People walking through the English Garden in Munich
Chad Stembridge

Explore! – Munich

Alina Mayenfels

Would you like to explore Munich on foot? The twelve-kilometer east-west passage in the capital of Bavaria shows us the beauty of the city, and anyone who walks along here discovers Munich in a very special way. Whether in one go or in leisurely stages, sights such as the Nymphenburg Palace, green areas such as the English Garden and typical Munich spots such as the traditional Löwenbräu brewery await you on these routes. Let’s go on a city hike to Munich.

Stage 1: Natural idyll – from Prinzregentenplatz to the Chinese Tower 

The imposing theater building on Prinzregentenplatz is the starting point for city walks. From here, you stroll past the beautiful Villa Stuck, which houses the works and sculptures of the artist of the same name. A short visit is worthwhile – just because of the opulent interior design. A little further, you finally reach the Friedensengel. The huge statue of the goddess, Nike, is enthroned impressively on a 23-meter-high column with wide stairs that zigzag up to its base. Finally, you can put your feet up in the English Garden over the Max-Joseph Bridge.

Along the Isar, you can watch the surfers in the Eisbach and enjoy life in the park before reaching the final stage: the Chinese Tower in the south of the English Garden. The beer garden here invites you to a well-deserved light beer in a relaxed atmosphere and maybe even a hearty Bavarian delicacy. Finally, the small climb to the round temple of Monopteros is worthwhile for a great view over one of the largest city parks in the world. 

Stage 2: Pure art – from the English Garden to Maxvorstadt 

You can either add the second stage straight away or take it as your own city walk through Munich. The tour continues from the Chinese Tower out of the English Garden in the direction of Amalienstraße. On the way, you can cool your feet off in the Schwabinger Bach on hot days. Arriving in the student quarter of Maxvorstadt, there are countless cafés for a hearty breakfast. For example, the Dinatale Café. Afterwards, you can stroll around the area. It is also worth taking a look at the imposing entrance hall of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, where the Scholl siblings studied, for example. At the crazy ice cream maker – right in front of the entrance – you can try unusual types of ice cream – if you dare, you can take a scoop of “Rollmops”, for example.

Since art and culture should not be missing in Munich, the Kunstareal is only a few steps away. 18 world-class museums and galleries are located here. For example, the Museum Brandhorst or the Pinakotheken. So, you are spoiled for choice. After visiting the museums, you can still enjoy the grandiose architecture and the hustle and bustle on the Königsplatz.

Stage 3: On to the castle – from the museum district to Nymphenburg Palace 

The last stage of our tour through Munich takes us directly to the traditional Löwenbräukeller brewery. Here, you can not only strengthen yourself for the last few kilometers in the beer garden, but also experience a real Bavarian feeling including a brass band. Afterwards, your feet can relax for a moment: For once, the tram continues! Arriving in the so-called “creative quarter”, you dive into a world of graffiti, wild gardens and industrial culture. Great events and concerts also take place here regularly.

We walk along the Nymphenburg Canal to the main destination of our journey: Nymphenburg Palace. After a tour of the venerable building, the city walk through Munich ends in the romantic palace park.

Julian Os

More information about city hiking in Munich can be found at Munich Tourism.