Munich is a famous travel destination. But because of the pandemic, Oktoberfest has been cancelled. Find out the 32 things you can still do in Munich
Munich, the Bavarian capital attracts its visitors primarily for the world-famous Oktoberfest. Due to the pandemic you will have to wait until maybe 2022 for Oktoberfest. However, there a host of other attractions and things to do that will keep you busy for months!
If you have read through the typical sights in Munich, you’re sure to want to do even more exciting things in Bavaria’s largest city. But what else can you do in Munich? Let’s take a look at the 32 hottest things to do in Munich.
1. Have a picnic in the English Garden
The English Garden in the middle of Munich is one of the largest urban parks in Europe. What would a visit to Munich be without seeing the English Garden? In the middle of its 375 hectare green area there is a large lake and several beer gardens.
One of Munich’s leisure activities is to grab a picnic basket in warm weather and chill out on the lush lawn.
2. Climb the bell tower in St. Peter’s Church
One of the most popular activities in Munich is climbing the “Old Peter”. What is meant is the bell tower of the Peterskirche, which protrudes far beyond Munich. Located behind Marienplatz, the oldest parish church in Munich also houses the oldest bells and clocks. The tower is affectionately known by the locals as the “Old Peter” because the Peters Church was built in 1181 in the Romanesque church style on the Petersbergl. It is one of the best viewpoints in the city.
Anyone who dares to climb the 299 steps to the bell tower will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful views over Munich. Because from the old Peter you have an excellent view of the towers of the Frauenkirche and the roofs of the old town. In good weather you can even see as far as the Alps. The tower of St. Peter’s Church is open every day.
Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission 3 euros
3. Book a raft trip on the Isar
Since the 12th century, rafts have been used in Bavaria to transport wood and goods. Today the rafts are still there and are a tourist attraction. Up to 40 people can rent for a trip on the Isar from Wolfratshausen to Munich . With Bavarian mood music, snacks and beer, the journey takes around five hours past Georgenstein and Grünwalder Burg through the beautiful Isar valley.
However, the river section is not cheap. The trip costs around 159 euros per person. But locals and tourists from all over the world love this quaint Bavarian leisure attraction. It is worth comparing the offers, some offer bus transfers and lunch in a beer garden by the water as an inclusive service.
4. White water rafting on the Isar
If the raft trip on the Isar is too expensive for you, there are also cheaper alternatives. Especially in a group of five or more people, you can quickly save 1000 euros. Perhaps even more fun is a rafting tour on your own. Accessories such as inflatable boats (in different sizes) and life jackets can be rented from Doktor Boot . You can also stop wherever you want on a self-organized trip.
A good starting point for the sparkling pleasure would be Wolfratshausen south of Munich. There is even a shuttle service to get you on and off. A dinghy for three people currently costs 57 euros (5 people 95 euros). But watch out, a tour like this can easily take eight hours …
Josef-Kistler-Straße 3, 82110 Germering
Phone +49 162 6448556
5. Sightseeing tour with tram 19
The sightseeing line Tram 19 is a regular tram line and starts in the Pasing district in the west of Munich in the direction of the city center. You should get on at the latest at the main train station in order to get to the most important tourist attractions.
From the train station it goes past the Palace of Justice over the Stachus to Lenbachplatz. From here you can see the gate to the Old Botanical Garden. The route now leads over Promenadeplatz through the pedestrian zone to the National Theater on Max-Joseph-Platz. The Residenz, the Opera, Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz are in the immediate vicinity.
With a day ticket for 7.80 euros, you can travel unlimited trams in selected zones until 6 a.m. the following day. The group ticket for up to 5 people is even better, and costs only 14.80 euros.
6. The Gärtnerplatz in the Glockenbachviertel
In the Glockenbachviertel you can find the art and culture scene and the nightlife of Munich. Here we also meet Munich’s largest gay and lesbian scene. However, the trendy district has developed into a trendy district in recent years. The ornate architecture of the old building is worth seeing and the highlight is the annual Gärtnerplatzfest in July.
Gärtnerplatz is located south of Munich city center and is the center of the Gärtnerplatzviertel. Six streets meet here. To the displeasure of the residents, hundreds of young people meet on the “party island” on mild summer evenings.
If you are interested, you can book a three-hour guided tour of Munich Glockenbach . During the tour, insider knowledge, insider tips and exciting insights into the multifaceted history of the district are conveyed.
7. Skinny dipping and sunbathing like the locals do
One actually thinks that especially in Bavaria the people are traditional and conservative. But then there are the famous “naked people” on the Isar beach and in the English Garden. Actually, completely undressing is only allowed in six designated nudist areas in the city . In some tourist guides, the nude bathing area in the English Garden is even among the sights.
For the legislature, the sight of a bare-breasted sunbather is a source of public nuisance. Only the regulation doesn’t seem to really interest anyone. But because of the tourists, the naked bathers are drawn to the lakes around Munich.
8. Enjoy a wellness day in the Müller Volksbad
There are a number of good saunas and bathhouses in Munich. But the absolute favorite is the Müller’sche Volksbad . Swimming and taking a sauna become an experience here. Classic motifs by Carl Hochedes hang in the Art Nouveau halls. The ceilings are decorated with patterned stucco. The bizarre lamp sockets and wrought iron railings give the wellness temple its very own charm.
Rosenheimer Str. 1, 81667 Munich
Daily 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
9. A stroll through the Munich Hofgarten
If you are wondering what to do in Munich on a beautiful day, a visit to the Hofgarten is a good idea. The beautiful baroque park is located directly on Odeonsplatz behind the Munich Residence. The park was laid out in 1617 by order of Maximilian I as an Italian-style Renaissance garden.
The Temple of Diana is located in the center of the park. Here, under the shady colonnades in the beautiful beer garden of Cafe Tambosi, guests are treated to fine Bavarian delicacies. In addition, the beautiful public garden is a popular motif for romantic photo shoots. Sometimes a violinist or cellist even plays between the benches and soothing fountains.
Hofgartenstrasse 1, 80538 Munich
Open 24 hours a day
10. Go surfing in the Eisbach
The raging Eisbach in Munich’s Tucherpark is a hot spot for professional surfers. The Eisbach wave falls two meters down on Prinzregentenstrasse. With 25,000 liters per second, it is the fastest flowing body of water in Bavaria. From the bridge or the English garden you can watch the surfers riding the waves.
About a kilometer further on there is the “little Eisbach wave” in the same canal. It is a little easier to drive, and no less dangerous for inexperienced surfers. Beginners can try their first attempts at river surfing on the raft land south of the Glockenviertel or in Thalkirchen.
The Viktualienmarkt in the center of Munich is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. Fresh fruit, vegetables and other groceries from the area are offered here on around 22,000 square meters.
In the middle of the market there is, how could it be otherwise, a beer garden. You can buy and consume delicacies from all over the world at the surrounding market stalls. And with it there is a liter of beer from one of the big Munich breweries.
12. The market on Wiener Platz
The Wiener Markt is one of the four permanent markets for food
The market on Wiener Platz is a little quieter. Located in the center of the trendy and entertainment district of Haidhausen, it is a magnet for lovers of good taste. Here you can stock up on all the necessary foods for daily needs, but the spoiled palate will also get their money’s worth. Delicatessen shops and specialty shops line up on 350 square meters.
Opening times: The regular retailers adhere to the statutory opening times, the restaurants around the square are open a little longer. It is funny that Google reports the place as open 24 hours, because the entries from the EC machine and the Fischerbuberl fountain are of course available around the clock.
Markt am Wiener Platz, 81667 Munich
13. Have a beer in the Hofbräuhaus
In Munich there are dozens of beer halls or taverns where you can enjoy a beer and traditional Bavarian cuisine in a carefree atmosphere. The Hofbräuhaus is probably the best known of them.
Although the former brewery is almost exclusively a place for tourists, a visit is one of the must-do things in Munich. One of the many prominent regulars in the beer hall was Mozart, who lived just around the corner in the 18th century. Beer mugs from prominent regulars hang on the wall and are kept under lock and key.
14. Take a Third Reich tour through Munich
On this guided tour you can learn everything about the dark side of Munich at the time of the Third Reich. In three hours you will pass all the important places and buildings that played a role in this dark part of Munich’s history.
It starts with the first mass event of the NSDAP in the Hofbräukeller. Then it goes to Odeonsplatz, where the coup attempt failed in 1923. The party’s first mass marches took place on Königsplatz. Finally, you will learn some details about the horrific bombing raids that eventually resulted in the destruction of this beautiful city.
So if you want to refresh your historical knowledge, the Third Reich Tour through Munich is a good choice.
15. Eat a giant schnitzel in Steinheil 16
The Bavarian restaurant Steinheil is a student bar in the Maxvorstadt with cult status. Because here there are schnitzel the size of a wagon wheel. The oversized Viennese-style piece of meat comes with fried potatoes and salad and costs 11.90 euros.
Since Steinheilstraße is right in front of the Technical University, many students frequent the Schnitzel restaurant. In the pleasant atmosphere, many people order a herbal schnapps after their meal. Some of the female customers share the gigantic portion.
16. The flea market on Theresenwiese (BRK)
Every year the Munich Spring Festival 2020 begins with a very special top-class event. On the first Saturday in spring, the legendary BRK flea market (also known as the “giant flea market”) is a guest on Munich’s Theresienwiese. Every year, thousands of exhibitors gather at “Bavaria’s largest flea market” to sell their goods.
There are two good times to get the best deals here. Either very early in the morning when the exhibitors have just set up or at 4 p.m. when dealers pack up and go home.
17. The night flea market in Munich
Those who like to sleep in will miss out on the best offers at a flea market. But not so in the Midnight Bazaar in Munich! The night flea market costs 3 euros and starts at 5 p.m. until midnight. In addition to second hand items, there is live music and street food.
18. Pay your respects to Michael Jackson
Behind the Munich luxury hotel Bayerischer Hof stands the statue of the composer Orlande de Lassus. Since Michael Jackson’s death in 2009, his fans have made a pilgrimage to this monument and decorate it with photos, candles and fresh flowers. And that’s only because Jackson stayed at the hotel once. Today fans from all over Europe travel to pay their tribute to the King of Pop.
19. Take a bike tour to Blutenburg Castle
You can rent bicycles from the Munich transport company at around 121 rental stations in the city of Munich. A bike tour to Nymphenburg Palace and the former Blutenburg hunting lodge is really nice.
The cycle path leads past the Harras and Münchner Freiheit. It gets really beautiful from the Hirschgraben. Now you go through extensive parks, past barbecues, beer garden visitors and children playing. Along the Nymphenburg Park you have an impressive view of the imposing palace buildings and ponds.
When you arrive at the Schloßschänke of Blutenburg Castle, the effort is rewarded with a beer.
Of course, you can also end the tour with a detour to the Seehaus in the English Garden . The beer garden terraces are also a very popular destination in Munich. That would be the next leisure activity in Munich that we want to present here.
20. Enjoy the sunset with a beer at the Seehaus in the Englisch Garden
The Seehaus in the English Garden is located directly on the banks of the Kleinhesseloher See. Generous terraces and the beer garden, known for its Mediterranean flair, stretch around the lake house. Located directly on a large glassy lake, this beer garden is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset.
21. Have breakfast in the Café Vorhoelzer Forum of the Technical University of Munich
You can have a wonderful breakfast in Café Vorhoelzer on the roof of the Technical University of Munich
The Café Vorhoelzer Forum is located on the roof of the Technical University of Munich. An elevator in the side stairwell can take you up to the roof terrace on the fifth floor.
Up here you can lounge comfortably in a deck chair and enjoy the sun. There is also a magnificent view over Munich. In good weather the view extends as far as the Alps.
From 9:00 a.m. you can have a wonderful breakfast here and there is a great brunch on Sundays. The coffee offer is also affordable for students. Unfortunately, pre-orders are not possible.
22. Enjoy the sunset on a rooftop bar
The Bar Of Bel Air in the “Container Collective” is particularly popular with young people. Unfortunately, the cool roof terrace in Munich’s Werksviertel Mitte is only a temporary project. Because Plant 11 is to be built there from 2021
But you can still sip cocktails in the bar with the urban view and admire the sunset. The location is also open in winter, but then more likely with mulled wine.
23. Try the beers from the city’s six major breweries
Löwenbräu, Hofbräu, Augustinerbräu, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr and Spaten. These are the six big breweries in Munich. Most of the city’s inns and bars only serve one of these beers at a time. To find out which is the best, you have no choice but to take a beer tour through Munich.
24. Visit the artsy area in the Munich suburb
If you’re ever in Munich, why not take an art day. There is a concentrated load of culture in the Munich art area in the museum district of Maxvorstadt. In particular, the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek and the Pinakothek der Moderne can be found here. But also in the vicinity of the Pinakotheken around Königsplatz there are plenty of art, cultural and scientific institutions on the 66 hectare art area.
There are a total of 16 museums, exhibition halls, around 40 galleries and six universities. Among other things, the Brandenhorst Museum, the Glyphtothek, the Lenbachhaus and the State Collection of Antiquities. In addition, the Paleontological Museum and the State Geological Collection are not far away.
You can find more information here: kunstareal.de
25. Have a mass beer in the Augustiner Kellar
While the Hofbräuhaus is overrun with tourists, the locals love the Augustiner Keller beer garden on Arnulfstrasse. In the oldest beer garden in Munich you can sit in the shade under chestnut trees. Old and young meet here and the Augustiner is traditionally tapped from a wooden barrel.
As early as the 18th century, the Augustiner was one of the most popular beer gardens in the city. Strangely also because at that time you had the best view of the gallows hill opposite, on which the last public death sentence was carried out with the guillotine in 1861.
Arnulfstr. 52, 80335 Munich
Opening times : daily from 10 a.m. to midnight
26. Float over the Olympic Stadium on the Flying Fox
In 1972 the Olympic Park in Munich was the venue for the 20th Olympic Games. Today, sporting events are still held in the 85 hectare park. In addition, the area has become a popular local recreation area with many concerts, festivals and a wide range of sports. It is almost the case that the Olympic Park wants to break the world record in organizing. Because there is always something going on here.
Various guided tours are offered through the park , during which you can learn a lot about the architecture and history of the buildings. And on the tent roof tour, you can float across the stadium at a height of 39 meters on the Flying Fox (wire rope). The Olympic Park is also a popular destination for skaters . There are boat trips available and the 291-meter high Olympic tower you have a wonderful view over Munich. The revolving restaurant is also located in the tower at a height of 181 meters.
27. Marvel at the underwater world at Sea Life Munich
At Sea Life Munich you can immerse yourself in a special underwater world
One of eight Sea Life centers in Germany is located in the Munich Olympic Park. At Sea Life Munich you can marvel at over 3,000 sea creatures from 150 species in more than 36 pools.
A special highlight is the ten meter long underwater tunnel under the huge tropical pool. The operators proudly present the largest variety of sharks in Germany in 15 themed worlds. In total, over 20 different species of shark are said to be cavorting in the basin.
To save time and money, you should order a ticket for the Sealife Munich here . Because when ordering online, entry costs only 12.71 euros instead of 18.50 euros at the cash register.
28. Watching cars in the BMW Welt in the Olympic Park
The BMW Welt is also located in the Munich Olympic Park. The exhibition is the experience and delivery center of the car manufacturer BMW and is considered one of the most spectacular showrooms for car dealerships in the world. Here you can also see the buyers picking up their new BMWs. It is particularly exciting when the new BMW is lifted into the glass hall.
Even if you are not a BMW buyer, you can take a closer look at all the models currently on the market, get behind the wheel and even take a test drive. There are also numerous accessories for BMW fans in the souvenir shop.
29. Party zone on the Isar in Thalkirchen
In the southern district of Thalkirchen you can not only learn to surf in Munich. The gravel banks of the so-called Flaucher are also a wonderful place for sunbathing.
In the evening the Flaucher becomes an absolute party hotspot: the delicious smell of the grill, guitar sounds and laughing young people shape the summer flair here. For many locals, chilling on the Flaucher is the epitome of summer and a popular activity in Munich for teenagers on mild summer evenings.
There is also bathing fun on the Isar floodplains, on the Hinterbrühler See and in the Maria Einsiedel natural swimming pool. The local recreation area is also known for the raft landing, where tourists and locals go ashore after a raft trip on the Isar.
30. Go DAV climbing and bouldering center south
Only a few steps away from the Isar, not far from the Hellabrunn zoo , you will find the largest climbing facility in the world. At least that’s what the operators claim …
The DAV climbing and bouldering center (DAV Kletter- und Boulderzentrum) offers alpine challenges in the city on 7,800 square meters of climbing area. Beginners, advanced and also children can work on their climbing techniques here.
31. Have a wellness day at Therme Erding
The thermal baths in Erding are considered the largest thermal baths in the world
About 30 minutes by car northeast of Munich is the largest thermal bath in the world. Especially in the cold winter months or during the Oktoberfest (during the day) you can relax and unwind here.
From the Ardeo spring, pools are fed with their own thermal water. The fluoride and sulfur-containing water is pumped out of the floor at 63 degrees and then flows into the bathroom at temperatures between 33 and 40.
But you can also swim here relaxed in summer. Because then the roof is pushed open and swimming fun in the open air is also possible here.
Daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
However, the entrance fees are quite reasonable …
Sauna and swimming pool together cost:
2 hours 27 euros
4 hours 33 euros
Day ticket 46 euros
32. Spend a day in the Allgäu Skyline Park
About an hour away from Munich in the direction of Memmingen is an excursion destination for adrenaline junkies. The Allgäu Skyline Park offers more than 60 attractions for families and children .
Some roller coasters provide pure adrenaline. In the Sky Dragster you can control the speed yourself. The Sky Wheel is one of the highest overhead roller coasters in Europe. And there is a wild water slide and many other attractions for children as well as a small fun pool with water slides.