Kempinski Blog Article
Bavaria’s capital, Munich is an incredibly popular destination for friends, couples and families. It’s home to the famous Oktoberfest celebration, as well as stunning old buildings and plenty of museums. It is a great destination for foodies too! Indulge in our guide to the top culture and cuisine attractions in Munich and prepare for an excellent stay!
Take in the sights at Marienplatz
Marienplatz, the main city square, is the heart of Munich. It is home to most of Munich’s famous landmarks, including the Mariensäule – a large column that was built in 1638 to celebrate the end of the Swedish invasion on the city. The Old and New Town Halls are both located here too, as well as the famous Glockenspiel cuckoo clock that, every day at 11am, 12pm and 5pm, celebrates with a carousel of dancing figures. If you visit at Christmastime, Marienplatz is also home to the world-renowned Munich Christmas markets.
St Peter’s Church is also located at Marienplatz and towers above the city. You can even climb up to the top of the church for incredible views of the city and surrounding area. On a clear day you can even see the Alps in the distance!
Enjoy traditional Bavarian delicacies
You can’t take a trip to Munich without trying its delicious food and extensive list of beers. Munich’s iconic bagels with white sausage are served widely throughout the city, and you must try sauerkraut, Frankfurt sausages and Apfelstrudel too!
Perhaps the most popular delicatessen in Munich with locals and tourists is Dallmayr. Established over 300 years ago, it attracts more than two million visitors annually and is well worth a visit. Cafe Frischhut das Schmalznudel is incredibly popular too. Their signature treat is the schmalznudel – a fried donut-like pastry coated with sugar. People queue up to get their hands on one, so get up early and make your way there!
And make sure you stop off for refreshment at one of Munich’s many beer halls and gardens. Hofbräuhaus, just off Marienplatz, is the oldest and most famous beer hall in Munich, dating back to the 16th century. Get there early, grab a seat and enjoy the live music and endless beers on offer.
Explore the spectacular Nymphenburg Palace
The Nymphenburg Palace was built in 1644 and is one of the most opulent and beautiful palaces in Europe. It was originally built to celebrate the birth of the Bavarian heir Max Emanuel and has been the home of Bavarian rulers and monarchs ever since.
Only 8km outside of Munich, the palace has 490 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens, and grand rooms that are open to tourists at certain points in the year. Don’t miss the “Gallery of Beauties”, a collection of women’s portraits curated by King Ludwig I in the 19th century.
Visit one of the city’s many museums
Munich is known for its many brilliant museums. Glyptothek Museum was commissioned by King Ludwig I and is the only museum in the world that is dedicated solely to ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. Glyptothek is also home to a collection of modern replicas of famous statues, carved entirely from wood.
Residenz was originally built as a castle in 1385 but is now a collection of museums and exhibitions about Bavaria’s history. For something a little different, the NS-Dokumentationszentrum focuses on Munich’s Nazi history, and displays collections of Nazi documents and manifestation.
Explore Munich’s skiing district
Munich is within touching distance of the Alps - there are some excellent ski resorts within an hour’s drive of the city, like Wallberg or Alpspitze.
However, Zugspitze is perhaps the most popular destination near Munich. It is the highest and snowiest mountain in Bavaria, and home to the exclusive Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski resort. You can drive here in under an hour, or take a train to Garmisch instead – it only takes 75 minutes from Munich.
Make your stay in Munich extra special with Kempinski
If you are interested in exploring the culture and cuisine of Munich, there is no better base to explore the city than Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich. Located in the heart of Munich, with a luxury spa on site, it is the perfect place to stay if you want luxury rooms, an ideal location and excellent facilities.
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