Things to do in Munich

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1. Marienplatz

Considered the heart of Munich, Marienplatz is a busy square full of pedestrians, street performers and tour groups. Peaceful protests often take place here, as do rowdy celebrations when one of the local soccer teams wins.
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Use this central square as a base for sightseeing, or as a vantage point to watch the crowds and take in Munich’s famous carillon.

2. Hofbrauhaus

The Hofbräuhaus was founded all the way back in 1589. When the royal court in Munich became dissatisfied with the local beer, Bavarian Duke Wilhelm V agreed to establish a brewery that would produce beer especially for the court.
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The world’s most famous beer hall is not just a destination for beer aficionados. Visitors can also sample traditional Bavarian music, dancing and cuisine.

3. Olympic Park

Olympic Park was built for the 20th Summer Olympic Games, which Munich hosted in 1972. The site chosen for the event lies around 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) northwest of Munich’s city center. A massive tensile roof canopy links many areas of the park, including the 69,000-seat Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Hall and the Olympic Swimming Pool. Today, the Park continues to host German and international sporting events. The outdoor Olympic Stadium and the indoor Olympic Hall are also venues for regular international concert acts.
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Formally the site of the world’s best-known sporting event, this park still offers plenty of attractions.

4. Viktualienmarkt

In 1807, King Maximilian I decreed that Munich’s food markets needed to be moved from the Marienplatz to a larger area, which is now known as the Viktualienmarkt. Viktualien is an old German word meaning “victuals” or “provisions.” Today, this market is still the place to stock up, although there is now a much wider range of provisions to choose from.
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Gather all the ingredients for a perfect picnic or simply wander around at this lively market that stocks foods both exotic and local.

5. BMW World

BMW World is administered by BMW, or Bayerische Motoren Werke (“Bavarian Motor Works”). This company has been involved in the manufacture of automobiles, motorcycles and engines since 1916. The BMW headquarters are housed in the landmark four-cylinder tower near Olympia Park in the north of Munich. The BMW Plant, the BMW Museum and BMW World are situated next to the headquarters, and BMW encourages visitors to tour these in order to experience the history, the reality and the future vision of the brand.
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Gain an insight into how Germany became one of the worldwide leaders in the motor industry by learning about a uniquely Bavarian brand at this high-tech exhibition.

6. Deutsches Museum

In 1925, after 20 years of planning, Oskar von Miller opened the Deutsches Museum of science and technology on an island on the Isar. Now, the Deutsches Museum has around 50 exhibition areas spread over eight floors and a collection of more than 100,000 objects – although not all of these are on display at all times. Exhibits relate to subjects including energy, transportation, music and robotics, and many of the displays are presented in an innovative, interactive way.
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The wide range of exhibits at the world’s largest science and technology museum offer brainy entertainment for all members of the family.  

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