Munich

Things to do in Munich

Outdoor lovers looking for things to do in Munich should start with the Englischer Garten, Munich’s largest green space, which is even bigger than New York’s Central Park. Take a walk on one of the park’s pathways, row lazily in the lake, or rent a bike to see more of the vast space. For travelers intent on incorporating the city’s beer scene into all things to do in Munich, you can even rent a “beer bike,” to indulge while pedaling through the city. For an afternoon of people-watching, head to Prinzregentenstrasse, where surfers hit the waves at all times of the year.

For nightlife, the Kunstpark is a formal industrial area now packed with bars and clubs. Night-owls are no longer are at a loss for what to do in Munich after Oktoberfest tents close at 11pm. Bar-hop from hip hop clubs to dance music discos, and seek out whatever vibe you please.

Wondering what to do in Munich to celebrate another aspect of Germany’s culture? Visit the BMW Welt, the only BMW museum in the world. Explore the brand's history and even test-drive simulation cars.

Lucky Lufthansa passengers with first-class tickets or rewards program ID can take advantage of one of the biggest and highest-tech lounges on the Continent.

The seventh-story, glassed-in observation deck offers a nearly bird’s-eye view of the busy runway. For stranded travelers, the terrace is good for at least a half-hour’s worth of plane-spotting entertainment. Admission is $3; open daily 8 a.m.–10 p.m.

This famous beer hall has traditionally-dressed servers touting large steins of beer — even with breakfast. Hofbräuhaus' roots date back to 1589 as the city's first brewery, and the interior has some wooden tables and chairs that are more than a century old. Three floors can accommodate up to 3,5

The big open space atop the long Lufthansa check-in desk is home to an in-house art gallery, which features a changing cast of Munich-based artists. The endless white walls are an ideal context for big-scale canvases—and you’re not likely to see these artists anywhere else.

Housed in two adjoining buildings in the Allstadt district, this contemporary art gallery is one of the largest in Germany. Originally established in 1851, the Bayerischer Kunstgewerbe-Verein (Bavarian Arts & Crafts Association) was founded to promote the work of local craftspeople.

Low-stakes gambling (slot machines and video card games) are legal in Germany, but in typical German fashion, the airport location of this casino chain is spotless to the point of being sterile. Video slots and card games accept bets starting at one euro.

Internationally renowned jeweler that also makes objects in iron and rock crystal.

Germany’s big name in international fashion, known for its sober, clean-lined business and leisure wear, has multiple boutiques in the airport that feature a range of Hugo Boss, Boss Women, Boss Black, and Boss Orange clothing (smart, black suits and candy-colored dresses from about $600 and $450

One-of-a-kind shop with art and furnishings made of 100 percent wool felt.

For years, the German label with the French name had a slogan—“Unfortunately expensive”—that defined its niche perhaps too sharply. Fabrics are rich, colors conservative (navy blue and gray dominate), and the tailoring modern.

Situated in the Kunstareal (art quarter), the Alte Pinakothek museum is home to one of the world’s finest collections of Old Master paintings, dating from the 14th century to the 18th.

Childhood memories of Legos and Playmobil toys (formerly hand-painted, now machine-made) come alive at Vedes, which features a northern European fantasy selection of those brands as well as high-quality, handmade German wooden blocks and ring toys for toddlers.

Tucked in the cavernous basement of the Bavarian National Museum are scores of crèches amassed by a local collector.

The name means “healthy impulse,” but passengers may find the massages—done in four chairs in the concourse area—as sybaritic as they are therapeutic. The house specialty?

Also known as Asamkirche, the church at Christmas is a Baroque jewel redolent of pine boughs and frankincense.