Munich Skyline
Munich Skyline

All first-time Germany itineraries should include at least two full days in the Bavarian capital. This city will destroy any preconceived notions that Bavaria is nothing but ruddy-cheeked, fat farmers. Most Muncheners are fit and fashionable. Though its politics are different, Munich is every bit as sophisticated as Berlin.

Top Sights

  • Marienplatz
  • Nympehenburg Palace (especially the Carriage Museum)
  • Englischer Garten
  • Deutsches Museum
  • Residenz
  • Alte Pinakothek
  • BMW Museum
  • Asamkirche
  • Bavarian National Museum
  • Hofbräuhaus

Suggested Activity

Have just one beer at the Hofbräuhaus. If you don't drink—or even if you do—take a long walk in the Englischer Garten (beware of nude sunbathers).

Places to Stay

  • Hotel Asam, Josephspitalstrasse 3, (tel. +49/089/230 9700, fax 230 970 97), doubles $148 to $168 (not including breakfast)
  • Hotel Kraft Schillerstrasse 49 (tel. +49/089/594823-24 fax 5503856, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Doubles $77 to $132.

A Place to Eat

Spatenhaus an der Oper, Residenzstrasse 12