Munich and Vienna are two beautiful cities in Europe that offer many attractions and interesting sights.

Munich is among the largest cities in Germany, while Vienna is the capital and largest city in Austria.

Munich or Vienna?

1. Munich x Vienna Overview

Munich or Vienna?Munich – ©Matthias Schröder

Munich or Vienna?Vienna – ©Jacek Dylag

Munich is a charming city. It offers numerous attractions that can be explored on foot from the central point of the city, the famous Marienplatz.

In Munich there are several Biergarten, “Beer Garden” and is home to the famous Hofbräuhaus brewery.

From Munich, you can combine a day trip and discover one of the symbols of Germany, the beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle and also the Dachau Concentration Camp.

Vienna is a beautiful city located on the banks of the Danube and is known for its beautiful imperial palaces.

2. Hotels

Mandarin Oriental Munich©Mandarin Oriental Munich

Grand Ferdinand Vienna©Grand Ferdinand Vienna

In Munich the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 88 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 308.

And in Vienna the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 100 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 233.

3. Shopping

Shopping area in MunichMunich – ©Andrey Omelyanchuk

Vienna Shopping AreaVienna – ©Leyy M 

Surrounding the Marienplatz you will find many stores and department stores like Galeria Kaufhof. In Munich, the most elegant street is the Maximilianstrasse.

The famous Steffl department store is located in Vienna, on Mariahilferstrasse street there are several stores including major brands, and luxury brands are found in the Goldenes Quartier area, between Tuchlauben, Bognergasse and Am Hof streets.

4. Museums

Museum in MunichMunich – ©Kawshar Ahmed

Museum in ViennaVienna – ©boesijana

In Munich, you will find the Deutsches Museum, located on the banks of the Isar River, it is among the oldest museums in the world of science and technology.

Other famous museums in Munich, include the BMW Museum and the 3 “Pinakotheken” located at Königsplatz.

Vienna also has excellent museum options, highlights include the museum located in the Belvedere, which houses one of the most valuable art collections, the National History Museum and also the Sisi Museum in the Hofburg.

5. Parks

Park in MunichMunich – ©Luis Fernando Felipe

Park in ViennaVienna – ©Vienna Reyes

The Englischer Garten in Munich is the largest urban park in Germany, covering an area of 910 acres with more than 100 bridges. Another beautiful green space in Munich is the Hofgarten.

Vienna has several parks, such as the famous Wiener Stadtpark, the Volksgarten, the Burggarten, the Danube Park and others.

6. Palaces

Nymphenburg in MunichNymphenburg – ©Stefan Cosma

Belvedere ViennaBelvedere Vienna – ©Krzysztof Kowalik

In Munich, you can visit the beautiful Residenz that served as the seat government and residence of the Dukes of Bavaria, electors, and kings from 1508 to 1918, and in the western part of the city is located the Nymphenburg, which was a summer residence built for the birth of the expected heir to the throne, Max Emanuel, born in 1662.

Vienna has beautiful imperial palaces, the most famous of which are Schönbrunn, Hofburg and Belvedere.

7. Day Trips

NeuschwansteinNeuschwanstein – ©Luis Fernando Felipe

Salzburg AustriaSalzburg – ©Dimitry Anikin

From Munich, you can visit the beautiful city of Füssen and the Neuschwanstein Castle, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Regensburg, Augsburg or even Salzburg and Innsbruck in Austria.

From Vienna it is possible to visit some incredible destinations on a day trip including Salzburg, Bratislava and even Budapest.

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