Best known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration, hosting the 1972 Summer Olympics (marred by the Israeli hostage crisis), and home to major multinational companies like BMW, Munich is also the capital of the German state of Bavaria and a top tourist destination. There are a myriad of things to see and do in Munich which features numerous museums, theaters, world class restaurants, biergartens, architectural landmarks and more.
With so much to see and do in Munich, where do you start? Here are our top 10 things to see and do in Munich, Germany.
Marienplatz is the central square for Munich and has been since 1158. The square was originally known as Schrannen but was changed to Marienplatz (i.e. St. Mary’s Square) after the erection of large column in the center of the square called the Marian column dedicated to St. Mary to celebrate the end of the Swedish occupation.
The Alstadt (Old Town) square is a must see as it is home to other attractions on this list as well as featuring a bustling, high energy environment with street performers, musicians, restaurants beer halls and more. If you want a true taste of old Bavaria, this is where you need to go.