The world’s biggest beer festival needs little introduction. Munich’s Oktoberfest has long been a bucket list favorite, drawing a mind-boggling six million attendees each year. Attending the mega-festival is sure to be an unforgettable trip, but to ensure you make the most of it, here are eight quintessential experiences not to miss at Oktoberfest.
Summer in Munich is among the most atmospheric times to visit and while it’s unlikely to get too hot for sightseeing (average highs are around 24°C from June-August), locals waste no time in escaping the busy center when temperatures soar.
The most popular place to cool off in Munich is in one of the city’s famous beer gardens and there are so many to choose from (more than 200 if we’re counting!), you could spend your whole vacation hopping from bar to bar. To narrow it down, Augustiner Keller is Munich’s oldest beer garden and the Hirschgarten is the biggest in Bavaria, but other good choices include the Waldwirtschaft in Großhesselhoehe, which hosts regular live jazz, the Olympiapark beer garden, the Paulaner am Nockherberg and the Löwenbräukeller.
There’s no doubt that the beer-guzzling Bavarian capital knows how to throw a good party, but crawling the city’s beer halls isn’t the only way to spend an evening in Munich. Whether you fancy spending the night at a museum, getting a bird’s eye view of the illuminated city, or partying in a converted potato factory – here are 7 great things to do in Munich at night.
With the opportunity to get up close to more than 8,000 awe-inspiring sea creatures and discover an underwater world submerged in over 700,000 liters of water, Sea Life Munich is Germany’s largest Sea Life center and it’s an ideal destination for those visiting Munich with kids. Equally entertaining and educational for all ages, the underwater journey centers around the main 400,000-liter ocean aquarium, which boasts a 10-meter-long glass tunnel, where you can spot a rainbow of tropical fish, majestic Green Sea Turtles and the center’s most menacing residents – Germany’s largest collection of sharks.
When I first started planning my trip to Munich, one of the things on the top of my list was to visit Neuschwanstein Castle…The Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Day Tour from Munich was appealing because it included two of Ludwig’s castles as well as a stop in the small town of Oberammergau, taking the stress out of coordinating transportation logistics and ticket entry times on our own. That’s why we were excited to win tickets for this tour through a contest on Viator’s Facebook page.
Munich might be best known for its beer and fast cars, but the Bavarian capital is also a great spot for a family vacation. Whether you’ve got young children in tow or hard-to-please teenagers to impress – here are 40 amazing things to do in Munich with kids.