Munich

Munich is a wealthy city—and it shows. At times this affluence may come across as conservatism. But what makes Munich so unique is that it's a new city superimposed on the old. The hip neighborhoods that make up the City Center (Innenstadt) are replete with traditional locales, and flashy materialism thrives together with a love of the outdoors.

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  • 1. Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The site of the infamous camp, now the KZ-Gedenkstätte Dachau, is just outside town. Photographs, contemporary documents, the few cell blocks...Read More

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  • 2. Deutsches Museum

    Isarvorstadt | Museum/Gallery

    Aircraft, vehicles, cutting-edge technology, historic machinery, and even a mine fill this monumental building on an island in the Isar River...Read More

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  • 3. Englischer Garten

    Schwabing | Garden/Arboretum

    Bigger than New York's Central Park and London's Hyde Park, this seemingly endless green space blends into the open countryside at the north...Read More

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  • 4. Marienplatz

    Altstadt | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Bordered by the Neues Rathaus, shops, and cafés, this square is named after the gilded statue of the Virgin Mary that has watched over it for...Read More

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  • 5. Museum Mensch und Natur

    Nymphenburg | Museum/Gallery

    This popular museum in the north wing of Schloss Nymphenburg has nothing to do with the Wittelsbachs but is one of the palace's major attractions...Read More

  • 6. Museum Villa Stuck

    Haidhausen | House/Mansion/Villa

    This dramatic neoclassical villa is the former home of one of Germany's leading avant-garde artists from the turn of the 20th century, Franz...Read More

  • 7. Neue Pinakothek

    Maxvorstadt | Museum/Gallery

    Another museum packed with masters, the fabulous Neue Pinakothek reopened in 1981 to house the royal collection of modern art left homeless...Read More

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  • 8. Oktoberfest Grounds at Theresienwiese

    Ludwigsvorstadt | Carousel

    The site of Munich's famous Oktoberfest and the winter version of the city's Tollwood music, art, and food festival (it's at the Olympic...Read More

  • 9. Residenz

    Altstadt | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    One of Germany's true treasures, Munich's royal Residenz (Residence) began in 1385 as the modest Neuveste (New Fortress) on the northeastern...Read More

  • 10. Schatzkammer

    Altstadt | Museum/Gallery

    The Schatzkammer comprises many hundreds of masterworks, including a host of treasures from the Wittelsbach royal crown jewels. A highlight...Read More

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  • 11. Schloss Nymphenburg

    Nymphenburg | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    This glorious baroque and rococo palace, the largest of its kind in Germany, draws around 500,000 visitors a year; only the Deutsches Museum...Read More

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  • 12. Viktualienmarkt

    Altstadt | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The city's open-air market really is the beating heart of downtown Munich. It has just about every fresh fruit or vegetable you can imagine...Read More

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  • 13. Bavaria Filmstadt

    Geiselgasteig | Film Studio

    For real movie buffs, Munich has its own Hollywood-like neighborhood, the Geiselgasteig, in the affluent Grünwald district, on the southern...Read More

  • 14. Bavaria Statue

    Ludwigsvorstadt | Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Overlooking the Theresienwiese, home of the Oktoberfest, is a 19th-century hall of fame (Ruhmeshalle) featuring busts of famous Bavarian scientists...Read More

  • 15. Bayerisches Nationalmuseum

    Lehel | Museum/Gallery

    Although the museum places emphasis on Bavarian cultural history, it has art and artifacts of international importance and regular exhibitions...Read More

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  • 16. BMW Museum

    Milbertshofen | Museum/Gallery

    Munich is the home of the famous BMW car company. The circular tower of its museum is one of the defining icons of Munich's modern cityscape...Read More

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  • 17. BMW Plant Munich

    Milbertshofen | Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    Come see how a BMW car is made. The BMW factory live production can be toured on weekdays (minimum age to participate is seven). Registration...Read More

  • 18. BMW Welt

    Milbertshofen | Museum/Gallery

    Opened in 2007, the cutting-edge design of BMW Welt, with its sweeping, futuristic facade, is one structure helping to overcome the conservative...Read More

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  • 19. Botanischer Garten

    Nymphenburg | Garden/Arboretum

    On the northern edge of Schloss Nymphenburg, this collection of some 16,000 plants, including orchids, cacti, cycads, alpine flowers, and...Read More

  • 20. Cuvilliés-Theater

    Altstadt | Arts/Performance Venue

    This stunning example of a rococo theater, originally called the New Opera House but now called Cuvilliés-Theater or Altes Residenz-Theater...Read More

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