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People who visited Munich always remember two things about it – the Königsplatzand Oktoberfest. But there are definitely many more places worth visiting. Munich is one of the 3 richest cities in Germany, and it represents the center of Bavaria. This is a city where almost one and a half million people live and it is also home to the world’s best-rated wheat beer. So, this is your guide to Munich after 5 PM.
How to Get to Munich
Munich is a modern and very accessible city. If you prefer traveling by car or a bus, a great system of well-connected highways makes getting to Munich a simple task whether you are driving from Austria, Switzerland or France. Some trains go there at regular intervals and if you would rather travel by airplane, it has an airport of its own. Whatever transportation you select, know that Munich’s traffic is very well regulated.
Getting around by bus is a very simple affair as every bus stop has detailed information on arrival times. Great traffic regulations make sure that renting cars or driving your own are also valid options. Munich is a bicycle-friendly place and this makes it perfect for bicycle tours. Also, taxis are very easy to find everywhere if you prefer to get around that way. Munich also has a great public subway system, the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn train, for both of which you can use the same ticket.
Where to Eat in Munich for Dinner
Paulaner Nockherberg // This brewpub is visited not only by tourists from all over the world but also by Munich locals. During the warmer months, there is a garden where you can drink top-quality beer and eat a high-quality meal. The history of this place begins in 1621 when Paulaner monks brewed the beer of the same name, right in this place. They are serving German food, grill, and vegetarian-friendly cuisine. Here you can try some of the best beers in their brewhouse. Parking is available, and they do accept reservations and credit cards.
Michaeligarten // Michaeligarten is also vegetarian-friendly. Here you can dine and drink in indoor and outdoor seating, whatever you desire more. There is a full bar and you can taste some of the best meals from Central European and German cousins. There is street parking and a free off-street one. You can make reservations and if you wish, pay with American Express, MasterCard, and Visa.
Nuremberg Bratwurst Glöckl // Just like the previous place, this one also offers Central European and German cuisine with a full bar, indoor and outdoor seating, reservation, street, and free off-street parking. They also accept credit cards themselves. Here you should definitely try their famous schnitzel and bratwurst (fried meat and sausage).
Hard Rock Cafe Munich // This famous rock ‘n’ roll restaurant, located in the center of Munich, is quite famous. You will be amazed by its metropolis architecture and unique interior that resembles a museum of popular culture and authentic rock memorabilia. There are a full-service bar and television. Enjoy some classic American-style music and food (with vegetarian options), and if you are interested you can also visit Legends of rock memorabilia and retail store.
Zum Flaucher // This beer garden is away from the main tourist attraction, so it is often visited by locals. This place is surrounded by nature and trees, and it is located on the Isar River. Here you can try some German and European food with plenty of vegetarian-friendly options. Zum Flaucher has a traditional setting, from homemade meals to brass bands. The place does close on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Things to See in Munich at Night
BMW World and Museum // Near the Olympic Stadium, there is a futuristic building of the famous BMW. Here you will have the opportunity to see almost all types of BMW cars ever made and learn about the history of this incredible company. The BMW Complex, designed for visitors, provides insight into the production process itself. The Museum keeps the memory of all segments of this company throughout history (airplanes, trucks, motorcycles, turbines, and engines). Almost all of the content is accompanied by multimedia content. Keep in mind this museum closes at 6:00 pm.
Hi-Sky Munich // This Ferris wheel is located near Munich’s Ostbahnhof (a mainline railway station in Berlin). Its 27 gondolas can accommodate up to sixteen people. At relatively low speed the journey takes about thirty minutes. In there, if you look to the south, you will see the Alpine panorama, and in all other directions the panoramic view of Munich and the Upper Bavarian region. Hi-Sky is the largest Ferris wheel in Germany. It is also one of the largest mobile Ferris wheels in the world.
Königsplatz // Königsplatz (translated from German, “king’s square”) is a square in the Kunstareal district (“Art District”). It is an urban park – square. It has a set of neoclassical buildings, each one with a different function: the Glyptothek has an Ionian style and houses a large collection of classical sculptures. The Propyläen is of the Doric style and is a memorial for the accession to the throne of Otto I of Greece. The Staatliche Antikensammlungen has a Corinthian style and is a museum collection of antiques.
Olympic Park // It is certainly interesting to see the Olympic Park, which houses the former Bayern Stadium and the venue where the 1972 Olympic Games were held. The main stadium can accommodate 70,000 visitors and its roof is made of acrylic glass. The roof collects rainwater used for the artificial Olympic lake. If you want to watch Munich from a height, you can do so from the Olympic Tower. You can also find trampolines here, athletic battlefields, outdoor theaters and of course the Beer garden.
Oktoberfest // If you find yourself in Munich in late September and early October, you will see that the whole world is in Theresienwiese. Over 6 million people go there during the almost three weeks of folk festival Oktoberfest. Drinking exclusively pure beer for the Germans is a matter of pride and identity. This is the largest festival in Europe and, by many, after the Rio festivities, the second largest and most famous in the world. It is a 16 to 18-day festival that takes place every year.
Guide by Jack Kewell | [email protected]
Jack Kewell is writer, science editor, naturalist, entrepreneur. He is focused on writing and illustrating books.
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