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Munich is the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg with a population of 1.5 million with the Munich Metropolitan Region home to more than 6 million inhabitants.
It is considered the capital city of the southern regions of Germany and is the capital of the Southern State of Bavaria in the German Federation.
It has a special flavor as it carries the mantle of being home to one of Germany’s iconic symbols the BMW car which is manufactured by Bavarian Motor Works, a car rental Munich could take you there.
Munich and the Metropolitan Region have much to offer any discerning visitor to assimilate but would take quite a lot of legwork to cover everything even in a lifetime, of what this great city is blessed with.
We have selected just 10 of the best that we consider would showcase what Munich has to offer through its flamboyant and rich history, which can all be easily visited with a car rental Munich.
#1. The German Museum
Home to more than 100,000 exhibits spanning over 50 different areas of science and technology the German Museum is the largest of its kind in the world.
Established in 1903 exhibits dating as far back as the stone age through to the modern era are carefully displayed to provide an insight of how science and technology has brought the world to where it is.
The subjects covered are extensive and impressive to say the least from printing, energy, agriculture, chemistry, bridge building, and a host of others in every sphere.
The heart of Munich and if it could talk would have to relate some of this city’s happy times, joyful days and some horrific ones as well but sits silently oblivious to what history has unfolded here.
Dating back to the medieval times the Marienplatz, was originally named Schrannen then renamed St. Mary’s Square as a tribute to ward off the effects of cholera sometime in its history.
The Mariensaule Column stands in the center of the square with a statue of St. Mary on top which was built in 1638, to celebrate the victory over a Swedish invasion.
#3. Neues Rathaus
An iconic and stately building which is the New Town Hall was constructed in the 19th century making way for the Old Town Hall which was found inadequate for the growing population.
The building took seven years to complete and was designed by a leading architect of the time Georg Hauberisser and was completed in 1784.
The façade is in a Flemish Gothic style which is unique to that era and stands sentinel at the Marienplatz, the center of the city of Munich.
The only public museum in the world exclusively dedicated to sculpture anmd is one of the oldest in Munich with the name being derived from an old Greek word “glypto” meaning chisel.
The King of Bavaria, Ludwig I, (1868 – 1848) started collecting the first of the sculptures, that he found interesting, from a Roman art agent, named Johann Martin von Wagner.
The sculptures date back from the Archaic Period which is believed to be around 6th century BC, Greek Classics during the 5thand 4th century BC.
The Hellenistic Period during the 3rd and 1st century BC and the Roman Imperial Period dating back to 1st and 5th century BC.
#5. Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof
The two Castles hold a special place in the hearts of all of Munich and even visitors who have visited it and who have been held in awe for the sheer beauty of these impressive edifices.
Created by the King of Bavaria Ludwig II in the 19th century and those who have visited this place would never be able to erase the memory of their flamboyance.
The locals called Ludwig II, as the madman who wanted to create castles that was one of his fantasies and one that let us see these fantastic citadels.
#6. Pinakothek dr Moderne
One of three modern art museums in Munich’s district of art built around the 18th and 19 centuries taking back art from the ancient civilizations to the era of modern art.
Designed by Stephan Braunfels which was opened to the public in 2002, it covers an astounding 22,000 square meters with the façade with impressive glass windows and concrete.
A wide selection of art from an impressive array of artists down the ages is enshrined here and the exhibits are just too good to behold.
#7. English Garden
An area sprawling a gigantic 900 acres which is bigger than New York’s Central Park was created by American born Englishman Sir Benjamin Thompson in 1789.
This was the first public park in Europe and over the years the park has grown better and more impressive and is a popular venue for all those who have made Munich their home.
#8. Alte Pinokothek
This is one of the oldest museums in the world with about 800 paintings in its permanent collection and housed for public viewing.
The collection dates back to the 14th and 15th century with the main sections covering German paintings.