Munich is a wealthy city—and it shows. At times this affluence may come across as conservatism. But what makes Munich so unique is that it's a new city superimposed on the old. The hip neighborhoods that make up the City Center (Innenstadt) are replete with traditional locales, and flashy materialism thrives together with a love of the outdoors.

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  • 1. Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

    The site of the infamous camp, now the KZ–Gedenkstätte Dachau, is just outside town. Photographs, contemporary documents, the few cell blocks, and the grim crematorium...Read More

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  • 2. Deutsches Museum


    Aircraft, vehicles, cutting-edge technology, and historic machinery fill the seven levels of this monumental building on an island in the Isar River, home to one...Read More

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  • 3. Englischer Garten


    This seemingly endless green space blends into the open countryside at the north of the city. Today's park covers nearly 1,000 acres and has 78...Read More

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  • 4. Marienplatz


    Bordered by the Neues Rathaus, shops, and cafés, this square is named after the gilded statue of the Virgin Mary that has watched over it...Read More

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  • 5. Museum Mensch und Natur


    This popular museum in the north wing of Schloss Nymphenburg has nothing to do with the Wittelsbachs but is one of the palace's major attractions....Read More

  • 6. Neues Rathaus


    Munich's present neo-Gothic town hall was built in three sections and two phases between 1867 and 1905. It was a necessary enlargement on the nearby...Read More

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  • 7. Pinakothek der Moderne


    This striking 130,000-square-foot glass-and-concrete complex by Stefan Braunfels is home to four outstanding museums under one cupola-topped roof: art, graphic art, architecture, and design, all...Read More

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  • 8. Residenz


    One of Germany's true treasures, Munich's royal Residenz (Residence) began in 1385 as the modest Neuveste (New Fortress) on the northeastern city boundary. By the...Read More

  • 9. Schatzkammer

    Altstadt | Museum/Gallery

    The Schatzkammer comprises many hundreds of masterworks, including a host of treasures from the Wittelsbach royal crown jewels. A highlight...Read More

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  • 10. Schloss Nymphenburg


    This glorious Baroque and Rococo palace, the largest in Germany, grew in size and scope over more than 200 years. Begun in 1662 by the...Read More

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  • 11. Viktualienmarkt


    The city's open-air market really is the beating heart of downtown Munich. Around 140 stalls and shops sell everything from produce to meat to coffee...Read More

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  • 12. Altes Rathaus


    Much of the work on Munich's first town hall was done in the 15th century, though various alterations were made through the centuries. Its great...Read More

  • 13. Bavaria Filmstadt


    For movie buffs, Munich has its own Hollywood-like neighborhood, the Geiselgasteig, in the affluent Grünwald district, on the southern outskirts of the city. A number...Read More

  • 14. Bavaria Statue


    Overlooking the Theresienwiese, home of the Oktoberfest, is a 19th-century hall of fame (Ruhmeshalle) featuring busts of famous Bavarian scientists, artists, engineers, generals, and philosophers,...Read More

  • 15. Bayerisches Nationalmuseum


    Although the museum places emphasis on Bavarian cultural history, it has art and artifacts of international importance and regular exhibitions that attract worldwide attention. The...Read More

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  • 16. BMW Museum


    Munich serves as the headquarters for the famous BMW car company. The circular tower of its museum in the Olympiapark is one of the defining...Read More

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  • 17. BMW Plant Munich

    Milbertshofen | Factory

    Come see how a BMW car is made. The BMW factory live production can be toured on weekdays (minimum age to participate is seven). Registration...Read More

  • 18. BMW Welt

    Milbertshofen | Museum/Gallery

    Opened in 2007, the cutting-edge design of BMW Welt, with its sweeping, futuristic facade, is one structure helping to overcome the conservative...Read More

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  • 19. BMW Welt


    Opened in 2007, the cutting-edge design of BMW Welt, with its sweeping, futuristic facade, is one structure helping to overcome the conservative image Munich has...Read More

  • 20. Botanischer Garten


    On the northern edge of Schloss Nymphenburg, this collection of some 19,000 plants, including orchids, cacti, cycads, alpine flowers, and rhododendrons, covers over 52 acres...Read More

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