Allianz Arena#20 in Best Things To Do in Munich
Munich's Allianz Arena is ranked alongside Barcelona's Camp Nou and London's Wembley Stadium as one of the best soccer complexes in Europe. The 75,000-seat stadium is the second-largest arena in the country and is home to Germany's leading team, Bayern Munich. Along with restaurants, shops and meeting spaces, the bowl-shaped arena boasts luxury skyboxes and modern museum about Bayern Munich.
However, the arena's most unique feature is undeniably its luminous exterior. It's nearly covered with a translucent shell – the largest of its kind in the world – that's illuminated by thousands of lights. It's the first stadium in the world to have a color-changing exterior, and it glows for about three hours after sunset each night – red and white on non-match days, solid red on match days. Some travelers couldn't attend a game but said witnessing the arena's exterior alone was worth making the trip.
Even if you're not a die-hard soccer fan, previous visitors said you'll still enjoy a tour of Allianz. You'll spend about an hour weaving your way through the middle and lower tiers, press conference area, players' tunnel and the outdoor promenade while hearing about the history of Bayern Munich. After you tour the arena, you'll have time to explore the FC Bayern Museum, which features a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits detailing the team's history via images, artifacts (including trophies), audio and video presentations.
The basic stadium tour combined with museum access will cost 19 euros (around $21). The stadium recommends setting aside about 2 1/2 hours to fully experience the tour and museum. Tours are available daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and tickets are available on the arena's official website.
Unfortunately, the stadium is somewhat removed from most other Munich attractions and sits about 8 miles north of the city center. It takes 30 minutes by car, and parking costs 5 euros (around $6) on non-match days or 10 euros (about $11) on match days. It's also easy to reach via public transportation, and people recommend exiting the subway at Fröttmaning station.
Finding tickets can be difficult as the team is so popular, and prices vary by seat and by opponent. You can purchase them from the FC Bayern Munich official website or from a variety of online ticket websites. Just make sure to buy them well in advance.
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#1 English Garden (Englischer Garten)
This large public park, which reaches from the city center to the northeastern city limits, is one of Munich's must-dos. Named for the informal English style of rolling hills and open landscaping, the Englischer Garten contains several popular biergartens, a handful of eclectic monuments and a boating lake, among lots of jogging and biking paths.
Recent travelers mightily enjoyed their time here and recommend renting a bike or a rowboat to explore it. Many also commented on what a retreat it was from an otherwise city vacation. To spend a sunny day in the English Garden, hop off Tram 18 at one of the parkside stops. Admission is free.
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