Munich in Germany might be well-known for its Oktoberfest, but this city has much more to offer than meets the eye. Bavaria’s capital has a charming Altstadt (Old Town), which is filled with breathtaking architecture, and is close to the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle. Although trains are a common way to get around Europe, a car gives you freedom to explore a large city like Munich and the natural wonders that surround it on your own terms and without having to rely on public transportation.
Driving in Germany can seem a bit intimidating at first. After all, the Autobahn is famous for not having a speed limit. However, driving in Munich is actually quite pleasant. Germany has a large road system, which is well-engineered and regularly maintained. This takes a lot of the stress out of driving.
In the heart of the city lies Munich Residenz, a city palace that used to serve as the seat of the government and was home to many dukes, electors, and kings. This enormous building is simply breathtaking and filled with exquisite, ornate details. When touring the building, you will get to explore many of its elaborate rooms and see artifacts and jewelry (including crowns) on display. If you cannot get enough of elaborate buildings, you might also like St. Peter’s Chapel, which is the oldest church in Munich. Built in 1180, it is an excellent example of Baroque architecture.
When in Munich, you must also check out one of the many Bräuhäuser, brewing houses. Although they are known as beer halls, you can also get hearty traditional dishes here. The most famous is Hofbräuhaus, which has a lovely outdoor seating area with live German folk music. This is quintessential Bavaria for you and should not be missed.
For typical European markets, Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt are perfect. Marienplatz is in the city center, so in case you are lucky there may be some kind of activity going on. Even when there is not, it’s a place where locals and tourists alike gather to eat and shop. Viktualienmarkt is an outdoor bazaar, which is ideal for those who want a little bit of everything, and it is a wonderful spot to pick up a souvenir or two.
With your own rental car, you can easily enjoy day trips to the vicinity of Munich. About 20 minutes outside of the city center is Nymphenburg Castle, a castle that used to be the summer palace for Bavarian sovereigns and nobility. History buffs will appreciate a visit to Dachau, a concentration camp that was in use during Hitler’s dictatorship. The visit is somber but incredibly eye-opening and informative. Also not far away is Neuschwanstein Castle, a palace situated on a rugged hill. It is so picturesque that it served as the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and the Disney logo.
So, what will you do on your trip to Munich? The good news is that you can do it all. Having a rental car will make sightseeing easy and efficient. With us at Orbitz, you can get the car rental class that best suits your needs at an affordable rate, allowing you to fully enjoy your time in Germany. You can reserve it in advance and then easily pick it up from Franz Josef Strauss International Airport.