Munich Attractions Guide

Immerse yourself in the local culture, explore the city’s sites and take in views of its natural environment. There are lots of things to do in Munich. So waste no time and make sure to tick every item on the list. 1. Kulturzentrum Gasteig – Designed like a box, this seemingly eccentric structure has been a home to the world-renowned Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Its facilities include four concert halls: Philharmonie (2400 seating capacity), Carl-Orff-Saal, Kleiner Konzertsaal, Black Box (for experimental performances) and a City Library (with internet access). Millions of patrons frequent this center annually. With the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra drawing in most of the crowd. 2. München Theresienwiese – Oktoberfest – Theresienwese means “Therese Meadow”, it was a place where horse races were being held back in 1810. The races were part of the celebration of the Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. These were the beginnings of the annual drinking festival – the Oktoberfest. Today, booths, rides and foodstalls fill the meadow each festival period. The attractions never cease to entertain both tourists and locals each time. 3. Tierpark Hellabrunn – serves as a home to about 4,000 animals from different parts of the world; The zoo’s must-see attractions are the Elephant house, the 5,000m2 aviary, and the Ape house. Families can hang-out in its picnic groves and playgrounds. From April 1 to September 30, the zoo is open Mondays to Sundays from 8am to 6pm; from October 1 to March 31 zoo is still open seven days a week and operating hours are from 9am to 5pm 4. Cuvilliés Theatre – The premier of Idomeneo, an opera by Mozart was held here. This theatre is also one of the finest theatres in Europe. 5. Badenburg – Both a sauna and bathing house, this facility still utilizes the same heating system it used when it was first built. 6. Nymphenburg Palace – This place served as the residence of the crown princes and kings of the region of Bavaria. Walk along the Botanic and Alphine Gardens and visit the Marstallmuseum and the Porcelain Museum to learn about a bit of history. Other attractions can be explored within this vast estate. Operating schedules are as follows: April 1 to October 15 – open from Monday to Sunday, 9am to 6pm; October 15 to March 31 – open from Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. The palace is closed on holidays. 7. Bavarian State Opera House – also known locally as the National Theatre; This theatre is one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world. It is also the venue of the annual Munich Opera Festival a most-awaited summer event in the city. 8. Schleissheim Palace and Park – Schleissheim became the refuge of Duke Wilhelm V after his retirement from the throne. He had a manor built known as the Altes Schloss. You will also find the Neus Schloss in this area as well as the Schleisshem Park.