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Our Concierge’s Favourite Things to do in Munich

Our concierge at The Charles Hotel shares their essential guide to Munich. From beautiful gardens and palaces to quirky museums and shopping haunts, discover the best of the city with this insider guide to its must-see locations.


This vibrant public gallery showcases the best in international contemporary art, staying true to its history of featuring avant-garde works since the mid-20th century. Visit its collection of multimedia exhibits, take a guided tour, and check out a couple of the accompanying talks and performances.


This huge palace-turned-museum preserves the residence of the Bavarian monarchs who ruled here from the 17th century until 1918. Be sure to visit the spectacular Antiquarium, the oldest room in the palace and the most opulent Renaissance hall north of the Alps.


Once the court garden of the adjacent Munich Residenz, Hofgarten is a popular spot with locals and visitors alike. Stroll down colourful flower-bordered avenues to the pretty 17th century pavilion, then visit the surrounding arcades – each decorated with recently-restored frescos depicting the history of Bavaria.


Munich’s stunning state theatre opened its doors in 1864 and, to this day, remains one of the most lively in the country. With an extensive programme of classical and popular opera, musicals, concerts and ballet running from September to July, it is a must-visit on a trip to the city.


Spread over 25,000 sqm of floor space, this is the biggest museum of science and technology in the world. Discover a fascinating collection of technological exhibits on astronomy, cars, musical instruments and more, as well as for interactive workshops and tours.


This stunning Baroque palace was once the summer residence of the Bavarian royals, and some sections date as far back as the mid-1600s. Stroll through the classical landscaped gardens before touring the sumptuous rooms and halls. In the summer months, visitors can take a tranquil gondola ride on the park canal.


A sprawling green space in the heart of Munich, the Englischer Garten is one of Europe’s largest urban parks. It is the perfect destination for cycling and jogging, summer picnicking, or simply escaping the hum of city life. The park is also home to a few restaurants and Munich’s second biggest beer garden.


This historic food market in the city centre has evolved from a 19th century farmers’ market to a popular destination for gourmands. From Monday to Saturday every week, visitors can browse 140 colourful stalls filled with fresh produce, wine, flowers and delicatessen delights.