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.
Ringed with alpine villages and rolling lakelands, there are ample opportunities to escape the urban heat this summer in Bavaria and visiting Lake Starnberg from Munich has become a popular pastime for both locals and tourists. Bavaria’s second-largest lake (after Lake Chiemsee), Starnberg is just 30 minutes from Munich by S-Bahn train and makes a top choice for a day trip, but with plenty to see and do around the lakeside, it’s also a worthwhile holiday destination in its own right.
With such an abundance of historic beer halls, summer beer gardens and beer festivals, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s only one option for drinking in Munich, but whether you’re a non-beer drinker or just looking for a change of scenery, the Bavarian capital also boasts a wide selection of bars. From sleek cocktail bars to award-winning whisky caverns; here’s our pick of Munich’s coolest bars.
From downing a 1-liter stein of beer in a traditional beer garden to dressing up in a dirndl or lederhosen, there are plenty of quintessential Bavarian experiences to be enjoyed in the state capital, but if you really want to show off to your friends back home, here are some of the things you can only do in Munich.