February 5, 2017

5 Fun Things to Do in Munich if Oktoberfest is Not Your Thing

If you play a word association game with a fellow traveller and mention the German city of Munich, the most likely response you’ll get will be these three familiar words: lederhosen, beer and Oktoberfest. These three are what usually comes to mind when people think of Munich, and who can blame them? With 6 million visitors flocking this Bavarian capital every year, it’s easy to see why the festival is so popular.

Overflowing beer notwithstanding, Munich also has a lot of other things to offer for would be visitors.

If you’re the type who likes to experience the local culture, there are stunning palaces and majestic castles you can visit. Looking for an outdoor adventure? Go river surfing or soak in the magnificent view of Munich’s surrounding lakes and mountains.

Whether you’re an art lover, a history buff, a foodie, or someone who likes to conquer the challenges of nature, there’s always something in this southern German city that will keep you busy.

Go back in time with a history tour

The infamous Nazi party first came to power in Munich. If you’re interested in learning about this dark era of German history, you can go on walking tours that will take you to important historical sites like the site of the Beer Hall Putsch and the former Nazi headquarters. You can also visit the nearby town of Dauchau, where the first Nazi concentration camp was established. A memorial site now stands on the grounds of the former concentration camp.

Get a glimpse of how royalties lived by visiting their palaces and castles

Munich is home to two of the most popular Bavarian palaces, the La Residenz and the Schloss Nymphenburg. The former is the official residence of Bavaria’s kings and dukes, while the latter serves as their summer palace. When visiting the La Residenz, be sure to check out the Antiquarium, which features classical statues. The frescoes adorning its imposing Renaissance structure will surely leave you breathless. Meanwhile, the Schloss Nymphenburg palace, with its 500-acre Italianate garden and a canal that runs up to the majestic Baroque façade are sights to behold.

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Just outside the city is the Neuschwanstein Castle, which you might find familiar if you’ve been to Disneyland. Built in the 1864 by King Ludwig II, the Neuschwanstein Castle served as the inspiration for the Walt Disney castle.

Take a stroll in the English Garden

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In addition to imposing palaces and majestic castles, Munich is also home to the English Garden, a 900-acre park known for its awe-inspiring view of the city. Designed by Sir Benjamin Thompson in 1792, the park features a 78-kilometer network of trails that is popular with cyclists and runners. The park also a good spot to go sunbathing.

Ride the waves in the middle of the city

One popular outdoor activity in Munich is river surfing. Surfers often converge at the Eisback, a small channel of the Isar River where they ride its often ice cold waves. The river runs through the English Garden and is a popular hangout for many locals since the 1970s. Despite its popularity, however, river surfing at the Eisback only became legal in 2010.

Have a taste of the wurst

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A visit to any foreign city is never complete unless you’ve sampled their local cuisine. So while you’re in town, you should check out the wurst or weisswurst, as it’s locally referred to. The wurst is a traditional Bavarian sausage made from minced pork bacon and veal, flavored with cardamom, parsley, lemon, ginger and onions. They are best eaten with beer, pretzels and topped with hint of sweet Bavarian mustard.

Looking to explore the top attractions in Munich? Visit Travezl.com for the best sightseeing tours and excursions.

By: Brendelyn Balaga

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