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Culture Lover’s Guide to Munich

Culture Lover’s Guide to Munich

The 19th-century Wittelsbach rulers of Bavaria shaped their capital in the image of Europe’s cultural behemoths, transforming Munich into “Athens on the Isar River.” It’s a legacy that continues today as Munich remains an important European cultural center. Here are some ways to explore Munich’s cultural side.

Go museum-hopping at the Kunstareal.

Visit Munich’s top museums in one swoop with a visit to Kunstareal, Munich’s museum quarter. Here, you find the three Pinakotheken galleries—Old Pinakothek (Alte Pinakothek), New Pinakothek (New Pinakothek), and Pinakothek der Moderne—as well as Lenbachhaus art gallery and Museum Brandhorst. Admission to some of these institutions is included as part of multiattraction sightseeing passes. 

Visit royal residences.

The former palaces of Bavarian royals are scattered around Munich and the surrounding regions. They serve both as architectural eye candy and as repositories for art, antiques, and decorative objects. Some, such as the Munich Residenz (Residenz München) and Baroque-style Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg), are situated within Munich itself, while others, such as Linderhof Castle, Neuschwanstein Castle, and Hohenschwangau Castle, can be easily visited as part of day trips.

Catch a music performance.

A night out at a concert is a classic Munich activity. Attend orchestral performances at the Rococo-style Cuvilliés Theater, Max Joseph Hall, or the Hofkapelle (Court Chapel)—all of which are in the Munich Residence. For something less formal, catch oompah bands performing at the Hofbräuhaus beer hall.

Attend Oktoberfest.

Immerse yourself in traditional Bavarian culture at this world-famous festival, which starts in mid-September and features parades, processions, and a fairground. Attendees don traditional Bavarian garb while they eat, drink, and dance the days away. Some packages include a tour of Theresienwiese, the festival site, as well as food, beer, and reserved spaces in an Oktoberfest tent.

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Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich

Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich

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Travel from Munich to Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle on this day trip that includes round-trip transportation by train. Often known as Germany’s "Cinderella castle," Neuschwanstein was actually the inspiration for a different Disney story, the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ castle at Disneyland. Take a guided tour of the castle, and hear stories about the "Mad" King Ludwig II, who commissioned it. The entrance fee is not included, but skip-the-line access is, so you won’t wait in the main admission queue.
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  • 9 hours
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Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Munich City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Get acquainted with Munich the easy way on a fun, flexible hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Choose a 24-hour Express Tour to check out Munich’s main highlights or a 24-hour or 48-hour Grand Tour ticket to widen your sightseeing net. Either way, settle aboard an open-top double-decker bus, listen to the enlightening onboard commentary, and enjoy panoramic views of sites such as the Marienplatz, Hofbrauhaus, Viktualienmarkt and more. Hop off at the stops that interest you, explore on foot and then re-board the bus at any stop you wish.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Munich Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour

Munich Old Town Small-Group Walking Tour

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First time in Munich? Take in the best bits of the Bavarian capital on this 2-hour walking tour of Munich’s Old Town. Admire architectural wonders like the Old Town Hall, St Peter’s Church and the Munich Residenz; stroll through the lively Viktualienmarkt; and see the world-famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall. Accompanied by an expert guide, you’ll have ample opportunities to learn more about Munich’s history, cultural heritage and beer-brewing legacy, while walking between the central squares of Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz.
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  • 2 hours
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The Old Court Chapel including museum tour

The Old Court Chapel including museum tour

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One hour of concert will bring you the pleasure of listening to classical masterpieces. From Bach, Vivaldi, Händel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven to Schubert. The atmosphere of The Old Court Chapel, where also Mozart performed, is historical. Combine this concert experience with a visit of the entire Residence, including the Cuvilliés-Theatre, and indulge your eyes with the hidden treasures of the old kingdom. The tour of the Residence is valid 2 days prior to, and 5 days after the date of the concert. opening hours of The Residence: April - 15.October: 9 am to 6 pm (last entrance 5 pm) 16.October to March: 10am to 5 pm (last entrance 4pm) PLEASE NOTE THAT THE RESIDENZ MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED ON 24/25.12; 31.12.; 01.01. AND 25.02.
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Munich Bike Tour with optional Königsplatz and Olympia Park

Munich Bike Tour with optional Königsplatz and Olympia Park

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Get to know the best of Munich on this guided, 4-hour bike tour. Learn the history of this popular city, along with fascinating stories and facts, while riding around its open parks, elegant plazas, meandering riverbanks and winding, medieval alleyways. This tour includes stops at gathering spots like Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz, plus Englischer Garten for a break at the Chinese Tower beer garden. Upgrade to a 5-hour tour and see Königsplatz, or a 7-hour tour to visit Olympiapark, BMW Welt and Nymphenburg Palace. Use of a bike and helmet included.
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Munich by Night including Dinner at Hofbrauhaus and Olympic Tower Ascent

Munich by Night including Dinner at Hofbrauhaus and Olympic Tower Ascent

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See Munich’s night lights come to life, plus enjoy dinner at the famous watering hole Hofbräuhaus, on this private sightseeing tour. Munich is the capital of Bavaria and one of Germany’s most popular destinations. Start with a tour of the city’s popular squares, monuments, fountains, and buildings while they are illuminated for the evening. Then enjoy dinner and a show at Hofbräuhaus before traveling to the top of the Olympic Tower for a spectacular panoramic view of the city and a farewell drink.
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  • 4 hours
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