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
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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!