Post Oktoberfest, I had a day free to spend in Munich with no plans. When I asked for recommendations on my Instagram story, responses were limited. So I’ve put this 24 hour Munich city guide together. Whether you’re visiting for a city break, heading to Oktoberfest or planning a Bavarian road trip, here are a few ideas for a day or two in Munich.

24 hour Munich city guide

Beer halls and gardens

One of the top attractions when visiting Munich, the famous beer halls and gardens. One of the most iconic, the 16th century Hofbräuhaus, is an impressive three floor beer hall and Bavarian restaurant situated in the Old Town. Open 9am until midnight daily, it’s loud, busy and yet typically Germany – very well organised. Here’s a look at the prices and other floors

The beer garden at Victuals Market is another popular spot, open from 9am-10pm serving beers (€8.20 for 1ltr) from different Munich breweries and traditional meals and snacks like roast pork and dumplings, bratwurst with sauerkraut, currywurst and chips or pretzels. They also have Glüwein in winter 😋

There are public toilets in the square which are well kept, bring some change for the attendant. More info on Viktualienmarket here.

Indoor and outdoor markets

Victuals market itself has loads of stalls selling everything from fresh and dried herbs and spices, crafts, souvenirs, meats and cheese plus lots of wine too. Nordsee, at the edge of the market serves fresh seafood like oysters and octopus with wine by the glass.

If it’s raining, pop into Eataly next door, an Italian food hall and market open from 9.30am-10pm. They also have a massive wine selection downstairs… check-in luggage advised.

If you’re eating in, expect pizza, pasta, salads and spritzes. Table service is a little confusing and not very well sign posted, make your way to the middle of the building and join the queue to get a seat.

Sightseeing in Munich

A unique thing to see in Munich are the surfers riding the wave at Eisbach in the English garden. Yes, surfing on a river in an urban park!.

Pop into Fräulein Grüneis for a hot drink to keep your warm which you watch it for a beer and snack afterwards. The park is massive, one of the largest urban parks in the world and it’s home to Munich’s second largest beer garden.

The central square, Marienplatz is a great meeting point for the shopping streets with stretch away in every direction. Pop into St. Peter’s church just off the square to have a look at the bejewelled skeleton of Saint Munditia, the patron saint of spinsters.

Of course there’s plenty more to see and do, but I hope this 24 hour Munich city guide has given you an idea of how best to spend a day in the capital of Bavaria.

Walking tours, day trips to Neuschwanstein Castle and Christmas markets, there’s loads to do…

For other city break inspiration, read my Porto and Lisbon city guides.


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