Summer may have ended early in Ireland (I believe summer fell on a Tuesday this year!) but that doesn’t mean there isn’t sunshine and summer loving to be done just a short flight away.
If you’re looking for the perfect weekend break , complete with sunshine, cheep beer and fairytale castles, then Munich is the place to go! With direct flights from Cork Airport you can wake up in your own bed in Cork and be eating breakfast in Munich a few hours later! Looking for the perfect weekend break at Christmas? Fly to Hamburg!
27 unique things to do in Munich
27. Grill and beer by the Isar River
Munich is the perfect place to sit have a summer BBQ and drink some cheap beers down by the river Isar. Pretty much anywhere in the city, the water is clean and you can swim in it. Whether you travel with a group of mates or make new friends on arrival, hanging down by the river is a great way to pass a few hours and work on your tan!
26. Bike the Isar Cycle Route
Want to get active? Rent a bike and spend a few hours cycling along the Isar River past river meadows and Alpine peaks. How far you go is up to you but the river meanders its way all the way through Austria before entering Germany so you can make it a much longer trip if you wish. You will be rewarded with panoramic views of the Alps and picture-perfect villages en route.
25. Goa: A taste of India in Munich
Sure, you might be in Germany for some traditional food and beer but if you feel like eating something different and are after the best Indian food outside of India, Goa restaurant is the perfect spot for dinner. Brightly decorated space with Indian motifs, this place is a true gem and is loved by locals and tourists alike.
24. Go dancing at “8 below”
If you’re looking for a wild weekend away, dancing needs to be on the cards. 8 Below is a great place if you want to experience live music in a club frequented by locals, right in the city centre. Expect lots of great German tunes and some Eurodance music!
23. Chilled nights at Import Export
If German dance tunes aren’t your style, then maybe a calmer, more chilled out night at Import Export is what you need. This is not a mainstream bar / club, and they have all sorts of music playing throughout the week, from reggae to latino. There’s also a great cultural centre here so a fun mix of people from all over the world.
22.Wander around Viktualienmarkt
Munich’s Victorian markt a daily food market and a square in the center of the city. It was developed from an original farmers’ market to a popular market for gourmets, and can be a little pricey. If you go to the fish markets at the back you can actually order a live fish from the tank and (much to everyone’s displeasure!) they will kill it and clean it right there, before wrapping it up for you to purchase. Guess you can’t get fresher than that! If you want to explore more flea and food markets, here’s a comprehensive list of the best markets in Germany. Naturally, there’s also a Biergarten at the market, open from 9am every day for those early drinkers!
21. Eat brunch at Victorian House
Looking for one of the best brunch spots in Munich? You’ve found it! Victorian House is a little taste of England in Germany so expect a great breakfast menu (their Eggs Benedict are especially popular) with a large selection of English tea! On that note, it’s also a great spot for Afternoon Tea.
20. See a classical concert at The Residence
The Munich Residenz hosts a great series of classical concerts throughout the summer, and you really can’t beat the setting. The building began as as castle in the 1300’s, later served as the seat of government for the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings and is now a stunning palace right in the centre of Munich. You can find the summer concert schedule here.
19. Eat some traditional food at Alter Simpl
Alter Simpl is a unique bohemian restaurant-bar in Munich with lots of framed pictures of famous historical patrons and a delicious Bavarian menu. It’s a great place to go if you are looking to taste some traditional Bavarian food – they do especially great Currywurst and Obatzda – a traditional Bavarian cheese delicacy. Check out their menu here!
18. Watch the sunset from Flushing Meadows
Looking fir the best place to watch the sunset in Munich? Look no further than the Flushing Meadows Rooftop bar, located on the top floor of the hotel of the same name. It has one of the best views in the city, perfect at sunset, and is known for its delicious and innovative cocktails and the young and local crowd it attracts. The bar is small enough so best to book ahead to be guaranteed a place to sit.
17. Go beer tasting at Seehaus
Located right in the heart of of the city, nestled amoung green trees in Munich’s “English Garden”, The Seehaus Beer Garden is one of the best beer gardens in the city and a great place to go beer tasting on a sunny afternoon. There are food stalls serving traditional Bavarian snacks and there is no shortage of seats – with a grand total of 2,500 available! One blogger goes as far to say “Beer is religion in Munich”….read more about her musings from Munich and other fun things to do.
16. Have a spa day at Therme Erding
Bet you never knew that Europe’s biggest spa is located in Munich! Therme Erding, located just 30 minutes outside of Munich by car, is the largest spa complex in Europe and attracts a whooping 4,000 visitors each day! This is really a lot more than your average spa, with wave pools, a swim up bar and a place to just chill out with your friends and relax.
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15. Do a free walking tour
Free walking tours have really taken off in the last few years and really are the best way to see a new city. The free walking tours in Munich are no different, and attract big crowds of fun loving tourists each day for their fun and informative free tours. The guides work for tips, so if you enjoy your tour be nice and give a nice, big tip! You can check times and book your tour here.
14. Stay in one of Europe’s most famous hostels
Munich is home to Euro Youth Hostel, listed as one of Europe’s most famous hostels. Cheap, cheerful and a stones throw from the mini station, this is THE place to stay if you’re travelling to Munich on a tight budget. The best part? Book direct you you’ll get free beer on arrival! The hostel also has a brilliant bar with daily happy hours and cheap booze. What ore could you want?!
13. Photograph the street art
Munich has some incredible street art…you just need to find in! You can sign up to do a photography tour of all the city’s best street art or you can just wander aimlessly one morning and check it out for yourself. This post has a great breakdown of the best grafitti spots around the city and this post has some great photos.
12. Go sun bathing by the river
When in Munich in summertime, do as the locals do and strip off down my the river or by one of the many parks and spend the afternoon working on your tan. Combined with a few beers, a box of pretzels or maybe even some wine and you’ve got yourself the perfect summers day!
11. Make friends on The Beer Bike
Whether you are travelling solo and want to make new friends, are on a stag or hen do, or just with a couple of friends and are looking for something very quirky to do in Munich, the beer bike is always a good idea. Peddle your way around the city while drinking beer and listening to funny stories and music as you go. A brilliant way to start your evening!
10. Watch a show at the Bavarian State Opera
If you feel like dressing up all fancy and going to a night in one of Munich’s most beautiful buildings, get your hands on some tickets to the Bavarian State Opera in Munich Opera House. You will feel like royalty walking up those stunning marble, steps and a night at the opera never fails to bring tears to the eyes. You can get tickets for as little as €10 depending on the show, and schedule can be found here.
9. Do a tour of Nymphenburg Palace
8. Do a day trip to the German Alps
While most of the Alps are to be found in neighbouring Switzerland, it is possible to get a small taste of these spectacular mountains a short drive from Munich. In the summer there are some great hiking trails with absolutely stunning views, while in winter you can go to a number of different ski resorts just outside of Munich.
7. Live the fairytale life at Neuschwanstein Castle
By far one of the most famous castles in Germany if not the world, even if you don’t recognize the name you will definitely recognize in from photos. Originally intended as a home for the king, until he died in 1886, this fairytale castle is spectacular from all angles and in all seasons. Serving as inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, the castle has also appeared in many famous movies such as The palace has appeared prominently in several movies such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Great Escape.
6. Get educated at Dachau Concentration Camp
A visit to Dachau Concentration Camp and memorial can be quite difficult but is also an important way to recognize Germany’s dark past while realising how far the country has come. This year, 2017, also marks 75 years since the first transport of Dachau prisoners to the Hartheim Castle euthanasia killing center, so it is an important year in history. The memorial is open daily from 9am until 5pm and entry is free. The memorial is located around 25 minutes from Munich central station and is accessible by the S2 train. More information here.
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5. Go sailing on Lake Starnberg
Lake Stranberg is a beautiful lake situated just outside of Munich and a great place to get out on the water if you’re looking to get out the city in search of some fresh air. As it’s only about a 30 minute drive or train ride from Munich, you could even go here for an afternoon. It’s the second largest lake in Bavaria and its blue waters are truly captivating. Best way to see the sights is to do a 3 hour round trip of the lake. The ticket allow you to get off at various ports to walk around and get back on a boat at a later time. Timetable here.
4. Do a day trip to Nuremberg
About a two hour drive from Munich is Bavaria’s second biggest city, Nuremberg. Here the spectacular castle will take your breath away and have you snapping photos like there’s no tomorrow. Nuremberg is also an important historical city, the site of the Nuremberg trials where German officials involved in war crimes and crimes against humanity were brought before an international tribunal between 1945 and 1946.
3. Do a day full of brewery tours
While going to Munich without visiting a brewery would be a crime, we actually suggest you try to visit as many of them as possible. The six main Munich breweries Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and Spaten can all easily be visited in one weekend and all offer their own specialty beers to taste.
2. Sign up to Mike’s Bike Tour
Operating since 1995, Mike’s Bike tours are still going string. When I asked my friends what one of the most fun things to do in Munich was, they all told me to do Mike’s Bike Tour! Tours start at 11.30am every day and take you on a unique tour of the city. You will be told all about the history of the area, with a few cheesy jokes thrown in, and will leave with a smile on your face and a brain full of facts! This is also one of the top rated tours of Tripadvisor!
1. Plan your return for Octoberfest!
While there are endless fun things to do in Munich in the summer, the real fun starts in September for the annual Oktoberfest beer festival. Things beer glasses the size of your head, locals in traditional costume and thousands of people singing and dancing in massive tented villages. Home to the biggest beer festival in the world, an event you have to attend at least once in your life, Munich is the city you will most likely keep on returning to again and again.
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