Munich

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Munich

Bäder

Tired from the sightseeing? Munich has some great baths (Bad in German), such as the Müller'sches Volksbad, where you can recover. Discover their outdoor pools, spa, and fitness area; remember that bathing suits are discouraged in saunas and steam rooms!

Müller’sches Volksbad, Rosenheimerstrasse 1, 01801-796-223 (central number for all baths; accessible only within Germany, www.swm.de
Tags: things to do | outdoors

Bavaria Filmstadt

Located in a district south of Munich, Bavaria Filmstadt is one of the "Hollywoods" of Europe. Make the trip to go behind the scenes and see how feature films and television series are produced in Germany. The stunt show is heart-stopping.

Bavariafilmplatz 2, 011-49-89-6499-2000 (for booking a tour), www.filmstadt.de
Tags: family | things to do | tour

Bikes & Beer

Ask your hotel for the best bicycle rental shop in the vicinity and head to the sprawling English Garden, a beautiful 900-acre park that stretches from Munich’s center all the way to the northern border of the city. Wind your way along shaded paths, past brooks and ponds. After swan-watching and before heading back to your hotel to prep for dinner, be sure to stop for refreshments at one of the Garden’s four famous beer gardens, like See House or Chinese Tower.

Prinzregentenstrasse and Bruderstrasse, 011-49-89-3866-6390, www.schloesser-bayern.de/englisch/garden/objects/mu_engl.htm
Tags: biking | things to do | outdoors | bird-watching | park | beer

BMW Welt

Whether you’re buying or just dreaming, this BMW museum/factory/conference center, opened in late 2007, is worth exploring. The main attraction is what might be called the world’s largest vending machine: a 300-car vertical storage garage that allows new owners to literally pick their car out (with the help of a robotic arm) before picking it up.

Am Olympiapark 1, 011-49-180-2-118822, www.bmw-welt.com
Tags: family | things to do | museum

Deutsches Museum

This magnificent science museum on an island in the Isar River covers everything from computers to raw materials and includes car and airplane exhibits; children love the interactive presentations.

Museumsinsel 1, 011-49-89-217-91, www.deutsches-museum.de
Tags: family | things to do | museum | science

Frauenkirche

Munich's trademark Church of our Lady is an austere, 15th-century edifice, with two onion domes that are visible far and wide. Note the fine gothic carvings by Erasmus Grasser and the original stained-glass windows in the choir.

Frauenplatz 12, 011-49-89-290-0820
Tags: family | historic | things to do | culture | architecture | religious | jim's pick

Jewish Museum

A tribute to Munich’s once flourishing Jewish community opened in 2007, nearly 80 years after it was first conceived. The Museum includes its own synagogue and community center, as well as three floors of permanent and rotating exhibits, including a history of Munich’s Jewish community.

St. Jakobs Platz 16, 011-49-89-233-96096, www.juedisches-museum.muenchen.de
Tags: things to do | culture | museum

Munich Opera House

The site of many of Wagner’s debut performances, the Munich Opera House offers new productions from October through July. Sixty-minute tours are conducted daily at 2pm. Each July, the Munich Opera Festival attracts nearly 90,000 fans from around the world; order tickets in advance of your visit.

Max Joseph Platz 2, 011-49-89-21-85-01, www.muenchner-opern-festspiele.de
Tags: smart splurge | live entertainment | things to do | culture

Oktoberfest!

This world-famous beer fest, known as "Wiesn" to Munich locals, spans several weeks in late September and early October every year and is a must if you're in town. Be sure to book tickets in advance and join hordes of merrymakers in one of 14 sprawling tents (each can accommodate a whopping 5,000+ people). You'll be in for a day of quality German brew, hearty Bavarian eats, German folk music and dance, and oodles of lederhosen (you can purchase your very own traditional outfit for under 100 euro). Kids will love the fanfare, as well as the carnival rides set up outside the tents. The fair grounds are accessible by subway, but don't bank on finding a taxi come evening; instead, plan ahead and ask your hotel to arrange an end-of-day pick up. Don't forget the lozenges: Your throat will need some soothing after all that singing, drinking, and schmoozing!

Matthias-Pschorr-Strasse, Theresienwiesen, www.oktoberfest.de
Tags: family | food and wine | dancing | things to do | traditional | beer | jim's pick

Olympia Park

The stadium, built for the '72 Olympic Games and now a venue for sporting events and concerts, is the main attraction in this landscaped park. The TV Tower offers bird's-eye city views (011-49-89-3 06724); the nearby BMW Museum is for aficionados (www.bmw-welt.com).

Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21, 011-49-89-3-0670, www.olympiapark-muenchen.de
Tags: family | things to do | park

Pinakothek

Three museums, all near one other, cover art from the Middle Ages to today. Alte Pinakothek exhibits 14th-18th centuries painters, including Dürer and Rubens (011-49-89-23805-216); Neue Pinakothek covers the years 1700 to 1900 (011-49-89-23805-195); Pinakothek der Moderne showcases contemporary art, graphics, and design (011-49-89-23805-360).

Barer Strabe, www.pinakothek.de
Tags: art | things to do | culture

Stadtmuseum

The best place to learn about the city is in this renovated arsenal. The main exhibition, "Typical Munich," shows objects from the city's 850 years of history. Other collections include: photography, musical instruments, and puppets. The café is a favorite Munich meeting spot.

St.-Jakobs-Platz 1, 011-49-89-233-223-70, www.stadtmuseum-online.de
Tags: things to do | culture | comedy

The Royal Residenz

Once home to Bavarian royalty, the Residenz (German for "residence") is now an enormous museum dedicated to the 18th- and 19th-century art and life. Within its 10 courtyards and 130 rooms, expect to see a hall of portraits, thousands of silver plates and utensils, over 300,000 coins and pieces of currency, and the crown jewels of Bavaria. Tour the chapel, private theater, and such architectural gems as the "One-Pillar Room." Don't miss the majestic gardens outside.

Residenzstrasse 1, 011-49-89-290-671, www.residenz-muenchen.de
Tags: family | historic | things to do | architecture | museum

Theatinerkirche

Munich has many churches, but the Church of the Theatines is unique as an example of the Italianate late-Baroque style. Highlights include the delicate stucco work inside and the magnificent high altar.

Theatinerstrasse 22, 011-49-89-210-6960
Tags: family | historic | things to do | culture | architecture | religious

Viktualienmarkt

While exploring Munich's charming old town, be sure to take a stroll through its most popular open-air market, located just a few steps from the famous Marienplatz. Fresh produce abounds, but you'll also find stalls selling cheeses from all over Europe, herbs and spices, honey products, and seafood, as well as some local crafts. Stop by around lunch time and sample some local delicacies, like pork hocks (schweinshax'n) and herring.

Am Viktualienmarkt 6, www.viktualienmarkt-muenchen.de (German only)
Tags: shopping | seafood | things to do | cheese | jim's pick

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