Free things to do in Munich

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Munich can be the most expensive city to live in Germany, but it doesn’t mean that there aren’t free things you can enjoy doing in the beautiful capital of Bavaria. I have made a selection for my own curiosity and for you who don’t want to spend much when visiting the town, and here are some cool free things to do in Munich:

The Englischer Garten

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Of course you can enter for free and enjoy every single inch of one of the most beautiful city parks in the World – according to Travel & Leisure – the Englischer Garten. The park is larger than the Central Park in New York, so there is plenty to keep you busy, including watching surfers demonstrating their skills on the waters of the Eisbach.

The Olympiaberg

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Olympiaberg is the name given to the small hill located in the Olympic Park. This is a special place to have a nice view over the park and the city, or you can simply sit and lay back for a while.

BMW Welt

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On the contrary of the BMW Museum, there is no entrance fee to the BMW Welt (BMW World). There you can check out some of the brand’s cars by taking a peek inside and even drive some of them, as well as sit on some of their motorbikes. It’s basically a showroom, a paradise for car lovers, and it is nothing less than the most visited attraction in Germany in 2014 (almost 3 million people per year, surpassing the famous Neuschwanstein Castle).


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The most famous market of Munich, the Viktualienmarkt, is a very pretty open-air market located in the old town near Marienplatz. There you can find local products like sausages, and international products like fruits, vegetables, wine, cheese and much more. The vibe, the feel and the smell of this place are already reasons to make it worth passing by.

The River Isar

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The river Isar is more or less the beach of the Müncheners. The locals love to come by and sit by the water, some bring their own drinks and food, other come to relax or make their barbecue with friends.

Schloss Nymphenburg’s park

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To enter the castle itself you have to pay, but to take a walk around its park is completely free, priceless and a must! The castle used to be the residence of the Bavarian kings and nowadays is open for public. The park is stunning and very well taken care of, a beautiful place for a walk and to contemplate a scenic view of the castle.

The Volksfest

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Frühlingsfest 2015

Volksfest are how the German festivals are called, which include the so famous Oktoberfest. Yes, the entrance to the Oktoberfest is free, as well as to the other famous ones in town, like the Frühlingsfest (April), the Tollwood (July), and the Winter Tollwood (December). You only pay what you consume.

The former concentration camp of Dachau

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The Dachau concentration camp is right on Munich’s backyard, and the entrance is free. For those curious and interested on visiting the place, it is possible to take the S-bahn to Dachau, which is located only few stations away from the center city.

The churches

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The most famous church of Munich, the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) is another free attraction worth the visit in the town, and it is one of Bavaria’s post cards and symbols of its capital. Other churches worth the visit are the Theatiner and Asam churches, both located not far from the Frauenkirche.

 The Glockenspiel at Marienplatz

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The Glockenspiel is a little play of toys up near the clock of the City Hall – Rathaus – that happens everyday at specific times: at 11am and 12am, and between March and October also at 5pm. The dancing figures represent two different stories from the 16th century. The top half is about the marriage of the founder of the famous Hofbräuhaus, Duke Wilhelm V to Renata of Lorraine. The bottom half plays the Schäfflertanz – or the coopers’ dance – which was danced by the people during a year of plague in the city, with the intention to bring vitality.

Free walking tour

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Why not? The tour starts normally at the old town, it is very enriching and will take you to places where you probably wouldn’t know the story behind it. Besides it won’t take long. Find here one you like.

The Christmas Markets

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If you are lucky to be in town from the last weekend of November until the 23rd of December, you will be able to visit all the enchanting Christmas Markets of Munich.

This list will be updated whenever I find more free attractions in Munich worth the visit!


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About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Gin

    Yayyyy !! so many free things to do !! Of course, the xmas markets sound so promising !!! Can’t wait to have a look at them :-):-)

  • Ok, no concentration camps for me please but yes English Garden (and beer!) and hell yes

    • hahaha… concentration camp is a one time thing… I don’t see myself going there again 🙁 too much negative energy.
      I will take you to both of them then 😀
      And don’t forget to let me know when you are around!!

      • Definitely! I think I am getting the Munich to Bologna overnight train the night of the 11th, so the day of the 11th would be the day trip to the castles, so the 10th will probably be all Munich. Just need to decide if I am getting in the night of the 9th or the morning of the 10th (from Frankfurt)

        • Awesome!!! Sounds great to me 😀
          I will be here!! Just to confirm, July right?
          Yaaaaay how awesome!!

          • Yup… just over 2 weeks to go! (come on, visa!)

          • hahhahaha
            are you still waiting for the visa? Why does it take so long?

          • Apparently the passport is ready but my work admin who manages this needs to pick it up. So I have no idea if 1-they said yes, and 2-for how long. I am booking my Munich hotel right now – I will arrive around 10 am from Frankfurt and then I am all yours. And the next day I am going to Neuschwanstein, and then getting on the overnight train to Bologna that evening.

  • Yes Justine, there are many free things to do not only in Munich, but in many European towns too. I hope you do come back and visit Germany, it certainly is possible to do trips on a budget around here 😀

  • I’m so happy to know that!! I wish we had met!! Maybe next time 😀

  • Thank you Corey! I’m glad that you liked it.
    I hope it will be useful to you 😀

  • 😀 I hope this list will be useful to you next time you come!!

  • Yes!! Salzburg is so close, and such a wonderful city to visit 😀

  • 😀

  • Think Monkey would like the Voltfest and Hubby the BMW Welt. I will love all the markets and eating 🙂

    • hahahaha PERFECT!! You have to come 😀
      I would love to take you guys to all of them!!

  • Places People Stories

    Great list! I love free things to do 😉 And all of them seems so fun! I really like the xmas markets as well! Next time I do to Munich I will print out this list and have it with me 😀

    • Yaaay happy that you liked it 😀
      I hope one day you come for the Christmas Markets… after all you are not too far from now 😀

  • Nihar Pradhan

    Allane as usual you have wonderfully captured the various aspects of the city of Munich.

    Yes, you are right we all look at our budget when we visit a place but budget can have a limitation as far as reaching the place and staying there, but exploring and seeing things not necessarily needs budget and so nicely captured there so many things to see and we don’t our wallet to be used. I can feel the awe and wonder visiting the BMW world, must be showing the class and the future of automobiles in display…you said 3 million last year, that’s a number and why not when you have such great machines to check out.

    Hope you are planing for great weekend…:D

    By the way whenever you get time pls go through this story
    of mine “Voice of Nature” and share your feedback…the link.

    • Thank you very much Nihar. I hope one day you visit Munich and the BMW Welt 😀

      I had a great weekend, I went to watch Formula 1 in Austria 😀 I hope you also had a great one.

      Thank you for sending me the article, I have downloaded and will read as soon as possible!!
      Have an amazing day!

  • Thank you so much dear!! I hope you do come to visit sometime soon 😀
    And good question, I think it’s probably not possible to comment via the WP reader 🙁 maybe because my comments are with Disqus… sorry!

  • Thank you Andrew!! There are many nice things to do for free around here.. I must say that I was impressed when I started making the list 😀

  • Yes!! The Nymphenburg us my favourite… I love going there 😀

  • ohh really?? How come?? 🙁
    Next time we finally meet again maybe we can go there when it’s finally sunny again 😀

  • hahahaha ohh Lucy you make me laugh!!
    I’m happy that you enjoyed Munich and hope you come again so we can meet 😀
    And don’t worry… the swans won’t complain about it to anyone 😀

  • Hi Laia!! You’re welcome, thank you for stopping by!
    I hope you visit Munich sometime, I’m sure you will like it 😀

  • Yesss people really do swim there when it’s warmer… the photo was taken when the water wasn’t so warm yet, so that’s why 😀
    But in July/August is very refreshing to swim there, and the water is crystal clear!

  • Great that you managed to do most of them!! I love it that so many things around here are free 😀 strolling around Munich is simply the best 😀

  • hahaha yess… really packed!!
    But well, better than nothing… I still prefer the beach 😀

  • Mabel Kwong

    So many free things to do in Munich! We have free walking tours like that too here in Melbourne. I went on one last year and it was a great way to see the city, and I’m sure the one you described here talk a bit about the history of the city. Rain or shine, they go on 😀

    I had no idea the entrance to Oktoberfest is free! I really thought you had to pay. Everyone doesn’t seem to mind paying for the beer and drinks 😀

    • hahaha exactly!! These tours happen at any weather, snow, rain, sun 😀 I have done it once and it was very cool!

      Yess it is free to enter the Oktoberfest,but the beer is pretty expensive… those big glasses are called Maß, they have 1L beer and cost between 9 and 11 Euros! Pricey!! But still, people dont mind paying for them ahaha