If you're planning a trip to Germany, a visit to Munich may be the perfect way to spend your vacation. Home to some of the world's most well preserved architecture, fine art museums, beer gardens, and classic restaurants; Munich has something for every style traveler. Can't decide where to start? We here at Auto Europe have compiled a list of must-see attractions throughout Munich, perfect for planning your next adventure.
Surrounded by a vibrant 490 acre park is the Schloss Nymphenburg, a baroque palace that originally served as a summer home for the numerous Bavarian kings. Schloss Nymphenburg, and surrounding park, is now open to the public, containing 4 museums, a gift shop, and a shady walking trail bordering a crystal clear pond - perfect for the summer traveler.
Undoubtedly one of the most recognizable and tourist friendly landmarks in all of Munich, this 15th century church is most notable for its two 99 meter towers that punctuate the Munich skyline. The church is one of the largest cathedrals in Germany, seating nearly 20,000 people. Frauenkirche is open to the public daily, and also holds a Catholic Mass regularly. Though much of this cathedral was destroyed during WW2, original segments still remain, and the restored sections feature architecture in the original style as well as stained glass windows of awe-inspiring beauty.
The famed "ultimate driving machine" car manufacturer, BMW, is headquartered in Munich, and car enthusiasts the world over can visit the BMW museum - home to a myriad of exhibits, ranging from an M-Series expose, to a history of Rolls Royce with its current models on display. Want to enhance your visit? Consider driving a BMW or Rolls Royce up to the museum - Auto Europe's fleet of luxury car rentals in Munich is expansive.
Aptly named, "The Green Heart of Munich," Englischer Garten is a massive park, larger than Central Park and Hyde Park, located in central Munich. The park is free to enter, and is home to multiple beer gardens, lakes, and an artificial wave pool where surfers display their skills. Englischer Garten is the perfect place to relax for the day while taking a stroll down the many nature paths, enjoying the lush and vibrant outdoor scenery.
This 20 meter bonze-cast statue stands on the western border of the Oktoberfest grounds, and is representative of the Bavarian cultural history - personified as a powerful woman and lion standing side by side. The head of the massive statue houses an observation deck offering unobstructed views of downtown Munich, and can be accessed by an internal circular staircase.
Originally commissioned by the Bavarian King Ludwig I, the Glyptothek Museum houses an epic collection of Greek and Roman sculptures dating back to 700 B.C. King Ludwig I had the museum designed very particularly, as his vision was to create a "German Athens" in the heart of Bavaria. Visitors to this iconic museum have the chance to see some of the most well kept Grecian and Roman art, including the famous Barberini Faun, and the Medusa Rondanini.
Olympiapark is the former home of the 1972 Olympic Games, and unlike nearly every other Olympic park around the world, the Olympiapark facilities have been put to use after the end of the games. Visitors have access to the swimming stadium, track, and rowing lake - perfect for the active traveler, desiring a unique location to get the daily work-out routine underway.
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