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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 15 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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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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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
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Odeonsplatz

Odeonsplatz

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Hemmed in by Italianesque palaces, grand concert halls, and Baroque churches—Odeonsplatz is a testament to Munich’s storied past and the site of some of the city’s key historic events. At the northern end of Munich Old Town (Altstadt), the busy public square is the gateway to the Hofgarten gardens and the Munich Residenz.More
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St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)

St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche)

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Explore a piece of Munich’s history with a visit to St. Peter’s Church or Peterskirche, a Roman Catholic church built in the 12th century. The building is known for its Gothic paintings, sculptures, and a ceiling fresco, plus panoramic views from its spire. Colored rings at the lower platform reveal details about the view from the spire; a white ring means the Alps are visible.More
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Munich Residence (Residenz München)

Munich Residence (Residenz München)

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Discover elaborately adorned rooms and royal art collections during a visit to Munich Residence, the former royal palace of the Bavarian Monarch. This landmark is the largest city palace in Germany and contains museum displays spread across 130 rooms including collections of porcelain, silver, antiquities, and paintings.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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Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche)

Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche)

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A Munich landmark, the Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche) features two 325-foot (99-meter) towers topped by spherical domes. According to local ordinance, no other building in the city may be taller than this, preserving the cathedral’s central position on the skyline of Bavaria’s capital.More
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English Garden (Englischer Garten)

English Garden (Englischer Garten)

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One of the largest urban parks in the world, the English Garden (Englischer Garten) is Munich’s most popular green space, boasting over 48 miles (78 kilometers) of walking and cycling trails. It offers plenty to explore, including a Japanese teahouse, a boating lake, and traditional beer gardens.More
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King's Square (Königsplatz)

King's Square (Königsplatz)

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King's Square (Königsplatz) was initially built to serve the urban notionsof King Ludwig I, who wished to integrate culture, administration, Christianity and Bavarian military in one massive green space. The king opted for a European Neoclassic style based on the Acropolis in Athens. He even had two museums built in the same style; first was the Glyptothek, where he could house his sprawling collection of Greek and Roman sculptures, and second, the Bavarian State Collection of Antiques, which contains Greek, Etruscan and Roman artifacts. King Ludwig I also commissioned the Propylaea, an imposing and austere gate which served as a memorial to his son, the Bavarian prince Otto of Greece.Despite this architectural and urban prowess, the square is now infamous for being the place where the Nazi party held marches and mass rallies during the Holocaust. In fact, the national headquarters of the Nazi party, the Brown House, was located on Brienner Straße just off the square. It was even featured in a Nazi propaganda film, The March to the Führer. Two temples were built on Königsplatz to honor the 16 Nazis killed in the failed coup attempt by Adolf Hitler to seize power in 1923 – they were later on destroyed (except for their platforms, which are still visible today) as part of Munich’s denazification by the US Army in 1947.However, not all Nazi constructions were systematically demolished; the Führerbau, for example, where the Munich Agreement was signed in 1938, still exists to this day and houses a music school.Today, Königsplatz has returned to its pre‐war appearance and remains one of Munich’s most significant attractions. It is now regarded as the center of Munich’s museum quarter, the Kunstareal.More
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Hofgarten

Hofgarten

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A formal court garden built by Elector Maximilian I in the 17th century, the Hofgarten is one of Munich’s favorite parks. At its center lies an octagonal pavilion, known as the Diana Temple; covered arcades skirt the edges; and the landscaped grounds host games of boules and even tango dancing during summer.More
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Munich Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus)

Munich Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus)

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Discover one of Munich’s architectural landmarks during a visit to the Old Town Hall, or Altes Rathaus in German. Enclosing Munich’s central square, Marienplatz, the Old Town Hall today serves as the center for city council activity. The building’s tower is now home to the Toy Museum, a childhood collection by Ivan Steiger.More
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Field Marshals' Hall (Feldherrnhalle)

Field Marshals' Hall (Feldherrnhalle)

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Feldherrnhalle, or Field Marshals' Hall, is a monument in Munich that was built between 1841 and 1844. It was built in an Italian style and modeled after the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. It is located on Odeonsplatz at the former site of one of the city's main gates, Schwabinger Tor. The monument was built as a tribute to the Bavarian army that fought in the Franco-Prussian War and features bronze statues of some of the most important generals of Bavaria. In addition there are two lions on the steps. One is growling towards the Residenz Palace, the other is keeping its mouth shut towards the church.In 1923, Hitler supporters began an illegal march down Ludwigstrasse towards Feldherrnhalle to start a people's revolution against the Bavarian state. Police ordered them to stop, and when they did not, the police opened fire killing 16 marchers as well as four police officers. Hitler was arrested and served a short term in prison.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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How to Spend 2 Days in Munich

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Top activities in Munich

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Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich
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Berchtesgaden Town and Eagle's Nest Day Tour from Munich
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Neuschwanstein Castle, Ettal Abbey and Oberammergau Private Tour from Munich
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Recent reviews from experiences in Munich

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Pretty German town
Paula_T, May 2022
Romantic Road, Rothenburg, and Harburg Day Tour from Munich
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Dream Day
Alison_C, May 2022
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Our guide, Karl, suggested some other places to see on our way back to Munich which were also very pretty.
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Cheryl_G, May 2022
Munich's Highlights 3-hour Segway Tour
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Kim_T, May 2022
Munich Sightseeing Bike Tour
Traveling via bike allowed us to see many sights Munich had to offer.
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Rafael_W, Feb 2022
Third Reich Walking Tour: Historic Facts and Sites in Munich
Guide was nice and informative and spoke English quite well.
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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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Well worth the trip!
Denise_M, May 2022
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
We booked the small tour from Munich to the castle - it was a long day but definitely worth the time to visit.
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Wonderful walking tour of Munich
James_W, May 2022
Private Custom Munich Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems ★★★★★
I recommend this tour early in your trip, it will help you plan out the rest of your trip by showing you places you may want to return to visit.
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Definitely recommended trip in Munich
Eugene_F, Apr 2022
Bavarian Beer and Food Evening Tour in Munich
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My first day in Bavaria
Andrea_R, Apr 2022
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich
Following lunch, we walked the town and ascended up the stairs to see the Linderhof Castle.
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Wonderful tour of Munich
Kristin_L, Apr 2022
Paul's Bavarian Beer and Food Event
I hope I get the chance to visit Munich again and go on another tour with Paul!
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Great way to see many sites in one day with comfortable vehicle and excellent tour guide.
Cecilia_B, Mar 2022
EXCLUSiVE MUNiCH & Surroundings ALL-IN-ONE Culture, Nature and History Tour
We had limited time in Munich, and this was a great way to see a lot in a short time.
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Kim_T, Mar 2022
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site And Third Reich Day Tour From Munich
We also joined Alun for the afternoon part of the tour to see a bit more into some of the makings of what lead up to the concentration camps and their atrocities.
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Must do if you consider yourself a beer fan or not!!
Gustavo_T, Jan 2022
Munich Beer and Brewery Tour Including Samples
My friends and I booked the tour in english.
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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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Ursula_B, May 2022
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich
This was my granddaughter’s first time to see these beautiful castles and she really enjoyed it.
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