48 Hours in Munich
Munich is Germany’s 3rd largest city, but you can see all the top sights, even if you only have 48 hours.
Munich is the capital of Bavaria, and is an exciting city for anyone who visits. And if you’ve travelled to other parts of the country, you’ll notice a huge difference between other typical German cities and Munich. Famous for its gorgeous architecture, the renowned Oktoberfest, and several museums and landmarks, you’ll have tons to see and do here. If you only have 48 hours in Munich, follow our guide to ensure you don’t miss a thing!
The first stop on your 48 hours in Munich tour starts at Marienplatz! This square has been the considered the centre of the city since the 12th century. If you find yourself here at Christmas, then this is where you’ll want to be to experience the festive event. The most famous landmark here is Marian column erected in the 17th century to commemorate the 30 Years War.
Looking to get a bite to eat, or pick up items for a picnic? Then we recommend heading to Viktualienmarket! It’s easily the most popular outdoor market in Munich, home to over 140 stands serving a variety of foods and drinks. In fact, one of the best beer gardens in Munich is also here, so we imagine you’ll make more than one visit here.
If you visit Marienplatz, you can also see Neues Rathaus at the same time. The building is featured on countless postcards, and is the most popular landmark in Munich. Marvel at the Gothic Revival exterior and come to hear the Glockenspiel from March until October at 11:99, 12:00, and 17:00. If you want to head up the tower, we recommend it as you’ll get an incredible view of the Alps!
Car lovers, unite! Germany is home to some of the best car producers in the world, and BMW is actually based in Munich. Fanatics from all over visit year after year to check out the latest on the BMW production line, book a test drive, and perhaps purchase their newest dream car. If you weren’t aware, Germany’s highways don’t have a speed limit, so driving these fast cars here has a whole different meaning than in most parts of the world. At BMW Welt, you can see all the latest in their showroom and book a test drive with no pressure to purchase. Did we mention BMW Welt is free? We think this is a cool thing to see if you only have 48 hours in Munich.
A visit to Munich’s famous Englischer Garten is an absolute must. This vast park could easily take up your whole time here, and has some cool sights in it worth checking out. We recommend a visit to the Japanese Teahouse, and to watch the surfers on the Eisbach River. Yes…you can surf in Munich! The Eisbach River has a strong current which creates a wave you can ride for up to a minute at a time.
This is the second most popular postcard landmark to see on your 48 hours in Munich. Frauenkirche is actually the tallest building in, standing at an impressive 109 metres. Unlike many Catholic churches, this one is special as it’s interior is relatively minimalistic, but is beautiful nonetheless. While Frauenkirche suffered extensive damage in WWII, the building has been restored to its former glory, so we recommend a visit here.
Enjoy a Beer & Pretzel
To get the quintessential Munich experience, you have to visit a beer garden, or at least try a pretzel. Bavaria and Munich have a long standing tradition of beer-making, and quite arguable produce some of the best beers in the world. And what better pairing with beer than a traditional pretzel?
If you plan on coming to Munich to take part in the Oktoberfest celebrations, expect prices to be a bit higher than usual. Having said that, it’s an experience you’ll never forget, especially if you manage to don lederhosen or a dirndl!
Even if you’re not a football fan, you’ve likely heard of Bayern Munich. A visit to their impressive 66,000 seat stadium will impress anyone, even if they’re not interested in the sport. On game days, the stadium’s exterior illuminates in the club’s colours, which creates a pretty cool photo opportunity. If you want a more in-depth look, we recommend booking a tour, but keep in mind it takes 4 hours. So depending on your level of interest, it’s either a great or bad way to spend your 48 hours in Munich.
Where to Sleep in Munich
Book your bed at Euro Youth Hostel for the best beds and international bar in town. You’re guaranteed to love their Happy Hour, and live music at the weekends. But if you plan on visiting during Oktoberfest, make sure you book your room well in advance!
48 Hours in Munich
No matter the time of year, Munich is an incredible destination, even if you only have 48 hours. If you need more information to help you plan your adventure, click here for a range of helpful tips, city guides, food guides, and more. For all the latest news at Famous Hostels, follow us or subscribe on Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube.