The Viktualienmarkt is a food market right in the centre of the old part of the city of Munich. While a visit there at any time would be interesting, there are 140 stalls - some free-standing in the open air, others in permanent covered locations - clearly seeing the market and choosing from the extraordinary range of food available would be most rewarding in fine weather.
The market operates throughout the year (Monday to Saturday) and is a good place to eat and drink. Until my recent visit to the city I thought France offered the finest food markets, but the Viktualienmarkt is wonderful and should be included in any visit to Munich.
Viktualienmarkt 3, 80331 München, Germany
Go to Marienplatz U-bahn, or Bus 52, and the market is a short walk to the south, between Peterskirche and Frauenstrasse. The official Munich Tourist Office online has further information.
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Munich's food market, a great place to find traditional German produce.
Within a short drive, also visit Schloss Nymphenburg - beautiful.
And if you have a bit more time, Neuschwanstein (the castle Disney used as their model) is a couple of hours away, and truly spectacular.
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The Fünf Höfe ("Five Courts") are high class shopping passages in the heart of Munich. The area, designed by the swiss architects Herzog&deMeuron, lies directly between the Marienplatz and the Odeonsplatz in the Theatinerstraße. You can find there designer shops (especially Italy is very present...), book stores, galleries, lifestyle shops and very hip restaurants like the Vapiano (italian cuisine) or the Kaimug (thai).
Aside from shopping and eating you can enjoy art in the HypoKunsthalle which presents every year up to four temporary exhibitions.
Basically I think many museums in Munich are worth seeing but I like Residenzmuseum (the Antiquarium is definitely worth visiting).
At the Residenz, there are so many wonderful buildings such as Schatzkammer, the courtyards, theater and halls. Hofgarten is next door.
If you have one day to spare, you could happily go around all the areas within Residenz and pop into the National theatre (almost next door) in the evening to see an opera.
There are some boutiques and cafes nearby, so if you get bit peckish, you could always pop into a cafe for a cup of Milchkaffee. Or if you get bored, you could go to Maximilianstrasse to do some shopping.
A 150-year-old market hall, which was demolished in 1914 but rebuilt and reopened in September 2005. Not only food, but also handmade clothing, soaps and other handcrafts. There are a lot of restaurants (Bavarian, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese), bars and cafes. A nice and felicitous mixture of modern glass and classic cast-iron architecture.
The new Jewish Centre (museum, synagogue and community centre) is just steps away.
The Schranne is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Everyday there are concerts (classical, jazz, rock, world) and other cultural events (like exhibitions, readings and performances).
I suggest you first take a walk around the most popular and picturesque market, the Viktualienmarkt, then explore the Schranne, and, as a cosy end, get a nice glass of beer in the "Pschorr". This is a bavarian beer cellar and restaurant you'll find on the northern end of the Schranne.
www.schrannenhalle.de; Der Pschorr, Viktualienmarkt 15, 80331 München
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