Munich: Places to Explore


  • Ammersee

    Ammersee, or the Peasants' Lake, is the country cousin of the better-known, more cosmopolitan Starnbergersee (the Princes' Lake), and, accordingly, many Bavarians (and tourists, too) like it all the more... Read more

  • City Center

    Munich's Old Town (Altstadt) has been rebuilt so often over the centuries that it no longer has the homogeneous look of so many other German towns. World War II leveled a good portion of the center, but... Read more

  • Dachau

    Dachau predates Munich, with records going back to the time of Charlemagne. It's a handsome town, too, built on a hilltop with views of Munich and the Alps, which was why it became such a favorite for... Read more

  • Landshut

    If fortune had placed Landshut south of Munich, in the protective folds of the Alpine foothills, instead of the same distance north, in the subdued flatlands of Lower Bavaria—of which it is the capital—the... Read more

  • Outside the Center

  • Royal Munich

    From the modest palace of the Alter Hof, the Wittelsbachs expanded their quarters northward, away from the jumble of narrow streets in the old quarter. Three splendid avenues radiated outward from their... Read more

  • Schwabing and Maxvorstadt

    Some of the finest museums in Europe are in lower Schwabing and Maxvorstadt, particularly the Kunstareal (Art Quarter), crossing Barer Strasse and Theresienstrasse. Schwabing, the former artists' neighborhood... Read more

  • Starnbergersee

    Starnbergersee was one of Europe's first pleasure grounds. Royal coaches were already trundling out from Munich to the lake's wooded shores in the 17th century. In 1663 Elector Ferdinand Maria threw a... Read more


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