A trip to the heritage-rich capital of Bavaria brings with it the chance to explore and experience a huge range of amazing sights. One of Germany's most exciting and vibrant cities, Munich offers a diverse range of attractions, many of which are easily reached by foot.
It is a place that has real charm, and these sights are some of the best visitors can enjoy during their stay. Click the Explore button to see our top 10 things to do in Munich. For more information or to make a booking, please contact our concierge team via phone on +49 89 2125 2110 or via email at [email protected].
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski MunichMunich, Germany
Welcome to Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski, centrally located in the heart of Munich. It is the ideal place to stay to make the most of this vibrant city, whether you are here for a business trip or a city break. Our hotel offers guests a range of room and suite types, all classically styled with contemporary touches.
If you love seeing live football, make sure you take a trip to the Allianz Arena. It is the home of FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich, and has hosted World Cup fixtures and a Champions League final, seating up to 75,000 spectators.
Visitors can book a 60 minute guided tour to go behind the scenes of this famous stadium, or buy a combination ticket that includes entry to FC Bayern Erlebniswelt, an extensive museum documenting the history of the club.
The Allianz Arena is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 except on home match days and during events. Guided tours take place daily at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, and 16:30 except during match days and event days. To get there, guests can take the U-Bahn line 6 from Odeonsplatz, and get off at Fröttmaning, or a taxi will get you there in approximately 20 minutes.
Owned by the Bavarian state government, the Hofbräuhaus is one of Munich's best-loved breweries and beer halls.
Established by Duke Wilhelm V in 1589, today it is one of the finest places in the city to enjoy a large, foaming stein of Munich's best beer to the tunes of a lederhosen-dressed oom-pah band. If you enjoy beer, there is no better place to visit! Open daily from 9:00 to 23:30, Hofbräuhaus is only a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
Two of Munich's most popular tourist attractions, BMW Welt (World) and the BMW Museum are a perfect day out for lovers of all things automotive.
Charting the history and successes of one of the world's most prestigious car manufacturers, the two attractions, located in close proximity to one another, offer a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as exciting extras such as a tour around the BMW Plant and Vehicle Assembly Line.
BMW Welt is open daily from 9:00 to 18:00 and English guided tours are available daily from 14:00 and last 60 minutes. The BMW Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 and 60 minute guided tours are available from 10:15 to 16:30. To get to there, a taxi will take approximately 20 minutes, or visitors can take the U-Bahn line 3 from Odeonsplatz, and get off at Olympiazentrum.
Munich's central square has been the city's focal point since 1158, and through the ages it has hosted markets, tournaments and all kinds of celebrations.
Named after St. Mary, the square is dominated by the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall), a huge Gothic structure built between 1867 and 1909, and the pretty Mariensäule (Column of St. Mary), a symbol of the various challenges the city has overcome through the years.
The famous Glockenspiel clock, on the front of the Neues Rathaus, chimes each day at 11:00, 12:00, and also at 17:00 and 21:00 from March to October. It puts on a show of moving figures, depicting a royal wedding, a jousting tournament and traditional dancing. Marienplatz is only a 10 minute walk from the hotel.
The Nationaltheater is one of the world's most historic opera houses, home to much-acclaimed musical institutions such as the Bavarian State Opera, Bavarian State Orchestra and the Bavarian State Ballet.
The site has been home to three theatres, two dating from the 19th century, and the current building which was rebuilt in 1963 after the previous neoclassical design was badly damaged during World War II. It is the perfect place to enjoy exceptional cultural performances – click here to view the upcoming schedule.
Small guided tours can also be booked, lasting between 45-60 minutes, offering visitors information on its history and the day-to-day activity that takes place here. Nationaltheater is only a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
Made up of the Neue Pinakothek, Alte Pinakothek and the Pinakothek der Moderne, the Kunstareal (the art area) is the place to visit if you love all things creative.
For impressionist art, visit the Neue Pinakothek, featuring works from Renoir, Manet and van Gogh, among many others. The Alte Pinakothek is a place for works created between the 14th and 18th centuries, while the Pinakothek der Moderne is home to a range of modern artworks that together are one of the most impressive collections in Europe.
Alte Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne are open Tuesday - Sunday 10:00 to 18:00. Neue Pinakothek is open Wednesday – Monday 10:00 to 18:00. To get to the Kunstareal, catch bus 100 from Odeonsplatz, or a taxi will get you there in 10 minutes.
The beautiful, rolling landscape of the Olympiapark, created for the 1972 Olympic Games, is the perfect solution if you want a little natural beauty and recreation.
Featuring parkland, cycling routes and beautiful architecture, it is a great place to spend a few hours on a sunny day, and for rainy days, there are swimming facilities, the Sea Life Centre, and the nearby BMW Welt. The park is also home to the huge Olympia Tower (Olympiaturm) where visitors can view Munich from the observation tower, dine at the revolving restaurant or visit the small rock and roll museum.
To get to Olympiapark, take the U-Bahn line 3 from Odeonsplatz, and get off at Olympiazentrum, or a taxi will get you there in 20 minutes.
Situated in the heart of the Altstadt (old town), Munich's Viktualienmarkt is both a brilliant outdoor market and a 22,000 sq m venue for all kinds of festivals, including the exquisite Christmas Alpenwahn.
Food and drink are the main attraction here – from the huge variety of sizzling bratwurst and fresh produce from across the region. Most stalls are open Monday to Friday 10:00 to 18:00 and Saturday 10:00 to 15:00.
In true Bavarian style, there is an atmospheric open-air beer garden located in the centre of the market that serves a rotating selection of six local beers, and visitors can eat food bought from the surrounding stall here. The beer garden is open daily from 9:00 to 22:00 all year round. Viktualienmarkt is only a 10 minute walk from the hotel.
One of the city's most magnificent places, the 'English Garden' is one of the world's biggest urban parks and was Europe's first public garden, extending from the city centre out to Munich's northeast suburbs.
Named Englischer Garten due to its 18th century informal garden style – made famous by English landscaper Capability Brown – the park is a true oasis of green, with fields, woodland, and the calm banks of the Isar River.
The best views of Munich can be enjoyed from the Monopteros, a viewing platform in the south of the park, and visitors to the park can cycle, jog and walk the many trails through the park, as well as watch surfers riding the man-made waves on the Eisbach.
For snacks, refreshments and relaxation, there are plenty of beer gardens within the park, the most popular ones are under the Chinesische Turm and by the Seehaus. For something a little different, visit the Japanische Teehaus and experience a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Visitors can walk to the park entrance from the hotel.
If you only get the chance to visit one of Munich's many museums, make sure you head to the Deutsches Museum (German Museum).
Built in 1903, it is a museum of technology located on an island in the Isar River, its exhibits feature 28,000 objects from all kinds of scientific and technological fields. These include jet fighters, an ancient paper press, the first car ever produced and lots of interactive displays that will keep younger guests entertained and informed. Open daily from 9:00 to 17:00 and is only a 15 minute walk from the hotel.