Although I didn’t have time to visit all these spots and some of these “reasons to visit München in autumn” are only made of rumors I’ve heard, I can testify that this town is one of the best looking towns in autumn I’ve ever seen, because of an amazing scale of colours of leaves everywhere around. But before seeing some nice colourful photos…here are ten things you just have to do while visiting this gorgeous Bavaria capital (another article right here – München).
1. Walk through the park
It’s difficult to say which view is the most beautiful in autumn: The Nymphenburg palace park, the English Garden, the Hirschgarten with its animal enclosures or the magnificent view from the hills in Luitpoldpark? And there are other places besides the parks: A walk along the banks of the Isar to the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace), where the warm glow of the trees competes with the gold plating of the statue, is also a great tip.
2. Explore Marienplatz
The city’s centre is a twelfth-century wonder, and is known as the heart of Munich. A hub for sight-seeing, shopping and dining, Marienplatz is a perfect starting point for getting a taste of the city. You’ll see Rathaus, the city hall with a gigantic iconic façade, and plenty of other 19th century Gothic architecture. Warm up your credit card at the surrounding designer stores, or simply people-watch at a nearby café.
3. Shop around Viktualienmarkt
After you spend time in Marienplatz, walk over to Viktualienmarkt, a daily farmer’s market where you’ll find a massive variety of fresh and regional food. More than 140 colorful booths fill the area with unique flavor, as well as products from local florists, bakeries, and restaurants. The market is open Monday- Saturday from 8am till 8 pm, but most stalls unofficially close around 6pm.
4. Visit the Oktoberfest
‘Ozapft is!’ – exclaimed by the mayor of Munich upon first tapping a barrel, this phrase signals the start of the world-famous Oktoberfest. For sixteen days, the festival attracts locals along with millions of visitors from all over the world. Approximately 80 rides and amusement rides invite you to take part in the fun of Oktoberfest – including traditional establishments which only open there.
5. Conquer the skies with stunt kites
Whether you’ve made it yourself or bought it – when you’re flying a kite, having fun is the main thing. And when the autumn wind really blows through Munich, the flying apparatus lifts off wonderfully into the sky. Flying a kite is fun for young and old alike – and the same can be said for the spectators. A good spot for flying a kite is the Olympic Park.
6. Grab a beer at Hofbräuhaus
If you want a taste of authentic Munich brew, but don’t feel like braving the storm of the Oktoberfest, then head to the most famous beer hall in the world – Hofbräuhaus. Built in 1589, it’s filled with old, long wooden tables that have engravings of people from hundreds of years go. It’s close to the center of town, so it’s convenient to do in conjunction with shopping or sightseeing, but don’t eat before you enter: The menu includes hearty fare like sausage, pork roast and goulash, and all beer is served in one-liter steins. Bavarian bands play live all day.
7. Take a hike
Well, not really. Burn those beer calories by climbing up the 306 steps of Munich’s oldest church, St. Peter’s (called Alter Peter), and bring your camera – the summit holds some of the most memorable views of the city. Once inside, the aesthetics continue with five Gothic paintings by Jan Polack, alters by Ignaz Gunther and a ceiling fresco by Johann Baptist Zimmermann.
8. Visit the Kirchweihdult
The big folk festival season in Munich traditionally comes to end with the Kirchweihdult – ‘Dult’ – in October; however, that’s not the only reason it has so many fans. When the sun shows its face one more time and the leaves glimmer in gold, it puts simply everyone in a great mood – from the visitors to the stallholders.
9. Relax in sauna
The range of saunas in Munich is diverse, but there is one thing they all have in common: Not only is it wonderfully relaxing to spend time there – all that sweating is also really good for your health. You can experience a sauna in style in the Roman-Irish sweat bath in the Müller’schen Volksbad. There is also a Finnish sauna with coloured light effects and a variety of herbal infusions.
10. Try the typical soup
Potatoes and beer, two German favorites, create a perfect pair in this traditional soup, which is quick and easy and makes for a hearty lunch or dinner.
Or just wander ’round the streets, it’s beautiful.
a bit of help from: cheapflights.com, muenchen.de