by Ellen Curham
When it comes to a quick European getaway, consider Munich in Germany. The famed Bavarian city is home to Oktoberfest but there’s a whole lot more to this place than just the beer (although we’re not gonna lie, it’s definitely an incentive to visit). So grab your Lederhosen and check out our guide for what to do with 24 hours in Germany’s unofficial southern capital.
First things first, you’ll want to start the day off with a typical Bavarian breakfast. Okay, it’s probably not what most Bavarians eat every morning but the novelty factor of a sausage, soft pretzel and beer first thing in the morning is hard for most tourists to resist. Head to Weisses Bräuhause to sample the region’s traditional Weisswurst – a white sausage flavoured with hints of herbs and lemon. If you want something a little more alternative (or less meaty), Schmalznudel offers coffee and donuts to a largely young and trendy clientele.
Munich is a historically rich city that’s particularly revered for museums and art galleries so it’s worth checking out at least a few, even if you have limited time. Usually the Alte Pinakothek tops the list. It is one of the oldest galleries in the world and home to paintings by Dürer, Rembrandt and Raphael. Meanwhile, the Neue Pinakothek features 18thc and 19th-century works by European and international artists, including Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh, while the Pinakothek der Moderne has contemporary pieces from Bacon, Picasso and more.
If art’s not your thing or you’re in the mood for even more museums then try the Deutsches Museum. This is the world’s largest museum dedicated to science and technology. The BMW Museum is another favourite and even if you are not a car buff it’s hard to not be wowed by its impressive architecture.
Munich is a major financial and technological centre in Germany and you’ll easily get a sense of this with suited business workers striding around the city. It is also a major publishing hub and home to some literature giants. Get a taste of this at the Oskar Maria Brasserie after checking out an exhibition at the adjacent LiteraturHause. It is famous for its reasonably priced risotto and an intellectual crowd.
Following this head to Munich’s outdoor gem, the Englisher Garten. This expansive public park has different styles of gardens and is where city residents and tourists alike head to spend afternoons strolling around or simply lazing on the grass. One of the highlights includes an artificial stream with a standing wave. Surfing is not something you’ll expect to see in landlocked Bavaria but Munich is a city that’s full of pleasant surprises.
Beer o’ clock
After a leisurely stroll at the English Gardens, it’s time to hit up the beer gardens! Grab a stein and a traditional pub dinner at one of Munich’s most iconic establishments. The Hofbräuhaus is Munich’s most famous beer garden and probably the most touristy as well. Worth a look but expect large crowds and few locals. The Augustiner Keller has a huge beer hall and garden and boasts a lively atmosphere and some great drinks while the Chinesischer Turm is located in the scenic Englisher Garten and has sunny and shaded options available.
If beer’s not your thing don’t despair; Munich also has a thriving cocktail scene. Couch Club serves up over one hundred different types of gin while Zephyr Bar creates signature cocktails using local spirits and ingredients.
Still want to see more? Then be sure not to miss Munich’s bustling nightlife scene. Get down with the big shots and celebrities at P1 Club which is known for its glamorous dress code and strict door policy. For something a bit more alternative and laid-back check out Ksar Club which offers a lounge for chilling as well as a dance floor that’s crowded into the early hours of the morning.
Where to stay?
Wombats City Hostel Munich is one of the highest-rated in the city. It has a stylish interior and rooftop courtyard to chill out in after a day of exploring. Elsewhere, the Euro Youth Hostel is another clean and popular choice that’s centrally located.