Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is one of Germany’s most important cities and is full of history that has affected the whole world. It is full of ancient churches, castles and beerhouses, and, on a clear day, you can see all the way to the Alps. Gray Line runs tours to all of Munich’s sights and can take you to incredible attractions in southern Germany and northern Austria, including Neuschwanstein Castle.
Tour Expert, Gray Line Munich
In order to get the most out of your Munich experience, start with a visit to the Marienplatz — the scenic heart of Munich. The square has been the center of the city since 1158 and is surrounded by Gothic architecture. It is home to the famous Glockenspiel clock, set in the wall of the Rathaus, which is played every day at 11 am, 12 pm, and 5 pm and tells stories from the city's history. Marienplatz also holds Munich’s world-famous Christmas market.
Zugspitze is the highest point in the German Alps, located in the Wetterstein Mountains. A visit will allow you to gain a full experience of the beauty of the German Alps. If you wish to see the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, you may opt to take a cable car or a cog railway up to the summit at 9,718 feet. At Zugspitze, you can combine the beauty of the Alps with an adventurous activity, and see as far as Austria and Italy. There are several hiking trails, an observation deck, and even an ice palace to explore at the top.
As the oldest and most famous beer hall in the world, a visit to the Hofbräuhaus is a must-do while in Munich. It is infamous for being the location of some of Hitler’s early speeches, but other regular patrons included Mozart, Lenin, and Louis Armstrong. You can take a tour to learn about the history of beer-making in Munich, and, of course, to taste some delicious Hofbräu beer.
Taking a walk through the huge Englischer Garten in the center of Munich is a great way to escape the crowds when you need a moment of tranquility. Opened in 1780, it was originally to provide work for soldiers in peacetime. A Chinese Tower, a Japanese teahouse and a beer garden can be found in this rather large park. Grab a beer and pretzel while you are there, or surf on the artificial streams.
If you're interested in history and architecture, you can explore the Nymphenburg Palace. This beautiful palace was built for the ruling family of Bavaria and is surrounded by well-kept manicured gardens. Indoors, you can tour the opulent state rooms and see a collection of porcelain that was made in the palace's own factory. This is a great option for history buffs and lovers of art.
One of the best ways to see the rolling German countryside is by taking a tour of the Romantic Road. Start in Munich and head to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, two picturesque towns that are filled with history and charm. Rothenburg is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and its charming town square. Finally, you can finish in Harburg, a historical town on the banks of the River Danube, with its own medieval castle and beautiful half-timbered houses.
If you're not afraid of heights and want a great view of the city, I recommend climbing the spire of St. Peter's Church. A church has stood on this location since before records began and St. Peter's was built in 1368 following a fire. The church's 299-foot tower offers an excellent view of the city and a location for the best panoramic photos.
Munich is home to some amazing street artists. The always-changing canvas on the walls of the city adds a spot of color to the vibrant city. You'll find the graffiti tunnel just a short walk from the Ostbahnhof, where you can spend hours exploring and admiring the incredible artwork.
Take a day trip to one of the towns, villages and castles that surround Munich. There are many tranquil locations within a short train ride of Munich, such as Dachau, Füssen, Salzburg, Nuremberg, and many more. The countryside is filled with the castles of the Bavarian kings that date back to medieval times.
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