Festival / Holiday Event
During Advent, the 2014 Munich Christmas Market opens around the Marienplatz. The oldest Christmas market in the Bavarian As the birthplace of the Christmas tree, Germany knows how to do Christmas right. That’s why every year, Munich ... moreMarienplatz
Party Earth Review Over three-and-a-half decades after Munich hosted the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Olympiapark, the park remains an inviting green haven for lovers of the great outdoors. Whether visitors go rollerblading or biking around the perimeter of the lake, swimming in the Olympic pool, or simply strolling through one of the craft ... more
Olympiapark Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21
Arts Festival / Holiday Event
A large tented spectacle that offers an exciting mix of international musicians, theater troupes, circus-style performances, and more, the 2014 Tollwood: Winterfestival is a wonderful annual Munich event that’s also largely free-to ... moreTheresienwiese
Party Earth Review Ideally situated on the edge of a small lake in the Englischer Garten, Seehaus is a traditional beer garden with one of the loveliest settings in town. Its serene location and more intimate size attracts a posher crowd than many of the city’s beer gardens, making it perfect for a peaceful afternoon or evening of good company ... more
Concert / Music Festival
The Tyrolean Festival Erl is a celebration of opera and classical vocal music held at FestSpielHaus München in Munich. This music festival is held twice a year, once from the end of December through the beginning of January and again ... moreFestSpielHaus München
81735 Munich, Germany
Party Earth Review Named for the tall, centuries-old Chinese pagoda rising at its center, Chinese Tower is reportedly the second largest beer garden in the world and can accommodate up to 3,000 guests. Situated in the middle of Englischer Garten, the outdoor bar features row upon row of picnic tables that are regularly flooded with a mix ... more
Inside Englischer Garten
Music Festival / Concert
Zenith Die Kulturhalle
Party Earth Review Located in the center of Munich, Fünf Höfe (Five Courtyards) is an architecturally stunning shopping gallery that combines a sleek design of glass and steel with a bevy of posh designer boutiques, specialty shops, cafés, restaurants, and art galleries that offer something for every budget. Although a popular destination ... more
Party Earth Review Since the Löwenbräu beer hall is located right next door to the brewery, patrons can rest assured they’re getting the freshest brew possible at Löwenbräukeller. Like many traditional Bavarian establishments, the venue looks like a castle and gives the impression of splendor with its ornate moldings, spires, and regal stone ... more
Party Earth Review Less than a mile south of the famed Nymphenburg Palace, tree-lined Hirschgarten is a testament to duality: a simple but beautiful park arm-in-arm with one of the largest beer gardens in the entire world. Harkening back to its former incarnation as a hunting ground for noblemen, deer still roam a feeding area near the original ... more
De-la-Paz-Straße 80639 Munich
Party Earth Review It’s hard to beat Mike’s Bike Tours for unique sightseeing trips around Munich, most of which are led by gregarious expats and attended by a diverse clientele hailing from all corners of the globe. Tours begin with a brief overview of the city’s history, after which the participants pick out their ... more
All tours meet at the old city hall in Marienplatz
(the tower with the orange roof)
Party Earth Review One of Munich’s more alternative clubs, Backstage is a sprawling complex with both indoor and outdoor spaces for live concerts, movie showings, and club nights. Popular with an edgier crowd of teens, students, and young professionals looking for a change from the usual upscale clubs and tight door policies, the venue sports ... more
Besides its perfect mix of underground cool and posh nightlife, a wide range of attractions ensure a lifetime’s variety of things to do in Munich.
Daytime events and things to do range from shopping to visiting historical landmarks to wandering through the many beautiful parks – particularly the Englischer Garten, the largest city park in Europe.
If chilling outdoors in the endless selection of beer gardens is too staid, visitors will find a shopping oasis that includes numerous stores and boutiques, as well as the massive Fünf Höfe shopping center and the famous Christmas Market in Marienplatz.
And with Olympiapark, grand palaces, historic plazas, and a constantly growing supply of upcoming events, every hour is a happy hour in Munich.
Amazing drink deals? Unpretentious crowds? Karaoke with friends? Dancing all night? Then check out these suggestions from Emma: