Swing a stein, explore Bavarian history or simply experience life in a modern German powerhouse.
The bustling home of Oktoberfest, Munich has an eclectic mix of medieval and postmodern architecture. Many of the landmarks in Munich display a proud royal heritage, as well as a sporting pedigree that can be rivalled by only a few other cities. When you fly to the capital of Bavaria and Germany's third-largest city, you'll experience a cultural and economic powerhouse like no other.
The city's Olympic Park, built for the 1972 Games, continues to stage sporting, social and cultural events. The Oberwiesenfeld site includes a stadium, hall and tower, plus a variety of recreational facilities. You can visit the park to swim, go ice skating, play football or tennis, and take a boat trip on the lake.
Ride the Flying Fox
The Flying Fox zipline carries you 200m from the roof of the Olympic Stadium to ground level in a matter of seconds. You can take in spectacular views of the Munich cityscape before embarking on a high-speed descent back down to earth across the pitch (it’s all a blur by this point).
Visit the shops Munich is a wealthy city, and its abundance of luxury arcades, trendy pedestrianised streets and funky boutiques mean you can spend all day up on your feet looking around Munich's shops. The upmarket Gärtnerplatz, bustling Neuhauser and Kaufingerstraße, and the classy Fünf Höfe shopping centre are go-to retail destinations.
In the Alpine foothills near Fussen, a 1 hour 45-minute drive from Munich, sits the fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle – the inspiration for Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle. The beauty of the royal palace is matched only by its breath-taking natural surroundings – notably the rugged mountains and crystalline Alpsee lake.
Munich's proximity to the Austrian border means the majestic city of Salzburg is reachable within just 90 minutes by train. On a single day trip you can explore the Hohensalzburg Fortress, Mirabell Palace, Baroque-style cathedral and the Von Trapp House.
Dachau concentration camp
A visit to Dachau concentration camp is as chilling as it is poignant. Just a few miles north of Munich, the former Nazi concentration camp is now a museum. Visiting is a profound, humbling experience. The site serves as a memorial to those who lost their lives and as a warning to future generations.
At 2,962m above sea-level, Germany's tallest peak is a mecca for winter sports fans, but also sightseers in the warmer months. As well as a viewing platform with 360-degree views, there's a museum, igloo village, restaurant and two toboggan runs.