Munich, the capital city of Bavaria area in the South of Munich, has long been well-known for its unique Bavarian culture and Oktoberfest - an important festival held every autumn when thousands of people celebrate together by wearing traditional German costumes and drinking lots of beer. As the city itself is much bigger than the others in Germany, it takes at least 3 days just to see the city as a tourist. Here you will find a guide on how to get the best out of Munich in three days.
Day 1: Sightseeing day
Marienplatz, or Mary’s Square, is the heart and soul - the most important central square of Munich. This area is surrounded with a wide variety of churches, theater, royal residence and the most important buildings of Munich. Dominating the Northern part of Marienplatz is the New Town Hall - a splendid neo-gothic building built between the 19th and 20th century. One of the must-try in this area is to ascend the 85-meter-high tower on the city hall to get a grandiose view of the roofs of the city from an observation deck, that is accessible with an elevator.
To cover well all these foremost tourist attractions, it’s recommended to take a free 3-hour walking tour with Sandemans NEW Europe starting every 10.45am or 2pm from Mary’s Square. With this tour, you have the chance to listen to the history of Hitler, Oktoberfest and dozens pieces of stories relevant to the formation of these buildings guided through. While Sandemans offer other private paid tours, you would only have to pay small tips for the guide on the free walking tours.
Day 2: Football day
Bavarian culture has a lot to do with soccer. Bayern Munich Football Club, or FC Bayern München, is well known as the top professional football team of the German League football system and one of the most successful football clubs in Europe and worldwide. To get to know a bit of the FC and football culture of Munich, visiting Allianz Arena stadium is a must. Here you can get all sorts of souvenirs from the FC.
With 75,000 seating capacity, this stadium is open daily from 10am to 6pm except for matchdays and during events. You can take a guided 60-minute tour (10 EUR - approximately 12 USD) for tourists almost everyday including Sunday except for certain holidays. You would be guided through the main stand to press conference area, dressing rooms, players’ tunnel to media area and stadium exteriors while listening about the on-goings and important players of the FC. Tourists are not allowed to access the pitch court.
Day 3: Museum day
If you have always been fascinated about museums, Munich is the place to be! This city is well known for many popular museums such as Deutsche Museum - one of the largest science museums in the world - and, especially BMW museum with no entrance fee. BMW Welt, with its oldest to latest collection of BMW cars and motorcycles, attract hundreds of car-lovers every day, who are eager to see its wide range of technology and design elements. You can even rent a car for maximum three hours and enjoy the full ride experience with BMV. Located near BMW museum is the easily-spotted Olympic Tower that is 1.75 meters tall. From here, you can get a spectacular view of BMW welt, the Olympic Stadium and Olympic Park.
Fulfilling your Munich travel experience with Filmstadt
3 days is definitely not enough to see Munich as a whole. There are lots of other activities to try out here, not to mention the nightlife and restaurants. One of those activities is taking a tour at the Bavaria Film Studio, or filmstadt. This is where many famous movies and TV series of Germany have been filmed. It’s interesting to see how action movies, horror series or films about outer space are shot in reality. What’s more fascinating is that the tour guide even let you try the role of playing an actor/actress, weather forecast news reporter or cartoon animator acting right on the ‘Greenscreen’. This is a technique of photographing or filming used for replacing the background of the actual scene.
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