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The best cultural venues in Munich

Munich has a wealth of fascinating architectural sights reflecting the city’s rich history and cultural legacy. Here we offer our edit of the top five venues, from museums and theatres to the sculpture-filled Münchner Residenz, the former palace of the rulers of Bavaria

City Guide
Emily Scrivener,

Münchner Residenz
The opulent former palace is a true cultural highlight, with architecture and interior décor that reflect the city’s rich baroque history. The former royal residence of the Bavarian monarchs has 130 glittering apartments and also presents four museums as well as elegant courtyards featuring bronze lions. For an extra fee, visit to the treasury to see the crown jewels.

With 61 theatres, four orchestras and a prestigious ballet, Munich is rightly called the Music Metropolis. The Nationaltheater is the larger of the city’s opera houses and is as impressive inside as it is on the outside. The auditorium is a real must-see: an imposing spectacle of marble and gold, it holds five tiers of seating and is the epicentre of the city’s summer opera festival.

Built for the Munich Olympics in 1972, the Olympic Park is one of the city’s architectural highlights and a great place to enjoy some of the finest cultural offerings. Over the summer the park is host to several music festivals including Tollwood, Theatreon and Impark Sommerfestival, all featuring a brilliant combination of music, shows, fireworks and rides. This is a must-see cultural hotspot and there is always a fantastic atmosphere.

Deutsches Museum
Deutsches Museum is Germany’s most visited museum, attracting more than a million visitors a year. A must-see for adults and children alike, it has an impressive collection of more than 100,000 objects from the fields of science and technology. Highlights include the first motorised aircraft and the U1 submarine.

For a sumptuous taste of Munich, head to the city’s ultimate beer hall. First established in 1589, this world-famous venue is a great place to experience the city’s history and culture. Locals and visitors gather around long tables listening to an impressive brass band in true Bavarian style. In the summer guests spill into the inner courtyard of Hofbräuhaus, which is shaded by old chestnut trees.



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