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

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Liz Humphreys
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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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