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Things to do in Munich

Munich City Museum showcases history, the German Museum science. Stroll through Schwabing's English Garden, and soak up the atmosphere on Marienplatz square in the city centre. In Maxvorstadt the extensive collections of the Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne galleries span two millennia of art. Munich also boasts glittering palaces including the impressive Nymphenburg Palace. Museum opening hours are usually 10am-5pm/6pm, although many close Monday.

Olympic Park, Munich. Courtesy of Landeshauptstadt Muenchen

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Neue Pinakothek - Museums and Galleries

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    Neue Pinakothek, Munich. © J Sauer/Munich Tourist Office

    The Neue Pinakothek in Maxvorstadt contains over a thousand paintings, drawings and sculptures from the rococo period to Art Nouveau. Organised in chronological order, the gallery is particularly strong on German art, English landscapes and portraits and French Impressionism.Show this on map

    Cost

    €7; concessions €5; €1 on Sun

    Opening hours

    Wed 10am-8pm; Thu-Mon 10am-6pm

    Address

    29, Barerstrasse, Munich 80799

    Telephone

    +49 (0) 89 23805 195

    Transport

    Pinakotheken Tram

    Website

    Neue Pinakothek Website

  2. 2. Bavarian National Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Bavarian National Museum, Munich. Courtesy of Bayerisches Nationalmuseum Muenchen

    The city centre's Bavarian National Museum (Bayerisches National Museum) provides a fascinating glimpse of Bavarian life, through sacred and secular folk art from the Middle Ages onwards. Highlights include the Christmas crib collection, medieval town plans and traditional costumes.Show this on map

    Cost

    €5; concessions €4

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (until 8pm Thu)

    Address

    3, Prinzregentenstrasse, Munich 80538

    Telephone

    +49 (0) 89 211 24366

    Transport

    Lehel U-Bahn

    Website

    Bavarian National Museum

  3. 3. Pinakothek der Moderne - Museums and Galleries

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    Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. © Pinakothek der Moderne

    Pinakothek der Moderne in Maxvorstadt contains one of the world's greatest collections of 20th- and 21st-century art, with four major museums (art, graphics, architecture and design) under one roof. Highlights include works by Magritte, Picasso, Warhol and Beuys.Show this on map

    Cost

    €10; concessions €7; €1 on Sun

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-6pm (until 8pm Thu)

    Address

    40, Barer Strasse, Munich 80333

    Telephone

    +49 (0) 89 23805 360

    Transport

    Pinakotheken Tram

    Website

    Pinakothek der Moderne

  4. 4. BMW Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    BMW-Welt, Munich, Germany

    Munich's redesigned BMW Museum is housed in a futuristic steel bowl on the grounds of the BMW headquarters near Olympic Oark. Enter the glass-dominated, spaceship-like interior to see the engines, designs and cars that made BMW one of the world's best-loved brands.Show this on map

    Cost

    €12; concessions €6

    Opening hours

    Tue-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat, Sun & public holidays 10am-8pm

    Address

    Lerchenauerstrasse, Munich 80809

    Transport

    Olympiazentrum U-Bahn

    Website

    BMW Museum Website

  5. 5. Munich City Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Munich City Museum, Munich. Courtesy of Munich City Museum

    The Munich City Museum in the city centre offers a fascinating insight into the diverse history of Munich. Its eclectic collections appeal to all ages, and range from musical instruments and puppetry to fashion, fairgrounds, photography and film.Show this on map

    Cost

    €4; concessions €2; free on Sun

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sun 10am-6pm

    Address

    1, St Jakobs Platz, Munich 80331

    Telephone

    +49 (0) 89 23 32 23 70

    Transport

    Marienplatz S- or U-Bahn

    Website

    Munich City Museum Website

  6. 6. German Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    German Museum, Munich. Courtesy of Deutsches Museum/Munich Tourist Office

    The German Museum (Deutsches Museum) ranks among the nation's most visited museums. On an island in the city centre, it traces the development of science and technology from its origins, through fascinating hands-on models, experiments and audiovisual displays.Show this on map

    Cost

    €8.50; concessions €3

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-5pm

    Address

    1, Museumsinsel, Munich 80538

    Telephone

    +49 (0) 89 2179 1

    Transport

    Isartorplatz S-Bahn

    Website

    German Museum Website

  7. 7. Alte Pinakothek - Museums and Galleries

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    Alte Pinakothek, Munich. © B Geiges/Munich Tourist Office

    The Alte Pinakothek in Maxvorstadt is among the world's oldest and most important art galleries, with nearly 900 paintings from the 14th to the 18th century (including works by Dürer, Rembrandt and Rubens) housed in a vast neoclassical building.Show this on map

    Cost

    Tue-Sat €7; concessions €5; Sun €1

    Opening hours

    Tue 10am-8pm; Wed-Sun 10am-6pm

    Address

    27, Barerstrasse, Munich 80799

    Telephone

    +49 (0) 89 23 80 5 216

    Transport

    Pinakotheken Tram

    Website

    Alte Pinakothek Website

Attractions

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  1. 8. Marienplatz - Attractions

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    Neues Rathaus, Marienplatz, Munich, Germany

    Lively, spacious Marienplatz square in the city centre marks the heart of the city and is a popular meeting place for Münchners. It's dominated by the neo-gothic New Town Hall, with its world-famous glockenspiel which chimes two to three times a day.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Marienplatz, Munich 80331

    Transport

    Marienplatz U- or S-Bahn

  2. 9. Königsplatz - Attractions

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    Königsplatz, Munich. © A Mueller/Munich Tourist Office

    Three immense neoclassical temples flanking Königsplatz come as a surprise in the heart of Munich and have earned this spacious square in Maxvorstadt the nickname Athens-on-the-Isar. One temple building contains a Sculpture Museum and another the State Collection of Antiquities.Show this on map

    Cost

    Square free. Sculpture Museum €3.50; concessions €2.50; €1 on Sun. State Collection of Antiquities €3.50; concessions €2.50; €1 on Sun

    Opening hours

    Square daily all day. Sculpture Museum Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (until 8pm Thu); State Collection of Antiquities Tue-Sun 10am-5pm (until 8pm Wed)

    Address

    Königsplatz, Munich 80333

    Transport

    Königsplatz U-Bahn

  3. 10. Frauenkirche (Church of our Blessed Lady) - Attractions

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    View from the Frauenkirche, Munich, Germany

    The lofty, late-gothic brick Frauenkirche (Church of Our Blessed Lady) in the city centre, is Munich's cathedral and a city symbol with its two distinctive green onion domes. The interior is equally imposing, and includes the legendary 'Devil's Footstep'.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Sat-Thu 7am-7pm (Thu until 8.30pm); Fri 7am-6pm

    Address

    1, Frauenplatz, Munich 80331

    Telephone

    +49 (0) 89 29 00 820

    Transport

    Marienplatz S- or U-Bahn

    Website

    Frauenkirche Website

  4. 11. St Peter's Church - Attractions

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    St Peter's Church, Munich. © B Roemmelt/Munich Tourist Office

    St Peter's Church (known affectionately as Old Peter) in the Altstadt is Munich's oldest church. It dates from the 12th century, although it suffered extensive damage during World War II. The unusual tower boasts eight asymmetrically placed clockfaces and spectacular views.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free. Tower €1.50; concessions €1; children €0.30

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 9am-7pm (winter until 6pm); Sat-Sun 10am-7pm (winter until 6pm)

    Address

    1, Rindermarkt, Munich 80331

    Telephone

    +49 (0) 89 260 48 28

    Transport

    Marienplatz U- and S-Bahn

    Website

    St Peter's Church Website

  5. 12. Nymphenburg Palace - Attractions

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    Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich, Germany

    Nymphenburg Palace was for centuries the summer residence of the great Bavarian Wittelsbach dynasty, set in magnificent parkland in the Nymphenburg suburb. Admire the lavish rococo interiors and family collections, then join Münchners strolling amidst eccentric follies in the gardens.Show this on map

    Cost

    €5; concessions €4

    Opening hours

    Apr-15 Oct daily 9am-6pm; 16 Oct-Mar daily 10am-4pm

    Address

    1, Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich 80638

    Telephone

    +49 (0) 89 179 08 0

    Transport

    Schloss Nymphenburg Tram

    Website

    Nymphenburg Palace Website

  6. 13. Residenz - Attractions

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    Residenz, Munich, Germany

    The city centre's impressive Residenz palace illustrates the wealth of the Wittelsbach dynasty, Bavaria's rulers for five centuries. It has 112 rooms of varying architectural styles crammed with priceless treasures. Don't miss the Treasury or the rococo Cuvilliés Theater.Show this on map

    Cost

    €6; concessions €5. Treasury €6; concessions €5. Combined Residenz and Treasury ticket €9; concessions €8

    Opening hours

    Apr-15 Oct daily 9am-6pm; 16 Oct-Mar daily 10am-5pm

    Address

    3, Max-Joseph-Platz, Munich 80333

    Telephone

    +49 (0) 89 29 06 71

    Transport

    Odeonsplatz U-Bahn

    Website

    Residenz Website

Special things to do

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  1. 14. Olympic Park - Special things to do

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    Olympic Park, Munich. Courtesy of Landeshauptstadt Muenchen

    Just north of Schwabing, the Olympic Park, site of the 1972 Olympic Games, is now a thriving entertainment complex, attracting millions of visitors annually to its world-class sporting events and rock concerts, as well as its top-notch sporting facilities.Show this on map

    Cost

    Various

    Opening hours

    Various

    Address

    21, Spiridon-Louis-Ring, Munich 80809

    Telephone

    +49 (0) 89 30 67 0

    Transport

    Olympiazentrum U-Bahn

    Website

    Olympic Park Website

  2. 15. English Garden - Special things to do

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    Englischer Garten, Munich, Germany

    Schwabing's English Garden counts among the world's largest city parks and is popular for walking, boating, ice-skating, sailing, cycling and even skinny-dipping in the river. Visit the Chinese Tower beer garden and the classical Monopterus pavilion for magnificent city views.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    Englischer Garten, Munich 80538

    Telephone

    +49 (0) 89 3 86 66 390

    Transport

    Münchner Freiheit U-Bahn

    Website

    English Garden Website

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