Mountain panorama before a setting sun in the Alps.

Alpine beer gardening, city scrambling and virtual eagle flight

Alpine bliss and summit fever in Munich

A fantastic location at the foot of the Alps: Munich without a love of the mountains and an active lifestyle is hard to imagine. München Tourismus shows you the best ways to get that Alpine feeling on a trip to the Bavarian capital: In the alpine museum, on a virtual reality flight experience, in the outdoor department store, hiking and climbing in the city or relaxing and feasting with a mountain panorama.

Fly over the Alps and get to know endangered plants

The Munich Botanical Garden, located right next to Nymphenburg Palace, is not only an oasis of tranquillity and diverse colors, but also a place of learning and research: the Alpinum presents over 200 alpine and Mediterranean plants. Especially in spring, visitors can marvel at a wide variety of flowers in the alpine garden. In the BIOTOPIA Lab, adults and children can get active themselves and experience science in a lively way in free experimental workshops. One highlight is the immersive VR flight simulator Birdly: all visitors with a "wingspan" of at least 1.20 m can choose from one of the four flight programs on offer and, for example, glide over the peaks of the Alps like an eagle and explore the landscape from above.

Alpines Museum reloaded

After three years of renovation, the neo-baroque building dating back to 1888 will be open to visitors again from March 10 - now via the new entrance in the west by the Isar Canal. The reopening also marks the start of a newly curated permanent exhibition: using multimedia and interactivity, it shows the fascination and attraction of the mountains that has lasted for centuries, as well as the challenges of this habitat. To celebrate the relaunch, numerous events will be held in the first few weeks to complement the extensive collection and the exhibition can be visited free of charge. Thanks to the idyllic location on Praterinsel, a green island on the Isar in the immediate vicinity of Maximilianstraße, the museum café and the idyllic museum garden with a view of the Isar round off the visit to the exhibition.

Salvage experts in the traditional department store

If you want to actively explore the mountains yourself, you need the right equipment - and you can find it at the traditional Sporthaus Schuster in Munich's city center. From high-quality sports and outdoor clothing to the right equipment and expert advice: the founder himself was an ambitious mountaineer and this tradition continues to this day. The employees are also passionate mountain sports professionals and often work part-time so that they can also offer courses such as ice climbing. Members of the DAV can borrow maps and equipment free of charge from the Alpine Club information point on the fifth floor of the department store.

Hiking and climbing in the city

Although Munich is close to the Alps and you can see them in many places, the city itself is quite flat - at least at first glance. Munich-based travel and outdoor journalist Johanna Stöckl has picked out the seven highest "summits" in the city and climbed them on a 42 km bike tour from south to north. Some sightseeing highlights are also part of the Munich 7 Summits adventure. Inner-city peaks are also conquered while bouldering in the "Giant Rosie": The Kraxlkollektiv of the German Alpine Club Munich & Oberland transformed a 75-metre-long underpass near the Ostbahnhof station into one of the largest public bouldering walls in the world, covering 700 m². Even the ceiling can be climbed free of charge and without registration, and the floor is covered with special mats to prevent injuries.

Culinary delights with a view of the Alps

Anyone who can't make it to the mountains for time or fitness reasons can also experience the Alpine panorama from various locations in Munich, often including culinary delights. "Griabig", as the locals say, is the name of the game at the Olympia Alm. In the city's highest beer garden, you can enjoy a freshly tapped beer - in good weather - with a view as far as the Karwendel mountains. In the summer months, the city center offers more elegant dining: While Peruvian dishes and fancy drinks are served on the terrace of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the M'Uniqo Rooftop Bar & Terrace in the Andaz München Schwabinger Tor is known for Mediterranean-inspired dishes and fine cocktails - each with a 360-grand panoramic view over Munich to the Alps.

 

 

Photos: Andreas Heddergott, Feil Architekten, Sporthaus Schuster München, DAV Maik Kawohl, Andaz München
Neuschwanstein Castle in the surrounding region of Munich.

Hiking guide

Royal wanderlust

Herrenchiemsee, Linderhof, Schachenhaus and Neuschwanstein: Bavaria’s castles and palaces are among the most beautiful in the world.

Herrenchiemsee, Linderhof, Schachenhaus and Neuschwanstein: Bavaria’s castles and palaces are among the most beautiful in the world.

Landscape near Kochel am See

Franz Marc & Kochel

The home of ”Der Blaue Reiter“

Our author goes on a hike in search of the places where Franz Marc found his inspiration.

Our author goes on a hike in search of the places where Franz Marc found his inspiration – and finds a magical place.

Two hiker are on a mountain ridge near Munich.

For latecomer lovers of the mountains

After-work hiking

Getting out into nature quickly: no problem in Munich, even in the afternoon. Five hiking tours for late risers and after-work athletes.

Getting out into nature quickly: no problem in Munich, even in the afternoon. Five hiking tours for late risers and after-work athletes.

View of an alpine hut in front of a mountain panorama in Munich.

Munich's southern reaches

Hiking in wonderland

Barren rocks, wild mountain forests – and a fairy-tale castle.     

Barren rocks, wild mountain forests and a fairy-tale castle: The perfect tour for a lonely weekend in Munich's landmark mountains.

Two women with a bicycle on a pier by a lake in Bavaria.

Wasser-Radlwege Oberbayern

Bathe, banter, bike

Whether „Hopfen and Bier-Schleife“, „Salz-Schleife“ or „Kunst- and Kulturschleife“, Munich is the hub for all routes of the water cycle paths.

Whether „Hopfen and Bier-Schleife“, „Salz-Schleife“ or „Kunst- and Kulturschleife“, Munich is the hub for all routes of the water cycle paths.

Entrance of the Hündeleskopfhütte, the first vegetarian hut in the Alps near Munich.

Hiking guide: alpine huts

Alpine huts around Munich

 With this selection of alpine hut restaurants, everyone will find their ideal destination.

Families, mountaineers, connoisseurs: With this selection of alpine hut restaurants, everyone will find their ideal destination.

Kehlsteinhaus Berchtesgaden including a panoramic view of the valley in the surroundings of Munich.

Eagle's Nest

Hitler's tea room

A historical lookout high above Berchtesgaden, offering a stunning panoramic view.

The Kehlsteinhaus has been retained in its original form as a historical monument from the Third Reich, and is among the most popular destinations for trips in Germany.

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich at sunset.

Royal Munich

Castles and palaces in and around Munich

The magnificent castles and palaces in and around Munich are world famous. An overview.

Residenz, Nymphenburg, Herrenchiemsee, Neuschwanstein: The castles and palaces in and around Munich are world famous. An overview. 

Two skiers skiing down in deep snow in front of a mountain panorama.

Ski touring

Under your own steam

From Munich, you can experience the combination of climbing under your own steam and descending through untouched snow within a weekend.

From Munich, you can experience the combination of climbing under your own steam and descending through untouched snow within a weekend.

View from above of a snow-covered winter landscape with a monastery in the outskirts of Munich.

Winter walks in and around Munich: snow trekking

Into the snow!

Whether in the city centre, along the banks of the Isar river or up a mountain in advance of tobogganing back down into the valley, Munich offers a wide selection of winter hikes to enjoy.

Whether in the city centre, along the banks of the Isar river or up a mountain in advance of tobogganing back down into the valley, Munich offers a wide selection of winter hikes to enjoy.

Munich Card & City Pass

Discover Munich in a relaxed and uncomplicated way: discounts for the diverse range of art, culture and leisure activities with our guest cards.

Public transport is included

Many discounts with the Card, many things for free with the Pass.

Online or at the tourist information offices

Lakes & Mountains
Boat trip at the Königssee with panoramic view of the Alps in the surroundings of Munich.

A boat ride to a natural paradise

Königssee

Emerald-green water at the foot of the legendary Watzmann.

Emerald-green water at the foot of the Watzmann – taking a trip to Königssee lake is to enjoy a singular natural experience.

Lake Chiemsee with the Bavarian Alps in the background.

The Bavarian Sea

Chiemsee

At Bavaria's largest lake, you can not only do water sports or go on a bike tour, you can also experience many cultural attractions.

At Bavaria’s largest lake, you can not only do water sports or a bike tour, you can also experience a lot of culture at the Herrenchiemsee Palace.

A man is standing on rocks at the shore of Eibsee nearby Garmisch in the surrounding region of Munich.

The highest mountain in Germany

Zugspitze

The Zugspitze is only 90 kilometres away from the Bavarian state capital.

While Zugspitze in the Wetterstein Mountains may not be one of Munich’s local mountains, it is a mere 90 kilometres away from the Bavarian state capital.

Watzmann in the Berchtesgadener Land in the surrounding of Munich.

The mountain of destiny

Watzmann

The Watzmann has long fascinated mountain climbers from all over the world.

A truly extraordinary shape and the legendary east face: The Watzmann has long fascinated mountain climbers from all over the world.

Boats in Starnberger See in the Five Lake Region nearby Munich with the Alps in the background.

Recharge your batteries

Starnberger See

Anyone who fancies a swim, bike ride, leisurely stroll or boat trip won’t be disappointed on a trip to Starnberger See.

Around just 20 kilometres to the south-west of the city, you will find “Munich’s summer swimming pool”. Anyone who fancies a swim, bike ride, leisurely stroll or boat trip won’t be disappointed on a trip to Starnberger See.

The Tegernsee in the evening light with cloud reflection on the lake surface near Munich.

Like God in Bavaria

Tegernsee

Lake Tegernsee lies nestled between hillsides of dark-green forestation, is a wonder of nature whose origins date back to the last ice age.

Lake Tegernsee lies nestled between hillsides of dark-green forestation. Its banks are lined with reeds and old oak trees. Beyond, the masts of sailing boats sway in the wind.

Evening atmosphere with sunset at Ammersee near Munich

From Utting to Herrsching

Ammersee

It is not only one of the largest lakes in Bavaria, but also a popular destination for those seeking peace and tranquillity.

It is not only one of the largest lakes in Bavaria, but also a popular destination for those seeking peace and tranquillity.

Windsurfer on the Walchensee in the hinterland of Munich.

The Bavarian Caribbean

Walchensee

Walchensee is not only the perfect destination for swimming, but also for windsurfing and hiking. Tips and information for a day trip from Munich.

Walchensee is not only the perfect destination for swimming, but also for windsurfing and hiking. Tips and information for a day trip from Munich.

Cathedral in Salzburg in winter

Salzburg and the Lake District

Visit the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and relax on the journey to beautiful Lake Wolfgang.

Book now from 64 €!

Visit the birthplace of composer extraordinaire Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, stroll through the Baroque old town and then relax on the journey to beautiful Lake Wolfgang.