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. Alte Pinakothek

    Maxvorstadt | Museum/Gallery

    With numerous old-master paintings from the Netherlands, Italy, France, and Germany, the long redbrick Alte Pinakothek holds one of the most...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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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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  • 6. 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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  • 7. 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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  • 8. Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus

    Maxvorstadt | House/Mansion/Villa

    Art aficionados were waiting in anticipation for the reopening of this exquisite late-19th-century Florentine-style villa, the former home and...Read More

  • 9. Alter Hof

    Altstadt | Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Alter Hof was the original home of the Wittelsbach dynasty of Bavaria (not to be confused with the adjacent Residenz). Established in 1180,...Read More

  • 10. Altes Rathaus

    Altstadt | Museum/Gallery

    Much of the work on Munich's first town hall was done in the 15th century, though various alterations were made through the centuries. Its great...Read More

  • 11. 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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  • 12. Bezirksmuseum


    To get a sense of the town's history, visit the Bezirksmuseum (district museum), which displays historical artifacts, furniture, and traditional...Read More

  • 13. 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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  • 14. 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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  • 15. Buchheim Museum


    The Buchheim Museum, on the western shore of the lake, has one of the finest private collections of German expressionist art in the form of...Read More

  • 16. Carl-Orff-Museum


    Among the most famous artists who made their home here was the composer Carl Orff, author of numerous works inspired by medieval material, including...Read More

  • 17. DenkStätte Weisse Rose

    Maxvorstadt | Museum/Gallery

    Siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, fellow students Alexander Schmorell and Christian Probst, and Kurt Huber, professor of philosophy, were the...Read More

  • 18. Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum

    Altstadt | Museum/Gallery

    This quirky museum is in the enormous former St. Augustus Church, and it contains a large collection of fishhooks, taxidermy animals (including...Read More

  • 19. Deutsches Museum Flugwerft Schleissheim


    Connoisseurs of airplanes and flying machines will appreciate this magnificent offshoot of the Deutsches Museum, some 20 km (12 miles) north...Read More

  • 20. Gemäldegalerie


    An artists' colony formed here during the 19th century, and the tradition lives on. Picturesque houses line Hermann-Stockmann-Strasse and part...Read More

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