In the heart of Bavaria, Munich is as appealing to car lovers and beer enthusiasts as it is to history buffs and art aficionados. Start by taking in the varying architectural styles of Old Town, including the Neo-Gothic Town Hall, then move on to the Kunstareal, the art quarter, with four museums dedicated to everything from Dutch masters to 1960s design notables. Get your fill of local delicacies at the Viktualienmarkt, a lively food market. Make your way to the Nymphenburg Palace, a stately palace and lavish gardens that was the royal family’s summer residence. Outside the city, find a countryside dotted with castles and charming villages, including King Ludwig II’s stunning Neuschwanstein. Of course, Oktoberfest is a popular time to visit (don’t miss the Hofbrauhaus, an iconic beer hall), as is Christmas, with the city’s holiday markets and colorful festivities. From porcelain and BMWs, to beer and Bavarian oompah bands, Munich is a delight.
- The Alte and Neue Pinokathek are a must for art lovers
- For architecture buffs, Nymphenburg Palace or Neueschwantstein are worth the visit