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.

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.

Located 15 minutes northeast of the city center, the Allianz Arena is home to Munich’s two major soccer teams, FC Bayern and TSV 1860.

Being stuck between continents and time zones is the perfect time to indulge in that old-school male tradition: a true barbershop shave. Brants offers haircuts, shaves, and manicures (for men only) and uses American Crew products. Shaves are $32.

Glyptothek, a Neoclassical temple built in the 19th century houses a collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. The best known of these is the Barberini Faun, of course, a kind of proto-gay icon depicting a naked youth asleep on a panther skin.

Located 30 minutes northeast of downtown, Munich International is among the busiest airports in Europe and serves as a major hub for Lufthansa and Star Alliance airlines.

The airport-as-spa-day theme finds its apotheosis here.

The Kempinski Hotel is built right into the airport, and this cocktail lounge feels like a private version of the terminal’s soaring, canopied space.

In addition to its 17-meter pool and glass-and-stainless-steel fitness room with Künzler equipment (known for its “standing movement” weight machines), the hotel spa also offers massages ($75 for 30 minutes). Day passes are $41; a two-hour pass is $25. Open weekdays 7 a.m.

A serious car fan can while away hours kicking tires and smelling the leather at Audi’s big showroom above Terminal 1.

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