Day 1 - A day in the Alstadt
Using Hauptbahnhof as a base point, walk east down Neuhauserstrasse and you will arive at Maxburgstrasse. Visit St Michael’s Church, the first of many that can be found in and around the Alstadt (Old Town). From here walk round to the Frauenkirche and after visiting that church go all the way to the top of its instantly recognisable twin domed towers for a bird’s eye view of the city. On a clear day can see the Bavarian Alps.
The next square you will meet is Marienplatz, the heart of the Old town. Tourists flock to this square in their droves to see the Glockenspiel, a 15-minute show where over 30 painted statues dance and takes place at 11am and 12 noon every day (and 5pm from April-October). Once this is over, visit some of the other churches around the Alstadt, such as St. Peterskirche and Hl. Geist.
Just below the Marienplatz is Viktualienmarkt, the best place to go for some traditional Bavarian fare in the whole of Munich. This is a great place to meet other backpackers and tourists alike due to its beer garden.
Keep going south and you will reach Europe’s largest technology museum, the Deutsches Museum. This museum is huge and there is so much to see and do that you could wander around it for days. Pick up a map, decide what you want to see best and get as much covered as you can.
Walk back to Marienplatz, and then visit Hofbrauhaus, Munich’s best known beer hall. Don’t stay here for the night though; it isn’t exactly authentic but is still good fun for a few hours. Instead get the S train from Mairenplatz to Hauptbahnhof, and from here get tram #19 and go four stops to Landsbergerstrasse. Here you will find Augustiner Braustuben, a true Bavarian beer hall. Not only will you get to sample some of the best German beer around, but you will meet a few locals get some Bavarian food too.
Day 2 - Olympiapark
Built specifically for the 1972 Olympic Games, the designers of Olympiapark in northern Munich had long-term plans in mind. Today, most of the facilities are still used and the park is one of Munich’s most popular tourist attractions. The main attraction is the ‘Olympiastadion’, which is also home to one of the world’s most famous football teams, Bayern Munich.
One of the best things about walking around the Olympic site is that is totally free. The organised tours cost a few euro, so if do feel like parting with a few, go up the Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower) for amazing views over the 667-acre site. To get to Olympiapark get the U3 from Marienplatz. The journey will take about 20 minutes.
If you want to learn more about Munich and beer (as well as taste more also!) book yourself on to ‘The Crawl’ (Mar-Nov). On this legendary pub crawl you will find out loads about the history of why beer is so important to Bavarian culture, as well as visit some beer halls and gardens off the beaten track.
Day 3 - The English Gardens and Kunstpark OST
Go to Marienplatz again, except this time walk down Deinerstrasse. This will bring you to Munich Residence where you will find over 600 years of Bavarian history. Built in 1385 as a small castle, it was gradually expanded into the building it is today. Highlights are the Antiquarium and the Rocco Rooms.
Upon exiting the museum go to Odeonsplatz, which almost looks like an Italian square. From here go through the ‘Hofgarten’ en route to the English Gardens, Europe’s largest city centre park. Within minutes of getting into the park and hearing the waterfall you will want to explore the rest of the park. Some of its best features include the Chinese Gardens (where you will also find one of the city’s most popular beer gardens), Kleinhesselhoher See which is one of the park’s artificial lakes, and Monopteros, a Greek-like structure.
Kunstpark OST which is just a short walk from Ostbahnhof train station is, literally, a theme park for adults. Complete with neon lights and bars and clubs to suit everybody, it has to be seen to be believed. Even if it is just to walk around it for an hour or so, no trip to the Bavarian capital is complete without going out to it.