Bavaria’s capital is a cocktail of beloved sights, opulent Baroque churches and museums of the highest order. Munich’s Kunstareal is a cluster of art museums with so many masterpieces it’s difficult to know where to begin. A week would never be enough to see all of them, and these invaluable collections were assembled by the Wittelsbach monarchs who ruled Bavaria up to the 20th century.
Next to BMW’s soaring headquarters and factories at the Olympic Park is a round contemporary building with a metal shell, housing BMW’s museum. Here, car fans will find examples of nearly all the models the company has made, including sports cars, racing models, and motorcycles. You can see current models and learn about the technology of modern automobile construction, as well as get glimpses of future propulsion technologies and designs the company is exploring.
Olympiapark was built for the 1972 Summer Olympic held in Munich. The same place now conducts concerts, sporting events, and holds festivals on the grounds. The swimming hall and ice-skating rink are for the public visits. Only on a cloudless day, one can enjoy the views of the Bavarian Alps surrounding the stadium. There is a self-guided audio tour available to walkthrough the history of the stadium.
The Eisbach Wave is one of the more unexpected attractions located in the heart of Munich. It’s part of the Eisbach River, a man-made body of water that is just over a mile long. The Eisbach River flows through the Englischer Garten. At one point in the river, there is a standing wave that is just three feet high. It is here that city dwellers have the chance to go surfing or even kayaking right in the heart of Munich.
Devil’s foot step:
Along with the Rathaus, the twin towers of the Frauenkirche define Munich’s skyline. It is the city’s largest church with room for 20,000 pious visitors and it dates back to the 15th century. When you enter the church, you’ll immediately see the Teufelstritt, a mysterious footprint called the “Devil’s Footstep.” Legend says this black mark was where the devil stamped his foot. It also miraculously survived World War II, despite severe damage to the rest of the cathedral.