A couple is sitting on a picnic blanket at Nymphenburg Schlosspark in Munich on a sunny day in autumn.

Munich Guides

Great activities for nature lovers

There is always something to discover in Munich, regardless of whether you’re staying for 4 or 24 hours, for a long weekend or even an entire week. Some suggestions for nature lovers!

Stopover: 4 hours

 

Discover Munich’s highlights like Marienplatz (square) Viktualienmarkt (market) and Isar river by bike with this tour proposal. The route is around seven kilometres in length, and should take about an hour to complete. You can hire a bicycle here.

If you are longing for peace and relaxation and wish to escape the hustle and bustle of Munich’s old town, a stroll in the Englischer Garten (park) is the perfect choice. The best place to start is at the Haus der Kunst (art gallery). The bridge by the Eisbachwelle (river wave), located right next to the gallery, is where Munich’s surfers hang out. Continue straight on from the Eisbachwelle, heading towards Englischer Garten.

You can stop nearby for some fortification at Fräulein Grüneis, a charming snack hut offering organic goodies and homemade cakes. Now head north, passing green meadows and the Monopteros temple until you reach the beer garden at the Chinesischer Turm.

Those looking for a particularly romantic experience can embark on a carriage ride through Englischer Garten from here. If you continue north, you will reach Kleinhesseloher See lake and its famous Seehaus (lake house) with beer garden and restaurant. You can also rent a rowing boat or pedalo here.

Short trip: 1 day

 

In the morning, take a guided tour through Munich's old town (lasts around 90 minutes), covering various attractions including Marienplatz, Frauenkirche, Hofbräuhaus, Viktualienmarkt, Residenz (palace) and Hofgarten (park).

Alternatively, why not hire a bike and explore Munich's Englischer Garten on two wheels? Our route is around 15 kilometres in length, and should take about two hours to complete. You can hire a bicycle here.

In the afternoon, head to Schloss Nymphenburg (palace), the former summer residence of the Wittelsbach family (lasts approximately three hours including journey).The palace, with its splendid park, is one of the largest Baroque complexes in Germany.

There are a number of other sights worth seeing around the main palace, such as the Amalienburg, Pagodenburg and Badenburg garden pavilions, which you can visit as you stroll through the park.

Tip: When the weather is fine, a gondola ride down the Nymphenburg canal in an original Venetian gondola is an unforgettable experience.

 

Weekend: 2 days

 

Discover Munich’s highlights on an extensive cycling sightseeing tour (lasts approximately three hours). Our route is around 23 kilometres long. You can hire a bike here.

Alternatively, why not take a stroll through the Englischer Garten and enjoy a Bavarian snack at one of the beer gardens by the Seehaus or at the Chinesischer Turm.

In the afternoon, head to Schloss Nymphenburg palace, the former summer residence of the Wittelsbach family (lasts approximately three hours including journey).The palace, with its splendid park, is one of the largest Baroque complexes in Germany.

On the second day, it’s off to Olympiapark, where you can experience a breathtaking climbing tour on the canopy roof of the Olympic stadium (lasts around 120 minutes).

In the afternoon, you might enjoy a stroll along the Isar river or a visit to Tierpark Hellabrunn (zoo) amid the green flood plains of the Isar river.

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Experience Munich: 4 days   

 

Day 1: Discover the banks of the Isar river by bike. Our route is around 18 kilometres in length, and should take about 2,5 hours to complete. You can hire a bicycle here. Next, it’s off to Olympiapark, where you can experience a breathtaking climbing tour on the canopy roof of the Olympic stadium (lasts around 120 minutes).

Day 2: If you are longing for peace and relaxation and wish to escape the hustle and bustle of Munich’s old town, a stroll in the Englischer Garten is the perfect choice. The best place to start is at the Haus der Kunst (art gallery). The bridge by the Eisbachwelle (river wave), located right next to the gallery, is where Munich’s surfers hang out. Continue straight on from the Eisbachwelle, heading towards Englischer Garten. You can stop nearby for some fortification at Fräulein Grüneis, a charming snack hut offering organic goodies and homemade cakes. Now head north, passing green meadows and the Monopteros temple until you reach the beer garden at the Chinesischer Turm. Those looking for a particularly romantic experience can embark on a carriage ride through Englischer Garten from here. If you continue north, you will reach Kleinhesseloher See lake and its famous Seehaus with beer garden and restaurant. You can also rent a rowing boat or pedalo here. If you are looking for a more active way to spend your day, why not explore the banks of the Isar river in the south of Munich, by mountain bike? We will show you the best places for biking along the Isar river: the Isar trails. In the evening, you can get a little closer to the heavens and take a evening tour of the Bavarian Public Observatory Munich, one of the largest observatories in Germany.

Day 3: Today, you could opt for a trip to Starnberger See (lake), and take in a boat tour while you’re there. From the city centre, take the S6 towards Tutzing (getting off at Starnberg), which will bring you to Starnberger See dock in around 30 minutes. Alternatively, you might choose the “Königliche Wanderlust” (Royal Wanderlust) day trip and experience Schloss Neuschwanstein (castle). If you take the trail from Füssen, you will even see two additional castles. At five hours, this tour is relatively long, but you will find that time passes quickly. If you would prefer a shorter tour, you can get the bus back to Füssen from Hohenschwangau. Then, it’s time to visit the late Gothic Hohes Schloss castle in Füssen. Once you have finished there, you can head from Füssen’s old town to the peak of Kalvarienberg mountain and then on to Schwansee lake in its idyllic setting (perfect for a dip in the summer!). Then you can continue on to Hohenschwangau – and to the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein via a paved road. On the way, you should definitely plan to stop on Marienbrücke bridge andenjoy the amazing view of the castle! After descending to Alpsee lake, head along the Alpenrosenweg (trail) towards Bad Faulenbach to return to Füssen.The highlight of this tour has to be the panoramic view from the peak of Kalvarienberg, taking in all three castles against the backdrop of the mountains and lakes of the Allgäu Alpine foothills.

Day 4: In the morning, head to Schloss Nymphenburg (palace), the former summer residence of the Wittelsbach family (lasts approximately three hours including journey).The palace, with its splendid park, is one of the largest Baroque complexes in Germany. Tip: When the weather is fine, a gondola ride down the Nymphenburg canal in an original Venetian gondola is an unforgettable experience. Next, why not visit the Munich-Nymphenburg Botanical Gardens, which are among the most important gardens in the world.

Enjoy Munich: 1 Week

 

Day 1: Discover Munich's Englischer Garten on two wheels. Our route is around 15 kilometres in length, and should take about two hours to complete. You can hire a bicycle here. Next, it’s off to Olympiapark, where you can experience a breathtaking climbing tour on the canopy roof of the Olympic stadium (lasts around 120 minutes).

Day 2: In the morning, head to Schloss Nymphenburg (palace), the former summer residence of the Wittelsbach family (lasts approximately three hours including journey). The palace, with its splendid park, is one of the largest Baroque complexes in Germany. There are a number of other sights worth seeing around the main palace, such as the Amalienburg, Pagodenburg and Badenburg garden pavilions, which you can visit as you stroll through the park. Tip: When the weather is fine, a gondola ride down the Nymphenburg canal in an original Venetian gondola is an unforgettable experience. Next, why not visit the Munich-Nymphenburg Botanical Gardens, which are among the most important gardens in the world.

Day 3: You might choose the “Königliche Wanderlust” (Royal Wanderlust) day trip and experience Schloss Neuschwanstein. If you take the trail from Füssen, you will even see two additional castles. At five hours, this tour is relatively long, but you will find that time passes quickly. If you would prefer a shorter tour, you can get the bus back to Füssen from Hohenschwangau. Then, it’s time to visit the late Gothic Hohen Schloss castle in Füssen. Once you have finished there, you can head from Füssen’s old town to the peak of Kalvarienberg mountain and then on to Schwansee lake in its idyllic setting (perfect for a dip in the summer!). Then you can continue on to Hohenschwangau – and to the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein via a paved road. On the way, you should definitely plan to stop on Marienbrücke bridge andenjoy the amazing view of the castle! After descending to Alpsee lake, head along the Alpenrosenweg (Alpine Rose Trail) towards Bad Faulenbach to return to Füssen.The highlight of this tour has to be the panoramic view from the peak of Kalvarienberg, taking in all three castles against the backdrop of the mountains and lakes of the Allgäu Alpine foothills. Alternatively, you could opt for a trip to Starnberger See lake and take in a boat tour while you’re there. From the city centre, take the S6 towards Tutzing (getting off at Starnberg), which will bring you to Starnberger See dock in around 30 minutes.

Day 4: If you are longing for peace and relaxation and wish to escape the hustle and bustle of Munich’s old town, a stroll in the Englischer Garten is the perfect choice. The best place to start is at the Haus der Kunst art gallery. The bridge by the Eisbachwelle river wave, located right next to the gallery, is where Munich’s surfers hang out. Continue straight on from the Eisbachwelle river wave, heading towards Englischer Garten. You can stop nearby for some fortification at Fräulein Grüneis, a charming snack hut offering organic goodies and homemade cakes. Now head north, passing green meadows and the Monopteros temple until you reach the beer garden at the Chinesischer Turm. Those looking for a particularly romantic experience can embark on a carriage ride through Englischer Garten from here. If you continue north, you will reach Kleinhesseloher See lake and its famous Seehaus with beer garden and restaurant. You can also rent a rowing boat or pedalo here. In the evening, enjoy the distinctive flair of the Bavarian capital as you visit a beer garden in the Englischer Garten, or one or two of the cafés in Hofgarten (park).

Day 5: Today, it’s time to visit the Walderlebniszentrum (forest experience centre) in Grünwald. The S7 will take you from the city centre to the stop Höllriegelskreuth in around 20 minutes. From there, you can take bus number 271 towards Ascholding, getting off at Grünwald Friedhof. Then, follow the signposted footpath (around ten minutes). The journeytakes around 60 minutes in total from the city centre. On the forest experience trail in Grünwalder Forest, you can experience the world with all your senses. Alternatively, why not explore the banks of the Isar river in the south of Munich by mountain bike? We will show you the best places for biking along the Isar river: the Isar trails.

Day 6: In the morning, you may choose to go for a walk along the Isar river. If you would like a more active day, you could hire a bicycle and independently explore the Isar river plains on the Isar Tour. Our route is around 18 kilometres long, and should take about 2.5 hours to complete. This relaxed cycling tour begins with a short, steep incline. From the city centre, the tour takes you upstream along the Isar river to Großhesseloher Bridge, past Hinterbrühl nature park, Flosslände (raft landing stages) and Flaucher park and through the Gärtnerplatz district and across the Viktualienmarkt (market), then back to Marienplatz. Finally, a plunge in the cool waters of the Naturbad Maria Einsiedel outdoor pool could be the icing on the cake. Extending over 400 metres in length, the Isar canal flows through this popular open-air pool in the south of Munich.

Day 7: If you are in the mood for a short hike in Munich’s surrounding areas, hop on the S-Bahn line S8 and travel to the final stop, Herrsching (travel time from the city centre is around 50 minutes), from where you can hike to Kloster Andechs (abbey). Once there, you can enjoy a Bavarian snack in the Bräustüberl pub or the beer garden next to it. The trail is suitable for pushchairs and is also perfect for small children and beginners. The hike takes about 1.5 hours to complete. Alternatively, you might opt to visit Tierpark Hellabrunn (zoo) amid the green flood plains of the Isar river.

 

 

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

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