Munich: The city of Oktoberfest, Bavarian kings, & art history


We spent about a day and a half in the city of Munich itself, using a couple of the other days there for some day trips to Dachau Concentration Camp and Neuschwanstein Castle. Here’s what we accomplished in the city:


The Residenz

This was the home of the Bavaria rulers from the 17th century; they were dukes at first then on became electors (still unsure about what that technically means) then kings from 1806-1918. The palace was severely damaged during WWII but meticulously reconstructed.

Read more: Munich AirBnb Review 


Alte Pinakotek & Neau Pinakotek

This was high on my list for some art history! Nothing specific from the AP Art History 250 here but a couple of noteworthy Dürers, Rubens, other Old Masters, Van Gogh, and many others. Although large, we went through both of these in one afternoon.


Hofbräuhaus am Platzl

Ah the famous Beer House and Garden! We managed to elbow our way into a seat (miraculously) and enjoyed the atmosphere, good, and of course, beer!



The main town square of Munich, this area hold the Rathaus (or New Town Hall) with the famous Glockenspiel. At this time of year there were sparking-lights and a beautiful Christmas tree in the square.


Olympic Park

Although we couldn’t see anything when we went here during New Year’s Eve because it was nighttime and über foggy, we still “went” so it counts.

Read more: Celebrating New Years Eve the German Way


Nymphenburg Palace

Very similar to The Residenz, this was the summer palace of the Bavarian kings. We didn’t get any tickets to visit the inside because I’ll be honest I was kind of sick of hearing a rattle of names of kings.

Asam Church


OMGGGG!!!! So gorgeous! This is about the most over the top Baroque Church I will ever see! It’s super small so that just makes it overwhelming! Don’t miss this, it takes 5 minutes.

Read more: Sneak Peek of our Germany Itinerary



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