Perhaps the calendar event each year in Munich is Oktoberfest, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of things to do year round in this very cosmopolitan city. Despite being heavily damaged during the Second World War many of Munich’s traditional buildings and locales have been re-built. These city attractions are paired with a fantastic shopping and bar culture to make for a great experience for visitors. A few things to do in Munich include.
One of the best attractions to be enjoyed in Munich is the massive public park which has affectionately been labeled the English Garden. Named for the its open landscapes and rolling hills, which make an informal English park style (think Richmond Park in London) , the Englischer Garten – as it is referred to in German – has much varied diversions. Inside the park grounds there are eclectic monuments, several popular beer gardens, a boating lake, and mile upon mile of jogging and biking trails. Many visitors recommend renting a bike or a row boat to fully enjoy the park. The park can be reached by taking Tram 17.
Church of Our Lady
Known in German as the Frauenkirche, the Church of our Lady is a fantastic example of Gothic Period architecture. Long a unique component of the Munich skyline the two dome topped towers is compared by residents – in a fitting Munich tribute – to two bubbling over beer steins. Though the church dates as far back as the 14th century allied bombing during World War II required large scale repairs to be made after the war. Wandering around the church is free, but there is a small fee charged if you want to go to the observation deck. A trip to this higher vantage over the city is highly recommended.
Marienplatz has long been the central square of Munich. As far back as 1158 there have been a variety of events taking place here including jousts, festivals and even executions. In modern times, thankfully the macabre events have been removed and in their place the square is filled with mimes, musicians, street performers, shops, and of course – this being Munich – a beer garden and plenty of restaurants and bars. A particularly lovely time to visit Marienplatz is during the yearly Christmas festival, which really captures the season with its festive decoration.