Planning a trip to Germany? Make sure that you add lovely Munich to your bucket list. As well as being an interesting city with heaps to keep you entertained, you will also be pleased to know that there is a good selection of free things to do in Munch too. Make your holiday funds go further and save money with this handy list.
Some brilliant free things to do in Munich include:
Dachau Concentration Camp
Whilst this will never be a fun day out, it is a piece of the local history and marks events that should never be forgotten. Interesting and at times chilling, it is free to visit the former gruesome concentration camp. You will see the barracks where prisoners were crammed in to live as well as other parts of the camp and a number of moving memorials. Hear horrific tales and read heart-wrenching accounts of what life was like inside the camp.
Munich Glockenspiel Clock
The enormous clock sits proudly on top of the New Town Hall and it has been in operation since the early 1900s. It is one of the most famous and popular tourist sights in the city and it is completely free to admire at any time of the day. Make sure that you visit though at the show times when large figures show old stories to the sound of the bells chiming. After the show has finished a bird pops out and chirps. It is enchanting and captivating.
Church of Our Lady
Munich boasts several excellent churches, most of which are free to look around. Donations are, of course, welcome. The soaring towers can be seen from far and wide and are a major part of the iconic Munich skyline. If you climb to the top you will be rewarded with some excellent sweeping views of the city below.
Another of Munich’s top churches is the ornate and beautiful Asamkirche. It is one of the city’s finest architectural gems and the various adornments are simply amazing.
In the heart of the city you will find the pretty and peaceful English Garden. It dates back to the 18th century and the different sculptures and structures within the park are representative of a selection of different cultures and countries; don’t be surprised to find yourself walking past something that could have been taken straight from ancient Greece having already wandered past something Japanese inspired and things in traditional German styles. The park also contains several glistening lakes and it is a nice place for walking, biking, and just relaxing. Pack a picnic in the summer months for some lovely al fresco dining.
A short way out of the city you will find the charming and picturesque Starnberg Lake. In the heart of some of Bavaria’s beautiful countryside it makes for a lovely excursion from the city. Several old and elegant palaces lie alongside the water.
The lively and colourful Viktualienmarkt is the oldest farmers’ market in the city and it still draws many sellers and buyers today. Stroll past the different stalls and see a wide assortment of local fresh produce. You may even want to treat yourself to a few tasty pleasures to take back to your hotel or nibble on as you wander.
With so many great free things to do in Munich there is no reason that a stay in this great city should cost the earth!