Munich Germany: 4-day Itinerary

Munich is the capital of Bavaria and Germany‘s third-largest city on the banks of the Isar river and the Alps.

Munich GermanyMunich Germany – Photo Credit: ian kelsall

How to spend 4 days in Munich Germany

In this 4-day itinerary in Munich, discover the main attractions of the city.

Day 1 in Munich

Start the first day in Munich by visiting the Karlstor located on Karlsplatz which served as Munich’s defensive fortification in the Middle Ages.

Head to Marienplatz, the city’s main square, where the famous and beautiful buildings of the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus), and the Mariensäule are located.

Near the square, you will find other famous attractions such as the Frauenkirche, one of the symbols of Munich, and the Peterskirche.

Walking around Marienplatz is a must, as the streets are full of shops, restaurants, department stores. Head to Residenz and also visit the beautiful Hofgarten.

Max-Joseph-Platz is another famous spot where the Nationaltheater is located. Continuing through the square you will come out on the most luxurious street in Munich, Maximilianstrasse, in which several designer brands are found.

Englischer Garten is located 900 meters (0.6 miles) from Maximilianstrasse and Isartor, another city gate, is located 550 meters (0.3 miles) from Maximilianstrasse.

350 meters (0.2 miles) from the Isartor, is located the Hofbräuhaus brewery.

All these attractions can be easily visited on foot, as they are close to each other.

Things to see

  • Karlstor
  • Marienplatz
  • Neues Ratraus
  • Altes Rathaus
  • Frauenkirche
  • Peterskirche
  • Residenz
  • Hofgarten
  • Nationaltheater
  • Maximilianstrasse
  • Isator
  • Hofbräuhaus
  • Englischer Garten

Day 1 Itinerary Map

Day 2 – Day Trip to Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich

Take a day trip to visit the beautiful and famous Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle.

The castles are located 121 km (75.18 miles) from Munich and can be easily accessed by public transport or by car.

If you prefer, there are also several tours available.

Things to see

  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Hohenschwangau Castle

Day 2 Itinerary Map

Day 3 in Munich

Start the day by visiting Schloss Nymphenburg located 15 minutes from the center of Munich.

After visiting the castle head to the BMW Welt and then visit the Olympiapark.

Things to see

  • Schloss Nymphenburg
  • BMW Welt
  • Olympiapark

Day 3 Itinerary Map

Day 4 in Munich

On the fourth day in Munich visit the Deutsches Museum and enjoy the view of the Isar River.

The Königsplatz is located 2.6 km (1.6 miles) from the Deutsches Museum, on the square are the Glyptothek and Staatliche Antikensammlung museums specializing in Greek and Roman art and the three “Pinakotheken” galleries (Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne).

Things to see

  • Deutsches Museum
  • Pinakotheken
  • Glyptothek
  • Staatliche Antikensammlung

Day 4 Itinerary Map

Sights in Munich

1. Frauenkirche

FrauenkircheFrauenkirche – Munich, Germany

The Frauenkirche was completed in 1488. It is one of the symbols of Munich.

It has 109 meters long and 40 meters wide and two twin towers 10 meters high and its Renaissance domes.

Frauenplatz 12, 80331

2. Residenz

ResidenzResidenz – Munich, Germany

The Residenz served as the seat of government and residence of the Dukes of Bavaria, electors, and kings from 1508 to 1918.

It began in 1385 as a castle in the northeast corner of the city. It was transformed by the rulers over the centuries into a magnificent palace, buildings, and gardens.

Residenzstraße 1, 80333

3. Hofgarten

HofgartenHofgarten – Munich, Germany

The creation of the Hofgarten began in 1613 at the same time that extensions and buildings were erected by Duke Maximilian I.

The garden has been redone several times. Restoration work was made after World War II.

Hofgartenstraße 1, 80538

4. Marienplatz

Marienplatz

Marienplatz is the central square of Munich since 1807.

In addition to the Neues Rathaus, you will find the building of the old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) with its reconstructed tower. Another notable landmark is the Mariensäule.

Marienplatz is also a popular shopping destination and has several department stores and restaurants.

Marienplatz

5. Hofbräuhaus

Hofbräuhaus

Hofbräuhaus is Munich‘s most famous brewery. The location is ideal to try the Bratwurst, Pretzel, and a beer in one of those large glasses.

Platzl 9, 80331 

6. Englischer Garten

Englischer Garten

The Englisher Garten is not only the largest urban park in Germany, covering an area of 910 acres with more than 100 bridges, it is also one of the most beautiful.

Englischer Garten

7. Nymphenburg Castle

Nymphenburg

The Nymphenburg Castle is located in the western part of Munich.

The castle owes its foundation as a summer residence for the birth of the expected heir to the throne, Max Emanuel, born in 1662, son of the prince-elector Ferdinand Maria and Adelaide of Savoy.

Schloß Nymphenburg 1, 80638

8. Olympiapark

Olympiapark

The Olympiapark was built in 1972 for the Olympic Summer Games and represents one of the most impressive testimonies of modern Munich.

Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21, 80809

9. BMW Museum

BMW Museum

The BMW Musem is located in the immediate vicinity of the Olympiapark.

The vehicles and motors on display illustrate the history of cars, motorcycles produced in the Bavarian factories.

Am Olympiapark 2, 80809

10. Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum

The Deutsches Museum is located on the banks of the Isar river. It was founded in 1903 and is among the oldest museums in the world of science and technology.

Museumsinsel 1, 80538

11. Allianz Arena

Allianz Arena

The Allianz Arena is located in the northern part of Munich. It was inaugurated in 2005.

It is one of the most modern stadiums in Europe.

Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25, 80939

12. Maximilianstrasse

Maximilianstrasse

The Maximilianstrasse is one of the main avenues in Munich.

The western part of the avenue is known for its galleries, designer shops, luxury boutiques.

Maximilianstrasse

13. Nationaltheather

Nationaltheather

The Nationaltheater is a historic opera house.

It houses the Bavarian State Opera, the Bavarian State Orchestra, and the Bavarian State Ballet.

Max-Joseph-Platz 2, 80539

14. Karlstor

Karlstor

The Karlstor served as the main defense fortification of Munich in the Middle Ages.

It is located in a portion of Munich‘s pedestrian area a few minutes from the Marienplatz.

It is one of the busiest areas in the city.

Neuhauser Str. 47, 80331

15. Isartor

Isartor

The Isartor is one of the 4 gates of the ancient fortification of medieval Munich. It was built in 1337.

The tower houses today a humorous museum dedicated to Karl Valentin.

Isartor

16. Siegestor

Siegestor

The Siegestor is a 3-arched door with a Bavarian statue with a lion chariot.

The Siegestor is 21 meters high.

Leopoldstr. 1, 80539

17. Odeonsplatz

Odeonsplatz

The Odeonsplatz is a large public square in the center of Munich.

The square has traditionally been an important venue for public events.

Odeonsplatz

18. Königsplatz

Königsplatz

The Königsplatz is a 19th century square with neoclassical style. The area around the square houses the Kunstareal.

It is composed of three “Pinakotheken” (Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne), the museums Glyptothek and the Staatliche Antikensammlung specialized in Greek and Roman art.

Königsplatz 1, 80333

19. Viktualienmarkt

Viktualienmarkt

The Viktualienmarkt is a daily market located in a square in the center of Munich.

The market has approximately 140 stalls offering flowers, fruits, juices, cheeses.

Viktualienmarkt 3, 80331

20. Isar River

Isar River

The Isar river is a tributary of the Danube River. It has an extension of 295 km.

The source of the river is in Karwendel and from there runs through Munich.

21. Sendlinger Tor

Sendlinger Tor

The Sendlinger Tor is located at the south end of the city in the old town of Munich.

It separates the old town from the Isar suburb.

Sendlinger Tor

22. Dachau

Dachau

Dachau is located 20 km from Munich. It is famous for its Concentration Camp built by the Nazis in 1933.

The Dachau Concentration Camp was the first camp built in Germany.

Today it houses a museum about the prisoners and their journey to death or liberation through their biographies.

Dachau, 85221

Where to stay in Munich

1. Hilton Munich

Hilton Munich©Hilton Munich Germany

The Hilton Munich is located in the Haidhausen district.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar.

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Rosenheimer Str. 15, 81667

2. Europa Munich

Europa Munich©Europa Hotel Munich

The Europa Munich is located 6 minutes by tram from the Karlsplatz.

The hotel has 162 rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV, work desk, minibar.

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Dachauer Str. 115, 80335

3. Aloft Munich

Aloft Munich©Aloft Munich

The Aloft Munich is located in the heart of the city.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a safe.

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Bayerstraße 37, 80335

4. Eurostars Munich

Eurostars Munich©Eurostars Munich

The Eurostars Munich is located near the Central Station.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, safe, minibar, coffee maker.

The hotel has a swimming pool and a sauna.

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Arnulfstraße 35, 80636 

Shopping in Munich

1. Oberpollinger Munich

The Oberpollinger is an elegant space that has several luxury brands of clothes, accessories.

The beauty department is the largest in the city.

Neuhauser Str. 18, 80331

2. Karstadt Munich

Karstadt is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.

The company features brands like Cacharel, Clarins, Coach, Desigual, Estée Lauder.

Bahnhofpl. 7, 80335

3. Fünf Hofe Munich

The Fünf Hofe has exclusive shops, bistros and cafés.

Theatinerstraße 15, 80333

4. Outlet Ingolstadt Village

The Outlet Ingolstadt Village is located 40 minutes from Munich. It was opened in 2005 and has more than 70 boutiques.

Brands: Armani, Escada, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gucci, Jimmy Choo.

Otto-Hahn-Straße 1, 85055 Ingolstadt, Germany

5. Galeria Kaufhof Munich

Galeria Kaufhof is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.

The company features brands like Esprit, S. Oliver, Tom Taylor, Gerry Weber, Tommy Hilfiger, Bugatti, Olymp.

Kaufingerstraße 1-5, 80331

Plan your Trip

Munich has easy train access from various cities in Germany. Famous cities nearby: Füssen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Augsburg, Regensburg.

Distances

Garmisch-Partenkirchen – 89.3 km (55.5 miles)

Augsburg – 79.2 km (49.2 miles)

Regensburg – 125 km (77.7 miles)

Berlin – 585 km (363 miles)

Dresden – 462 km (287 miles)

Würzburg – 278 km (172 miles)

Bamberg – 229 km (142 miles)

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