It's easy to be intoxicated by the heady beer hall scene, but new arrivals soon realise that there’s plenty to see and do in Munich. The charming Bavarian capital combines old world allure and modern flair, and its numerous attractions are enticing.
Expats wanting to learn about German culture will enjoy the BMW Museum, Deutsches Museum, Museum Brandhorst, the City Museum of Munich and the National Bavarian Museum.
Those who want to appreciate the past at ground level will enjoy the Marienplatz and its surrounding historic square's distinctive German architecture, while the revolving restaurant in Olympia Park boasts breathtaking views of the city from above.
When they need to escape the rat race, expats can head to the Englischer Garten in Schwabing for much needed rest and relaxation. Munich is also the gateway to the Bavarian Alps and sport enthusiasts from near and far descend on the city every winter.
Expats planning to do a lot of sightseeing should consider buying a Munich CityTourCard. They're valid for up to three days and entitle the bearer to free public transport and discount at many tourist attractions.
Recommended sightseeing in Munich
The Hofrauhaus has been a Bavarian institution since 1605 and the atmosphere is defined by the local brand of friendliness and joy known as gemuchtlikheid. Getting enthusiastic about the beer that's been brewed here for four centuries is easy, and the food is good too.
This historic Munich square harbours some of its most appealing architecture. The Neo-Gothic Town Hall features a Glockenspiel that chimes three times a day while its clockwork figures that act out parts of the city’s history. Visitors can also explore the toy museum in the Old Town Hall and the Frauenkirche, Munich's cathedral, which dates back to the 15th century.
Olympia Park was built for the 1972 Summer Olympics and the stadium remains a modern engineering marvel. Expats can take advantage of the spectacular view from its revolving restaurant or take a tent roof tour with an abseiling option. The Park is also a popular concert venue.
Nymphenburg Palace was initially the summer home of the Munich aristocracy. Just five miles (8km) from the city centre, expats can spend the day at its sweeping grounds, taking in its villas' uniquely crafted fittings and frescoes.
Alte Pinakothek is Munich’s premier art museum and features work by some of Europe’s greatest painters from the 14th to 18th centuries. The gallery itself is a stunning Neoclassical building with two floors and dozens of rooms, and expats are sure to be enthralled for hours.