Let’s EXPLORE MEDIEVAL AND MODERN MUNICH IN 2 DAYS
In this article, I will Explore Medieval and Modern Munich in 2 days during my Germany trip in spring. The third largest, cultural city of Munich is capital of Bavaria region of Germany. This green city is a perfect amalgamation of great medieval architecture, seasonal festivals, beautiful churches, museums, colorful markets, world-class sports arenas, wide-spread gardens, arts and culture centers, science and technology museums. Munich is the most populated city in Germany and it is famous for its Oktoberfest(biggest beer festival) in the world. Munich lies on the north of Bavarian Alps and in German, it is known as Munchen which translates into “by the monks”
List of Attractions – Medieval and Modern Munich in 2 Days
MARIENPLATZ – The most famous and vibrant central square of Munich has been located in heart of Munich. Constructed in 1158, it hosts world’s best Christmas Markets and other events. This place is always full of tourists and locals all year round. It is named after Marian column was constructed in the 17th century.
There are two town halls old and new which cover the most of the Marienplatz. You can opt for a walking tour from here to view the historic buildings, various churches, and iconic sculptures all around. Follow the lines of Medieval styled walls, grand city gates which opens into curved streets.
NEW TOWN HALL (NEUES RATHAUS) – A Gothic styled wonderful monument with a grand façade consisting of pinnacles, arches, and statues. It is said that from the top of façade you can see the Bavarian Alps on cloudless days. Though it is named as New Town Hall, this building dates 100 years back.
OLD TOWN HALL – It lies in the central square Marienplatz to the eastern side. In 1874, this town hall has been converted into a municipal office. During Renaissance age, this building was destroyed several times and at present, it has been restored in neo-Gothic style.
KARLSTOR – One of the remains of ancient gateways constructed in the 14th century at the fortification of Munich. This gate served the major checkpoint and a powerful defense system of Munich. It is located on the western end of Neuchauser Strabe. During walking tour from Marienplatz, you can pass through this gate along with many interesting, traditional shops, cafes, and restaurants.
SIEGESTOR – The name translates into the gate. This three-arched, triumphal arch, holds a statue of Bavaria with a lion. It was constructed to glorify Bavarian army. But afterward, it has been heavily destroyed in World war II, though it has been restored.
FRAUENKIRCHE – Munich’s largest and iconic church having capacity to hold 20,000 people. Also known as Catholic Cathedral of our Blessed Lady. It was completed according to Renaissance architecture in 1488 with massive 100 m tall twin towers. New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) and Frauenkirche together form Munich’s unique skyline. On clear, cloudless days, you can see breathtaking views of Bavarian Alps from the top of these twin towers.
NYMPHENBURG PALACE – This Palace is spread across 500 acres and used to be Summer home to a royal family of Munich in the 17th century. It is located to the north-west of the city. This Palace opens daily with variable timings in winter. This Baroque styled palace is surrounded by magnificent parks, gardens, and canals.
All these tourist attractions of Munich are the ancient glory. Now let’s go and have a look at modern tourist attractions of Munich.
BMW Welt/BMW Museum – Karl Schwanzer designed the famous salad-bowl shaped BMW museum and headquarters in Munich. You can visit BMW museum to have a look at all past and recent models with their engines and other automobiles spare parts. They also sell BMW souveniers/accessories within the museum. If you love cars, automobiles, then go through this beautiful journey of aeronautical technology. They also display turbine engines, aircraft engines, motorcycles. This modern part of Munich is far from medieval Munich and can be reached through cars, public transport or Hop-On-Hop-Off shuttle buses. BMW World is free to visit, but there is an entrance fee for the museum, approximately 10Euros for adult and 7 Euros for children and seniors.
DEUTSCHES MUSEUM (SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM) – As you, all know about how advance is German technology, so this museum is best for science and technology lovers. According to many visitors, this museum cannot be compared to any other museum in the world. This museum possess the exhibits from all fields of Engineering like Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Transportation and Aeronautical Engineering, Mining technology, Construction and Bridge Technology, Computer Engineering with servers and motherboard technology, Electrical engineering depicting turbines, transformers, etc., Space and Rocket Engineering, and many more. This museum occupies 6 floors and spread across 12 miles on each floor. It takes about three-fourths or full day to visit all the galleries. There are many interactive and educational live shows for children and adults related to machines and their working. Check the show timings on entrance so that you don’t miss your favorite subject. This museum is located along the Isar River and can be reach through tram(public transport). The nearest tram stop is Isart or S-Bahn stop. Entrance to this museum is 11 Euros approximately for adults and 4 Euros for the child.
OLYMPICS STADIUM– This stadium was built in 1972 when Germany hosted Summer Olympics. The specially designed canopies on the Alps are the main characteristics of this stadium. As it was raining heavily, I could not take the pictures of stadium.
These all places I have covered for 2 days and 3 nights. But there are many more places in Munich to be explored like very famous English Gardens(370 hectares of green lawns), Munich Residence, Alta Pinakothek(world’s oldest Art Galleries), Neue Pinakothek(another famous art gallery) which I missed due to lack of time.
RECOMMENDED PLACE TO STAY IN MUNICH – Near Munich Central Station
From Munich, you can explore Bavaria region during your day trip or can stay at Bavarian Alpine villages.
Munich’s International Airport is a second-busiest hub in Germany. Munich can also be reached through Strasbourg in Paris or Salzburg in Austria via Eurorail. Frankfurt the biggest commercial in Europe is about 4 and half hours away from Munich.
Best time to visit Munich – Spring to summers. If you love skiing and snow games then winter is perfect
Famous Annual festivals of Munich
- Oktoberfest – World’s Biggest Beer festival held at Munich from last week of September to Mid of October.
- Annual Christmas Markets at Marienplatz with Christmas tree lighting ceremony (From the end of November till Christmas).
- Many more art, culture and music events which you can find on their Munich’s official event site.
So, Visit Germany and please share your experiences.
Till then KEEP TRAVELING……………… KEEP EXPLORING……………………………………………………
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