24 hours in Munich

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They call this the city of ‘laptops and lederhosen’, and although Munich’s menfolk usually strap on the leather breeches only at Oktoberfest time, it’s a saying that nicely sums up the city’s split personality.


The ‘laptops’ symbolise Munich’s status as vanguard of Germany’s powerful economy. It’s a financial and publishing hub and home to world-famous firms such as Siemens, BMW, and Allianz. A low unemployment rate and the highest quality of life of any German city attract scores of economic immigrants lending the streets a cosmopolitan flair. The ‘lederhosen’ means Munich hasn’t forgotten its roots. Traditional clothing and festivals are celebrated with gusto. Its low skyline and compact centre confer a big village atmosphere and the locals are fittingly friendly. All that coupled with Bavaria’s fairy-tale landscape studded with castles, lakes, and medieval villages just a stone’s throw from the Alps make Munich one destination you won’t be in a hurry to forget.

Marienplatz, Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall), and the Frauenkirche

Start your tour at Schloss Nymphenburg, the grand summer palace of the old Bavarian royalty. The highlight is the Gallery of Beauties – featuring dozens of portraits of one king’s favourite ladies.

Make your way to the centre after visiting the palace. It’s time for a traditional Munich brunch: white sausages and pretzels. The cosmopolitan Viktualienmarkt market is a gourmet’s dream and the perfect brunch venue.

Scale the 306 steps of the Alte Peter church tower for grand views over the city centre. This is the site where Munich was founded over 800 years ago next to a colony of Benedictine monks. 

Shop. Munich is a shopaholic’s paradise and you’d be remiss not to visit the elegant Fünf Höfe arcade or the trendy boutiques of Sendlinger Strasse. Bavarian steins and lion dolls are typical souvenirs. 

Go native for lunch and head to the Hofbräuhaus. Its cavernous dining halls echo with oompah music, chatter, and laughter. Try the Käsespätzle (egg noodles with onion and cheese) followed by Dampfnudel (steamed dumpling dessert).

Explore the Englischer Garten. It’s one of the world’s largest city parks and is rife with quirky surprises, including a Chinese tower and a permanent wave in the river, which surfers ride year-round.

Join the latté crowd in front of Café Tambosi and settle in for some people watching over the Odeonsplatz city square. Munich’s strong outdoor café culture reflects its Southern European character.

Visit the Neue Pinakothek art gallery and feast your eyes on a first-class collection of Impressionist paintings.  Works by Renoir, van Gogh, Monet, and Degas are all at home here. Entry is just €1 on Mondays.

Spoil yourself at Tantris, Munich’s foremost bastion of haute cuisine. An excellent menu, wine list, ambiance, and service all conspire to provide an exceptional dining experience. Prices to match.

Go dancing at the Kultfabrik, a maze of over 40 clubs, bars, and pubs. It’s Europe’s largest party zone with an eclectic mix: from heavy metal to jazz to 70s disco and hip-hop.

Munich, Germany
Distance: 4,305 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes
Frequency: 2 flights a day

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