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5 things you must see in Munich

26 September 2019 08:21

Surfers in the Englischer Garten

Surfers in the Englischer Garten

If you're heading to this year's Oktoberfest festivities, don't forget to think outside the biergarten and take in some of these must-see attractions in Munich...

1. Englischer Garten

Stretching out over almost four square kilometres, the expansive Englischer Garten is one of the largest city parks in the world – and where Munich residents from all walks of life come to escape the hubbub of the city. Whether you want to have a picnic, play some football or simply take a wander around the park's undulating lawns, there's plenty on offer for everyone.

2. BMW Welt

It doesn't matter whether you're an avid car enthusiast or simply curious about some high-quality German engineering – BMW Welt is well worth a visit. Located near the Olympiapark, the futuristic BMW Welt showcases the latest cutting-edge BMW technology. It even includes a 'Junior Campus' where kids can learn what it takes to become a BMW engineer.

3. Marianplatz

In the heart of Munich sits the bustling Marianplatz, framed by lively café bars and the city's neo-Gothic town hall. But while people-watching on the square is always entertaining, the real star of the show is the glockenspiel on the tower balcony of the town hall. Twice daily, 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures play out the story of the city to the captivated crowds below. It's definitely not to be missed!

4. Surfing on the Eisbach

Yes, you read that right – despite being hundreds of miles from the ocean, Munich is a hotspot for surfing! Deep in the heart of the Englischer Garten, surfers take to the artificially-created waves on the Eisbach (meaning 'ice stream'). Hours of entertainment can be had watching the locals try and tame the waves or, if you're feeling confident, why not grab a board and try it out yourself?

5. Viktualienmarkt

If you like nothing more than meandering around market stalls, then Viktualienmarkt is the place for you. Dating back over 200 years, this open-air farmers market sells a wide array of local and international produce, from spices to cheese, and plenty of delicious foods to try while you shop. What's not to like?

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