HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE :
Munich's three Pinakotheken are among the world's finest art galleries.
Deutsches Museum: one of the world's largest science/techn. collections.
5 x European Cup winners Bayern Munich and stadium tours.
'mad' King Ludwig's castles & palaces are just part of a rich historical heritage.
Dachau concentration camp memorial: some things must never be forgotten.
BMW world, museum and factory tours shouldn't be missed by any enthusiast.
The English Garden: a spiritual home for beer drinkers, sun-worshippers, bongo beaters, frisbee flingers and pensioner exhibitionists :)
... and then of course there's the Beer ...
PLEASE NOTE : THE OPENING TIMES AND PRICES BELOW ARE A GUIDELINE ONLY, BASED ON RESEARCH WINTER 2014. PLEASE CHECK THE ATTRACTION'S OWN SITE FOR MORE ACCURATE INFO.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES IN MUNICH
Alte Pinakothek: one of the most important collections of old European Masters in the World. Altdorfer, Dürer, Titian, Rembrandt and Rubens to name but a few. Due to renovations 2014-17 some wings might be closed but the price has been reduced to €4/€2. Wed—Sun 10:00—18:00, Tues 10:00—20:00. Sundays 1 €!
Day ticket for all 3 Pinakotheks plus Museum Brandhorst 12€
Neue Pinakothek: an outstanding collection of late 18th to early 20th Century European Art. All Star line up includes Monet, Renoir, Degas, Goya, Klimt, Van Gogh, Goya, Cézanne etc. Wed— Mon, 10:00—18:00, Wed 10:00—20:00. Entry 7€/5€ ... Sundays 1€!
Pinakothek der Moderne: showcasing art, graphics, architecture and design this is one of Europe’s greatest collections of 20th and 21st century art. Tues—Sun, 10:00—18:00, Thurs 10:00—20:00. Entry 10€/7€ ... Sundays 1 €!
Lenbach Haus: Recently reopened after extensive renovations the excellent Lenbach Haus, once the home of celebrated portait artist Franz von Lenbach, is now home to several famous works from the likes of Kandinsky, Macke, Jawlensky, Marc, Münter and Klee. Entry 10€/5€
Museum Brandhorst: opened in 2009, an impressive collection of late 20th Century art. Includes extensive collections ofworks by Andy Warhol and Cy Twombly. Tues—Sun, 10:00—18:00, Thurs 10:00— 20:00. Entry 7€/5€. Sun. 1 €!
Haus der Kunst: opened in 1937 and intended as the first representational monumental building ofthe third Reich. Originally housing Kitsch and Propaganda the Haus der Kunst now hosts exhibitions of modern art. For a more detailed history as well as programme and prices please check the website. Mon—Sun, 10:00—20:00. Thu 10:00-22.00. Entry 12€/10€.
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum: founded in 1855 and in it’s present location since 1900 this is a splendid history of Bavarian culture and art through the ages Tues—Sun 10:00—17:00,Thurs 10:00—20:00, 5€/4€, Sundays 1€!
Villa Stuck: klein aber fein! on the border of Haidhausen and Bogenhausen, two of Munich’s top residential addresses (take a wander and see why). This was the home of Bavarian artist Franz von Stuck, who was responsible for the design of interior and exterior. The interior is particularly pleasing and the Villa also houses a gallery of von Stuck’s entertaining work plus temporary exhibitions. Tues—Sun, 11:00—18:00. Entry 9€/4,50€ for whole museum incl temp. exhibition), historic rooms 4€/2€.
Glyptothek / Antikensammlung : The Glyptothek is Munich's oldest museum and hosts sculptures from Roman and Greek history. The Antikensammlung displays jewellery etc from the same period. The area around Königsplatz looks like it could have been lifted from Ancient Greece. Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00. Entry 6€ / 4€, Sundays €1 !!
Münchner Stadtmuseum: an eclectic collection of collections of things Munich. One exhibition is dedicated to the dark ages of National Socialism in Munich. Another to Morris Dancers. Tues-Sun 1000-18:00, entry 7€ / 3,50€.
Residenzmuseum/Schatzkammer: Incredible palace complex which housed the Bavarian Dukes and Kings for over 4 centuries. The Residenz houses a 130 room museum reflecting architecture, design and art from the renaissance to the neo classical era. The Schatzkammer is stuffed full of treasure and should not be missed by any fan of things glittery. 1st April-19th Oct 09:00-18:00 / 20th Oct-31st Mar 10:00-17:00. Museum 7€ / 6€, Treasury 7€ / 6€, combined 11€ / 9€.
Beer/Oktoberfest museum: Celebrating the history ofthe amber nectar. In a beaufiful old building from AD 1340 between Marienplatz and Isartor. Until 5pm you can get a beer (Augustiner, the best kind) and a snack for 4€, from 6pm the Bavarian restaurant is open. Tues-Sat 13:00-18:00, entry 4€ / 2,50€
Jewish Museum Munich: Run by the City the museum this museum aims to give an in-depth insight into Jewish life and culture in Munich. Tues-Sun, 10:00-18:00, entry 6€ / 3€
Deutsches Museum: Allegedly the largest science and technology museum in the world. Simply vast with something for everybody, great location too. Take a stroll down the river if it's still daylight when you emerge, or go for a dip in the beautiful old Müller'sches Volksbad opposite. Daily 09:00-17:00, 8,50€ / 3€
Verkehrszentrum (near Theresienwiese): Over 500 vehicles tell the story of bikes, cars and trains in (not only) Germany in Munich's old exhibition halls. Nearby is the Theresienwiese where the Oktoberfest takes place. You can also climb up inside the Bavaria statue which peers regally over the site of the annual festivities. Daily 09:00-17:00, 6€ / 3€.
BMW Museum / BMW World / BMW Factory Tours: Sparkling new museum for all fans of the cars and bikes of the Bavarian Motor Works. The new museum is below the famous BMW HQ building (shaped like pistons) and opposite the spectacular new BMW world. Museum Tue-Sun, 10:00-18:00, 9€ / 6€. A 2 1/2 hr English tour of the Factory is also possible leaving from the BMW world building once a day on Monday to Friday, 8€. Reservations essential. Call for availability on +49(0)89 1 250 i 6001
OTHER ATTRACTIONS IN AND AROUND MUNICH:
The English Garden: should definitely not be missed. lt is the world's largest municipal park and a spiritual home for beer drinkers, urban surfers, sun-worshippers, bongo beaters, frisbee flingers and pensioner exhibitionists :) This is where Munich goes to take it's shirt off. Particular highlights are the permanent wave at the Southern tip of the park where surfers strut their stuff in a less than likely location... and then of course there are the Beergardens ... two of Munich's biggest and most picturesque are in the southern (central) end of the enormous park... the Chinese Tower and the Seehaus. Or just take a few of your own Augustiner Beers and keep them chilled in the Eisbach (ice stream) while you enjoy the perfect lazy sunny afternoon. Another popular spot to go skinny dipping, meet locals, lap up rays and Augustiner is along the Isar river. Also a great place to go for a bike ride. Ask at the Hostel's front desk for the best spots.
Schloss Nymphenburg: wonderful palace containing several interesting museums set in beautiful grounds just 13 minutes tram ride from the central station. Entrance to the grounds is free. A combi-ticket for all museums and palace costs 11,50€/9€ in summer or 8,50€/6,50€ in winter. (Also in the grounds is the Museum Mensch and Natur ... great for kids of all ages). Tram 17 from train station, direction Amalienburgstr. 13 minutes.
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial: A thoughtful and chilling reminder of one of the darkest moments in the history of humankind. The first 'concentration' camp was a prison to 200,000 unfortunates and the scene of over 40,000 murders before the survivors were liberated by American troops in April 1945. Entrance is Free. 52 to Dachau (direction Petershausen, leaves every 20 mins, takes 20 mins) then bus 726 to the KZ Gedenkstätte. Best to buy Day Ticket for XXL zone unless you have a railpass in which case the S-Bahn is free.
Olympic Park: Built for the Summer Olympics in 1972 the Olympic Park is a stunning piece of architecture and is home to the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Tower and the Olympic hill, the two best spots in the city for views over Munich to the Alps. lt is also your stop for all things BMW. The Olympics in 1972 were Germany's second chance to host the Games after the Nazi showpiece in 1936 Berlin and were overshadowed by the murder of 11 Israeli Athletes by Palestinian terrorists. On a sporting front Mark Spitz won a then record 7 golds and Russia pipped the USA to gold in what is often called the most controversial basketball game of all time. Two years later the football world cup final was played in the Olympic Stadium and the West German team containing Beckenbauer, Breitner and Müller came from behind to beat Cruyff's total-footballing Dutch side to claim their second world title.
Allianz Arena: Bombastic 70,000 + seater stadium home to 4 x European Cup winners FC BAYERN MUNICH and 1860 Munich. lf you can catch a match then do (Bayern games sell out way in advance but for 1860 it shouldn't be too difficult). 60 minute tours of the stadium run daily at 13:00 in English (sometimes more often) and at 11,13,15 & 16:30 in German 10€/9€ (exc. matchdays). The new Bayern Munich museum is open Mon-Sun 10:00-18:00 (changed on matchdays) 12€/10€. Combined tickets tour + museum 19€/17€/11€. The stadium is lit up like a spaceship every day for 2-3 hrs after sundown. U6 to Fröttmaning.
Herrsching / Andechs: a great trip in summer is along the S8 to Herrsching, a pretty lakeside resort where you can go for a dip or hire a boat. From there a gentle hike will take you up to the Andechs monastery where you can reward your exertion with a hearty meal and terrific beer in the beergarden.
The potential for great day trips out of Munich is enormous. With the Bayern Ticket (unlimited travel for 1 day in Bavaria, 1st person 23€, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th person + 4€ ea.) these trips can be a real bargain. There's no space here to fully describe the places that follow but just ask Google or grab the nearest staff member.
Schloss Neuschwanstein (the Disney Castle): Ludwig II may have tried bankrupting Bavaria with his castle building mania but his legacy is undeniable. This is the most famous of the lot, the one Mr Disney based his castle on and it is simply breathtaking. Take the train to Füssen and the bus to the castles. Get your tour ticket 12€ at the Hohenschwangau centre BEFORE climbing the hill.
Schloss Herrenchiemsee: Modelled on Versailles and set on an island in one of Bavaria's biggest lakes halfway between Munich and Salzburg. The interior was not finished but the rooms that were are fantastic. Train to Chiemsee then a steam train (or by foot) to the jetty and then a boat.
Salzburg: An absolute Jewel of a city. Mozart, the castle, grand old churches, the Sound of Music and only 90 mins from Munich. In Austria but still ok to travel to with Bayern Ticket.
Nürnberg: Beautiful old town, castle, great museums, a lot of history and the largest Christmas Market in the world. 90 minutes from Munich... Bayern Ticket
Regensburg: Gorgeous medieval old town, awe-inspiring Cathedral, wonderful beer 80 mins from Munich. Bayern Ticket.
Ingolstadt: Lovers of Frankenstein, (pure) beer, Audi, luxury outlet shopping, pretty buildings, creepy museums and stunning frescoes should head here. 1 hour from Munich, Bayern Ticket
The Alps: are easy to reach from Munich. In 60 mins you can be in Tegernsee set on a lake surrounded by Mountains with great hiking opportunities. In 80 mins you can be in Garmisch Partenkirchen, site of the 1936 Winter Olympics. Check out the Ski Jump arena, the Zugspitze (Germany's highest mountain at 2962 m), the Partnachklamm (a wild gorge) and maybe hike up to Schachen, a lodge built by Ludwig II.