Planning Your Time

Set aside at least a whole day for the Old Town, hitting Marienplatz with the rest of the spectators when the glockenspiel plays at 11 am, noon, and also 5 pm in summertime. There’s a reason why Munich’s Kaufingerstrasse has Germany’s most expensive shop rents. Munich is Germany’s most affluent city and Münchners like to spend. The pedestrian zone can get maddeningly full between noon and 2 pm, when everyone in town seems to be taking a quick shopping break, though it’s hardly any better up until around 5 pm. If you've already seen the glockenspiel, try to avoid the area at that time. Avoid the museum crowds in Maxvorstadt by visiting as early in the day as possible. All Munich seems to discover an interest in art on Sunday, when most municipal and state-funded museums are €1 or even free; you might want to take this day off from culture and have a late breakfast or brunch at the Elisabethmarkt or around the Gärtnerplatz-Glockenbach areas. Some beer gardens and taverns have Sunday-morning jazz concerts. Many Schwabing bars have happy hours between 6 pm and 8 pm—a relaxing way to end your day.

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