have to do the 48hr one though because the Nymphburg Palace itself could take 2 or more hours.
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Excellent Overview
Katharine_M, Dec 2019
Munich Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour
Excellent English-speaking guide.
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Excellent tour
Lisa_A, Dec 2019
Munich Christmas Markets Tour
Patrick had a good itinerary worked out to see and experience the most in our two hours together.
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