While Munich is the capital of Bavaria in Germany and its most populated city, it’s perhaps best known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration. However, no matter what time of year you decide to visit Munich, you’ll find plenty of fun and exciting attractions that are worth seeing. Before you head out for your trip, discover the best places to eat and things to do in Munich with this helpful itinerary.

Early Morning: Fill Up With Breakfast

You’ll need plenty of energy for exploring Munich. Luckily, there are numerous spots in the city that serve a hearty breakfast. Head to Mr. Pancake in the center of Munich and you’ll find options for American and international breakfasts. You can get the Swedish raggmunk with bacon and cranberry or the French crepe with banana and Nutella. If you woke up hungry, the American menu has options like three American pancakes, two eggs, and sliced fried sausage or three American pancakes topped with blueberries, powdered sugar, and maple syrup.

Viktualienmarkt
The Viktualienmarkt Market in Munich.

Midmorning: Do Some Shopping

In 1807, when the food market in the city grew too big for its original location, King Maximilian I issued a decree to have it moved to the southeast. Locals started to call this new market “Viktualienmarkt” or victuals market. Today, this popular market has 140 stalls and shops and is a popular spot to shop for exotic fruits, flowers, meats, cheeses, spices, fish, juices, and more.

You can also check out Marienplatz square, which is in the heart of Munich. In older times, this square hosted thrilling events, such as jousts. Today the square bustles with activity from street performers, restaurants, and the surrounding shops. If you visit at Christmastime, Marienplatz fills with popular Christkindlmarkt vendors selling holiday gifts.

Noon: Refuel With Lunch

When you’re ready to stop for lunch and try some traditional Bavarian meals, head to Zum Dürnbräu. Situated in the heart of downtown Munich, this restaurant is in a medieval brewery and offers classic dishes, like Old Bavarian bread soup, sausages with sauerkraut, wiener schnitzel, and Bavarian meatloaf. If you saved room for dessert, you can indulge in traditional favorites, such as apple strudel or a palatschinken, which is a pancake filled with ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.

Residenz
The Residenz Royal Palace in Munich.

Afternoon: See the Parks and Museums

If you’re looking to spend some time outside, you don’t want to pass up the opportunity to go to the Englischer Garten. This is one of the largest urban parks in the world and offers 48.5 miles of paths for bicycling and jogging, monuments, a boating lake, open space, and several popular beer gardens.

When you’re done at the park, Munich has many interesting museums worth exploring. There’s the BMW Museum, which showcases the history and innovations of the famous German automaker. With around 28,000 exhibited objects from 50 fields, Deutsches Museum is the world’s largest museum of science and technology. There’s also the Residenz Royal Palace, a former royal palace that is now a museum where you can view the stunning architecture, decorations, and royal collections.

Dinnertime: Stop for Dinner

When dinnertime rolls around and you start to feel hungry, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to stop by the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl. This three-story beer hall dates back to the 16th century and has a restaurant that serves up plenty of classic Bavarian dishes. You can start off with the Original Hofbräuhaus brotzeit plate, which comes with cheeses and cold cuts of meat.

Along with numerous types of sausage available, the restaurant also serves specialties that include roasted pork, goulash, boiled beef, and a Bavarian roasted chicken. If you saved room for dessert, your options are ice cream, apple strudel, and homemade steamed dumplings served with a vanilla sauce.

Hofgarten
The Hofgarten in Munich.

Late Night: Check Out the Beer Halls and Beer Gardens

Of course, no trip to Munich is complete without a stop at one of the famous beer halls or beer gardens. With a city known for its love of beer, you’ll find plenty of options. Augustiner-Keller is one of the last traditional beer gardens in the city. Here you can take one of the 5,000 seats in the beer garden and savor a large stein of Augustiner Edelstoff straight from the barrel. If the weather isn’t cooperating, the indoor beer hall offers a traditional timber theme with polished tables, handcrafted chairs, and an impressive wooden ceiling.

When you’re planning your trip to Munich, you’ll discover there’s plenty to see and do in this beautiful city. Plus, with GoDoTrip, it’s easy to plan the perfect getaway.