With only one day in Munich, you have to choose your route carefully. So here’s our easy to follow guide of the best things to do in Munich in a day.
Getting around Munich couldn’t be easier. There are generally 3 options:
Before we start, if you’re looking for transfers from the airport to your hotel, you can secure a cheap and easy Munich Airport – City Bus Transfer.
There are metro lines running throughout Munich, and these are the easiest ways to get around the city.
We grabbed a Metro Day Pass which allows unlimited travel for 24 hours on the metro, and jumped on the underground in-between tourist spots.
The Metro Day Passes are available to purchase at any station, or online via Ticket Shop, and cost €7.80 per adult.
Some of the gaps between destinations are walkable, depending on how much ground you wish to cover and how much time you have.
Hop On Hop Off Bus
Standard buses are available around Munich.
However, there is also of course the famous Munich Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Bus.
This bus lets you jump on and off throughout the city, and explore monuments such as Nymphenburg Palace, Olympic Park, the English Garden, the historic Old Town, Odeonsplatz, Marienplatz, and much more.
This option is always popular among tourists, and a is great way to see many famous landmarks around Munich at ease.
Some of the best days out we’ve had in Munich have been on private tours.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
From food tours, to castle trips and beer tasting, there’s plenty to keep you busy in the bustling city!
Best Time To Visit Munich
Munich is definitely a year round destination with plenty to see and do through out the year.
However, if you are looking for warm weather to explore the city, between May and September is the best time to visit.
The hottest weather is usually during the months of June, July and August when temperatures can reach 30°C. Although it can be unpredictable, so be prepared for a few showers even at this time of year.
At the end of September and into the beginning of October is usually when the traditional Oktoberfest is held in Munich.
This carnival like festival attracts millions of visitors each year, so you may want to avoid the crowds or definitely visit during that time!
Remember, this is just a guide, so you may want to mix it up and add/subtract different attractions.
What To Pack
If you only have a day in Munich then why not make the most of it.
Marienplatz is at the top of most peoples things to do in Munich in a day itinerary. With the most popular sights in Marienplatz being the Old Town Hall, the New Town Hall, and the famous Glockenspiel.
We got up at sunrise to see Marienplatz, the city’s central square, as it was far less crowded than when we returned a few hours later.
There are plenty of tours available around the city centre, such as the Discover Munich 2-Hour Small Group Walking Tour, or you may just want to explore alone.
Either way, Marienplatz is the most popular area of the city and has been the city’s main square since 1158.
With shops and local cafes to browse if you’re looking for souvenirs, or typical Bavarian food, then here is a good place to start!
Similar to Berlin, the architecture in Munich is beautiful. Which is why Marienplatz is an easy place to begin your one day in Munich!
So when we put out a question on my Instagram, asking what are the must see things to do in Munich in a day, there was one overwhelming response!
The Englischer Garten, or English Garden, is a large public park in the centre of Munich. It stretches from the city centre to the northeastern city limits. Although the nature wasn’t what our followers were advising us to check out.
There is a river that flows through the garden called Eisbach river and thanks to a permanent wave that has been formed you can catch SURFERS in the middle of Germany all around the year.
If you’re looking for a great group activity, you could book onto the Classic 4-Hour Bike Tour of Munich.
Here you’ll discover Munich’s old town, ride through the beautiful English Garden, and see the Isar River surfers, all on two wheels with an expert guide.
We couldn’t believe our eyes when we turned up to see dozens of surfers, male and female, old and young lining up to jump in from the sides and ride the waves.
Definitely a MUST on your one day in Munich itinerary.
After spending the afternoon at the English Garden, and stopping for snacks, we had to see what all the fuss was about in terms of beer halls.
There are many beer halls scattered around the city, however the Hofbrauhaus is the most popular and most famous one in town.
The Hofbrauhaus is a 3-floor beer hall dating back to the 16th century, with a Bavarian restaurant, shows & upbeat vibe.
We walked into traditional Bavaria as soon as we entered the beer hall, and if you’re looking for something to do with your evening this has to be on the things to do in Munich in one day list.
There are also some great beer tours such as:
Where you visit the heart of Munich’s beer and food culture, spend 3 hours sampling the best of traditional Bavarian food and beer, and take an exclusive tour of the Oktoberfest Museum.
Where you focus more on the beer itself. Visiting Germany’s oldest commercial brewery, discovering the city’s legendary beer-making history, and visit the world-famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall.
Whatever you choose to do with your evening, we recommend ordering a giant pretzel, a beer and some traditional Bavarian food.
This way you’ll get to truly soak in the atmosphere of Bavarian culture and finish your one day in Munich off perfectly!
Featuring an attractive lobby and a spa area with one of the city’s longest hotel pools, this hotel is located just 50 yards from Munich Main Station in the heart of the city.
It offers designer interiors, free WiFi for up to 3 devices and free admission to selected cultural sights.
Le Méridien Munich offers air-conditioned rooms with rich carpets and a 42-inch flat-screen TV. The marble bathrooms include a modern shower.
Many of the quiet rooms face the leafy courtyard. Guests can enjoy luxurious complimentary toiletries.
Arthotel Munich is a 3-star superior hotel, 5 walking minutes from Munich Central Station and the Oktoberfest site.
This non-smoking hotel offers soundproofed rooms, free WiFi and a daily breakfast buffet.
The interiors feature pop art. The spacious rooms at the Arthotel Munich include minibars and TVs with cable channels.
Each room has a private bathroom with hairdryer. Some rooms in the annex offer elevator access and air conditioning in summer.
Boastingtransport connections, this next to ‘s is just a 10-minute walk from the pedestrian area and the old quarter with its Marienplatz square.
An ideal base for travellers on a budget, the Wombat’s Hostel Munich provides well-kept, functional rooms with en-suite facilities.
Many rooms also feature a balcony. Free internet access is available in all communal areas.
For more places to stay in Munich, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.