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Ideal for: History Buffs, Culture Cravers, Art Lovers
Upscale, cosmopolitan, and historic—three descriptors that apply to Munich, a cultural powerhouse in southern Germany. Visit the charming, open-air Viktualienmarkt for a tasty snack, ride bicycles through the tree-lined English Garden, and marvel at the European masterpieces hanging in the Alte Pinakothek, one of Bavaria’s most celebrated painting galleries. Be sure to visit an outdoor biergarten or massive beer hall (the original Hofbräuhaus is a good place to start), where you’ll be right at home with a frothy mug of beer and a warm pretzel, squeezing in next to locals at long communal tables.
This 910-acre green space claims to be the largest city park on the European continent. Pack a picnic, nap in the shade, or go for a swim in the clear waters of the Isar River—a perfect spot to cool off on a warm summer day.
Dating back to 1158, Munich’s main square is a must-see, lined with shops and restaurants in the shadow of the New Town Hall. During the holidays, Marienplatz transforms into a charming Christkindlmarkt.
Peek into Munich’s royal past at the Wittelsbachs’ family palace. Tour the ornate rooms, featuring intricate tapestries, paintings, and furniture, and visit the Residenz Treasury (home to the family crowns).
Munich experiences all four seasons, with summer temperatures reaching the mid-70s and chilly winters that dip into the 20s. Spring and fall are mild, if a bit on the cooler side. Munich is relatively dry, with only a few inches of precipitation each month. July is the rainiest month, with an average of four inches.