Munich Tips & Picks: My Favorites

September 28, 2015
Travel

Munich Tips - Marienplatz

It can be difficult knowing where to eat, what to see and where to go when traveling to a new city. Munich is such a large city with so many world-class attractions that it can be difficult to focus. For that reason I wanted to put together a list of some of my Munich tips: favorite places to eat, things to do, and places to see in the Bavarian capital. I have included links to places I have already blogged about and descriptions for places I haven’t. Now on to my Munich tips!

augustiner am platzl

Food

  • Hirschgarten
    The largest biergarten based on the number of seats, Hirschgarten has a suburban feel to it. It is located on the edge of a park of the same name and with a large herd of namesake deer in a fenced in area. The beer flows freely and the food is always served quickly and tastes delicious.
    Hirschgarten 1, 80639 Munich, Germany
  • Augustiner am Platzl (Above)
    More than one Munich local has told me that Augustiner is their favorite city brewery. So instead of facing the crowds at Hofbräuhaus or Hard Rock Cafe, instead walk next door to the Augustiner am Platzl. The cozy restaurant offers friendly service and serves large portions of wonderful food.
    Orlandostrasse 5, 80331 Munich, Germany
  • Alter Simpl
    Maxvorstadt is a popular area for museums as well as young people, with universities in the area. Alter Simpl is my favorite place for lunch with their sidewalk seating. Historically, the restaurant was a favorite of artistic, creative and radical types. Today, it’s a great place to stop for a meal or a drink and meet friends.
    Türkenstr. 57, 80799 Munich, Germany

brown's tea bar

Cafes

  • Brown’s Tea Bar (Above)
    Part of the Victorian House chain of tea shops, restaurants and cafes throughout Munich, Brown’s Tea Bar is a small cafe with big personality. The shop has a large selection of loose teas and a selection of homemade cakes that are served in generous portion sizes. The staff are also super friendly. Stop in for a drink to go or get a tea and a slice of pie and settle in.
    Türkenstr. 60, 80799 Munich, Germany
  • Cafe Maelu
    Eating at Maelu requires some patience as the cafe is popular and often crowded. But their fancy pastries are practically art.
    Theatinerstrasse 32, 80333 Munich, Germany

dallmayr

Shopping

  • Dallmayr (Above)
    A Munich tradition that was founded in the late 1600s, Dallmayr is a high end delicatessen and gourmet food store. They also have a restaurant and cafe for those looking to indulge on the spot. The deli, as they call it, has an impressive selection of teas as well as a large pastry and sweets not to mention a wide variety of pretty much anything else you’re looking for. The Dallmayr brand is also specially known for its coffee. Each section is individually staffed so you’re always promised personal attention when shopping.
    Dienerstrasse 14–15, 80331 Munich, Germany
  • Musicandbooks
    Local chain MusicAndBooks — they have three locations, one in Nürnberg and two in Munich — buys and sells books, CDs, vinyl and DVDs. Clear your schedule and make some time to comb through the crates of records or the shelves of books. You’ll be sure to find some hard to find favorites or a good deal. It’s definitely worth a look.
    Kreuzstr. 13, 80331 Munich, Germany
    Türkenstr. 21, 80799 Munich, Germany
  • Globetrotter
    You’ll find outdoor store Globetrotter in locations throughout Germany. If you’re looking for outdoor gear and can’t find it here, it mostly likely doesn’t exist. The store is 6,500m² and even has an indoor pool for trying out kayaks or other water-related products. It’s also a really fun place to browse.
    Isartorplatz 8 – 10, 80331 Munich, Germany

nymphenburg

Parks

hotel laimer hof munich

Hotel

residenz

See & Do

  • Bayerisches Nationalmuseum
  • Munich Botanical Garden
  • Alte Pinakothek
    One of the oldest galleries and housing one of the most famous collections of paintings by the Old Masters, it goes without saying that the Alte Pinakothek has an impressive collection. It’s an art museum not to be missed.
    Barer Str. 27, 80333 Munich, Germany
  • BMW Museum
    Fans of automobiles and BMW cars in particular will love the BMW Museum. The high tech museum offers a look at the history of the museum, plenty of motors and different cars and even addresses the company’s questionable past during World War II. Although the museum is a little confusing to navigate, there’s lots to see and it’s very well curated.
    Am Olympiapark 2, 80809 Munich, Germany
  • Deutsches Museum
  • FC Bayern Erlebniswelt
  • Residenz (Above)

koenigssee

Day Trips

  • Salzburg
    Traveling to Austria from Germany is as easy as jumping on a train. There’s not even any clear signage that you’ve left one country and entered the other. At least not from Munich to Salzburg. The cities are so close that a visit to Salzburg is a must, what with its classic architecture, narrow pedestrian streets filled with shops and cafes, and plenty of Sound of Music sights for the initiated. Be sure to grab a Mozartkugel candy and a slice of Sacher Torte at the Hotel Sacher. Or enjoy a more casual break at Cafe Tomaselli.
  • Füssen
    Neuschwanstein is perhaps the most recognizable castle and most known symbol of Germany. It’s said that Cinderella’s castle in Disney World was inspired by King Ludwig II’s pet building project. Just several hours outside of Munich in Füssen are two of his castles, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. The castles are some of those bucket list favorites that you have to see at least once before you die.
  • Chiemsee to see Herrenchiemsee and Fraueninsel
  • Königssee (Above)
  • Nuremberg
  • Friedrichshafen to fly in a Zeppelin!
  • Aying
  • Looking for more day trips from Munich? Check out my list of 9 great Munich day trips!

Munich Tips

  • If you’re planning to visit several of the palaces and castles in Bavaria, consider the 14-day pass. With the pass, you receive free admission to all of the palaces, castles and buildings that are under the care of the Bavarian Palace Department. Always be sure to check at the ticket window as to whether your pass works as a ticket (as it did at Schloss Nymphenburg) or if the pass is considered payment for a separate ticket (as it was at Neuschwanstein and the Residenz). You can pick up the pass by visiting the Infopoint Museen & Schlösser in Bayern (Alter Hof 1, Munich) — the site is somewhat hidden so look for a sign and a courtyard with a fountain. An annual pass is also available.
  • Planning a day trip? Consider Deutsche Bahn’s Bayern Ticket. Valid on weekdays from 9 am until 3 am the following day it allows you free and unlimited travel on all local transportation within Bavaria. It’s extremely convenient because you don’t have to worry about buying a ticket for every train, bus or tram you get on but it’s also a good deal for your wallet. It’s also important to know that the ticket is considered valid for connections to and from Salzburg! DB offers similar tickets for each federal state as well as special tickets for traveling across states or traveling just on weekends.
  • Don’t forget to check out my other tips for saving money traveling in Bavaria!

Did I miss your favorite Munich tips and recommendations? Be sure to share your Munich tips in the comments below!

Augustiner am Platzl photo from the restaurant’s website; Dallmayr photo from the store’s Facebook page; Brown’s Tea Bar photo from the cafe’s website; Hotel Laimer Hof photo from the hotel’s website; All other photos are my own.