Things To Do In Munich
What is there to see and do in Munich, and what's the best way to experience the city's best landmarks and attractions? At CityXplora we believe that however detailed you want your itinerary to be, you can't go wrong with the hop-on hop-off bus tour. The glory of hop-on hop-off is that you have the freedom to tailor your own sightseeing from the comfort and convenience of an open-top deck.
The Munich hop-on hop-off tour begins at the city's central station, or Hauptbahnhof, as it is known in the native tongue. From this departure point you can choose to set out on any one of three routes (be sure to leave time for them all!). The 'City Tour' focuses on the central and eastern portions of the city centre. Drop off points on this route include the iconic Marienplatz, Munich's main square; the Bavarian State Opera and Haidhausen. Marienplatz is unmissable for its splendorous New City Hall (Neues Rathaus), and, most of all, its definitive Christmas Market. Visit the residential and nightlife district of Haidhausen for its popular French Quarter and many small cafés, restaurants and shops.
The 'Nymphenburg-Olympia Tour' heads west towards the sprawling gardens and marvellous baroque architecture of Nymphenburg Palace, before proceeding to Olympiapark, hosting site for the 1972 Summer Olympics, and now a venue for numerous cultural, social and religious events.
Much of Nymphenburg Palace is open to the public and it's possible to join a guided tour of the residence's various buildings and grounds. Many pick out the palace's grounds as its highlight feature, but when it comes to the interior Ludwig I's 'Gallery of Beauties' and the Great Hall are defiantly worth checking out. Hop-off at stop 8 to experience Nymphenburg Palace.
Besides the landmark tower and stadium at stop 9's Olympiapark, this venue holds a diverse selection of leisure activities that are great for all ages. Do a roof climb with abseiling, play a few rounds of mini golf or hire a rowing boat and sail along Olympic Lake.
The final route is known as the 'Schwabing Tour'. The open-top buses take a north-easterly road through the shops, bars, restaurants and clubs of bohemian Munich. You will also be dropped off next to the 910 acre English Park (Englischer Garten) and the Pinakotheken art museums. Much like in Marienplatz you can enjoy a Christmas fair at the Englischer Garten's Chinese Tower; it runs from the start of December to Christmas Eve.