With still favorable weather and falling prices, autumn is the ideal time to visit Munich, and it’s an atmospheric time to be in the city, with the city’s parks blanketed with colored leaves, beer halls serving hearty delicacies like Spanferkel (suckling pig) and Knödel (dumpling), and museums and galleries unveiling new temporary exhibitions.
With its jumble of medieval townhouses, towering church spires and grand palaces, Munich’s skyline is teeming with impressive landmarks and the city’s strict building height limitations have left the views unmarred by unsightly skyscrapers and office blocks. Of course the best observation points are up high, so put on your walking shoes and climb one of these top monuments in search of Munich’s best views.
As Bavaria’s flagship event and the world’s biggest beer festival, Oktoberfest is the main draw for many visitors to Munich, but with more than six million attending the festival and over 30 beer tents to choose from, the festival can seem overwhelming for first-time attendees. To help you prepare for an unforgettable week of beer-drinking and pretzel-eating, we’ve put together a complete guide to Munich’s Oktoberfest, from pre-booking tables and accommodation, to what to eat and drink.
September 3, 2014 by Zoe Smith
The most quintessentially German of all cities, surrounded by fanciful castles, snow-capped mountains and charming alpine villages, Munich makes an idyllic spot for a weekend break and there are often cheap flights available from other German or European cities. With limited time, it’s better to save out of town trips for another visit, but there’s still plenty to see and do in the Bavarian capital itself. To help you plan your trip, here are some ideas for how to spend the perfect weekend in Munich.
A few blocks south of the central Marienplatz, Munich’s Gärtnerplatz Quarter (or Gärtnerplatz Viertel) is one of the city’s trendiest districts, crammed with hip cafés, bars and fashion boutiques, and the heart of the city’s vibrant gay community. The eponymous Gärtnerplatz (Gärtner square) lies at its center, a tranquil circle of greenery surrounded by historic buildings and home to the grand Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, one of the city’s top opera venues.
With huge crowds descending on Germany’s southernmost state and prices at their highest, summer might not be the best choice for those short on time or money, but with long, sunny days and a host of seasonal festivities, it’s still one of the most atmospheric time to visit. From touring the region’s famous beer gardens to soaking up the idyllic scenery, here are some ideas for things to do in summer in Bavaria.