There are loads of things to do in Munich, but what if you only have one day in Munich – can you see the best of this crowd-pleasing city?
Yes, you’ll have an amazing time! This is how to make it happen, including where to stay in Munich, things to do and places to eat at. Let’s go!
A 1-Day Itinerary in Munich
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Morning: Hire a Bike
As time is precious speed things up by hiring a bike. Munich has flat roads and dedicated wide cycling paths making it a great way to explore the city.
Head to the English Garden – it’s huge (and free). Here you’ll find arty sculptures, wannabe surfers (yes, really! over at the man-made water centre), the river and lakes, and beer gardens.
Make sure you visit the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower). It’s located in the second largest beer garden in the world (also found in the English Garden).
I hired a rather fetching baby pink cruiser (that I naturally named Petunia) through Mike’s Bike Tours. Day hire charges cost under 30Euros.
Prefer someone to show you the way? Why not try a bike tour in Munich?
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Lunchtime – Enjoy the Pretzels and Beer
Salty doughy goodness in the form of giant pretzels. Keep it simple and go for one sprinkled with rock salt. Usually eaten with a bier, it’s a tasty alternative to the typically English bowl of nuts.
You’ll find them in almost every pub, including the beer gardens. They cost next to nothing and they’re not just for tourists. You’ll see the locals ripping chunks of this carb heaven off as they catch up with friends.
The easiest spot will still be the beer garden in the English Garden.
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Afternoon – Explore the Architecture
I’d suggest keeping your bike and cycling around the rest of Munich. Old cobbled streets and charming, romantic gothic buildings successfully intertwine with familiar high street names and modern squares that are perfect for people watching.
Historians are also catered for with the Nymphenburg Palace, which has a very grand impact. You’ll need a panoramic setting on your camera if you hope to get a picture of the full impressive building.
Of course, the more centrally located Neue Rathaus and the famous balcony known as the Glockenspiel are also very camera worthy for its sky reaching spires, flower filled window ledges and intricately sculpted design.
Other Options for One Day in Munich
If you have time, include a stop at Viktualienmarkt, an open-air market in the city centre.
And if you’re a fast biker, consider an easy 30-minute cycle out of the very centre of Munich to the beautifully landscaped gardens of the former 1972 Olympic site.
Marvel at the futuristic buildings, or why not try a bungee jump into the stadium if you’re feeling brave? Runners, skaters and cyclists glide by in this peaceful green area, making it the perfect bench stop for those with a less adventurous spirit.
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Evening – Clink a Stein
There’s a reason Munich is full of beer gardens. It’s not just the tourists that thrive on them – the locals are big fans of the tradition of drinking beer from a stein.
Whilst the lively and ever busy (day or night) Hofbrauhaus is renowned as being one of the best beer houses and it is conveniently slap bang in the centre of the city, there are plenty of others to try.
Grab your dinner at the beer house if you like traditional fare. Alternatively, I recommend a visit to The Burger House. Watch the chefs creating their masterpieces right in front of your eyes. The burgers are amazing.
Where to Stay in Munich
If you only have 24 hours in Munich you’ll want a central location. Hotel Astor is a 5-minute walk from the main train station and offers free bicycle hire. Plus, it’s easy on the eyes.
Munich caters for the masses, yet it feels homely and has retained its position as a truly German must-visit location.
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