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Places of interest in Munich and the immediate surroundings
As an ancient residence of secular and spiritual leaders, Munich offers a whole series of historic buildings, castles, recreation facilities and shopping areas. In order to preserve this coherent picture, strict building regulations prohibit skyscrapers within the historic center. Even on the map, the contour of the historic center, which is limited by three old city gates, can be retraced easily.
All sights with detailed descriptions can be found under: www.muenchen.de/Tourismus/Sehenswuerdigkeiten/A-Z/146971/
If you want to discover Munich's historic center on foot, we recommend to visit the following sights:
- Alter Hof (including a multimedia presentation on the history of Munich)
- Alter Peter including its observation deck
- Carillon at the Marienplatz (ringing daily at 11 a.m., 12 a.m. and 5 p.m.)
- City museum
- Court Garden of the King's Palace (Hofgarten und Residenz)
- Frauenkirche (the town's landmark)
- Hofbräuhaus München
- Karlsplatz/Stachus (MVV)
- King's Palace (Residenz)
- Marienplatz (MVV)
- New city hall at the Marienplatz
- Sendlinger Straβe (Shopping street of the locals)
- Sendlinger Tor (MVV)
- Toys museum within the tower of the old city hall
An alternative to a walk through Munich's historic center might be a guided city tour by bus:
A 2.5 hours, "grand circle" city tour, will show Munich's most famous places of interest than can be seen from a bus. Destinations are the "Königsplatz", the "Feldherrnhalle", the King's Palace, the Nationaltheater, the "Prinzregentenstraβe" including the Friedensengel, the "Maximilianstraβe" including the "Maximilianeum" seat of the Bavarian parliament, the "Ludwigstraβe" including the University and the "Siegestor", the "Viktualienmarkt", the "Karlsplatz" and Munich's historic city gates. During the "grand circle" tour you will pass by the "Schwabinger Künstlerviertel", the "Nymphenburg" palace and the Olympic Park. The busses leave every hour between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Munich Central Station. The tour can be interrupted at 7 different locations and can be continued with one of the following busses. The price for an adult day ticket is 19 €.
A 1 hour-long "express circle" city tour is also offered. On this tour, the "Schwabinger Künstlerviertel", the "Nymphenburg" palace such as the Olympic Park will not be seen. The busses leave every 20 minutes between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and the price for an adult day ticket is 13 €.
Further information can be found under: http://www.muenchen-touristeninformation.de/TourAB.htm
Very enterprising visitors should also consider following destinations, which can be reached by "MVV/MVG" public transportation. These destinations require a greater expenditure of time:
Very enterprising visitors should also consider following destinations, which can be reached by “MVV/MVG” public transportation. These destinations require a greater expenditure of time:
- Allianz Arena
- Bayrische Seenschifffahrt
- Concentration Camp in Dachau
- Dachau with it's historic center and it's court garden
- Deutsches Museum
- Kloster Andechs
- Kunstareal München
- Nymphenburg palace with it's court garden, the Porzellanmuseum and the Museum für Naturkunde
- Olympic Park
- Schleiβheim palace
- Starnberger See
Up for hiking or sightseeing in the nearby Alps?
Take one of the regional train lines from Munich central station to one of the following towns in the German Alps: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Murnau, Bad Tölz, Lenggries, Rottach-Egern & Tegernsee, Schliersee, or Bayerisch-Zell (A one-way trip by train takes around 1 to 1.5 hours). To get to the Zugspitze, take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, switch to the cog railway to get to the “top of Germany” by train.