Discover the main sights in Munich, Germany
Let me gues...Do you know mostly Munich because of oktoberfest, right? Obvious! But Munich is not just that, and maybe you are right now wondering "What do I have to see there?" Well, you will find out!
Munich is the capital of Bavaria and it is a very historic city with plenty things to offer: squares, museums, monuments, theaters, churches and nightlife.
Some of these points of interest, both important and interesting, are listed above in 5 points:
- Marienplatz -
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Marienplatz is the main square of Munich that has a contagious energy, full of shops, restaurants and historical buildings. As you can see, there is a lot to do there, but you can focus on four aspects: the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus), the Mariensäulee Column and the Glockenspiel, the clock tower that has motorized figures. There is a show with these figures but only happens at specific times.
You can dazzle a fantastic view of Munich's' city from the tower of the new City Hall, which has a lift and costs around €2.50. It's worth it, right?
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- Odeonsplatz -
This is another square that you must go in Munich, with Italian architecture. Here you can find the first baroque church of Bavaria (Theatinerkirche), the temple of the generals (Feldherrnhall) and the former residence of the Bavarian kings (Residenz). The last has concert halls.
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- English Garden -
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This park is one of the largest in urban areas and is not only a place where you can enjoy the beautiful landscape and nature, but also the restaurants and the traditional gardens where you can drink the traditional German beer, the biergartens. One of them is located in a 25m high structure, in the Chinesischer Turm.
Also in this garden, there is a part that you can see surfers. You read well: surfers! They catch waves that form on the Eishbach River, in the part called Eisbachwelle.
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- Olympic Park (Olympiaberg) -
As the name implies, this park was built due to the Summer Olympics in 1972. There are many events in this park, both social, cultural and religious. The park is divided by 4 distinct parts: Olympic park, Olympic area, Olympic tower and still Olympic village.
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Calm down ... We do not want you to go to Munich to get very tired! Of course you can see the city by bicycle and this is the only sport more intense that you can actually do.
If you like football you can go to the Bayern Munich stadium, called the Allianz Arena, which is about 15km from the city center. This stadium is very beautiful and you can see inside either with guided tours (to the locker rooms, interview room, tunnel entrance to the field ...) or watching a game of Bayern Munich. But be careful: mark well in advance as tickets usually run out. And who knows ... you might even meet the players!
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- BMW World -
If you're a car fanatic, you're in the right city! Here, at the foot of Olympiapark, is where the world of BMW is concentrated.
In a general way, you will find old or modern and futuristic models. In some of them, you can come in and take pictures - just as if you were driving one! It was good, was not it? Ahh ... and as for the motorbikes, you can see a show going through the museum, up and down stairs.
Next to the museum, you can find the BMW factory that can be visited, by appointment.
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- Other Museums -
There are many other museums worth visiting, such as the Paleontological Museum, the Museum of Science and Technology (Deutsches Museum), the Munich Documentation Centre, the House of the Arts and the Pinakotheks.
5. Places far from Munich center
If you want to go a little further, there are two very interesting places: Neuschwanstein Castle and the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.
- Neuschwanstein Castle -
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Those who are in Munich should enjoy a day to go to this fairytale castle. Did you know it was this one that inspired Walt Disney's Cinderella Castle?
An authentic postcard photo is what you will get going there with its fantastic views!
You can come and go the same day or choose to sleep in a small town nearby, Füssen.
- Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site -
This was one of the first concentration camps to be built by the Nazis in 1933, and the visit will certainly mark it as it recalls the sad and somber history of Germany. You can see and understand how the prisoners lived and were treated, some objects of the time, survivor testimonials, and more.
One must always know the past to know how to face the future and therefore to go to this field is a good way to learn.
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