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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.