Munich is famed for its beautiful old buildings, and of course the annual Oktoberfest. Beer halls are plentiful here in the capital of Bavaria. And if you grew up in the 90’s you will likely have completed the Ravensburger puzzle of Neuschwanstein Castle with your grandmother! We’ve put together a little Munich city guide to share some of our favourite destinations with you.
Where to find the best beers…
Hirschgarten is the world’s largest beer garden, so naturally we had to add it to our Munich city guide. It is part of a larger park, where you will discover hundreds of deer roaming the grounds. Nestled beneath huge chestnut trees sits a space holding up to 8000 guests. Beers a-plenty and food from street vendors, this is the perfect spot on a warm day. Another fantastic beer garden is Waldwirstschaft. There is live jazz, and this is also a family destination, with plenty of space for kids to play. You can grab small snacks, or opt for something a little larger from the grill. And last but certainly not least is The Keg Bar. They show sports, but you can also try your hand at darts or billiards while you try their extensive beer range. Grab a burger and start working your way through that beer list!
Top locally brewed beer to look out for
Of course when visiting Munich, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to drink Paulaner beers. They have generations of experience that has kept the brand going centuries. You can head to their beer house and sample their brews at the heart of it all. Another stalwart of the Munich brewing scene is LowenBrau Brewery. They started up in 1690, and are famed for their fantastic Marzen, traditionally served at Oktoberfest. And for something a little newer, check out CREW Republic. The founders quit their jobs in 2011, donned their overalls and started the brewery. You’ll only find them in a few bars in town, so keep your eyes peeled!
Our Munich city guide to great eats…
For an unforgettable dining experience, Tantris is just what you need. The word Tantris means ‘search for perfection’, which is just what the team here strives to achieve. Dishes are simple and fresh, beautifully executed and presented. Service is fantastic, and there is even a sommelier to help you choose your wine. If you’re on the hunt for a great schnitzel, Steinheil 16 is the one for you! Huge portions at fantastic prices, and many claim it to be the best Schnitzel in town. And lastly, Vinothek By Geisel is a great spot for a little Italian Bavarian fusion. Interiors are minimal, it is all about the food, wine and conversation here. A cosy spot for a memorable meal.
The best sights in Munich
We’ve already mentioned it, but Neuschwanstein Castle is the ultimate fairytale destination. This 19th century castle is perched atop a steep hill in southern Bavaria, and is a must-visit if you are in Munich. There are exceptional works of art, your neck will ache by the end of the day from craning up to admire the murals and decals that adorn the walls and ceilings. The Viktualienmarkt is a great spot to watch locals go about their day. This was originally a modest farmers market, and has now grown into a hotspot for visitors. Tonnes of fresh produce to try, and a great place to pick up gifts for any foodie friends back home. And lastly, the Rathaus Glockenspiel. This is located in Marienplatz, in the heart of the city. It is made up of 43 bells and 32 figurines, and each hour it chimes and enacts two historical scenes. We won’t spoil it any further, you must see it for yourself!
*That’s it for our Munich city guide, but make sure you explore this great city yourself with our unbeatable app-led Munich beer tour