Standing at the center of the vast, open Marienplatz square, staring up at the towering Gothic New Town Hall, with the tones of the Rathaus-Glockenspiel bells ringing in your ears, you'll instantly fall in love with Altstadt, the historic enclave at the heart of Munich. Be sure to also take a short walk down to St Peter's Church, with its piercing spire, golden, pillared High Altar, and Gothic artworks.
The majestic Renaissance-style Maximilianeum building casts its shadow across refreshingly relaxed Haidhausen. Explore the wonders of science and technology at the Deutsches Museum, where innovations from the Stone Age to the Space Age take pride of place. Or venture through the hive of activity that is the Gasteig cultural center. Showcasing the best in German art, movies and classical music across two palatial theater spaces, it's a treat for culture-vultures.
The buzzing set of streets surrounding Munich's Hauptbahnhof station are alive with the upmarket stores and cutting-edge eateries down Schwanthalerstrasse and Landwehrstrasse. A short stroll away is Munich's Konigsplatz square, and culture-seekers can see Ancient Greek sculptures at the Glyptothek museum and the cocktail of ancient, classical and modern art at the Pinakothek Museums. Or roll up, roll up at Circus Krone, which has been entertaining crowds for a century.
Whether you're kicking back with a frothing beverage at Hirschgarten, Europe's largest beer garden, or exploring incredible natural history discoveries at Museum Mensch and Natur, Neuhausen has something for everyone. A tour of the gorgeous Baroque Nymphenburg Palace offers a fascinating insight into Bavaria's rich history, while its grounds are a sprawling 200-acre oasis at the heart of one of Europe's busiest cities, the perfect place to stroll and relax.
Strolling across the lush green carpet of the English Garden park, it's easy to forget you're in Munich's cosmopolitan party district. A leisurely meander down Schwabing's famous boho Leopoldstrasse, lined with al fresco dining, exclusive designer boutiques, and the iconic Walking Man statute, is a must for the fashionable traveler looking to splash some cash. Venture down to the Wedekindplatz nightclubs after dark and dance the night away.