Munich short break day one, morning
Munich wakes up over coffee and street entertainment on Marienplatz
square in the Old Town. Gaze up at the turrets and gargoyles of the neo-Gothic New Town Hall
, where the glockenspiel chimes and animated figures joust at 11 a.m. Stroll south along cobbled Rindermarkt to St Peter’s Church
. Scale the tower for views over Munich’s red rooftops – you can see as far as the Alps on clear days. Just around the corner, the Viktualienmarkt
food market throngs with locals buying fruit, ham and cheeses. Wash down Weisswurst
(veal and pork sausage) with local brews in the chestnut-shaded beer garden.
Nearest U-Bahn Marienplatz
Retrace your steps to Marienplatz and continue north to Residenz Palace
, which mirrors the power of the 700-year Wittelsbach dynasty in its frescoed state apartments. The rococo Cuvilliés-Theater
staged the first performance of Mozart’s Idomeneo
opera in 1781.
A short walk north brings you to the greenery and romantic follies of Munich’s English Garden
. Maple and oak trees fringe the avenues, which twist north to Kleinhesseloher See
’s boating lake and beer garden.
Nearest U-Bahn Odeonsplatz
Have cocktails in the marble and wood-panelled sophistication of Schumann’s
bar, just south of the English Garden on Odeonsplatz. Wander south past the neoclassical National Theatre for a fresh seafood supper at the vaulted Austernkeller
. Kitted out in old-world Bavarian style with wooden booths, the cellar is renowned for its shellfish platters.
Nearest U-Bahn Odeonsplatz
Munich short break day two, morning
Begin your second day boutique shopping on Munich’s smartest boulevard, Maximilianstrasse
. Divert south to gourmet delicatessen Dallymayr
. Heading west, the glass-and-steel Fünf Höfe
’s interlinking courtyards shelter big-name designers and champagne bars. Amble south from the Fünf Höfe
to the soaring vaults of the Hofbräuhaus
. The centuries-old beer hall may be touristy, but nothing says Bavaria quite like its dirndl-clad waitresses, Mass
litres of beer and midday oompah-pah sessions. Loosen a belt notch for roast suckling pig or sausage salad.
Nearest tram Kammerspiele or Nationaltheater
It’s a 20-minute walk or an U-Bahn ride north to Munich’s Kunstareal
museum quarter, where you can take your pick of several world-class galleries. Rembrandt canvases are among the Old Masters in the Alte Pinakothek
, while the Neue Pinakothek
Monet and Degas paintings. For Picasso and Warhol works, visit Museum Brandhorst
. Afterwards, ramble along the canal in the sculpture-filled gardens of baroque Nymphenburg Palace
Nearest U-Bahn Königsplatz
Before returning to your Munich hotel, round out your trip in the relaxed Hirschgarten
. Once a royal hunting ground, the 8,000-seat beer garden overlooks a deer enclosure. Sip Augustiner brews and tuck into specialities like roast pig’s trotters with sauerkraut and potato dumplings.
Nearest S-Bahn Laim