Munich

Swing a stein, explore Bavarian history or simply experience life in a modern German powerhouse.

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The bustling home of Oktoberfest, Munich has an eclectic mix of medieval and postmodern architecture, and a proud royal heritage, as well as a sporting pedigree like few other cities. The capital of Bavaria and Germany's third-largest city is a cultural and economic powerhouse.

Itineraries

Weekend

Day 1

Start the weekend by entering the Old Town through the historic New House Gate, before heading to Marienplatz and to the Rathaus to view the Glockenspiel show at noon. Seek out photo opportunities of the city's towering churches, theatres and other cultural landmarks, then grab some lunch from a street vendor. In the afternoon, make your way to Munich Residenz to explore the palace and grounds.

For dinner, head to the Hofbräuhaus bierkeller for a taste of Bavarian cuisine and, of course, local beer. From here, visit trendy Schwabing to take in a couple of bars, with the option of heading to a Glockenbachviertel nightclub.

Day 2

After breakfast, head to the Englischer Garten for a morning stroll, taking in spectacular views of the city from the park and riverside. From the southern tip of the garden, continue on foot to Viktualienmarkt to explore a traditional Bavarian market. Grab a pretzel for lunch, and, if you're still peckish, try the local apple strudel. Spend the afternoon exploring the busy shopping streets of the city centre or, as an alternative, head to the Deutsches Museum.

Join an evening walking tour to learn more about historic Munich and see the city landmarks under lights. Visiting the theatre or opera is one option, or you could head to Gärtnerplatz for dinner and drinks before ending your weekend at another Munich beer hall.

Full week

Day 1

Begin your week in Munich with a leisurely stroll around the Altstadt. Visit the central square at Marienplatz in front of the Rathaus to watch the Glockenspiel show at noon, then head west to the Frauenkirche church. Continue your tour of the squares, back streets and tourist landmarks, before spending the evening relaxing in a beer hall with a traditional Bavarian dinner.

Day 2

Take a stroll in the vast Englischer Garten and along the riverbanks before heading to the Munich Residenz palace for a guided tour in the afternoon. Head to the hip Schwabing for dinner and drinks in the evening, keeping your eye open for live bands and busy dancefloors.

Day 3

Take the train to Salzburg in Austria for a day trip. Explore the city's cobbled shopping streets and riverside area, then make your way up the hill to the mighty Hohensalzburg Fortress. After trying a traditional schnitzel or beef goulash, return to Munich for a performance at the National Theatre Munich, Cuvilliés Theatre or Prinzregententheater.

Day 4

Visit the Olympic Park to test your nerve on the Flying Fox zipline, then spend an hour or two walking around the stadia, lake and tower. Head back into Munich to stroll along the royal avenues and go shopping in Gärtnerplatz, Neuhauser or Kaufingerstraße. Visit the historic Hofbräuhaus bierkeller in the evening.

Day 5

Pay your respects by spending the morning at the Dachau concentration camp museum. After lunch, head to the traditional Elisabethmarkt to buy local ingredients for a picnic dinner in the park or to bring home. Join an evening walking tour to explore the city centre as the sun goes down.

Day 6

Take a day trip to visit Neuschwanstein Castle in the Alpine foothills and enjoy driving through Bavaria's beautiful countryside. After dinner, head out to a couple of bars or a club in Glockenbachviertel.

Day 7

Visit the Old Town one final time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and wander around the fortress gates, Citizen's Hall, Karlsplatz and Peterskirche. Head to the west of the city to see Nymphenburg Palace, or go to the Deutsches Museum, before celebrating with a final meal and drink at a Munich beer hall.