Munich – Discover Germany’s Traditional Side

Germany, a land of diverse regions each boasting unique features, reveals its traditional face in Bavaria, particularly in its heart, Munich. This city stands out with its rich cultural heritage, beautiful architecture, and the globally renowned Oktoberfest. The surrounding area is filled with serene landscapes dotted with picturesque lakes, and not far from the city’s edge, the Alps, Europe’s highest mountain range, rise majestically. A multitude of attractions awaits visitors. Find out in our article which must-see places should be on your travel itinerary.

What to See in Munich?

At the heart of Munich is Marienplatz, home to two town halls. The newer, in neo-Gothic style, impresses with its meticulous facade, a tower adorned with iconic figures and an impressive clock. Watch the figures come to life at 11:00, 12:00, or 17:00 in a short spectacle depicting the city’s history. Nearby is the Old Town Hall, less grand but much older, completed in 1480, now housing a toy museum – a worthwhile visit, especially for those travelling with children.

The Cathedral of Our Dear Lady is one of Germany’s most important churches and a key symbol of Munich. Built in the 15th century on a 13th-century chapel site, it took 20 years to complete. Its distinctive features are the onion domes atop its nearly 100-metre towers. Inside, its richly decorated interior, filled with paintings, sculptures, and altars, is equally impressive.

Another significant spot in Munich is Odeonsplatz. This spacious square is a popular meeting place for tourists and locals, featuring interesting structures like the Marshals’ Portico – the site of the 1923 Munich Putsch’s end – and the Theatine Church, one of Munich’s most magnificent churches. Nearby is the entrance to the English Garden, perfect for a break before continuing your exploration.

The majestic National Theatre and State Opera are located in the city’s heart. Spending extra time to check their artistic program is worthwhile, as the concerts and performances here are a treat for classical art enthusiasts. Max-Joseph-Platz, in front of the opera and theatre, is spacious and named after Bavaria’s first king. Admire the palatial complex there, rich in unique exhibits, providing an excellent opportunity to delve into the city’s, region’s, and entire Germany’s history.

Experiencing Munich’s Atmosphere

The best time to visit Munich is in late September and early October during the famous Oktoberfest beer festival, offering a unique glimpse into traditional German culture with lively folk music, warm atmosphere, and golden brews. Visiting Munich before Christmas is also worthwhile for its charming market and abundance of festive decorations, beautifully complementing Bavarian architecture.

Free Walking Tour – Munich with a local guide

Bavaria, the core of German identity and one of Europe’s most distinctive regions, is best explored with a local guide who lives here and breathes the Munich atmosphere. This approach allows you to learn the city’s history, visit places known only to locals, and hear stories you won’t find on the internet or in printed guides. Concerned about the cost? We have the perfect solution!

Walkative! Munich is primarily aimed at individual tourists and small groups of friends. By joining our “free walking tours,” you decide how to compensate the guide for their hard work. The tour price isn’t fixed and depends entirely on you! It is on us on the other hand to make your visit to Munich a pleasant and inspiring experience!