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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Surf Spot
“Absolute must do! You might have read about it. This is a wave in the lake Eisbach (English Garden) where locals surf all year long, even in winter. An absolute favourite of visitors. Go, stay for a while and watch the cool kids (and grown ups) surf the Eisbachwelle!”
  • 186 locals recommend
Science Museum
“The Deutsches Museum (German Museum) is one of the oldest and largest science and technology museums in the world. There are 17,000 artifacts taking visitors from early developments like the first automobile to the laboratory bench where the atom was first split.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The beer garden Chinesischer Turm is located in the English Garden (Englischer Garten), Munich's largest park area. With a size of 417 hectares, the English Garden is larger than Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York. Due to its close distance to the university, the beer garden often attracts a young crowd, mixed with park visitor including many tourists. In 1789, on Great Elector Karl Theodor's initiative, the creation of the English Garden began with his plan to convert a former hunting area located at the Isar into a recreational nature. In 1790 the Chinese Tower (Chinesischer Turm) was built. The Chinese Tower is a pagoda-style, all-wooden tower with five storeys. The 25-metre tall tower has a diameter of 19 metres at ground level and six metres at its top level. The Chinese Tower was destroyed during World War II in 1944. In 1952 the tower was rebuilt to its original and current style. The Chinesischer Turm beer garden is the second largest beer garden in Munich and has about 7,000 seats in the self-serviced area and about 500 seats in the serviced area. Guests in the self-serviced area can sit on regular beer garden benches, some of which have back rests. The benches are arranged around the tower. The food stalls offer traditional beer garden food such as Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Hendl (roasted chicken), Schweinshaxn (roasted pork knuckle), Obatzda and Auszogne. The beer served is Hofbräu and a Maß Hell (lager) costs €7.90 (May 2016). A highlight of Chinesischer Turm is the yearly Kocherlball which is held in memory of the cooks and servants of the noble families of the 19th century. In the late 19th century, up to 5,000 Munich servants met during the summer months every Saturday morning for a dance at the Chinese Tower. Usually they met before work between 4am and 5am. Today the Kocherlball takes place on the 3rd Sunday in July between 5.30am to 10am (if the weather is bad a week later). The ball attracts thousands of participants, many of which wear historical outfits and Bavarian costumes. Depending on the weather, the beer garden is open from 10am to 11pm. In Winter, End of November till December, 23rd, a christmas market is held here. PS: Don't eat there anything except a Brezl because the food is not the best ;) Rather go for a Beer!”
  • 143 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Built by Hitler, its one of Munichs phantastic art museums now. I KNow, the shocking past reveals at many places in Munich. But in this one, we can look into the artistic future. The Goldene Bar has great cake too!”
  • 57 locals recommend
Night Club
“This used to be one of the top VIP clubs in Germany. The Bayern München football team often celebrated here. Some say it still is a VIP hotspot. In any case: dress up to get in! And it’s more on the pricy side.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bavarian Restaurant
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“As bavarian as it can get. Good choice of delicious beers and traditional bavarian food. and a very popular and nice beergarden. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Pool
“The Müllersches Volksbad is a public swimming pool in an iconic building. It is one of the most recognisable swimming pools in Germany.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Great Location for a Sunday Sundowner! Massive Terrace overlooking the English Garden.”
  • 80 locals recommend
Cinema
“Great small cinema. The Museum Lichtspiele have a long tradition in Munich. Located next to the Deutsches Museum, between S-Bahn stations Rosenheimer Platz and Isartor, this small, snug old style cinema shows blockbusters as well as art films. All films are shown in their original version. They also hold a very special record: they have shown the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" daily for 27 years now. Telephone: +49 (0)89 48 24 03 automatic programme information: +49 (0)89 48 91 296) Opening hours: daily 15 minutes before first showing concessions for students except on Saturdays Monday: €5 for all films (if Monday is a bank holiday, this applies to the following Tuesday) Thusday 10.20 sneak preview (€5)”
  • 34 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Friedensengel is like 5 min by foot from our appartment. You can chill there and have an amazing view of the city. It´s also recommendable for a romantic evening or just to watch the sunset... lot´s of people go there with a beer to chill.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Cultural Center
“Hier gibt es drei Clubs mit verschiedenen Veranstaltungen & Konzerten. Im Sommer kann man auch im Biergarten die Sonne genießen. Three different Clubs with Konzerts and a nice Beer Garden.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Artificial lightning, a replica of a mineshaft and the star show in the planetarium. In the more than 30 exhibitions covering 25,000 square metres of floor space, you’ll find a wealth of masterpieces of science and technology. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Musicals, Concerts, special events, exhibitions (i love the move or short movie exhibitions :))) )”
  • 34 locals recommend
German Restaurant
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“For me one of the best breakfasts in town! Typical German with great bread and rolls. It is situated in Haidhausen, one of the most beautiful quarters in Munich. Take a walk afterwards, you’ll like it!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Die Villa Stuck ist ein national und international renommierter Ort der Begegnung mit Kunst des 19. bis 21. Jahrhunderts. ---- The Villa Stuck is a nationally and internationally renowned meeting place for art from the 19th to the 21st century.”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“The beer garden Chinesischer Turm is located in the English Garden (Englischer Garten), Munich's largest park area. With a size of 417 hectares, the English Garden is larger than Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York. Due to its close distance to the university, the beer garden often attracts a young crowd, mixed with park visitor including many tourists. In 1789, on Great Elector Karl Theodor's initiative, the creation of the English Garden began with his plan to convert a former hunting area located at the Isar into a recreational nature. In 1790 the Chinese Tower (Chinesischer Turm) was built. The Chinese Tower is a pagoda-style, all-wooden tower with five storeys. The 25-metre tall tower has a diameter of 19 metres at ground level and six metres at its top level. The Chinese Tower was destroyed during World War II in 1944. In 1952 the tower was rebuilt to its original and current style. The Chinesischer Turm beer garden is the second largest beer garden in Munich and has about 7,000 seats in the self-serviced area and about 500 seats in the serviced area. Guests in the self-serviced area can sit on regular beer garden benches, some of which have back rests. The benches are arranged around the tower. The food stalls offer traditional beer garden food such as Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Hendl (roasted chicken), Schweinshaxn (roasted pork knuckle), Obatzda and Auszogne. The beer served is Hofbräu and a Maß Hell (lager) costs €7.90 (May 2016). A highlight of Chinesischer Turm is the yearly Kocherlball which is held in memory of the cooks and servants of the noble families of the 19th century. In the late 19th century, up to 5,000 Munich servants met during the summer months every Saturday morning for a dance at the Chinese Tower. Usually they met before work between 4am and 5am. Today the Kocherlball takes place on the 3rd Sunday in July between 5.30am to 10am (if the weather is bad a week later). The ball attracts thousands of participants, many of which wear historical outfits and Bavarian costumes. Depending on the weather, the beer garden is open from 10am to 11pm. In Winter, End of November till December, 23rd, a christmas market is held here. PS: Don't eat there anything except a Brezl because the food is not the best ;) Rather go for a Beer!”
  • 143 locals recommend
Bavarian Restaurant
“As bavarian as it can get. Good choice of delicious beers and traditional bavarian food. and a very popular and nice beergarden. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
German Restaurant
“For me one of the best breakfasts in town! Typical German with great bread and rolls. It is situated in Haidhausen, one of the most beautiful quarters in Munich. Take a walk afterwards, you’ll like it!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Nage und Sauge has been a favorite with locals for many years. It’s simple but great food and the bar atmosphere make it the perfect place for starting your night out in Munich. If you had one of their good drinks too many, don’t worry, your bed is just across the street! Nice plus: they don't take reservations so despite its popularity with the locals, it's still ideal for spontaneous nights out.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“You will love it! Japanese/Bavarian fusion, very nice atmosphere... usually very full, try reservation!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Trattoria/Osteria
“A bit loud but great huge pizzas (you can share them) and good italian style food.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Café
“Nice location close to the flat directly at the English Garden. Great to sit outside in the sun, spacious inside and outside A nice selection for breakfast and super juices”
  • 25 locals recommend

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