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. Andechs Monastery

    One of southern Bavaria's most famous pilgrimage sites, this Benedictine monastery is 5 km (3 miles) south of Herrsching. You can reach it on Bus...Read More

  • 2. Asamkirche


    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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  • 3. 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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  • 4. 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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  • 5. Frauenkirche


    Munich's Dom (cathedral) is a distinctive late-Gothic brick structure with two huge towers, each 99 meters (325 feet) high (a Munich landmark to climb but...Read More

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  • 6. Haus der Kunst


    This colonnaded, classical-style building is one of Munich's most significant examples of Hitler-era architecture, and was officially opened as House of German Art by the...Read More

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  • 7. Klosterkirche St. Anna


    This striking example of the two Asam brothers' work in the Lehel district impresses visitors with its sense of movement and heroic scale. The ceiling...Read More

  • 8. 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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  • 9. Museum Villa Stuck


    This dramatic neoclassical villa is the former home of one of Germany's leading avant-garde artists from the turn of the 20th century, Franz von Stuck...Read More

  • 10. Peterskirche


    The Altstadt's oldest parish church (called locally Alter Peter, or Old Peter) traces its origins to the 11th century, and has been restored in various...Read More

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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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  • 13. 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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  • 14. 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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  • 15. Alter Hof


    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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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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  • 19. Cuvilliés-Theater

    Altstadt | Arts/Performance Venue

    This stunning example of a rococo theater, originally called the New Opera House but now called Cuvilliés-Theater or Altes Residenz-Theater...Read More

  • 20. DenkStätte Weisse Rose


    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

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