24 hours in Munich

Marienplatz, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

Munich has much more to offer than what people normally think, and I am often sad when I hear that someone is coming only for a day. One day in Munich is not enough to see everything worth seeing, and certainly is not enough to get the feeling of how it is like to be a local around here.

However, one day is already enough to come to the conclusion that Munich is awesome. So if you only had 24 hours in Munich, what would you do? Or even better, what should you do? Being passionate about this city, I put together a simple itinerary to help those who sadly will be here only for a few hours, all in order to make your short stay worth it.

I love walking, and I believe it is the best way to truly get to know a place, so be prepared, because you are going to walk a few kilometers. The good thing? You will burn some calories and won’t feel guilty for having that beer later on. You can start the tour from wherever you prefer, or from wherever is closer to where you are staying. My recommendation is as follows:

Englischer Garten, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

1. 8:30am/9am – Englischer Garten

Start your day in the stunning Englischer Garten, worth the visit in every season of the year. There you can take a calm morning walk and contemplate the green around. Check out the biergarten, Lay on the grass, watch the surfers surfing at the Eisbach, or simply enjoy being in contact with nature.

Eisbach, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

Notes

  • It’s very easy to get lost around the park, so a GPS would certainly help a lot if you don’t want to waste time getting lost;
  • Depending on the weather, the biergarten is open from 10am – 11pm;
  • In December there is a Christmas Market at the Chinenischer Turm, where the biergarten is located.

Marienplatz, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

2. 10:30am/11am – Take a walk around old town

From the Englischer Garten, head to the Marienplatz. Here you will see the new and old Town Halls, and if you would like to see the city from above, you can take the elevator of the Town Hall, or you can climb the stairs of the St. Peter’s church, which faces the Marienplatz.

At 10am the shops will open. All the small streets leading to Marienplatz are great for shopping, and for souvenirs. I always recommend Kaufhof – a department store – to buy souvenirs, as they have a great variety.

At 11am you can see the Glockenspiel on the top of the New Town Hall, where the dancing figures start to move and play a song. It happens daily also at 12pm and from March to October at 5pm too.

Then, move on to the Viktualienmarkt, the pretty open-air market located just behind Marienplatz. It’s worth a visit even if you are not interested on buying anything, but if you do, here you will find local products like sausages, as well as products from all over the world.

Getting to Marienplatz from the Englischer Garten:

Take the Metro lines 3 or 6 at one of these stations: Giselastr. Universität or Münchner Freiheit (direction: Fürstenried West/Klinikum Großhadern), stop: Marienplatz.

You can also walk to the Marienplatz and on your way you can make a quick stop at the beautiful garden Hofgarten.

Augustiner Keller, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

3. 1pm – Lunch at the oldest Brewery of Munich

Have lunch in Bavarian style! Try some sausages, roasted pork knuckle or roasted chicken, and drink the best beer in town at the restaurant of the oldest brewery in town, the Augustiner Keller. During summer they have their biergarten open, but inside it’s pretty cool too!

Getting there from Marienplatz:

  1. Take the Tram 19 from Theatinerstr. (this stop is right in front of the Mango store at the corner) (direction: Pasing) change at the Hauptbahhof for the Tram 16 (direction: Romanplatz) or Tram 17 (direction: Amalienburgstraße) and get off at Hopfenstr. or Hackerbrücke, then walk around 300m.
  1. Take any S-bahn from Marienplatz (direction: Hauptbahnhof), get off at Hackerbrücke. Then walk around 300m.

Nymphenburg Palace, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

4. 2:30pm – Nymphenburg Palace

This palace is stunning, it used to be the Bavarian kings’ residency, and where the famous King Ludwig II was born. Its park is probably the most charming in Munich in every season of the year. You can visit inside the palace or take a walk at the park, take your time and enjoy it.

Tip

From April to mid-October it is possible to take a Gondola ride

Nymphenburg Park, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

Getting there from the Augustiner Keller:

Take the tram 16 (direction: Romanplatz) or the tram 17 (direction: Amalienburgstraße). Get off at Romanplatz or Nymphenburg Schloß.

Olympiapark, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

5. 3:30pm/4pm – Olympic Park

The park was built for the summer Olympic Games of 1972, and it is a very pretty area of the city. There you may visit Sea Life, go up the Olympic Tower, climb to the top of the Olympiaberg – the little hill of the park – take a tour with a little train, or simply just walk around.

Getting there from the Nymphenburg Palace:

Walk to the Romanplatz stop and take the Tram 12 (direction: Sheidplatz). Get off at Leonrodplatz and walk towards the Olympic Tower. It’s a bit of a walk through the park.

BMW Welt and BMW Museum, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

6. 5pm/5:30pm – BMW Welt and Museum

The BMW Welt and Museum are right next to the Olympic Park, all you need to do is cross a bridge near the Olympic Tower. The entrance to the BMW Welt is free, it’s where you can take a closer look to the cars, and maybe even buy some souvenirs.

If you are a fan of the brand, you can keep going and just cross the bridge over to the BMW Museum. For an entrance fee you will get to learn more about the company’s history and see from the very antique models to the most modern ones.

Notes

  • If you are not interested in cars, skip it, but the visit is worth it!
  • Don’t forget to check the opening times and special exhibitions.
  • From the BMW Welt, you can choose to stay a bit more at the park or head back to the Marienplatz to finish your day as you please.

Getting to Marienplatz from the BMW Welt:

Take the Metro line 3 from the Olympiazentrum station (direction: Fürstenriedwest) and get off at Marienplatz.

Dinner suggestions:

Italian (L’Osteria)

Steak (KVR)

Burgers (Belicious/Hans im Glück)

Bavarian/German (Hofbräuhaus/Weisses Bräuhaus)

Optional:

In case you are a football fanatic and would like to visit the Allianz Arena, feel free to scratch some of the things off this itinerary and go ahead! I advise you to take a look at the official website to check the opening times and the schedule for the tours in English/German, so when getting there you don’t have to wait a lot, or risk being closed (the tours are not available when it’s match day).

Allianz Arena, Munich. By Packing my Suitcase.

Public Transportation

 

Recommended ticket:

CityTourCard

Apart from the public transportation access, this ticket gives you discounts in more than 70 tourist attractions in Munich. You can buy a single ticket, or a group ticket. For this tour, you will only need a ticket for the inner city. However, if you choose to visit the Allianz Arena, you will need the München XXL.

Useful maps:

 Tram

Metro and S-bahn

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24 hours in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

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.

  • I’ve visited all these places in Munich in the span of 3 days!! I loved the English Garden and Nymphemburg palace (although I didn’t get inside). My brother is a football fan, so we visited the Allianz Arena as well…as I say thanks to my brother I’ve done my fair share of “football tourism”!

    • I would also recommend to this in 2 or 3 days if one is not in a hurry and would like to do it calmly. But if you don’t have much time, it is possible to do them all in one day 😀
      Ohhh hahah soo cool that you still got to go to the Allianz Arena!

  • Phoebe Thomas

    I stayed in Munich for even less than 24 hours which was not enough by any means, but I’ll be back! I love the surfers, that’s just wacky!

    • Yesss, come back for a few more days next time 😀
      I will be happy to show you around!!

  • Places People Stories

    Seems like the perfect day in Munich for the ones that do not have too much time 🙂 Sometimes, if I land with a flight and have a long way to wait for the next one, I like to go and explore a city for some hours, and these are some great tips if that would happen in Munich 🙂

    • Yess me too Hanne, same here. I have done some similar in Lisbon many times. Everytime I fly to Brazil I need to way around 8 to 10 hours in Lisbon my connecting flight, and that’s how I got to explore Lisbon haha. This time I will stay 10 hours in Madrid 😀

      But when you come, I hope you won’t stay only 24 hours 😀

  • Kathleen (Kat)

    Awesome! I hear so much about Munich, so I would definitely spend more than a day there #MondayEscapes

  • Yes, their biergarten is awesome!! 😀
    I hope you come back to visit the Nymphenburg, I love that place!!

  • hahaha yesss, interesting isn’t it? People do surf there everyday, even in cold days! It became basically a tourist attraction 😀
    I’m so happy you managed to visit almost everything from this itinerary! I hope next time you come back I will be here so we can meet 😀

  • Yes, the metro system is very practical, and the city isn’t so big, so it’s easy to get around, which means you can visit a lot of things in one day 😀

  • Oh no, I’m sorry to know that!! I hope you do come back and enjoy the city in a different way… hopefully it won’t be raining again! 🙂

  • hahahaha I guess he would love to go for a game there 😀

  • Ohh really? I didn’t know you liked in Salzburg once, so close to Munich 😀
    I hope when you come to Europe we can meet!

  • hahaha I can start even earlier to be honest, but W is lazy like your friends hahaha. So I always need to wait for him. I am an early morning person, especially when traveling!
    Ohhh comeeee Vlad, it would be awesome to show you around! My plans for next year are also pretty crazy and open to new ideas 😀 let’s see how it goes!!

  • My first time in Munich I was also 14, what a coincidence. I also don’t remember much from that time, today living here, I have a totally different image of the city! I hope you come back to spend more time 😀

  • hahahaaha, yess here in Germany people like to do that! Though, nowadays there are some rules to follow. People are not allowed to do that everywhere 😀

  • 😀 yes yes!!

  • Let me know if you ever come, I will be happy to show you around 😀

  • Yess, you can pack a lot in one day!! Of course you don’t have to, but it is possible 😀

  • Thank you 😀
    Yes, you can pack a lot in one day in Munich. The city isnt so big. But of course that doing it all calmly is way better 😀
    The Gondola is pretty cool!!

  • I hope you come sometime Estrella 😀
    I would love to show you around, I’m sure you find Munich a very nice city!

  • Glad you liked it Laia!! Yes, I would certainly recommend doing it in a slower pace, Munich deserves some quality time! 😀

  • Thank you dear 😀

  • Yes, the gondola ride is new, it started out this summer 😀 it’s pretty cool!

  • Thank you dear 😀

  • hahaha it is possible, Munich isn’t such a big town 😀 and if you know which public transportation to take things are easier.
    BMW Museum is pretty cool, and on the inside is awesome too.
    If you ever come to Munich let me know 😀

  • Yess, when you come, make sure you stay longer! It’s worth it 😀 and let me know whenever you come, would love to show you around!

  • Thank you Lisa, happy that you liked it 😀

  • I hope you come back again 😀 maybe next time you can check the BMW Museum, it’s pretty cool!

  • Thank you guys! 😀
    Walking is certainly the best way to get to know a city. You end up seeing much more than you expected 😉

  • Yesss you have to visit it Sarah, I’m sure you will like it. I honestly never met someone who didn’t 😀
    I will be happy to show you around when you come!

  • Yaaay awesome!! I hope you enjoy the Oktoberfest and that this list will be useful to you 😀
    Let me know if you need more tips!

  • Thank you 😀
    Yes come back and spend more time! There is so much to see!

  • Ohhhh that’s amazing 😀
    I hope you guys have lots of fun!! In 2 weeks I will be in Brazil, so I won’t be able to meet you guys, but if you need any tips let me know 😀

  • Hi Stephanie!!
    Can’t wait to read your post about Munich 😀
    2,5 days is already great!! Happy that you managed to visit some of these places 😉

  • Thank you Gina 😀
    Glad you liked it!

  • Hi Sabrina 😀
    I hope you come to Munich sometime, it’s a wonderful city, make sure to stay more than one day 😀

  • Hi Ariel!! Thank you, I am happy that you liked it.
    I thought about putting the travel times, but it really depends on you, traffic and the day of the week (during weekends is way faster). Truth is, none of them will take more than 15min. 😀 Munich is a small town.

  • Great post Allane! I thought I had already commented but my comment appears to have disappeared into cyberspace!! Anyway this is a great guide for potential visitors – we did many of them on our trip to Munich though not the BMW Welt or Olympic Park. I agree with you though that if possible allow several days at least to experience the charms of Munich – it has so much to offer. Public transport is very quick and efficient so you can get around easily. We were there for 8 days and could have stayed longer!! Have a great week too 🙂

    • Ohh noo, I will see if I can find your older comments, but so far I’ve only seen this one on the post.
      Yess, I found it soo cool that you both decided to stay longer around here, Munich and the region around really deserves some time. There is so much to see! 😀

  • Thank you dear! Yes, the old brewery is awesome, the food there is amazing.
    😀

  • 😀 happy to know that!

  • Hi Jeff!! So happy to know that, I hope you enjoy the city, and have fun (I’m sure you are stopping by the Oktoberfest today right?) 😀

  • hahaha Prost! 😀

  • Mabel Kwong

    So many things to do in Munich! I didn’t know the Englischer Garten was that big. I would assume there would be signs to direct you around and split into sections like many of the gardens here in Melbourne. Sounds very different.

    Hahaha. BMW Museum. No surprise you recommend that because you are a fan of racing 😀 The views around the Olympic Park look really good. Very similar to Melbourne 😀