Is the Glockenspiel Boring? Munich in 60 Seconds!

Did you ever wonder what Munich has to offer beside the Wiesn (aka Oktoberfest)? No problem. Here are our recommendations. Just give us a minute.

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You are already in love with Munich? It went all too fast? You want the details? No problem. Here are our recommendations in order of appearance:

00:07 Church of St. Peter (Rindermarkt 1)
The oldest parish church in the city, situated nearby Marienplatz. After climbing 299 steps to the top, you get rewarded with panoramic view over Munich. Admission for adults: 3€.

00:09 Allianz Arena is home to football to the giant FC Bayern München and the not-so-giant TSV 1860 München. The (some might say: only) advantage of watching games of the latter: You can get tickets without being a club member. Get there by subway U6 (Fröttmaning)

00:10 Museum Brandhorst (Theresienstrasse 35a)
One of the city’s best museums of contemporary art, and situated in Munich’s art quarter next to the famous three art galleries Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne.

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00:15 Hofgarten (Odeonsplatz)
The gorgeous Hofgarten is one of the nicest parks in Munich, situated next to The Residenz, which is the former city castle of the Bavarian dukes, princes and emperors.

00:17 Town Hall Glockenspiel (Marienplatz)
The so-called Glockenspiel takes place in the tower balcony of the Neues Rathaus daily at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Figurines dance stories from Munich’s history in slow-motion. Not everyone gets their charm. We certainly don’t. But you might.

00:19 Müllersches Volksbad (Rosenheimer Strasse 1)
The oldest indoor swimming pool of Munich is also ist prettiest. Swimming in this art nouveau building from 1901 is an otherworldly experience. It is open daily from 7:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. Admission for adults: 4,40 €. Unfortunately, there is no English website to date.

00:22 Monopteros (Englischer Garten)
The Monopteros is a lovely little temple with a view, in the heart of the Englischer Garten (English Garden) next to the Chinese Tower.

00:25 River Isar (from Icking to Thalkirchen)
Paddling your way from Icking or even Wolfratshausen. It’s a fun 6-8 hour-trip on the river Isar. Buy your own boat or rent one here, for example:…. But make sure to check that there is no high tide or other warnings (floating refuse) before you go.

00:27 Flaucher (District: Sendling)
Grab some steaks and sausages and take the U3 to Thalkirchen to have a lazy barbecue. It’s only permitted in that area. But beware: On weekends it gets unbearably crowded. Aim for the southernmost point to.

00:34 Chinese Tower (Englischer Garden)
You don’t visit the Chinese Tower for itself but for the beer garden. It is situated in the heart of the Englischer Garten and one of the best beer gardens in the city with a mix of locals and tourists.

00:39 Mini Hofbräuhaus (Englischer Garten)
This hidden gem of a beer garden is situated in the northern part of the Englischer Garten and popular with people who take a rest from walking their dogs.

00:40 Café Fräulein Grüneis (Englischer Garten)
This lovely little café sells beer, coffee, cakes and other delicacies, right next to the Eisbach Wave.

00:41 Augustiner Keller (Arnulfstrasse 52)
One of the biggest beer gardens of the city, and one of the prettiest. It’s in walking distance to the central station.

00:42 Odeonsplatz is the northern gateway to the Old Town, situated next to The Residenz. Take a MVG Bike to explore the city. It’s set up by the local traffic company MVG and takes only the App “MVG more” to rent it.

00:51 The Eisbach runs through the Englischer Garten. One fun thing to do is to float down the little river until Tram station „Paradiesstrasse“, hop on back to „Prinzregentenstraße“ and do it again. Don’t be surprised: You are passing a famous little FKK area (Germans „Free Body Culture“).

00:53 The Eisbachwelle is world-famous for its city surfers who seem to be surfing the river wave 24/7.

00:56 Weisses Bräuhaus (Tal)
The typical Bavarian breweries offers a wide range of Schneider Weisse wheat beer. Dishes like “Bavarian peasant’s feast” or “Our Butcher’s Platter” can hardly be finished and start at 14€.

00:58 Beer Garden (Viktualienmarkt)
The Viktualienmarkt is one of the loveliest spots on a Saturday morning in Munich. Have a breakfast “Munich style” with white sausages, sweet mustard and a wheat beer and enjoy watching merchants, locals and tourists on the Viktualienmarkt.

01:02 Hackerbrücke (district: Ludwigsvorstadt)
One of the rare spots in Munich, the “biggest village of Germany”, that has some kind of metropolis flair. And a wonderful place to watch the sunset.

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