Munich Guides

Great activities for those who love winter

There is always something to discover in Munich, whether you have 4 or 24 hours, a long weekend or a whole week. Here are just a few suggestions.

Stopover: 4 hours

Discover the highlights of Munich on a guided bus tour using the Hop-on Hop-off Express Circle Tour, or create your very own route by taking the tram. Tram 19 passes many of the city's sights on its route. We recommend taking the journey from the Central Station to the Ostbahnhof. On your way back into the city, there is still some time to enjoy a leisurely lunch or a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

Short trip: 1 day

Why not visit the Haus der Kunst (art gallery) in the morning, a leading international art museum without its own collection. The focus here is on contemporary art. You will also find the Eisbachwelle (river wave) in the immediate vicinity, situated at the entrance to the English Garden. Surfing has been a thing here for 40 years and even in icy temperatures, hardcore surfers still get together in their wetsuits. A carriage ride through the English Garden is a very special experience in itself. Later on in the day, it's time for an afternoon tea at the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, in the Victorian House or in the Frisian Tea Room. Afterwards, why not take a trip to the cinema. The Astor Film Lounge in the Arri (formerly the Arri Cinema) situated on Türkenstrasse in Schwabing reopened in December 2018 after a year of renovation.

 

 

Weekend trip: 2 days

Today, you will be travelling to Nymphenburg Palace. The palace complex with its majestic park is one of the largest Baroque buildings in Europe. In the winter especially, when the Nymphenburg Canal is frozen over, numerous skaters, ice hockey players and curlers meet here.Fresh air fuels your hunger, everyone knows that! Situated close by, you can enjoy great food at the Schlosswirtschaft zur Schwaige or the Metzgerwirt. After lunch, feel free to relax in the Dante Winter Heated Outdoor Pool or one of the other indoor swimming pools you can find in Munich. In the evening, a visit to the "Lach- und Schiessgesellschaft" comedy club could be on the programme. The well-known German political theatre in Schwabing enjoys real popularity. If you fancy taking the plunge into the city's night life afterwards, a visit to the Sauna Club near the Central Station is well worth it.

During your second day, why not explore Munich's old quarter on a tour with an official guide for the city of Munich. Alternatively, you could visit the "Münchner Kaiserburg" exhibition in the Gothic vault of the Old Court and immerse yourself in the history of the city. The multimedia presentation which is full of images isn't just a thrill for tourists. During the afternoon, you can go tobogganing in the city's Olympic Park or visit the Monopteros – a circular colonnade – in the English Garden.

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Experience Munich: 4 days

Day 1: The Bayerisches Nationalmusem is home to the most important nativity exhibition of its kind in the world. The exhibition's focus is on Nativity scenes that were created in Italy and the Alps between the 1700s and the early 20th century. The exhibition is open from the beginning of November until the end of January. At all other times, a visit is only possible after prior registration. During the afternoon you can admire snowy owls, penguins, polar bears or mane seals in the polar world at Hellabrunn Zoo. In the evening, take in a concert being performed by the Munich Philharmonic or the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Gasteig.

Day 2: Today, you can hit the slopes with the Bayerische Oberlandbahn public transport network and the "Kombiticket Ski" travel pass. There are three ski areas available: Brauneck, Sudelfeld or Tegernsee-Spitzingsee. Alternatively, there are also numerous cross-country ski trails in and around Munich. Popular cross-country trails can be found around the Tegernsee (lake), between Lenggries and Bad Tölz, in Chiemgau / Chiemsee and in Berchtesgaden. In Munich, the West Park, the landscape surrounding the river Isar and the Nymphenburg Park promise a whole host of snowy winter walks and wonderful cross-country skiing. The necessary equipment for your winter excursion can be obtained from one of three Service Centres of the German Alpine Club. In the evening, we recommend paying a visit to the Opera Spectacle entitled "Pasta Opera". All the guests are characters from various operas and travel together through time to the world of Rococo. The whole event is accompanied by the most beautiful arias of operatic history.

Day 3: In the morning you visit the Kunstareal (art quarter). The Kunstareal contains a total of 18 museums and exhibition halls, 40 galleries, six universities and colleges as well as numerous cultural institutions. Afterwards we recommend enjoying a delicious lunch with a great view on the roof terrace of Café Vorhoelzer. Heated igloos and seating cushions as well as warm drinks promise a cosy atmosphere, even in the cold season. In the afternoon, why not relax in Hamam Anatolia? This Turkish steam bath – recreated from the original – is located near the subway station Silberhornstrasse to the south of Munich. Alternatively, you can visit the Mathilden Hamam situated near the Sendlinger Tor (gate), or the first salt cave in Munich near the underground station Kolumbusplatz.

Day 4: Today, we're off to the Königsplatz (square). This is home to the Staatliche Antikensammlung (State Collections of Antiquities) and the Propyläen (Propylaea); visitors can enjoy a piece of antiquity in the centre of Munich, where fans of antique art will be left in raptures. The Lenbachhaus – situated not far from the Königsplatz (square) – houses the world's largest exhibition of the Blauer Reiter artist group. In the afternoon, there is skating to be enjoyed in the Prinzregentenstadion, a leisure centre. Afterwards, a visit to the sauna in the Prinzregentenstadion could be a great option. Other ice skating options include the Olympia-Eissportzentrum, the Eissportzentrum Ost and West or at the Grünwalder Park. In the evening you can experience that “Broadway feeling” by going to a musical at the Deutsches Theater.

Enjoy Munich: 1 week

Day 1: In the morning, you're in for a treat with tobogganing in Westpark. Afterwards, why not enjoy lunch in Café Gans in a cosy tent with floorboards, carpets and heating. After lunch, take in the splendour of the Müllersches Volksbad (indoor swimming pool) – the Art Nouveau jewel in the Isar crown. Munich's first public indoor pool offers two pools and an exceptional sauna area.In the evening, enjoy a particularly rustic feeling in the Gärtnerplatz-Alm, along with antlers and wood-panelled walls. The restaurant is famous for its fondue variations and other Alm specialities.

Day 2: Today, the Munich Ski Bus is completely environmentally friendly, and ensures you can enjoy a stress-free ride to the slopes: Ski areas such as the Hochzillertal, the Pitztal Glacier, the Skiwelt Wilder Kaiser or Kitzbühel can all be reached thanks to a regular bus service running from the Central Bus Station in Munich (ZOB). If you prefer to travel by train, we recommend the "Garmisch Skiticket" travel pass with the Deutsche Bahn from Munich. The necessary equipment for your winter excursion can be obtained from one of three Service Centres of the German Alpine Club.

Day 3: In the morning, you’ll be exploring the Residence (city palace). The city palace was, for many centuries, the seat of the Wittelsbach rulers, and is considered today to be one of the most important art museums in Europe. In the afternoon we recommend paying a visit to the Munich-Nymphenburg botanical garden. The greenhouses are partly tropical, and the flowering plants will quickly help you to forget the wintry temperatures outside. The butterfly exhibition is a genuine highlight.In the evening, enjoy a “Dinner im Rausch der Dinge” ("Dinner to mesmerise the senses") at the Schlosswirtschaft Schwaige restaurant.

Day 4: Today, we recommend taking a snowshoe hike along the Hintere Hörnle hiking trail (1,542 m). This beautiful snowshoe hike (suitable for beginners) takes you over several peaks and rewards its visitors with a great panoramic view. The tour lasts for about 4.5 hours and will cover 756 metres in altitude. The tour's starting point is the car park in Tannenbankerllift in Bad Kohlgrub. The journey can be made by car or by train (approximately 1.5 hours from Munich) to Bad Kohlgrub train station or Bad Kohlgrub Kurhaus. Alternatively, a winter mountain hike to Seebergkopf (1,538 m) could also be a great option for your programme. The hike's duration is about 4:45 hours (without breaks) and 790 metres in altitude are covered. The starting point is the train station in Bayerischzell, which can be reached in about 1.5 hours via the Bavarian Oberlandbahn from Munich. After enjoying such a wonderful winter's day programme, things warm up "Caribbean style" in the evening down at Beach 38. An artificial beach, beach chairs, live music and beach volleyball promise summer temperatures all year round!

Day 5: A winter horse carriage ride through the English Garden is a truly beautiful experience. Afterwards you can enjoy Bavarian organic food at the Milchhäusl, sitting in original Zugspitz gondolas. Alternatively, why not take a seat in the Mini-Hofbräuhaus (brewery) situated in the northern part of the English Garden. Sitting in a cosy heated tent you can savour genuine Bavarian home cooking. In the afternoon, a visit to an indoor swimming pool in Munich is a great idea. Alternatively, why not visit the Therme Erding – one of the largest spas in the world. The "MVV Thermenwelt" travel ticket gives you the opportunity to reach the thermal baths from Munich via the S-Bahn trains.

Day 6: Emerald green water at the foot of the legendary Watzmann-Ostwand – a trip to the Königssee (lake) in the Berchtesgaden National Park is a unique nature experience! The Königssee boat tour will take you to the peninsula of St. Bartholomä throughout winter, ice level-permitting of course. In the evening, a cosy way to end the day is to visit the Polar Bar on the roof terrace of the Hotel Bayerischer Hof.

Day 7: Finally, why not enjoy a stroll through Munich's department stores.

 

 

Text: München Tourismus; Photo: Christian Kasper; Illustration: Julia Pfaller; Video: Redline Enterprises

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