One Day in Munich

by Gina on January 6, 2014 · 14 comments

One Day in a City Itinerary – Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany: Much more than beer and pretzels.

Munich, Germany: Much more than big beers and pretzels.

Munich is the third largest city in Germany and the largest in Germany’s Bavarian region, an area in southern Germany predominately known for scenic beauty and beer. But Munich is much more than just its annual Oktoberfest and the majestic Bavarian mountains and plains surrounding it. If short on time in Munich, don’t despair: it’s still possible to experience the culture, sights, and (of course) the beer. Here’s what to do with one day in Munich.

Schloss Nymphenburg and Munich Residenz: Palatial Places to Start Your One Day in Munich

Schloss Nymphenburg palace in Munich, Germany

Schloss Nymphenburg

Start your day by swiftly getting out to Schloss Nymphenburg palace, a 20 minute tram ride from the city center. Though it’s a bit of a trek to get to compared to other sights in the city, it’s worth it to see for its history and grandeur. Schloss Nymphenburg was the Baroque summer palace of Bavarian sovereigns and served as a retreat from the royal’s residence in the city. The Bavarian nobility would spend the summer in the country at Schloss Nymphenburg with their family. Make sure you don’t miss seeing the frescoed Festival Room and intriguing Gallery of Beauties.

The prettily opulent Festival Room in Schloss Nymphenburg.

The prettily opulent Festival Room in Schloss Nymphenburg.

Next up, head to Munich Residenz, the other home of the Bavarian royalty. Heading to Munich Residenz right after Schloss Nymphenburg will give you a great contrast of the two different styles of decorating between a summer and city palace home. Compared to the white and pastel coloring of Schloss Nymphenburg, the Munich Residenz is darker, bathed in crimsons, browns, and blacks. In addition to being the place of residence for royals from 1508 to 1918, the Munich Residenz also served as the seat of government for the Bavarian rulers. Today, many of the rooms are open to the public to view and the Munich Residenz is also home to one of Bavaria’s largest museum complexes, including a treasury, plus the old, opulent Cuvilliés Theatre. Be sure to see the elaborate Grotto Room, the massive Antiquarium Hall, and the portrait-filled Ancestral Gallery.

Munich Beer Break!

After your morning touring palaces, it’s time for a break, and when in Munich, you’d be wise to include a beer with any breaks. For lunch head to one of Munich’s beer gardens. The most famous beer garden is Hofbräuhaus. It has been open since the early 1800s and serves up huge portions of German cuisine plus entertains with live German folk music. The outdoor area of Hofbräuhaus fills up fast, so be prepared to wait or opt for a seat indoors in the large dining hall.

If you for sure want to sit outside, head to the massive (and my personal favorite beer garden) Augustiner Keller. This beer garden can seat up to 5,000 people and is split into two sections: one that’s self-serve and the other that has table service, all of which consists of picnic-style tables located under leafy trees.

The massive Augustiner Keller Beer Garden in Munich.

The massive Augustiner Keller Beer Garden.

Deutsche Museum: the World’s Largest Science & Technology Museum

Munich has its fair share of museums; however, for one that’s quite different from most museums you’ll find in European cities, head to Munich’s Deutsche Museum.

Part of the flight exhibit at the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

Part of the flight exhibit at the Deutsches Museum in Munich.

After lunch and a beer, get prepared to be wowed at Deutsche Museum, the largest science and technology museum in the world. While visiting, you’ll learn how planes mimic birds, how hot air balloons work (both current ones and designs from the past), the details of aerodynamics and the birth of different types of planes and helicopters, among many other engineering and technical feats.

It’s Church Time in Munich

Asamkirche: A Baroque Masterpiece in Munich, Germany

Asamkirche: A Baroque Masterpiece

Even if you’ve seen many cathedrals and churches during your travels and feel you’re on cathedral overload, the small, elaborate Asamkirche is one church not to miss and is an excellent example of Baroque architecture. Another church to see during your one day in Munich is St. Peter’s Chapel (Peterskirche), the oldest church in Munich, which was built in 1180 in a Romanesque architecture style. Also located in St. Peter’s Chapel are the eerie skeletal remains of St. Mundita, a Christian martyr. The skeleton is housed in a clear box and adorned with jewels, gold, and some spooky fake eyes.

You have one more church you should visit during your day in Munich. The Cathedral Church of Our Lady, also called Frauenkirche, was built in the late 1400s and is an impressive landmark of Munich due to its late-Gothic style of architecture and dual domed towers above the entrance. Frauenkirche also serves as the cathedral church of the Archbishop of Munich and Freising.

Frauenkirche or Church of Our Lady in Munich

Church of Our Lady in Munich.

Town Halls, Clocks & Shopping in Marienplatz

Don't miss Marienplatz Square with One Day in Munich

Marienplatz Square in Munich with New Town Hall in the background.

Marienplatz is the main square in Munich. Be prepared to get sucked into Marienplatz’s vibrant energy derived from the nearby shopping and restaurants, plus the still in use Old Town Hall and New Town Hall, and – most popular – the Glockenspiel. Visiting the sights of Marienplatz is a must-do for your one day in Munich.

Old Town Hall in Munich, Germany

Old Town Hall

The medieval Old Town Hall was built in the 1400s and has a 180-foot tower that offers great views of the square. New Town Hall overshadows Old Town Hall in terms of impressive architecture as is encased in Gothic intricacies and is also home to…the Glockenspiel. Every day at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 5 p.m. (the 5 p.m. performance doesn’t occur from November through February) the Glockenspiel performance of motorized figurines dance, joust, and twirl around the inside of the tower of New Town Hall for 12 minutes.

One Day in Munich Must-See: The Glockenspiel Performance

The Glockenspiel Performance

One Night in Munich

Once night falls, the entertainment still continues in Munich. Head back to a beer garden or for a memorable dinner out, make a reservation at Broeding Restaurant, a set menu dining experience that is gourmet heaven.

The cuisine at Broeding Restaurant in Munich will put a big smile on your face.

The cuisine at Broeding will put a big smile on your face.

When it’s time for your head to hit the pillow, do so at the luxurious and conveniently located Charles Hotel.

The Charles Hotel: Luxury in the heart of Munich.

The Charles Hotel: Luxury in the heart of Munich.

For more information on Munich sights, transportation, nightlife, and history plus short on time tips, check out my One Day in Munich guidebook for your Kindle.

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Cris January 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Hi Gina,
I just came across your blog and must say that i love the concept of your site/guidebooks. This is particularly useful to people traveling on business who might just have one free day! As for your Munich post, I was just there during Oktoberfest and like you mentioned, there is more to the city than Oktoberfest. Having said that, I really enjoyed how open the locals were to meeting people from other places during this festival so if you have a chance to make it to Munich in September you should definitely do so! If you do, hit me up, I have a friend there who has attended Oktoberfest every other day for the past 10 years and he showed us how to get into the tents even if they were “full”. Happy to share the tips with you should you ever need them :) Happy travels!
Cris

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Gina January 16, 2014 at 11:57 pm

Hi Cris, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on Munich! I would love to go to Oktoberfest one year, hopefully sooner rather than later. :) Lucky you that you got to experience it!

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Cris January 21, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Hi Gina,
With how much you travel, I am sure it is just a matter of time before you get to experience it yourself. I am actually thinking of going again this year but we will see :)
Cris

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Gina January 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I hope you’re right! :)

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Andrea January 17, 2014 at 9:57 am

I’ve only been to Munich during Oktoberfest but would LOVE to go back and see the rest of the city properly.
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Gina January 17, 2014 at 10:23 am

You’ll love exploring Munich! It’s such a spectacular city. I, on the other hand, really need to get there for Oktoberfest one of these years!

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Romy Mlinzk January 17, 2014 at 10:36 am

Hello Gina,

very good post about Munich – will be there tomorrow again – but your picture of Munich’s residenz is the Theatiner Church at the Odeonsplatz (Odeon’s place).

Cheers, Romy
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Gina January 18, 2014 at 8:55 am

Oops, you’re right, Romy! I got my photos mixed up. :) Updated now, thanks for pointing that out! Have fun in Munich!

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Becky Padmore January 20, 2014 at 11:33 am

Love Munich! Although I maybe biased as my family comes from there! ;-)

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Gina January 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Nice! Hopefully that means you get to visit a lot. :)

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Jeff January 31, 2014 at 5:11 am

I have never been in Munich. I would love to visit when my soccer team The Bavarians are playing at home. sounds like a great place for one day visit.

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Gina February 5, 2014 at 8:58 am

It is a great place, Jeff, even if short on time. And I bet it would be a lot of fun to watch a soccer game there!

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Andreas July 6, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Dear Gina,

thanks a lot for recommending our restaurant.
It’s great to hear that you had a nice evening at the Broeding!

Hope to see you again if you stay in Munich the next time.

Have a good time and best greetings from the whole team.

Andreas
Sommelier

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