Munich: History, heritage and culture

Munich is one of Europe’s finest cities. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious cities in Germany and boasts a rich history and heritage that is unrivalled across the continent. Every year, tourists from all over the world travel to the city to explore and bear witness to some of the most impressive sights in the Western world. Whether you visit in April, August or December, there’s always numerous things to do and a large proportion of visitors return at some stage in the future. Here are three events, monuments and activities that you must attend, see or do during your time in Munich.


In recent years, Oktoberfest has grown at a rapid rate and now stands as one of the most famous events on the planet. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest and is becoming incredibly popular with tourists. The festivities last for 16 days and usually begin at the end of September. If you love beer and celebrations, this is the place to be and is an absolute must-visit if you are travelling to Munich during the period.

As most of the activities take place throughout the day as well as the evening, you can spend as much time as you want at the event – whether that’s a couple of hours in the afternoon or for an all-day session with Munich’s locals. It’s definitely an interesting concept and while many other major cities have taken inspiration in recent years, this will always be known as the biggest, best and original festival.


Allianz Arena

Home to defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, the Allianz Arena is yet another superb landmark that any visitor should go and see – especially if you are a huge football fan. Whether you attend the match and get to see Pep Guardiola’s men in action or simply take the stadium tour and immerse yourself in Bayern’s rich history, it’s an absolutely superb stadium and has immense facilities throughout the ground.

As of the 2014-15 season, Bayern have won three consecutive Bundesliga crowns. Fifteen matches into the 2015-16 campaign and they are five points clear of their nearest challengers. If they maintain their momentum, they are likely to win the title again this season. Bayern, when this article was produced, are priced at 1/12 in bet365’s Bundesliga betting markets to win their next home game against Ingolstadt and if you have the opportunity to get a ticket to the clash, there could be plenty of goals in what is set to be an entertaining encounter.


Nymphenburg Palace

The building is one of Munich’s finest establishments and has been standing since the 17th century. Over the years, it has traditionally been the main summer residence for the rulers of Bavaria – an interesting piece of information for those who love their German history. On your visit, you will learn more about the palace’s many uses and its main events, attractions and issues throughout its long-standing history.

An estimated 300,000 people visit the palace and its gardens on a yearly basis and it is accessible by both public and private transport. Whilst walking around the grounds, you may recognise it from a number of films, including Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad. It’s well worth a visit and is one of those places that you can fit in around other tours/activities.