Welcome to the #MunichUnheard Map
Munich, a world city with a big heart! We’ve all heard of its famous tourist attractions! Magnificent castles, awe-inspiring museums, unique beer gardens, spectacular sports arenas, even an amazing airport! Yet there’s so much more to the city. With so many hidden treasures you’ve never heard of. Here’s a list of some of Munich’s best.
Explore some of the hidden gems and unique experience of Munich:
Log Rafting on the Isar
Take a charming rafting trip on the river Isar. These are not your regular adventure rafts, but large ethnic log rafts that can accommodate a sizeable group of people as well as a brass band for entertainment along the way! The 20-mile long journey has stops enroute at typical Bavarian beer gardens and restaurants. The highlight though are the three raft slides that add excitement to an otherwise relaxed experience.
Night Watchman tours through Munich
Take a night tour of Munich and wander through the streets of old town with a night watchman dressed in medieval attire. Listen to his stories as you sneak through the city cloaked in darkness. Peer through its hidden alleyways and learn the secrets of a mysterious and long forgotten world. It’s a walking tour that you will never forget as you immerse yourself into the history of the city firsthand.
Underground mines in the Deutsches Museum
As incredible as it is to visit the Deutsches Museum, one of the largest museums of science and technology, there is something that makes it even more fascinating and incredible. The underground mining exhibit, which is about 300 meters long, showcasing mining technologies since the middle ages. With a realistic depiction of the inside of a mine it presents a variety of mining techniques from the 16th century to the present.
Kaltenberg Knights Tournament
Have you ever been to a medieval festival? You can experience an authentic one in Munich! It takes place every July in a genuine royal castle. A truly special event, it transports you a few hundred years to Olde Worlde Bavaria, wandering through a Middle Ages Market. Medieval maids greet you at the entrance, over 100 traders offer medieval products inside, while knights, jesters, jugglers and magicians, perform fascinating tricks.
Surfing in Eisbachwelle
Surfing in the middle of landlocked Munich? Yes, it’s possible! Head to Eisbach or "icy brook,” an artificial stream located at the Englischer Garten. For the last 30 years, this stream has been designed to generate an artificial wave approximately half a meter high! And people surf on it right in the middle of the garden. So join the city surfers, and experience this unusual version of the popular water sport.
Vorhoelzer Forum Café
It may not be easy to find the Vorhoelzer Forum Café but it’s worth it when you do! It’s a roof-top cafe with a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Located on top of the Architecture faculty building of Munich’s Technical University, this hidden treasure is perhaps the best vantage point to get a view of Munich – away from swarming tourists! P.S. And for the coffee, it’s a cash only restaurant!
Zum Blinden Engel
No soft lamps or candlelight in this restaurant. You will be dining in dark at Zum Blinden Engel in Munich. You will be led into the pitch-black dining room by one of the “angels” – blind or visually-impaired waiters – who help guide the guests around the place. You select a meat, fish, vegetarian, or surprise meal, beyond which it’s a set menu. Discover a new dimension to taste without seeing your food!
Nachtkantine at Ostbahnhof
Translated literally, it’s the Night Canteen. And you can dance away the night here! Located close to the Ostbahnhof in the new creative high-end factory district, it’s a treat for music lovers. What used to be the staff canteen for Pfanni — a Munich potato manufacturer – is now a venue where exciting bands perform on the small live stage and people swing away at dance-themed nights such as Salsa, Charleston and Tango.
If you like beer, take a trip to the oldest independent brewery in Munich. Established in 1328 within an Augustianian Monastery, the Augustiner-Bräu also has a Biergarten. The secret of the popularity of its beer is often considered to be the fact that the water for the brew is pumped from a 230 meters deep private well and that the brewery still delivers its beer to outlets in traditional wooden barrels.
Kocherlball for early birds
The Kocherlball or Cook's Ball takes you back to the 19th century when servants working in Munich met on Sundays to dance and have fun early in the morning. And that's what this festival is about. Local residents dress up as 19th century servants, maids, nannies, cooks, coachmen, and in the traditional Dirndl and Lederhose. You can simply wear jeans too! The idea is to dance and have fun – at 6:00AM!
Hofbräuhaus Beer Hall
A truly Bavarian experience awaits at the famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall at Am Platzl in the old quarter. Originally a brewery, today it is an internationally acclaimed 'beer temple'. Locals can be seen dressed in traditional costume, drinking Munich beer from the famous Mass, a one-litre tankard, and enjoying traditional specialties with a good dose of Bavarian hospitality. Probably the largest beer hall in the world serving some 30,000 guests every day, it is always noisy and full of beer-fuelled cheer.
Nymphenburg Palace was built in 1664 for the Bavarian Elector Ferdinand Maria as a gift to his wife Adelheid. Once the summer residence of the Wittelsbach dynasty, it now forms a harmonious ensemble with the magnificent palace park and gardens and splendid smaller buildings such as Amalienburg and Badeburg House, and ranks among the foremost royal palaces in Europe.
The Amalienburg, a small pleasure palace and hunting lodge in Nymphenburg Park, was built in 1734. Sited opposite the Magdalenenklause, a building, which was completed in 1739, was conceived as a small independent palace complex. The Amalienburg is one of the most exquisite creations in the European Rococo style. Its ground plan, exterior and sequence of rooms form a gesamtkunstwerk of rare beauty.
Viktualienmarkt food market
Nowhere else in Munich city centre offers a more exclusive and varied selection of specialities than the huge gourmet paradise Viktualienmarkt. Visitors will find a whole host of stalls selling spices, game, fish, local and exotic fruit, flowers and plants, and much more. And it all looks as good as it tastes. Viktualienmarkt is also home to the city's most central beer garden where you can enjoy local beer and traditional Bavarian fare.
The Wittelsbach residence in the city centre is the ancestral home of the Bavarian rulers. A blend of Renaissance, baroque, rococo and classicist styles, it was once Munich's main palace and the home of Bavarian dukes, electors and kings. Originally built in 1385 as a moated castle, it was transformed into a magnificent royal residence reflecting the House of Wittelsbach's political ambitions and fondness for the arts.
Oktoberfest: A beer festival for the world
Munich is Germany's beer capital – and the Oktoberfest is a byword for beer all over the world. The first Oktoberfest was held back in 1810 to celebrate a royal wedding. Since then, the world's biggest beer festival has been held every year in September and October on the Theresienwiese grounds, bringing smiles to people's faces in classic Bavarian style with oompah bands, beer fresh from the barrel and plenty of good cheer.
Statue of Bavaria
The 18.52-metre statue of Bavaria, designed by Ludwig Schwanthaler, was cast by Ferdinand von Miller, and ranked in its day as a technological masterpiece. Inside the head is a viewing platform. The Hall of Fame above the Theresienwiese was built under King Ludwig I of Bavaria from 1843 to 1853 as a pantheon for celebrated Bavarians from the fields of politics, science and the arts.
Tierpark Hellabrunn (Munich's Zoo)
Tierpark Hellabrunn is based on the geo zoo concept. A hundred years ago they were the first to display animals by the continent that originate from and keep them, wherever possible, in their natural communities. You are able to see the whole world in just one day: from penguins to elephants, kangaroos to sea lions, birds of prey to carnivores.
Schloss Blutenburg is in western Munich, in the district of Obermenzing. The former moated castle was expanded by Duke Sigismund in the 15th century. He made a promise to spend his life there surrounded by "beautiful women and white doves". The castle's chapel is a masterpiece of Late Gothic architecture. Book lovers will fall in love with the rooms of the International Youth Library and enjoy a stroll around the Michael-Ende-Museum.
Alter Hof (the Old Court)
The Alter Hof (Old Court) was the first palace of the Dukes of Bavaria in Munich, founded in the 12th century. The palace was also the residence of the German Emperor Ludwig der Bayer (of Bavaria) from 1315 to 1347. Later the complex was too small for the royal court and a new palace was built outside of the old town. Destroyed in World War II. today only 2 wings of the original old palace remain, but you still have the atmosphere of a medieval palace in the centre of the historic old town of Munich.
Maximilian Park with the Angel of Peace
In the year 1857, Carl von Effner was commissioned by the king to construct a footpath and green area on the right bank of the river Isar between Haidhausen and Bogenhausen. The result was the attractive 30-hectare Maximilian Park, framing many attractive views of the city skyline. Rising above its terraces is the 38-metre Angel of Peace, regarded as a symbol of Munich. Created to mark the 25 years of peace after 1871, it is mounted on a 23-metre column and modelled on the ancient Greek goddess Nike.
When Munich's Botanical Gardens are in full colorful bloom, it is like stepping into a mythical place. The scent that fills the garden, the sounds of insects humming and birds singing fills the air as frogs and toads splash into the ponds between the water lilies and lily pads. Wandering through the green paradise is like taking a journey around the world. The Botanical Gardens streches over 21 hectares and is home to around 14.000 different species of plants.
Königsplatz (King's Square)
"I want to make Munich a city that shall bring such glory to Germany that no one may claim to know Germany if he has not seen Munich." These words of the monarch and art lover King Ludiwg 1 of Bavaria (1786-1868) heralded a policy on the arts that transformed the medieval town on the Isar river into one of Europe's leading art capitals in the 19th century. Ludwig continued to pursue the passion of his forebears for collecting art, purchasing pieces from ancient excavation sites in Greece and the art hubs of Rome and Florence to rival the greatest collection in Europe. The Königsplatz, with its museums Glyptothek as well as the Old (Alte) and New (Neue) Pinakothel, have made Munich a cultural metropolis. Today the "Kunstareal" around the Königsplatz is home to a total of 18 museums and exhibition centres, over 40 galleries, six universities and a host of cultural institutions, stylish restaurants, bars and coffee shops.