Each year, Munich hosts Oktoberfest, welcoming the vast folk festival with its food, beer and games.
But the Bavarian city is much more than a boozy once-a-year carnival.
Here are some other very good reasons to spend some time in the German city,
1. The Christmas markets
OK, so you can’t do this all year round, or even during Oktoberfest, but it is a wonderful time to visit the German city. The market is located on the Marienplatz, and offers all number of whimsical Christmas stalls, selling food, drink, crafts and decorations, as well as countless gift ideas.
Furthermore, if you do your homework and plan a route, you’ll be able to indulge in a Kinder crepe on your way back to your accommodation each day.
2. Bayern Munich Stadium tour
If you’re up for a brief train ride out of the centre, you will be handsomely rewarded. The Bundesliga is considered one of the top five leagues in European football, and the most dominant team remain Bayern Munich, whose home games are hosted at the magnificent Allianz Arena.
The tour guides are good natured and offer English or German-speaking tours, while the stadium itself, from the changing rooms and press conference room, to the seating and the tunnel, is a hugely impressive sight.
3. Munich Residence
The Munich Residence (or Munich Residenz) is a must see, located just outside the town square. A monument to the past-rulers of Bavaria, the museum demonstrates architecture and furnishings from the 16th to the 19th century, offering baroque stylings and more from the age of the Enlightenment among others.
Lose yourself in this maze of a building, its incredible rooms and history, and keep an eye out for the Antiquarium. It is not to be missed.
4. St Peter’s Church Tower
Munich really does offer a wealth of churches, but we’ve picked out St Peter’s Church for one specific reason: its tower. Offering one of the best views of the city, you can climb the tower for a small fee, and the staircase alone offers something of an experience.
Once at the top, it can be tightly packed, and if you’re scared of heights it’s maybe not for you, but it’s probably the best view of Munich.
We’re not going to lie to you: when we say food, we mean sausages. Munich offers great Bavarian cuisine, from potatoes, sauerkraut and pretzels, to dumplings and meatballs, but you’re going to find it hard to avoid sausages.
You can get Bratwurst, a more normal looking sausage, Weisswurst, a white sausage, or even Currywurst, which needs no introduction.
6. Munich’s gardens
If it’s all getting a little bit busy for you in the town centre, journey to the Nymphenburg suburb and visit the Munich Botanical Gardens. Home to 16,000 plants and welcoming 350,000 visitors a year, the grounds include a beautiful house and numerous greenhouses. If you need a even more pizazz than that, there’s also an insect pavilion to hand.
Closer to the city centre, Munich’s English Garden is a huge park which offers lovely walks and a break from the hustle and bustle of the town. Great for a picnic if you’ve got some leftover sauerkraut on the go.
7. Escape rooms
You may or may not be aware of the latest experience craze spreading the globe. Escape rooms are a team game wherein a group of players have a period of time (usually one hour) to solves riddles and clues in order to escape a room.
Escape Game is one of a number of companies that provide the experience in Munich, offering such escape rooms as The Ghost House, The Art Of Stealing and The Wizard. It’s certainly something a bit different, and a great way to burn off a Currywurst.