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It's easy to be intoxicated by the heady beer hall scene, but new arrivals soon realise that there’s plenty more to see and do in Munich. The charming Bavarian capital combines old world allure and modern flair, and its numerous attractions are enticing.
Expats planning to do a lot of sightseeing should consider buying a Munich CityTourCard. They're valid for up to three days and entitle the bearer to free public transport and discounts at many tourist attractions.
Recommended attractions in Munich
The Hofbräuhaus has been a Bavarian institution since 1605 and the atmosphere is defined by the local brand of friendliness and joy known as gemutlichkeit. Getting enthusiastic about the beer that's been brewed here for four centuries is easy, and the food is good too.
This historic Munich square harbours some of the city's most appealing architecture. The Neo-Gothic Town Hall features a Glockenspiel that chimes three times a day, while its clockwork figures act out parts of the city’s history. Visitors can also explore the toy museum in the Old Town Hall and the Frauenkirche, Munich's cathedral, which dates back to the 15th century.
Olympiapark was built for the 1972 Summer Olympics and the stadium remains a modern engineering marvel. Expats can take advantage of the spectacular view from its revolving restaurant or take a tent roof tour with an abseiling option. The park is also a popular concert venue.
Nymphenburg Palace was initially the summer home of the Munich aristocracy. Just five miles (8km) from the city centre, expats can spend the day at its sweeping grounds, and take in its villas' uniquely crafted fittings and frescoes.
Alte Pinakothek is Munich’s premier art museum and features work by some of Europe’s greatest painters from the 14th to 18th centuries. The gallery itself is a stunning Neoclassical building with two floors and dozens of rooms, and expats are sure to be enthralled for hours.
This museum is a must for all petrol heads. Located close to Olympiapark, the museum documents the history of the famous German automobile manufacturer. The museum has been drawing crowds since it opened in 1973.
The world's largest museum dedicated to science and technology is located in Munich. With around 1.5 million visitors per year and over 28,000 items on display from a range of science and technological fields, visitors may need to visit more than once to fully appreciate this attraction.
A daily food market held in the centre of Munich, the Viktualienmarkt has grown from a small farmer's market into a huge gastronomic experience where visitors can sample local delicacies as well as food from all over the globe.
Munich's Englischer Garten, or 'English Garden', is a large public park that stretches from the city centre to the northeastern edge of Munich. It's well worth a visit for an afternoon stroll to escape the fast pace of city life.
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