See and Do in Munich
Munich magically combines old world allure and modern flair. There are numerous attractions to entice every breed of expat.
Museums like the BMW Museum, Deutsches Museum, Museum Brandhorst, the City Museum of Munich and the National Bavarian Museum will certainly appeal to those educationally excited. Alternatively, there’s Marienplatz and a surrounding historic square brimming with distinctive German architecture for those that prefer to appreciate ground level antiquity, while the revolving restaurant in Olympia Park boasts breathtaking views of the city from above.
For those that prefer to escape the rat race and unwind amidst fresh air and gentle scenery, the Englischer Garten in Schwabing is prime for much needed rest and relaxation. Not to mention, if the lush foliage gets too calming you can visit Munich’s second largest beer garden in the midst of this picturesque greenbelt.
For travellers looking for a bit more adventure, Munich is also the gateway to the Bavarian Alps and sport enthusiasts from near and far flock here each winter.
Visitors planning on doing lots of sightseeing should purchase the Munich CityTourCard which entitles the bearer to free public transport in Munich and a discount card for many tourist attractions and is available for either one or three days.
Recommended sightseeing in Munich
Since 1605 the Hofrauhaus has been the site of the hearty brand of Bavarian jollity and conviviality know as 'gemuchtlikheid’. Expats will find that adopting the German’s exuberance for the beer that has been brewed at this world-famous tavern for over 400 years is easy, especially when served by the rosy-cheeked, robust maids that come with the territory.
Tel: (0)89 2901 3610
This historic Munich square sits in the heart of the city and harbours some of the area’s most appealing architecture of old. A Neo-Gothic Town Hall featuring a famous Glockenspiel chimes the hours thrice a day with 43 bells, and is accompanied by clockwork figures that act out bits and pieces of the city’s history. Visitors can also explore a toy museum in the Old Town Hall on the square, and the Frauenkirche, Munich's cathedral, dating from the 15th century.
Olympia Park was constructed in 1972 to accommodate the competition that would take place for the Olympic Games. The stadium remains a modern engineering marvel, and expat visitors can opt to take advantage of the spectacular view from the venue’s revolving restaurant or even engage in tent roof tours (with or without an abseiling option). These days the park is also a popular site for pop and rock concerts.
Tel: (0)89 30 67-0
Nymphenburg Palace was initially the summer home of the Munich aristocracy. Set a mere five miles (8km) outside of the city centre, expats moving to Munich can spend the day exploring the gorgeous grounds and wondering at the interesting frescoes and eccentric fittings on the villas.
Tel: (0)89 179 08-0
Alte Pinakoethek is Munich’s premier art museum and home to over 1,000 paintings featuring the work of Europe’s greatest 14th to 18th century painters. Even the gallery itself, spread across two floors and a dozens of rooms in a stunning neo-classical building, are enough to keep expats enthralled for hours.
Tel: (0)89 23805 21