Munich was made famous by Oktoberfest, but there’s even more to discover than the legendary beer gardens. Ornate palaces, ground-breaking art and vast green spaces all happily co-exist here, and the distinctly Alpine flavour of the city is unique to Munich.
The public squares dotted across the city are not only a useful orientation tool, they serve as the life and soul of Munich. Marienplatz is a popular meeting place, and an excellent spot to sit back and watch the world go by. You’ll also find the Neues Rathaus (New Townhall) with its striking Neogothic facade, and helpfully, a tourist office. Another attraction in the square is Mariensäule (Mary’s Column), a 17th Century commemoration to victory over the Swedish during the 30 Years’ War. Move from there to Karlsplatz to discover Karlstor, which marks the boundary of the ancient city walls, protecting Munich from invaders until the 18th Century. Last but not least, explore the formidable Feldherrnhalle and Residenz, home to Bavaria’s Wittelsbach, who ruled until WWI. You’ll find this at Odeonsplatz – a square which sits beside the well-preserved 19th-century Maxvorstadt quarter.