I love Munich. Having visited the Bavarian capital for the 2nd time now, I’ve definitely fallen in love with it again. And the Oktoberfest wasn’t the only reason why.
Apart from the world’s largest beer festival and BMWs, Munich is also rich with beautiful architecture, historical sites, cute shopping boutiques, and hearty Bavarian food.
Is one day enough to see everything in Munich? Definitely not.
But if you only have one day, I have put together a slow travel guide with the best things to see in Munich, the land of lederhosen.
One of my favourite things about Germany, maybe even about Europe is the town squares. Germany has a lot of them, everywhere. It’s a great place to start exploring the city.
As someone who loves the slow pace of travel, I love sitting back, having coffee, admiring a beautiful architecture of the place I’m in and people-watching.
Marienplatz (Marien Square) is an excellent place for that. It has been Munich’s main city square since 1158.
If you’re heading to Munich around Christmas time, don’t miss the largest Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market) in the city.
The English Garden, based on the informal British-style gardens, is a huge public park that spans across the city.
There are several restaurants and beer gardens available to enjoy lunch at, with many traditional German foods offered.
Next up on the Munich 1-day itinerary is making your way down the Ludwigstraße towards the Odeonsplatz and Feldherrnhalle.
The Odeonsplatz is a stunning 19th-century square encircled by elaborate buildings with ornate architecture.
By the time, you’ve wandered around the city and seen the above – it’s going to be lunchtime and why not stop at one of the most famous beer halls in the world – Hofbrahaus and have a refreshing afternoon beer?
This enormous 3-floor, state government-run brewhouse dates back to 16th century and is filled with both tourists and locals alike. During the Oktoberfest, the Hofbrau tent is the largest of all, holding nearly 10,000 seats.
Wirtshaus Rechthaler Hof – a traditional Restaurant in the heart of Munich, offering typical Bavarian delicacies such as oven-roasted fresh pork, grilled Pork Knuckle or golden-brown roasted duck.
Burg Pappenheim – is another traditional German gastropub offering traditional Bavarian food and great beer.
I can’t remember what this dish was called – but it was simply amazing.
Cotidiano – Cosy bakery restaurant near Gärtnerplatz. They offer freshly baked bread, breakfast and brunch the whole day through.
Prinz Myshkin – great vegetarian restaurant near Marienplatz, offering well-known dishes with a vegetarian twist. I had the best vegetarian ravioli here.
A couple more suggestions to spice up your itinerary:
And here are some more things to do in Munich!