Munich has come to be associated with the Oktoberfest, the Hofbräuhaus, the Olympic grounds and the Fasching carnival. However, Munich also has an international reputation as a metropolis of both, art and culture. Its music scene ranges from classical to jazz and pop and the many museums display impressive collections.
The extensive complex was the home of the Wittelsbach dynasty until 1918 and is one of Europe’s most prestigious palaces. The building houses the Residenz museum and the Schatzkammer (Treasure Chamber). The perfect place for children to relive four centuries of royal culture. Don’t miss Hofgarten park on the Odeonsplatz near the Residenz. It is one of the finest Renaissance gardens north of the Alps, and a peaceful oasis commanding a splendid view of the Theatinerkirche.
The impressive Baroque palace to the west of Munich was built as summer residence for the Bavarian Electors. The main building now houses a museum. In its large park there is a number of smaller buildings and pavilions and an exotic greenhouse with a café. Ludwig II, the “Fairytale” King was born in the Nymphenburg Castle his most famous castle, Neuschwanstein, is nestled in the dramatic foothills of the Alps and makes for an excellent daytrip.
The world’s largest museum of technology and science on the Isar River in Munich. You can find everything here from mining techniques to astronomy, with lots of original historic artefacts such as the first diesel engine. Large test workshop and tours for children. There are two annexes: one in Schleissheim to the north of Munich devoted to airplanes, and one at the Theresienhöhe exhibiting all kinds of land transportation. The latest addition to the main museum is the ZNT, Center for New Technologies featuring Nano- and Biotechnologies.
Commencing in the second half off September and for 16 days on, Munich’s Theresienwiese transforms into something that might seem like the world’s largest fun fair! The Oktoberfest, or "Wiesn" as the locals call it, is a beer festival above all, but also with lots of sale stands and other events and exciting happenings. In 2010, the Oktoberfest celebrated its 200th anniversary. Starts second last Saturday of September and ends on the first Sunday of October. Don’t miss the Bavaria and the Hall of Fame on the hill above the Theresienwiese. It was built between 1843 and 1853 and was commissioned by Ludwig I of Bavaria to honour prominent Bavarians to whom the country, science and the arts are indebted.
The Old Town Hall, an elegant example of Bavarian Gothic, is a focal point closing off the eastern side of the Marienplatz. The tower houses the Toy Museum.
In the Alte-, Neue, and Moderne Pinakothek there is art from just about every century. The old Pinakothek covers the era from the Middle Ages to the end of the Rococo period. (Brügel, Dürer, Raphael, Rubens and Rembrandt). The more recent European masters (Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh) are hanging in the new section. The modern Pinakothek exhibits classic works by Kandinsky, Klee, and Picasso. In addition, you can acquaint yourself with 100 years of design and architecture.
For over 200 years, the English Garden has been a favourite spot for strollers young and old, with its 373 hectares (9000 acres) of lush meadows and its inviting beer gardens. The leisure paradise stretches from the Prinzregentenstraße to Munich Freimann.
City tours in Munich - Day excursions in Bavaria and into Austria: A variety of tours are offered by Gray Line Sightseeing. Accompanied by professional and experienced guides, Gray Line takes you to the sights you most want to see.
Excursions are operated daily to the dream castles of the fairy tale king Ludwig II. Tours go to the royal castle of Neuschwanstein, majestically situated in the beautiful Bavarian Alps, the palace of Linderhof. Along the world-famous Romantic Road Gray Line takes you to Rothenburg, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Southern Germany.
Gray Line Sightseeing also takes you to Berchtesgaden where the Eagle`s Nest can be viewed. The Austrian town of Salzburg is also an attractive destinations. Enjoy the Mozart city of Salzburg and a boat ride on Lake Wolfgang surrounded by beautiful Alpine scenery.
Gray Line Sightseeing is also the local expert for Hop On Hop Off city tours and numerous special tours such as “Munich under the 3rd Reich and the German Resistance”.