Immerse yourself in history and culture
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK on Eurostar.
MUNICH CENTRAL STATION
You'll arrive here if travelling from the UK, via Paris. This is the main station in Munich.
It's not all sausages - explore Munich at your own pace and discover fine art, history and film in this Bavarian city.
The city's central square is a hub of activity and its main attraction is the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall). Right beside the Neues Rathaus is the Fischbrunnen (fish fountain). Your next stop should be the Mariensaule (column of St Mary). Erected in 1638 to celebrate the end of the Swedish invasion, the statue is topped a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary. After having your photo taken with the Virgin Mary, stop off at the Carillon (with everyone else) and watch the famous glockenspiel figures perform the Schäfferltanz. The dance was originally performed in 1517 to comemmorate the end of the plague.
Tip: For a well-earned lunch head to one of the cafes by the glockenspiel - they're far less crowded.
These galleries are part of the Kunstareal (art area) and should be part of your visit to Munich. One of the oldest galleries in the world, the Alte Pinakothek houses famous Old Master paintings; including work by Albrecht Dürer. Further north, the Neue Pinakothek houses 19th-century art, with the most famous exhibit being Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers.
Tip: After taking in the splendid artwork in the Neue Pinakothek, stop off in the restaurant for a bite to eat. If the weather's nice enough you can sit out on the terrace.
Yes, it is a science museum BUT it's a fun one. With tons of interactive displays, live demonstrations and experiments there's no shortage of things to keep you occupied. Investigate the interesting sections on cave paintings, micro-electronics and astronomy at your own pace. Take the children to the KinderReich (Children's Kingdom), there's literally thousands of activities to entertain them. Particular favourites seem to be the child-size mouse wheel and full-size, fully-explorable fire engine.
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