Olympiapark#13 in Best Things To Do in Munich
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Constructed for the 1972 Summer Olympics, Munich's Olympiapark has become a popular tourist attraction. It's now a massive recreation center complete with skating rinks, mini golf courses, tennis courts and, of course, the nearly 60,000-seat Olympic Stadium. The stadium hosts concerts and other large ticketed events throughout the year, but many visitors come to the park to explore the plethora of outdoor activities in and around the stadium.
One of the best ways to see the nearly 3 million square feet of Olympiapark is through a guided tour. Sports fans enjoy the stadium tours where they can learn about the inner workings of the stadium, explore the VIP areas and get the chance to score a goal on the goal wall. This hourlong tour costs 8 euros (about $9) for adults and is available in German or English. If you prefer to explore the stadium independently, the entrance fee is only 3.50 euros (around $4).
For those with a more adventurous side, the stadium offers roof climb tours where visitors can spend two hours walking along the tent-style roof attached to ropes and carbineers. This basic roof tour will set you back 43 euros (around $48), but travelers say the views are worth the money.
If you're not in the mood for walking, opt for a 90-minute train tour of the grounds for 10.50 euros (around $12). Some visitors preferred this comfortable sightseeing method, but others said they wished the train tour passed more interesting sights.
Surrounded by so much open space, it's easy to forget you're in a major metropolitan city. However, a climb up to the top of the iconic Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower) will provide stunning views of Munich and, on clear days, views of the Alps. Those who journey to the top will find an observation deck boasting panoramic views of the Bavarian city. Entrance to the tower costs 9 euros (around $10), and it's open daily from 9 a.m. until midnight. The tower also holds a rotating restaurant, where you can enjoy an elegant meal while soaking in 360-degree views.
Olympiapark is situated on the northwest side of the city and is accessible via public transportation. If you're coming from the city center, take the U3 to Olympiazentrum. For drivers, basic parking costs 5 euros (about $6) per day. If you're making the trip from the city center, travelers recommend combining your visit with a visit to the BMW Welt and BMW Museum, which are located next to Olympiapark. For more information about tours, hours and prices, visit Olympiapark's official website.
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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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