For a cosmopolitan break abroad, Munich is one destination to consider. While the city has all the modern infrastructure and facilities you could possibly want, it’s also infused with a warm, friendly charm that is common throughout the rest of Bavaria.
Whatever you’re looking for from your time in Munich – be it seeing world-class museums, exploring historic landmarks or sampling the sumptuous local cuisine – you will find it. Here are four sights to check out.
Pinakothek der Moderne
The largest modern art museum in the country, Pinakothek der Moderne consists of four stunning collections set over 15,000 square meter of gallery space. Featuring everything from art and video installations to sculpture and photography, this institution provides a comprehensive overview of fine arts from the 20th-century, as well as present-day works. Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso are three of the artists whose pieces you will get the chance to admire. Coming here on a city break means you are guaranteed to see truly fabulous art.
Visit the Deutsches Museum (or the German Museum) to learn more about the development of science and technology over the years. You’ll be in good company as around 1.3 million people head to the museum each year. There’s the chance to see the Z3 (the world’s first program-controlled computer), the U1 submarine, astronaut suits and steam engines. If you see something that really captures your imagination, stop by the library to do some additional reading on the subject.
A stunning example of Baroque architecture, this beautiful palace was once the summer residence of the Bavarian monarchy. Take a tour of the 17th-century structure for the chance to see opulently-decorated state rooms and a banquet hall that features ornate ceiling frescos.
Make sure you spend time walking through the Nymphenburg Palace’s picturesque botanical gardens. With its secluded paved areas, tranquil fountains and other water features, it is the ideal way to take a breather from the hubbub of Munich and relax.
There are plenty of fantastic markets and retail areas to explore in the city, although the captivating Elisabethmarkt makes for a truly historic shopping experience.
Situated on Elisabethplatz, the market is named in honour of the Bavarian princess who went on to become the empress of Austria and it dates back to the late 19th-century. Open Mondays to Saturdays, Elisabethmarkt sells a wide variety of goods, including bread, flowers and homemade beer, making it the ideal place to get souvenirs.
St Peter’s Church
Munich is a modern, 21st-century city and it’s still worth spending time uncovering its long-running past. Head to St Peter’s Church – the oldest church in the city, which traces its origins to the 11th-century. You’ll see an ornate building that incorporates impressive styles of architecture. Climb the 306 steps to the viewing platform to take in magnificent views of the city.
Getting around the city is easily done – particularly if you book car hire from Munich Airport. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to meet friendly locals and experience all that this vibrant destination has to offer.