Munich for First-Timers: 10 Things To Do (Oktoberfest Edition)
Between 21 September and 6 October, Munich will host around 7 million people coming from all around the world. Why? Cause it is Oktoberfest time!
Only last year, 7.5 million liters of beer consumed during Oktoberfest. This is a LOT of beers consumed only in 16 days.
But Munich is not only home to the world-famous beer festival. There are a lot of other things to do and see. In this article, we have gathered the best 10 things to do for the first-timers.
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1 ) Allianz Arena
If you arrive in Munich by plane, make sure to stop at the Allianz Arena ( which is located between the airport and the city center ) If you are a football fan and want to visit the FC Bayern Stadium and museum, this is your chance. They also offer guided stadium tours and you can book online in advance too.
2) BMW Museum
Maybe you are not into football but more into cars? Then you are lucky. You will be surrounded by German cars in the city during your visit. Munich is home to BMW and you can take a short trip and visit the BMW museum located near Olympiapark. BMW has a history for more than 100 years and it is fascinating to learn its history by joining a guided factory tour. They even have a very exciting Vehicle Recycling Tour which we highly recommend.
3) Nymphenburg Palace
Munich has a rich history and there are many cultural sights to see. The one which is in the city and will delight you is the Nymphenburg Palace. Hop-On-Hop-Off buses will take you there. Also as an insider tip, if you want to use public transport, tram 16 -17 and bus 100 will take you around all the must-visit locations in the city.
You can not miss the famous Rathaus that is located just in the center of the city ( old town ) where you will see hundreds of tourists trying to take a photo. Make sure to be around at 11.00, 12.00 or 17.00 to watch the figures on the balcony dancing. There are also plenty of walking tours you can take to discover the history of the city.
If the weather allows, we highly recommend you to check Eisbach where you will be able to see surfers all day long. And if you are also a contemporary art fan, Haus der Kunst just located next to here will delight you. Again it is very easy to reach both of those locations with a short bus trip ( Bus 100 ).
6) Jochen Schweizer Arena
Did someone say surf? Why not try it yourself? Jochen Schweizer Arena offers you indoor surfing and indoor skydiving possibilities. Make sure to book online in advance since especially during Oktoberfest time, many companies organize team events here.
7) Schuman’s Bar
Ok enough with the activities. And enough with the beer (After several liters, you may want to give a break). Did you know in Munich, we have a world-famous cocktail bar just located in the city center? Definitely, check Schuman’s Bar and try one of their world-famous cocktails.
8) Beer and Octoberfest Museum
So maybe you already know how much Germans love their beer. But in Munich, we love it and we cherish it. Don’t be that tourist who only visits Oktoberfest. How about learning more about beer and history of Oktoberfest? We have the perfect museum for this. Check the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum.
9) Heart Bar
Maybe you don’t know but doors close at the latest 23.30 at the Oktoberfest. If you feel like you still have energy and want to dance, we suggest you check Heart Bar which offers always great after parties.
10) Brewery Weihenstephan
There are only 6 main breweries that can take part in Oktoberfest ( Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spaten ). But there are other local breweries which you can also discover through a brewery tour. And in case you didn’t know, Munich is home to the oldest brewery in the world too.
Bonus Insider Tips;
Go on top of Bavaria Statue for the perfect view of Oktoberfest.
Check Alte Utting, a refurbished boat turned into a cool bar.