- Viktualienmarkt Viktualienmarkt, 80331 Munich, Germanyrecommended ViktualienmarktThe Viktualienmarkt is a daily outdoor market and is located right outside of Marienplatz. Foodies will delight in the wide variety of sausage options in the market. There's also a prominent beer ... read moregarden in the center of the market. If possible, order a pork sandwich with cracklins.
- Englischer GartenEnglischer Garten, Munich, BY 80538, Germanyrecommended Englischer GartenThe Englischer Garten (English Garden) is one of the best things about Munich. It's the largest park in Munich and has rivers and a prominent beer garden at the Chinese Temple. In the summer, it's a ... read morepopular place to sunbath, swim, and surf (!) in the river (even if the water is extremely cold!)recommended Englischer GartenI only had a shirt time in Munich...so it was either go to Dachau and get enraged...or go to the English Gardens on a beautiful day, lay out, people watch, and drink awesome beer out of giant ... read moresteins...I choose the later...I choose wisely...
- MarienplatzMarienplatz 8, Munich, BY 80331 Germanyrecommended MarienplatzMarienplatz (Mary's Square) is the main public square in central Munich. This is the heart of the city filled with cathedrals, bars, restaurants, shops, and beer gardens. All the main tourist ... read moreattractions are based here.recommended MarienplatzLove the open market and the variety of stuff you can buy here! There are a lot of little shops for meats, baked goods, trinkets, clothes, accessories, chocolate, fresh fruits and veggies, little ... read morecafes for coffee, snacks, full lunches...everything you need to see for a full afternoon of wandering and people watching!Kelly G.
Open markets are always a fun way to browse and take in some local culture
- Meininger City HostelLandsberger Strasse 20, 80399 Munich, Bavaria, Germanyrecommended Meininger City HostelThis is your typical Hostel in Europe. It's a great price, it's clean, it's secure, its literally in the middle of freaking everything! It's not too far of a walk from the main train station, but it's ... read morejust far enough if you have a lot of luggage. They have their own bar, and game room, and televisions downstairs. Checkin went pretty smoothly, and the staff speak great English! We stayed in the cheapest Hostel rooms, 6-8 bunks with lockers, and they'll loan you a lock if you need it. This room had its own bathroom, which is better than dorm style restrooms for the whole floor, which they also had. Our bunkmates were a little rowdy one night and came back drunk, but I can't fault the place on that one. There are also family rooms, and single or double rooms with private bathrooms if thats more you style, and you prefer the more Hotel like feel. The building itself was really quite to both outside noise and from room to room. It had plenty of places to just hang out or get quiet time if you needed it as well. They only had wi-fi in the lobby are though, and they have computers you can use for a small fee per minute or per hour. They also rent bicycles, if you need, andhave transportation nearby going every direction. Just ask for help if you're unsure. There is also a GREAT free tour that starts in the area. I recommend doing that first to get the low down of the area. It's way helpful!
- HofbräuhausPlatzl 9, Munich, BY 80331 Germanyrecommended HofbräuhausNo trip to Munich could be complete without a stop here! The pretzels the beer, the brats, all amazing! Word to the wise, don't sit down at a table with a table cloth on it unless invited. That's for ... read morethe locals, and is frowned upon. Fortunately there was a group that thought us charming (ok probably more hilarious) that we knew how to polka, and proceeded to do said dance in front of the band, which they loved... but again, maybe because 2 girls were dancing, who knows. They didn't speak much English, us not much German, but we still had a blast! If you get the bratwurst in the pot of water, which I recommend, i was literally slapped and the fork knocked out of my hand. I guess you are supposed to pick it up with your fingers and slurp the meat out of the casing... Delicious, but weird, but whatever. You can't really go wrong with any beer, I recommend the Dunkel Weissen (yes a dark light beer, delicious!) And you can never go wrong getting a pretzel the size of your head. Ever.
- Sandeman's New Europe Tour MunichMarionplatzrecommended Sandeman's New Europe Tour MunichWhen I see ads for "FREE Tour", i pay attention. And boy am I glad I did! This tour meets in front of the Glockenspiel and the guides will give you the whole history of it as the story unfolds above ... read moreyou. That alone is worth it in my opinion. I've done a few of these free tours in other cities, and all have been great! This was by far my favorite one though. Our guide really fd off our energy and humor. He was also super helpful in pointing out landmarks as we went in case we wanted to come back to spend more time somewhere we visited, after the tour. These tours truly are free. You tip your guide at the end based on what you think it was worth. Seriously it could easily be worth $100 in my opinion. We learned so much history and so many weird stories, from the Glockenspiel, to the only remnants of the war, to seeing a museum for free as well by being told to "Just peek in the windows as we walk by!" Which of course we all did, whilst being met with stares from people inside looking at us like we had 3 heads). We also got lunch (pay your own) at a local beer garden where our guide told us which booths to go to based on our tastes. It was very appreciated. I highly suggest doing this tour when you get into town if you have a few hours. Things will make so much more sense and you'll get a sense of where you are in the city! And don't forget to tip your guide, and don't be afraid to ask questions! They're seriously awesome!Rachel R
This is a free tour (paid in tips) and gets you a quick glance at the top sites in a few hours. And then you can choose to spend more time at them later. Super helpful!
- Glockenspiel am Münchner Rathaus Marienplatz 8, 80331 Munich, Germanyrecommended Glockenspiel am Münchner RathausDoes this area get crowded well before 11am and 12noon? Yes. Is it mainly tourists and gawkers? Again yes. Is it worth it? Definitely! Make sure you check the time that it's been going off, as I've ... read moreheard it sometimes changes with the seasons, and will go off twice in a day, other times its just at 11am. I highly suggest doing the Free Tour that meets and leaves from here, or at least have someone that knows whats going on tell you about it. The music an dhte bells are gorgeous in themselves. But what really gets you is the story going on in the little windows. And they are literal stories. There's a knight joust, and a party, and all sorts of different weird things, that all have a place in Bavarian history! It really helps to truly bring it alive if you know a little bit of the backstory, but even if you don't its amazing to see.recommended Glockenspiel am Münchner RathausWhen in Munich you must go to the Glockenspiel at 11am (12& 5pm as well in Summer) to see the life sized figures do their dance as well as joust...it's right in the main square which is surrounded by ... read morerestaurants, bars, and cafe's. it's one of those things that live up to the hype...
recommended Dachau Concentation Camp Memorial SiteLike is not korrekt but important, sad, and intresting. If you are in german history also important for kids depends how old they are.
- Deutsches MuseumDeutsches Museum, 80331 Munich, Germanyrecommended Deutsches MuseumConsidered a significant science museum, Deutsches Musuem is worth spending a couple of hours. There are lots of interesting displays and hands on opportunities here which are of interest to children ... read moreand adults. Although we do not read or speak German, we enjoyed the experience and learned a lot.Leigh Virkus
Neat place to spend some time with the kids - especially if the weather is not great.
- BMW MuseumPetuelring 130, Munich, Germanyrecommended BMW MuseumIf you like cars, you'll like the BMW Museum. The history of this legendary automaker is displayed in an interactive & engaging way.
recommended Dachau Concentration CampOpened in 1933 by Heinrich Himmler in a spot 10 miles outside of the city of Munich, Dachau is a must see for any history buff or anyone really. Dachau served as a prototype and model for the other ... read moreNazi concentration camps that followed. Its purpose was enlarged to include forced labor, and eventually, the imprisonment of Jews, ordinary German and Austrian criminals, and eventually foreign nationals from countries which Germany occupied or invaded. It was finally liberated in 1945. Inside you will find an amazingly well taken care of piece of history. You will see how the prisoners lived and how some of them eventually died via the crematorium. Shocking and moving.
recommended Bavarian Snacks with Pure Bavarian BeerI tried this dinner out a couple of months ago. It is a little off the beaten path, but a great way to eat with a local family. The hosts served a delicious 3-course meal, coupled with delicious beer ... read more(for the adults of course :)) http://goo.gl/isEQG9 Good luck, M
- Schlosspark LinderhofLinderhof 12, 82488 Ettal, Germanyrecommended Schlosspark LinderhofLinderhof Palace was one of the palaces built by Bavarian King Ludwig II during the 19th Century. It's essentially a miniature of Versailles, with an equestrian statue of Louis XIV to boot. The ... read moregrounds are my favorite part. First, the palace is surrounded by mountains covered with evergreen trees. Secondly there are lovely fountains, statues, gazebos and trellises everywhere.Rich Carriero
Rachel mentioned Neueschwanstein. Well I took a tour with my wife that left from the train station and went to Linderhof, Oberammergau and Neueschwanstein. It was recommended by our hosts.
recommended OberammergauDuring a bus tour of the Romantic Road we stopped here for about an hour during which my wife and I went Christmas shopping at one of the many fine craft shops. This is the kind of town where you get ... read moreyour cuckoo clocks and Christmas pyramids. We each bought one of the latter for our mothers.Rich Carriero
THE place for your finest Alpine German crafts including cuckoo clocks and Christmas pyramids.
- Neues RathausRathausplatz 2, Ingolstadt, Germanyrecommended Neues RathausI was lucky enough to be in Marienplatz one morning when the extremely elaborate cuckoo clock went off. The clock literally has jousting knights and dancing characters that play out a three act ... read moreperformance.Rich Carriero
Definitely be there for the cuckoo clock!
- FrauenkircheMarienplatz, Wasserburg am Inn, Germanyrecommended FrauenkircheThe Frauenkirche is the largest church in Munich and one of the city's most notable buildings. It's very close to Marienplatz and therefore easy to get to. The cobblestone streets around the church ... read morehave some of the nicest toy stores, boutiques and cafes in the city.
recommended The standing waveYou got to check out where they surf in Munich! By the bridge there is a standing wave :)
- HeyluigiHolzstraße 29, 80469 Munich, Germanyrecommended Heyluigi
recommended Neuschwanstein CastleGreat experience and fun tour. It's only 35 minutes long but it's fascinating!Rachel E.
If you're interested in a day trip, the castle is great fun. The tour is only 35 minutes but the hike up in the winter is a bit of an adventure (there's also a bus up but not as fun). On the way down, it's nice to get a warm bratwurst and quarkbaellchen and enjoy the scenery.
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Perhaps you could take the kids skiing at Zugspitze? My memories of Munich in Feb are cold and snowy, so embrace it!
- Schneider Weisses BrauhausTal Strasse 7recommended Schneider Weisses BrauhausBreakfast in Munich: a steaming bowl of white sausages, a basket of pretzels and beer. Schneider Weisse specializes in wheat beers. It's a great place to eat because it's not nearly as packed as the ... read moreHofbrauhaus but it has all the charm necessary. The weissewurst are white sausages made with pork and parsley. You eat them by unraveling the outer casing and then eating the meat with dallops of mustard.Rich Carriero
If you want a more authentic brewhouse experience, go here.