Munich, Germany is a wonderful place to visit for a vacation. No matter what time of year you travel to the city, there are plenty of places to see and things to do. The city is rich with history and proves for a great trip. Some of the highlights of the city are listed below, so make sure to check them out.
St. Michael’s Church
Although most Renaissance churches feature towers, St. Michael’s church is an exception because the tower collapsed during construction. The patron providing for the construction was Duke Wilhelm V, who decided this represented an act of God, and the church should be enlarged because it was too small. The barrel vaulting is extraordinary and rivals St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The tour of the church is free, and the minor fee to see the crypt is worth it. This is where the royal family, including King Ludwig II, are buried. The church is open every day, excluding when services are being held.
The royal Wittelsbach family spends their summers at the Nymphenburg Palace. The palace encompasses 500 acres and is just west of the city. The palace is not as elaborate as others, but has a distinct charm. There is the Gallery of Beauties, consisting of dozens of the most beautiful women from that time period in a lovely portrait gallery. For royal tea parties, there is a choice of the Pagodenburg, the Amalienburg hunting lodge, and the Museum of Royal Carriages, or Marstall museum. In the summer the royal grounds are in glorious bloom, and leisurely walks in the warm weather are sensational.
Modern Picture Gallery
Munich modernized with the addition of the Modern Picture Gallery. This was added to the Museum district’s older museums in 2002. The building is made of concrete and glass, with numerous exhibits including the Technical University’s architectural museum, the Bavarian State collection of graphic art, design, architecture, and modern art. The variety of artwork is both interesting and incredible.
Augustiner-Keller is one of the city center’s only remaining traditional beer gardens, and they even offer delicious, authentic German fare. You can enjoy the indoor beer hall or a shaded outdoor seat as you enjoy a large glass of refreshing beer.
The English Garden is a large public park, reaching from the limits of the northeastern city to the city center. The name came from the traditional English style of a combination of open landscaping and rolling hills. There are a few eclectic monuments, several biergartens, biking and jogging paths and a boating lake. You can rent a rowboat or a bike to explore and enjoy a sunny day in the English Garden. None of these beautiful sights should be missed.