Liz Humphreys

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Liz Humphreys is a correspondent who lives in Amsterdam and covers Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Munich for Forbes Travel Guide. Raised in Calgary, Humphreys got the travel bug early on, studying abroad for a year in the United Kingdom while earning both a bachelor and master degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She lived in San Francisco and New York City while she continued to travel throughout Europe, Asia and South America frequently. Humphreys wrote and edited for Lucky, iVillage, Everyday Health, USA Today and Fodor’s. She now covers travel with a particular emphasis on food and wine and documents her favorite trips on the blog winderlust.com.

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    What are the five best things to see and do in Munich?

    Beyond Munich’s quintessential beer culture (which shouldn’t be missed), the southern German city boasts a surprising number of cultural attractions. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the five best things to see and do when visiting Munich:
     
    1. Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek. We think the amazing art collections at these two Munich museums are must-sees for a trip to Munich. Alte Pinakothek features historic master artworks from the 14th to 18th century from artists like Dürer, Rembrandt and Rubens; while Neue Pinakothek is particularly strong in 19th-century art, including works from Monet, Degas and Cezanne.
     
    2. Deutsches Museum. The largest and oldest science museum in the world, Deutsches Museum has six fascinating floors of exhibits on everything from a reconstruction of Galileo’s workshop to an original Wright brothers’ airplane.
     
    3. Marienplatz. It’s definitely worth spending half a day wandering Marienplatz — which means Mary’s Square — in Munich’s center, admiring the elaborately carved Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall), strolling the pedestrian shopping streets and stopping for a bite at the Viktualienmarkt food market.
     
    4. Beer gardens. If you’re in Munich between mid-May and late-September (or for Oktoberfest, the famed 16-day festival that starts at the end of September), Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest you spend some time imbibing at one of the beer gardens throughout the city. It’s the best way to appreciate the city’s rich beer culture.
     
    5. Nymphenburg Palace. Built as a summer palace to the west of Munich in the late 1600s, Nymphenburg Palace still delights today with its richly decorated great hall, royal stables and Baroque gardens.
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    What are the five best things to do with kids in Munich?

    Attractions from museums to marionettes are sure to keep your kids occupied if they’re accompanying you to Munich. Here are five things Forbes Travel Guide recommends you do in Munich with kids in tow:
     
    1. Deutsches Museum. The largest museum of science and technology in the world will keep kids occupied for hours — if not days. They’ll adore a special section called Kinderreich where children ages 3 and up are kings.
     
    2. Tierpark Hellabrunn. Munich’s zoo covers 89 acres and houses about 450 animals grouped by continent. It even includes a petting zoo for little animal lovers.
     
    3. Munich Marionette Theater. The oldest puppet theatre in the world — it started in 1858 — is a delightful venue that offers shows for kids ages 4 and up during the week. It also has Saturday evening performances for older children that their moms and dads will enjoy, too.
     
    4. Sea Life Munich. Kids of all ages will marvel at the more than 4,500 creatures in the tanks at this aquatic complex within the expansive Olympia Park.
     
    5. Circus Krone. Europe’s biggest circus is sure to delight your kids with its acrobats, clowns, lions and tigers. Though it tours much of the year, the circus resides in Munich between late December and April.
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    Where is the best shopping in Munich?

    Munich is not known as a shopping destination, but there are still some find goods be found, if you know where to look. Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest you start with the pedestrian-only streets of Kaufingerstrasse and Neuhauser Strasse in the city’s center for international retailers, smart cafes and restaurants. Looking for more upscale brands like Gucci? Hit Maximilianstrasse — one of the city’s four royal avenues — where you’ll also find names like Versace, Louis Vuitton and Dior. Nearby Theatinerstrasse also has some high-end stores, along with international chains.
     
    If independent boutiques are more your style, then head out of Munich’s center and into the artsy district of Schwabing. Hohenzollernstrasse in particular has a number of small shops that may offer temptations that are impossible to resist.
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    What is the best way to see Munich in one day?

    If you only have one day to see Munich, Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest you start with a stroll around Marienplatz, Munich’s central square, where you can climb the Town Hall for an amazing view. If you’re in the square at 11 a.m., you’ll catch the charming Glockenspiel show, in which mechanical figures move in and out of the clock tower. Then, head a couple blocks over to the Viktualienmarkt food market for lunch or a snack of weisswurst (white sausage), cheese and perhaps some wine or beer.
     
    After you fill up, wander down some of Munich’s shopping streets, such as Maximilianstrasse for more high-end brands, before catching the train to the Museum District to see the Alte Pinakothek, a top-notch museum with art from the 15th to 18th centuries. Though you’ll only be able to view a fraction of the art in this large museum, make sure to leave enough time for a stop afterward at the Deutsches Museum, which is Europe’s biggest (and many say best) science and technology museum.
     
    You’ll want to follow your cultural fix with some beer and dinner. If the weather’s nice, stop by a traditional beer garden and soak in some sun while enjoying Munich’s most famous libation.
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    Where is the best nightlife in Munich?

    If you’re looking for the best nightlife in Munich, you should head to the Kulturzentrum Gasteig near the Isar River for a little culture. With five performance venues to choose from, the area entertains with events like performances from the Munich Philharmonic and international theater and film festivals. Other good venues for concerts, theater and dance are the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz and the Nationaltheater, home of the Bavarian State Orchestra.
     
    But when in Munich, one of the best ways to soak in the nightlife is to go to a local beer hall, where you can enjoy weisswurst (white sausage) with mustard and pretzels, washed down with a cold brew. Munich’s most famous beer hall is the Hofbräuhaus, but we also suggest trying one of the beer gardens in the Englischer Garten, Munich’s largest greenspace.