Are you staying in Munich and looking for a plan?
We summed up a few tips on what to do and what to skip.
Don’t go to Hofbräuhaus
Hofbräuhaus on Platzl is the best-known beer hall in Munich and maybe in the world. Therefore, it is very touristy and usually extremely crowded. Luckily it is not the only beer hall in Munich. There are many alternatives, as each of Munich’s breweries has at least one.
Our favourite one is Augustiner-Keller. In winter, you can get your “Halbe” in the hall or even in the old beer cooling cellar. In summer, the second largest beer garden in Munich opens at Augustiner-Keller. And it’s probably the most traditional one.
Augustiner-Keller is located in Arnulfstraße 52. You can easily walk there. From Marienplatz, it takes around 20 minutes.
Don’t go to Starbucks
Franchise coffee shops are the same everywhere.
Munich, also referred to as “the northernmost Italian city,” has many great cafés. After the legendary Tambosi café closed after 240 years, Café Luitpold is an excellent alternative. It is a traditional coffeehouse combined with a brasserie. Besides coffee, they offer a huge selection of cakes and self-made chocolates.
Café Luitpold is in the Briener quarter just around the corner from Odeonsplatz. The interior is spectacular, and they even have a sunny terrace.
Don’t wait in line for the viewing platform on St Peter’s Church (Alter Peter)
The view from Alter Peter is spectacular. But with beautiful weather, it is extremely crowded. Waiting for half an hour or more to get inside the staircase is nothing unusual.
Instead of waiting, you can go to the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus). It hosts the city council, mayor’s office, and a vantage point (Aussichtsgalerie) in the tower. Go in and look for a “secret” door that hides an elevator to get to the top. No need to climb any stairs.
Don’t go to tourist trap restaurants
You’ll find tourist trap restaurants everywhere. Munich is no exception. Especially around Marienplatz, many restaurants serve mediocre food for a lot of money. Usually, it is easy to spot those traps, just look for menus with pictures. (There’s no need to mention “socks in sandals” and “fanny packs.”)
There are many great restaurants within walking distance from the Old Town. Just stroll a little further from the centre and check out the side streets.
One of our favourites is Georgenhof. They serve traditional Bavarian food with a bit of modern touch. You should try their pork roast with dumplings and cabbage salad.
Georgenhof is located near the University, about 30 minutes walking distance from Marienplatz.
Don’t stick to the Old Town
For sure, Munich’s Old Town is a must-see. But there are also some other neighbourhoods worth visiting. In Maxvorstadt and Schwabing, you’ll find many cafés and student bars. Isar– and Ludwigsvorstadt host a lot of hype galleries and boutiques of young designers.
Or you can visit Giesing.
Giesing used to be a working-class quarter. Today it is being rediscovered by young and creative people. Giesing is also home to one of Munich’s youngest breweries: Giesinger Bräu (Giesinger brewery), a newcomer to Munich’s well-established beer industry. They brew refreshing craft beers while sticking to one of the oldest food laws – the German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot).
It doesn’t always have to be the Englischer Garten
Englischer Garten (English Garden) is a beautiful urban park. You can stroll there for hours without leaving the green. With an area of 3.7 km2, it is even larger than New York’s Central Park.
But, a walk along the Isar river is a great alternative. During hot summer days, take your bathing suit and jump in or have a picnic on the beach opposite St. Lukas Church. If you get thirsty, the Biergarten in Muffathalle serves a nice refreshing “Halbe” of Sommerbier (summer-beer).
Don’t use a car
Munich has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe. And it’s cheap. A group day ticket for up to 5 people (12,60 Euro) will bring you to all important locations in town. Another alternative is MVG bike-sharing. After a simple registration in a dedicated app, you can use one of the 1.500 MVG bikes. You can leave the bikes everywhere around town. A minute costs 0,08 Euro (max. 12 Euro per day.) There are bicycle lanes almost everywhere, so it’s easy to get around.
Don’t worry, this isn’t an MVG bike
Enjoy your time in the Bavarian Capital!
We are glad to answer more questions about Munich, should you have some.