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

Liz Humphreys
  • Liz Humphreys

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  • Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

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 places to stay in Munich?

    You’ll find Munich has a wealth of luxurious five-star accommodations. Whether you’re in Munich for business or pleasure, Forbes Travel Guide has narrowed down the five best places to stay: 
    1. Hotel Bayerischer Hof. This large luxury hotel opened in 1841 at the behest of King Ludwig I and is still the epitome of elegance in Munich. With five restaurants — including the award-winning Atelier— six bars and a rooftop spa, you may never get out to explore the city.
    2. Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München. Located on Maximilianstrasse, Munich’s most exclusive shopping street, this grand hotel was built in 1858 and still exudes opulence. You can choose from 12 different room styles inspired by the era of Louis II.
    3. Mandarin Oriental Munich. A small hotel with a devoted clientele, Mandarin Oriental Munich anticipates your every need with amenities like fruit and check in and a complimentary mini-bar. Be sure to get up to the rooftop, where you can the Alps from the heated pool.
    4.The Charles Hotel. One of Munich’s newest luxury hotels, The Charles created by Rocco Forte is in a quiet location within the Old Botanical Gardens. Many rooms offer verdant views while the hotel features an elegant spa and fine Italian restaurant.
    5. Sofitel Munich Bayerpost. With its appealing mix of French and Bavarian design, the state-of-the-art Sofitel Munich Bayerpost is conveniently located near Munich’s main train station. Each of its 10 suites was renovated in 2009 and sports a different theme. You’ll see nods to New York City and log cabins; but no matter which room you get, rest assured it will have a modern edge.