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Best Things To Do in Munich

Although Oktoberfest and biergartens are a big part of Munich life, they aren't the only things going for this cosmopolitan city. You'll also find several interesting museums, the Residenz Royal Palace, the Bavarian State Opera and even BMW World among its varied attractions. And nightlife -- plus the sleek stores to dress you for the partying -- should not be missed.

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#1
English Garden (Englischer Garten) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: This large public park, which reaches from city center to the northeastern city limits, is one of Munich's must-dos ... read more»

#2
Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The gothic-period Frauenkirche, or Church of our Lady, is a unique part of the Munich skyline with its two dome-topped ... read more»

#3
St. Peter's Church (Peterskirche) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Open daily, Peterskirche (St. Peter's Church) is Munich's oldest (1180) and smallest place of worship. Jump off the ... read more»

#4
Deutsches Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: A science and technology museum like no other (according to travelers), the Deutsches Museum brims with exhibits on everything from ... read more»

#5
Marienplatz Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Marienplatz square, accessible by a U-bahn station of the same name, is Munich's heart just as it used ... read more»

#6
Viktualienmarkt Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Viktualienmarkt, located in Alstadt off the Marienplatz, is the city's oldest farmer's market (dating back to 1807 ... read more»

#7
Old Picture Gallery (Alte Pinakothek)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: The Alte Pinakothek -- translated as the Old Picture Gallery -- is regarded by experts as one of the great galleries of ... read more»

#8
Residenz Royal Palace
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: In the late 1300s when the royal Wittelsbach family decided their palace was too small, they commissioned the building of ... read more»

#9
Bayerische Staatsoper Opera House
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera) enjoys recognition worldwide, and many experts and travelers alike endorse splurging for tickets. Recent ... read more»

#10
BMW Welt
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: BMW Welt (BMW World) is a space dedicated to one of Germany's most famous exports. Many travelers said it ... read more»

#11
Biergarten am Chinesischen Turm
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Located in the English Garden (Englischer Garten) near the Chinesischen Turm (Chinese Tower), this biergarten is one of Munich's ... read more»

#12
Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The summer home of the royal Wittelsbach family, the Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace) sprawls to the west of the city ... read more»

#13
Augustinerkeller
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: According to Yahoo! Travel, Augustinerkeller "is the only really traditional beer garden left in the city centre and serves up ... read more»

#14
St. Michael's Church (Michaelskirche) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Usually renaissance churches have towers, but you'll not find one at Michaelskirche (St. Michael's Church). During its construction ... read more»

#15
Modern Picture Gallery (Pinakothek der Moderne)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: With the old comes the new, and so Munich added the Pinakothek der Moderne (Modern Picture Gallery) to the older ... read more»

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