Munich for $100 a Day

Fill yourself with Bavarian cheer in this economical European city.

Munich, Germany, is a city steeped in tradition: grand architecture, beer purity, arts and culture and the sporting life. Its residents take great pride in its heritage, which you'll discover on a trip through our must-dos in this Bavarian city. It won't cost you much to visit Munich's most magnificent sights.

The Best Things To Do

Munich's central square, the Marienplatz is home to historic buildings, an old and new town hall, and in winter, the Christmas Market. A rotating glockenspiel—equipped with 16 figures and 43 bells—recounts Munich's history from the year 1158. Free

With its twin onion-dome towers, the Frauenkirche is Munich's most recognizable landmark. The seat of the Archbishop of Munich, the cathedral can accommodate 20,000 parishioners. Be careful of the "devil's footprint," which is just inside its doors. $7.17 for a guided tour

The largest opera house in Germany, the Bayerische Staatsoper hearkens back to 1818. The palatial building seats more than 2,000 people and is home to the Bavarian State Opera, Ballet and Orchestra. Tier 6 seating in the balcony, $20.66

The summer residence of Bavarian monarchs, Nymphenburg is among the largest royal palaces in Europe. Its baroque environs contain a landscaped garden, park, museum, hidden sculptures, streams and lakes. $13.75 to tour the palace, park and museum

Munich's Olympiapark

Olympiapark pays homage to the site of the 1972 Olympic Games. The 210-acre facility plays host to a number of leisure activities with public tennis courts, a swimming pool, ice rink and soccer park. Afterwards, climb up to the Olympic Tower for a panoramic view of the city. $12.57 for a guided tour of the park and entrance into the tower

A futuristic glass and steel building marks the BMW Welt & Museum. This ode to German engineering shows off the brand's motorcycles and high-performance cars and how they are developed. Welt: free; museum: $11.97 adults

Hofbrauhaus Munich, Germany

Where to Eat and Drink

Never was a beer hall so closely identified with a city as Hofbräuhaus is with Munich. Its menu of Bavarian specialties are just as delicious as the world-famous beer—the restaurant has its own butchery, bakery and confectionary. One liter of Hofbrau original beer, $10.30; goulash or sauerbraten of Alpine ox, $17.84 

Fine-dining gem Chinesischen Turm sits in the English Gardens' beer garden. Since 1974, it's been serving up traditional yet light preparations of Bavarian and international cuisines. Weiner schnitzel with cranberries and fried potatoes, $23.71

Where to Stay

Wombat's City Hostel puts you in the midst of all the action—it's just down the street from the main train station and a five-minute walk to the central square. It's twice been voted Hostelworld's "Cleanest Hostel Worldwide," and the glassed-in courtyard is full of real trees and natural light. Bed in a four-bed mixed dorm, $31.29

Gallery: Some of Munich's Best Attractions

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