Festive and friendly, Munich marks the spot where you’ll find some of Germany’s most striking architecture. Since 1158, the Bavarian capital has thrilled travellers with its cultural cachet, thanks to the extravagance of its 19th century kings. Regal and resplendent palaces and castles decorate the streets as naturally as the abstractions of modern-day skyscrapers and museums. Of course, we can’t talk about Munich without mentioning the world-famous Oktoberfest! Visit in September and experience Germany’s largest celebration yourself.
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Visit Bavaria's capital from Canada and discover things to do in Munich. Take a tour of one of Munich's castles or go on a relaxing walk through the English Gardens. Of course, you can’t miss Marienplatz, which has been the city square since 1158. Interested in a day trip? Check out our itineraries for trips from Munich to Berlin, or Munich to Salzburg. Discover the best Munich attractions with our collection of tour packages.
MUNICH TRAVEL GUIDE
German, though most people are familiar with English
WHAT TO EAT
Bavarian classics like sausages and other pork dishes ranging from Schweinsbraten (roasted pork) to Schweinshaxe (roasted pig’s knuckle), pretzels, Weisswurst (Veal and pork sausages), and fischbrötchen (fish sandwiches).
WHAT TO BRING BACK
Luxury goods from the department stores and boutiques in Altstadt like Oberpollinger, Haribo gummy bears, traditional clothes like lederhosen or dirndl, Lebkuchenherzen (decorative cookie ornaments), and a great big Oktoberfest stein.
Despite ruling for only 22 years, the deposed Ludwig II of Bavaria (also known as the Swan King, Fairy Tale King, or the Mad King) is responsible for three of Germany’s most extravagant castles: Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, and Herrenchiemsee. Though his reign was short, he’d be happy to know that his artistic vision is finally appreciated over 100 years later.