Munich is an incredibly historic city that still knows how to have a good time. The attractions within the city and within driving distance are too numerous to list, regardless of your tastes for vacationing activities. That being said, there are a few top spots that you cannot miss within this city.
The Glockenspiel, dating back to 1908, is perched on the front of the Ratuhaus in Marienplatz, essentially the city center. Surrounded by chain stores and plenty of tourists, this is a requirement for any tourist to watch, even if you’re less than overwhelmed by the dancing figurines. Check it out at 11AM every day ( also at 12 and 5 in the summer ). This is also a prime people watching site to sit at one of the outdoor cafes and watch both tourists and street performers in the square. In the evening, the Ratskeller, in the basement of the Rathaus also serves a great dinner in a perfect, dimly lit atmosphere.
Founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria, the Hofbräuhaus is the absolute best way to waste and afternoon ( and/or evening ). With a very upbeat atmosphere, compounded by singing and dancing, this is the ultimate spot to enjoy liters of beer and get a taste for some traditional Bavarian food. Although this is a beer hall, it is also enveloped in historical significance, serving as the headquarters of the Munich Communist government and the location where Adolf Hitler declared the 25 theses of the National Socialist program.
If you want to see the real party, head to Munich during Oktoberfest …
Take Mike’s Bike Tour, leaving from Marienplatz, to see the entire city quickly, efficiently and educationally. This will take you through the English Garden, including a stop at the beer garden within, and through most of the city’s historical sites. This is a better option than the hop on hop off bus tour as you’ll learn more and can cover the same ground as the bus tour on foot.
In the English gardens you’ll (weather permitting) be riding through the Naked Field where, yup, that’s right, locals head to the garden to get nude. You often see frisbee or just some sunbathing while people are on lunch breaks. If you’re feelin’ adventurous, strip down and join ’em. You’ll also see one of the coolest places in Munich where the river breaks just perfectly to create a perpetual wave. regardless of the weather you’ll see people out there surfing in the middle of this land locked city.
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