1158, the year that Munich was first mentioned in any type of document, has been defined as the date the city was established. However, the city was previously occupied by monks before it was occupied by the general public.
Several centuries later, Munich suffered two great fires, destroying much of the city, but in the 15th century, the city was rebuilt in a gothic style. In the 1500s, Munich became the capital of Bavaria and 100 years later, the city boomed in the arts including music, painting, dance and architecture. This paved the way for beautiful developments although many were destroyed after WWII. Nonetheless, post-war Munich grew into a magnificent city thanks to all the major reconstructions and continues to bring in visitors from all over the world. So for those of you who are heading to this destination, here are a few places to check out while you’re there.
We love museums, and we always recommend visiting at least one wherever you go to help understand the history of that city. One of Munich’s largest museums, The German Museum, offers a wide range of exhibitions. However, one of the more interesting ones some people tend to miss when they are there, are the mines. Located underneath is more than 2,296 feet of space featuring centuries of mining tools and machines that were used by those who used to live there. It’s a completely different exhibition that you don’t see in most museums and an interesting one at that.
It doesn’t matter where you go in Germany, you must visit a beer garden. The best one in Munich is called Königlicher Hirschgarten, which can hold up to 8,000 visitors and locals in the grand park. You can find a variety of food and drinks here while enjoying the company of others—be it family or friends. One thing you to note here is that everyone cleans their own mugs they drank out of, so don’t expect someone else to do it for you. 😉
Flea markets can be so much fun—you never know what you might find! If you want to check one out, we recommend going to the Antikmarkt located in Aubing. What once used to be a factory for car productions is now a large shopping area with merchants selling a variety of antiques, collectibles, books, old armor, furniture, porcelain, paintings, wood carvings, Bavarian leather trousers, beer mugs and items from the 1960s and 1970s. It’s a great place for those who like vintage items. The market is open Friday and Saturday only from 10am to 5pm.
Roman baths in Munich? You guessed that right. If you have time to kill or just want to relax from all of the exploring, we recommend going to Müller’sches Volksbad, offering two large swimming pools one warm and the other cold, a sauna (which was built in 1900 and remains almost the same as it did back then ), and spa services to get out all the knots out in your back.
Munich has a ton of restaurants, and although you might not have time to dine at all the best ones, you should check out Pils Corner at least for one dinner. The restaurant serves a mix of German and Croatian dishes as well as some other European ones. Some favorites are stuffed peppers, cordon bleu schnitzels, or the mussels in white wine and mustard sauce. The place is small and tends to be packed but the service is still teriffic—you will leave happy and satisfied.
Germany has a lot of great cities outside of Berlin, one of which tends to be a favorite among travelers is Munich. If you plan on staying there for a few days, we hope this city guide will help you find some fun things to do, see and eat in this bustling city.
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