Munich

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. Asamkirche

    Altstadt

    Perhaps Munich's most ostentatious church, it has a suitably extraordinary entrance, framed by raw rock foundations. The insignificant door, crammed between its craggy shoulders, gives...Read More

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  • 2. 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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  • 3. Englischer Garten

    Schwabing

    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

    Altstadt

    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. Viktualienmarkt

    Altstadt

    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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  • 6. Alter Hof

    Altstadt

    Alter Hof was the original home of the Wittelsbach dynasty of Bavaria (not to be confused with the adjacent Residenz). Established in 1180, the Münchner...Read More

  • 7. 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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  • 8. DenkStätte Weisse Rose

    Maxvorstadt

    Siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, fellow students Alexander Schmorell and Christian Probst, and Kurt Huber, professor of philosophy, were the key members of the Munich-based...Read More

  • 9. Dreifaltigkeitskirche

    Altstadt

    Built to commemorate Bavaria's part in the War of Spanish Succession, further motivation for the construction of this church was a prophecy from the devout...Read More

  • 10. Feldherrnhalle

    Altstadt

    Erected in 1841–44, this open pavilion, fronted with three huge arches, was modeled on the 14th-century Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. From Odeonsplatz, it faces...Read More

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  • 11. Hauptbahnhof

    Ludwigsvorstadt

    The train station isn't a cultural site, but it's a particularly handy starting point for exploring. The city tourist office here has maps and helpful...Read More

  • 12. Hofgarten

    Altstadt

    The formal court garden dates back to 1613 when it lay outside the Residenz moat. It's now bordered on two sides by arcades designed in...Read More

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  • 13. Karlsplatz

    Altstadt

    In 1728, Eustachius Föderl opened an inn and beer garden here, which might be how the square came to be called Stachus—it's still called that...Read More

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  • 14. Ludwigskirche

    Maxvorstadt

    Planted halfway along the stark, neoclassical Ludwigstrasse is this superb twin-towered Byzantine- and Italian-influenced church, built between 1829 and 1838 at the behest of King...Read More

  • 15. Maximilianstrasse

    Altstadt

    Munich's most expensive and exclusive shopping street was named after King Maximilian II, who wanted to break away from the Greek-influenced classical architecture favored by...Read More

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  • 16. Münzhof

    Altstadt

    Originally built between 1563 and 1567, the ground floor was home to Duke Albrecht V's stables, the second floor to living quarters for the servants,...Read More

  • 17. Oktoberfest Grounds at Theresienwiese

    Ludwigsvorstadt

    The site of Oktoberfest and the winter Tollwood music festival, the approximately 100-acre grounds are named after Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, who celebrated her marriage...Read More

  • 18. Siegestor

    Schwabing

    Built to bookend the Feldherrnhalle and mark the end of Ludwigstrasse, Siegestor nowadays also marks the beginning of Leopoldstrasse. Unsurprisingly, it has Italian origins and...Read More

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  • 19. St. Jakob

    St. Jakob, Dachau's parish church, was built in 1624–25 in late-Renaissance style on the foundations of a 13th-century Gothic structure. Baroque features and a characteristic...Read More

  • 20. Theatinerkirche (St. Kajetan)

    Altstadt

    This glorious baroque church owes its Italian appearance to its founder, Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, who commissioned it in gratitude for the long-awaited birth...Read More

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