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24 hours in Munich

created by martin_F on 2013-01-22

24 hours in Munich

Bavaria is just different, and that is also true of Munich, Germany's third-largest city. If you do not feel like drowning the day in beer on the lawn of the world's largest lavatory – the “Oktoberfest Wies'n“ -- let us tell you everything Munich has to offer in a 24-hour period. So away from the collective Oktoberfest fun! It doesn't mean you have to stay totally dry.

As a starting point for your perfect Munich trip, the Hotel am Englischen Garten is a fine choice. The big lederhosen show, thanks to a jump in the city's hotel prices in September, are at least a third higher. The family-run hotel is not for the masses, which is utterly incomprehensible, because the location couldn't be better. In the furthest corner of Schwabing, where Munich looks like a sleepy village, is the English Garden. Schwabing is a cult -- do not pass up the chance to take a stroll through the alternative-tinged streets with their Art Nouveau buildings.

The English Garden, Munich's strikingly beautiful "green lung," is regarded as the most spacious park of all European cities! Note that you will find here different "climate zones" that you had not necessarily expected. The large beer garden at the Chinese Tower is probably the best place for the first and white sausage (Weisswurst) of your city tour -- so far, so good. But a little further south, your appetite for sausages of all kinds might dissipate -- because you are in a nudist zone. How amusing!

The next stop is a must -- something you may not get to see again so soon. Since the 1970s cool neoprene heroes surf in the waves at the man-made Eisbach River, just as in the surf off of Hawaii. The legendary Eisbach surfers attract consistant spectators from all over the world. Warning: it's a spot where one gets stuck easily!

But Munich has so much else to offer. Check out the Ludwigstrasse, where flip-flops and suntan lotion quickly disappear and the city puts on its glamorous face. Marvel at the antique-looking Victory Gate (Siegestor), the Residenz Palace, and all the rest of the imperial glory that the Wittelsbachers concocted for their Munich.

You now arrive at Marienplatz and find yourself right in the bustling heart of Munich. Here are the Marian Column (Mariensäule) and the magnificent New Town Hall, reminiscent of the one in Brussels. Walk a little farther to see Munich's undisputed No. 1 landmark, the Frauenkirche, with its two cap-wearing towers.

Another Munich Weisswurst institution is just around the corner -- the Weisses Brauhaus is, despite its huge size, often bursting at the seams. Sometimes it's better to wander among the colorful, fragrant delicatessen stands of the Viktualienmarkt or pop into in one of less crowded restaurants in the area.

Once your sausages have digested, it's time to spice up your trip with some art. That is no further away than Maxvorstadt and its "Kunstareal," where three world-class museums await. If the Old Masters are your thing, you should head straight for the Alte Pinakothek (which has a whole room full of monumental paintings by Rubens, among other things). Otherwise, from the three famous Munich Pinakotheks, you should select the the Pinakothek der Moderne -- it combines four exhibition areas -- art, architecture, graphics, and design -- under one roof.

Car buffs in Munich must pay a visit to BMW Welt -- the free tickets grants access to one of the most spectacular new buildings in the city (architect: Coop Himmelblau). The Olympic Park is adjacent to it as well. Admire up close the tent roof of the sports facilities (the world-famous Olympic Stadium, former venue of Bayern Munich) and the nearly thousand-foot-high Olympic Tower. Even for a long walk, the Olympic Park delivers, with its green hills and the sea making the perfect backdrop.

Munich by night -- it's impossible to be bored! If you underline the tips in this printable guide with the aid of your golden MasterCard or are friends with German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, then drop into Pacha. Only a few feet away from the glitzy disco Reich und Schön (Rich and Beautiful), the 089-Bar hosts a cooler (certainly a cheaper) party. As an alternative, let the brick Muffatwerk be duly recommended as well. In the former power station on the Isar, all kinds of music genres (well, not brass bands) party until the wee hours.
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    Hotel Englischer Garten

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    hotel

    There's more Nature here than anywhere else in the city centre. In the farthest corner of Schwabin...

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    Englischer Garten

    78 votes

    park / zoo

    The New Yorkers have Central Park, and the citizens of Munich have their English Garden, the city...

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    Biergarten am Chinesischen Turm

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    restaurant

    On nice days, thousands of visitors -- both locals and tourists from around the world -- occupy t...

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    Eisbach-Surfer

    39 votes

    sight

    Cult! Since the 1970s cool neoprene heroes surf in the waves at the man-made Eisbach River, just ...

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    Residenz

    20 votes

    sight

    Set in the heart of Bavaria, the Residenz Museum containing Europe's most valuable collection of ...

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    Marienplatz

    96 votes

    sight

    It seems that in Munich, all roads lead to Marienplatz. On some days, the city center, always bus...

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    Weisses Bräuhaus

    22 votes

    restaurant

    This traditional, typically Bavarian brewery is the perfect spot to sample the best bread dumplin...

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    Viktualienmarkt

    130 votes

    sight

    Here, where Munich's heart beats most briskly, you will find specialities from all over the world...

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    Frauenkirche

    23 votes

    sight

    The state capital's best known landmark: sublime Gothic architecture, painstakingly and tastefull...

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    Pinakothek der Moderne

    17 votes

    museum / gallery

    An arts museum housing one of the world's most important collections of classic modernism, design...

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    BMW-Welt/BMW-Museum

    38 votes

    museum / gallery

    World of experience of a brand: Here you can experience BMW with all the senses. The carmaker's ar...

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    Olympiapark

    37 votes

    sight

    The Olympic Park is an example of revolutionary contemporary architecture. The 290 m high Olympic...

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    089 Bar & Lounge

    15 votes

    club

    Many a visit to 089 Bar is preceded by a refused access to Pacha, immediately adjacent. For a gro...

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    Muffatwerk

    10 votes

    club

    Concerts, dance, performances, party, theatre: Muffatwerk is Munich's liveliest cultural centre a...

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