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EU Recommends: What To Visit/Do in Munich

Munich is an exciting, cosmopolitan and historic city and there is lots to see and experience. Here, we have listed some of our favorite things to do.  

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The EU Munich Experience

Eisbachwelle

Eisbachwelle

As unbelievable as it sounds, you can surf in Munich. A wave has been created on the Eisbach river, allowing surfing year-round. However, it’s pretty dangerous, so unless you are a pro, it is wise just to watch – and it’s a strangely mesmerizing spectator sport! You’ll find the Eishbach river running through the Englischer Garten.  

Englischer Garten

Englischer Garten

One of the largest city parks in the world, there is lots to explore in the Englischer Garten. Experience a tea ceremony at the Japanese Tea House, visit the beer garden at the Chinese Tower, or watch the sunset from The Monopteros, a picturesque rotunda set on a hill. If you’re feeling bold, take advantage of the park’s status as one of the city’s designated “urban naked zones”!

Futuro House and the Pinakothek der Moderne

Futuro House and the Pinakothek der Moderne

Besides the gallery Pinakothek der Moderne you’ll find a rare architectural treat - one of Finnish architect Matti Suuronen’s famous, futuristic UFO-shaped houses. The Pinakothek is also worth visiting; it’s a complex of four galleries displaying art, prints and drawings, architecture and design, so there is something for everyone to enjoy, plus it’s free to visit on a Sunday.

Frauenkirche

Frauenkirche

An iconic symbol of the city, a visit to the Frauenkirche – the Cathedral of our Lady - is a must. Although the foundation stone was laid in 1468, the interior of the cathedral has changed considerably over the centuries, particularly as the building was bombed during WWII. Visit on a clear day and climb the tower for a view all the way to the alps!

Haus der Kunst

Haus der Kunst

A global center for contemporary art, Haus der Kunst is dedicated to exploring the diversity of modern art across cultural contexts. During World War II, the museum became the leading art institution of the Third Reich. Following the war, Haus de Kunst moved to remedy this by becoming a center for the avant-garde, notably displaying Picasso’s political work “Guernica” in 1955. Visit on the third Thursday each month for later opening hours and no entry fee.

Hofbräuhaus

Hofbräuhaus

This famous tavern dates back to the 16th century and still offers a quintessential Bavarian experience, complete with live music. Following tradition, Hofbräuhaus has many regulars whose tables are reserved and whose personal mugs are kept in the safe! As it is also one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, it’s wise to avoid visiting Hofbräuhaus on a Friday or Saturday when you’ll have more competition for a seat.

Munich Justizpalast

Munich Justizpalast

This Neo-Baroque building is a well-kept secret in Munich. The beautiful and incredibly grand Munich Justizpalast it is also the seat of the Bavarian Ministry of Justice. There’s no charge to visit, you’ll just have to pass though airport-style security to enter. Don’t forget your camera – you will want to capture those interiors!

Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace

The jaw-dropping Baroque Nymphenburg Palace was once the summer residence of Bavaria’s monarchy. Together with the surrounding gardens, the palace offers a tranquil retreat from the bustle of the city and a perfect way to spend an afternoon. Entrance to the palace is just €8, and in the summer, you can enjoy a gondola ride on the park’s central lake. Next door you will find the Botanical Gardens where extensive greenhouses, featuring everything from palm trees to terrapins, mean you don’t have to wait for a sunny day to visit.

The Residenz

The Residenz

A former castle, The Residenz was transformed over the years into a magnificent palace. Royal residence and the seat of government until 1918, this is now one of the largest museum complexes in Bavaria. With rooms and art collections that span the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical styles, walking through The Residenz can feel like walking through history. Entrance is €9 but as with many Munich attractions, there is a discounted rate if you have a valid international student card.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

World-famous Oktoberfest is an annual highlight in Munich. The traditional folk festival runs from mid-September to October and draws six million visitors from around the world. A celebration of Bavarian culture, festivalgoers enjoy local beer and food, fairground rides and music. Locals dress – and take pride - in their traditional costumes, with the women in dirndl and the men in lederhosen. It’s an unmissable event.