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Munich guide: the top 20 sights

Munich: The highlights from Allianz Arena to Viktualienmarkt

Experience Munich's highlights: Here you will find an overview of the city's top 20 sights - regardless of whether they are castles, museums, churches, parks or squares.

Sure, the Frauenkirche and Marienplatz should definitely be seen as a newcomer to Munich or as a visitor. But Munich has a lot more to offer, and not just for fans of historic buildings.

We'll take you on a tour to the places that you should definitely have visited sooner or later!

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The Gothic cathedral and parish church "To Our Lady" from the 15th century is and remains the unmistakable landmark of the city. But not everyone knows that the Frauenkirche is the resting place of emperors and that even the devil is said to have come and go here.

The brick building, which is over 500 years old, is the seat of the Archbishop of Munich and Freising. One of the two almost 100 meter high towers is accessible and offers a spectacular view of the city.

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A journey into the time of the Bavarian monarchy: the extensive park with its park castles, promenades on the castle canal, huge fountains and fountains, wonderful flowers and of course the impressive castle building fascinates Munich and tourists alike.

In addition to the impressive rooms, which were designed by the best sculptors, painters and plasterers of their time, you can also visit several museums in the palace itself, such as the Museum of Man and Nature or the Porcelain Museum.

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Munich's heart beats here: Marienplatz with the New Town Hall is the world-famous center of the state capital. Whether daily to the carillon, in Advent to the Christmas market, to the championship celebrations of the major sports clubs or while strolling through town with amazed visitors from all over the world - there is a lot going on around the Marian Column in every season.

As the intersection of the east-west axis between Isartor and Karlstor and the south-north axis between Sendlinger Tor and Schwabing, Marienplatz is an ideal starting point for sightseeing tours through Munich.

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St. Peter, the Peterskirche behind Marienplatz, is the oldest parish church in Munich. Its tower, which the Munich people call Old Peter, is one of the best vantage points in the city and also houses the oldest bells and clocks in Munich.

Not only the tower, but also the impressive baroque high altar and the relics displayed in the glass coffin, the skeleton of St. Munditia, are worth a visit.

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The Allianz Arena in Fröttmaning is one of the most modern and spectacular football stadiums in Germany. As the venue of FC Bayern Munich, it shines in red on home match days. Outside of match days, there is special lighting on various occasions. On St. Patrick's Day, for example, the arena glows in green or in Advent it is also a huge Christmas present.

Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Allianz Arena is an architectural landmark in the north of the city, which also attracts visitors on days when there are no games thanks to the guided tours offered and the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt.

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The semicircular Karlsplatz, better known as Stachus, forms the entrance gate to Munich's largest pedestrian zone. "It's like at Stachus!" - This saying is known deep into Bavaria and is often used when there is a lot going on in a very sacred way.

This is the case day and night at Munich's Stachus: A number of S, U and tram lines, cars, buses, cyclists and pedestrians meet here. Some just want to cross the old town, others start their stroll through the pedestrian zone here. Or go shopping in the Stachus Passagen (customer side) in the basement.

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The Munich Residenz is the largest inner city palace in Germany. Coming from Dienerstraße to Max-Joseph-Platz, the mighty facade of the residence rises up in front of you.

A tour inside, through the apartments, the ballrooms and the court chapels of the Bavarian rulers, leads through historical room ensembles in different epoch styles, as the residence has been continuously expanded and rebuilt in its more than 600-year history.

The treasure trove of the residence, the magnificent Cuvilliés theater in rococo style and the magnificent courtyard garden are also worth a visit.

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The largest technology museum in the world: The German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology, as it is officially called, is both an exhibition room and a huge playground. Visitors can turn buttons, flip levers and switches and touch many exhibits.

There are around 50 subject areas from agricultural and food technology to astronomy, chemistry, photo & film, aerospace, marine research and physics to shipping, telecommunications and timekeeping.

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The Olympic Park is one of the most impressive and popular places in Munich. Created on the occasion of the 1972 Olympic Games, some of the most important buildings in the state capital can be found here in a very small space: the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Hall with the world-famous tent roof construction and the 290-meter-high Olympic Tower with its viewing platform.

In addition, the 850,000 square meter park offers a varied range of leisure activities with concerts, spectacular events, festivals and a wide range of sports.

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The BMW Welt is the experience and delivery center of the Munich car manufacturer. This is where the company's history and future meet. All brands of the BMW Group are represented and can be examined by the visitors, there are also guided tours, restaurants and souvenir shops.

In 2007, in the immediate vicinity of the corporate headquarters, the main factory and the BMW Museum, BMW Welt opened its doors to the public. Due to its unmistakable, futuristic architecture, it is also extremely worth seeing from the outside.

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As one of the most important picture galleries in the world, the Alte Pinakothek on Königsplatz shows European painting from the 14th to the 18th century. Well over 700 paintings are on display in 19 halls and 47 cabinets. Since 1836, art enthusiasts have been wandering through the impressive rooms on two floors, which the architect Leo von Klenze created.

The treasures of the Alte Pinakothek are looked after by the Bavarian State Painting Collections. Together with the Neue Pinakothek, the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Brandhorst Museum, the Alte Pinakothek forms the inner core of the Munich art area.

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Visitors walk through the Neue Pinakothek as if in a labyrinth. The tour follows a reclining figure eight and ends at the starting point. In between there is an exciting overview of the epochs of European art from the Enlightenment to the beginning of modernity.

Van Gogh's Sunflowers, Spitzweg's Poor Poet, Piloty's 35 square meter triumphal procession of Germanicus and King Ludwig I in full regalia are just a few examples of the almost 400 works of European art from the late 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. (Attention: the Neue Pinakothek is currently closed for structural reasons)

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Four museums under one roof: The Pinakothek der Moderne is one of Munich's greatest attractions and one of the most famous exhibition halls in the world.

It unites four independent museums on over 12,000 square meters, which cover different areas of art in a unique constellation: the collection for modern art of the Bavarian State Painting Collections, the New Collection of the Munich Design Museum, the Architecture Museum of the Technical University of Munich and the State Graphic Collection.

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A trip around the world: Munich's Hellabrunn Zoo was founded in 1911 and is considered the world's first geo-zoo. The animals have been living here according to continents since 1928 - today some of them live in natural communities, just like in nature.

In every season of the year the zoo offers an impressive picture of the natural habitats of the landscape protection area of ​​the Isar floodplain by changing moods. Without disturbing bars and fences, visitors can observe the animals and at the same time learn a lot about species and environmental protection.

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The Munich Oktoberfest, or in short: the Wiesn, is the largest folk festival in the world. First celebrated on the occasion of the wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in 1810, it has become one of the absolute highlights of the Munich calendar.

Over six million guests from all over the world visit the two-week festival on the Theresienwiese every year. Since the 200th anniversary in 2010, there has been the so-called Oide Wiesn on its own, adjacent site, where you can experience the Oktoberfest as it was in the past.

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The Bavarian State Opera looks back on 350 years of history and is also one of the largest artistic and musical companies in the world. In the 17th century, Elector Ferdinand Maria built a hall theater in the Hercules Hall of the Residenz, in which the first Italian opera performances were staged in front of the court society.

Located in the newly built National Theater on Max-Joseph-Platz, the largest opera house in Germany to date, since 1811, the Bavarian State Opera is very successful with more than half a million visitors and around 450 performances in one season.

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At the Munich Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, great importance is attached to cosiness and rituals relating to the golden barley juice. The regional cuisine, music and folk dances, waiters in traditional costumes and the atmosphere steeped in history inspire thousands of Munich residents and visitors from all over the world every day.

Even if the Munich original has already been recreated in Las Vegas and other cities, the imposing neo-renaissance building on Platzl remains unique. Up to 3,000 visitors are catered for inside, and up to 400 outside in the beer garden under the open sky. The gates are open every day from 9 a.m. and there is no day of rest. Even on Christmas Eve, beer and Bavarian delicacies await.

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Where emperors once resided, visitors can now shop or taste wine. If you walk down Burgstrasse from Marienplatz past the facades of magnificent town houses, you will come to the old courtyard through a gate. Although many parts of the building are only reconstructions, one feels immediately transported back to earlier centuries in the traffic-calmed inner courtyard.

Until the 15th century, the court was the royal residence of the Wittelsbach family. When the new Munich residence was built in 1385, the Alte Hof lost its importance and became the seat of the financial authorities. In the vaulted cellar you can find out interesting facts about history in the free permanent exhibition on the Munich Imperial Castle.

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It is Munich's largest market and, for quite a few long-time residents, the "good room of the city". On 22,000 square meters, the Viktualienmarkt offers a huge range of fresh products and much more than "just" fruit and vegetables: bakers, butchers, fishmongers, delicatessen shops and flower stalls have made the market a Munich landmark for over 200 years.

And one that can be visited without admission. There are also food stalls and a cozy beer garden with a maypole.

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