Munich is a major city located in the state of Bavaria in the southern part of Germany. It is a major center of art and culture. Munich is also ranked among the top 10 cities globally in terms of high standard of living. Car lovers will know Munich as being the headquarters of the iconic brand BMW. A vibrant culture. Beautiful architecture and an exciting nightlife make Munich a much-loved city in Germany. There is never a dull moment in the Bavarian capital. Here is our pick of the top ten attractions for those visiting Munich.
- Allianz Arena
The Allianz Arena in Munich is one of the largest football stadiums in Germany. It was opened in 2005 and presently has a seating capacity of 75,000. The stadium is the home ground of two football teams, FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munich. The stadium was the venue of the World Cup finals of 2006. As FIFA prohibits the name of corporate sponsors for its official matches, the stadium was called the FIFA World Cup Stadium Munich. The exterior of the stadium is made with inflatable plastic with color changing illumination, the first of its kind in the world.
- Englischer Garten
The Englischer Garten, or English Garden, is an expansive urban park in Munich. It stretches from the city center right up to its northeastern limits. Covering nearly 910 acres, the garden is one of the largest urban parks in the whole of Europe. The park was designed by Sir Benjamin Thompson in 1789. Most of the garden has a relaxed open feel to it, similar to English gardens in the 18th and 19th centuries. Within the garden complex there is a Japanese teahouse, a Chinese tower, a Greek-styled hill temple, and a nude sunbathing section.
- Pinakothek Museums
The Pinakothek Museums are a combination of three museums, namely Old, New, and Modern. The Old, or Alte, Pinakothek Museum was established by King Ludwig I in 1826, making it one of the oldest art galleries in the world. During its founding, it was the largest art gallery in the world. Presently, it displays a large collection of paintings by the Old Masters. The New Pinakothek has artwork from the 19th century. The Modern Pinakothek is dedicated to modern artwork. The museums are located in the Kuntstareal neighborhood of Munich and is a must-visit attraction for art lovers.
- Nymphenburg Palace
The Nymphenburg Palace, or the Castle of the Nymphs, is a late-17th-century Baroque palace in Munich. It was commissioned in 1664 by the parents of Maximilian II Emanuel. After coming to power, Max Emanuel made several extensions to the palace. It served as the summer residence to the Bavarian monarchs from the House of Wittelsbach. Although part of this palace is open to the public, certain sections remain inaccessible because it is officially used by the present Duke of Bavaria.
- Deutsches Museum
The Deutsches Museum is not only the largest museum in Munich, it is also the largest museum of science and technology in the world. It has an approximate 28,000 objects on display from 50 different fields of science and technology. The museum is officially named the German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology. It was founded in 1903 and is one of the major attractions in the city of Munich with an annual footfall of around 1.5 million. The museum appeals to visitors of all ages. It even has a large range of activities for kids between the ages of 3 and 8.
- BMW Welt and Museum
BMW is one of the foremost auto manufacturers in the world. This iconic brand is headquartered in Munich. Located close to the headquarters is the BMW Welt, or BMW World, along with the BMW Museum. The BMW Welt is their auto outlet where the latest models are put on display. It is also the site where deliveries are done. This is the place to visit if you want to know about the latest from the world of BMW. The BMW Museum showcases the history and growth of the iconic brand. There are several displays of its motorcycles and cars that have created a mark across the globe.
- Munich Residenz
The Munich Residenz is the former royal residence of the Bavarian monarchs from the House of Wittelsbach. It is located very close to the city center. It is considered to be one of the finest palace museums in the whole of Europe. The first buildings of this royal complex date back to the 14th century. It is the largest urban palace in the country and has 10 courtyards. 130 of its rooms are open to the public to showcase the architecture, décor, and royal collections from the medieval period. The majestic palace was also a reflection of the power the Bavarian rulers had during their days of monarchy.
- Munich Frauenkirche
The Munich Frauenkirche, or the Cathedral of Our Dear Lady, is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in the city of Munich. The church is easily recognized with its dominating 99-meter high twin towers. Due to restrictions on the height of buildings, the towers have remained an iconic landmark on the city skyline. This Gothic church with its Renaissance dome was completed in 1524. It is the final resting place of several Bavarian dukes. With the backdrop of the snow-capped Alps, the Munich Frauenkirche is a sight to behold.
Hofbrauhaus is the oldest and most popular beer hall in Munich. It was the brainchild of Bavarian ruler Wilhelm V in the 16th century to create a royal brewery which would make such good beer that it need not be imported from Saxony. The Hofbrauhaus not only succeeded in brewing great beer, it became famous throughput Europe. Such was its popularity that the invading Swedes agreed not to plunder the city in exchange of 600,000 beers from the Hofbrauhaus!
Marienplatz is the most popular square in the whole of Munich. Both the Old City Hall and the New City Hall are located in this square. The square has been an important part of the social and political circle of Munich since the mid 12th century. It is still one of the most-visited attractions of the city. The highlight of the square is undoubtedly the New Town Hall with its heavily ornate Gothic architecture. The façade has the images of several rulers of the House of Wittelsbach along with statues of four Bavarian kings at a lower level. The square is the site of the main Christmas market in Munich.
Originally posted 2017-06-01 06:35:35.