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Weekend Breaks to Munich

Planning a short break to Munich? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Munich. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Munich. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Oktoberfest

Ludwigsvorstadt and Schwanthaler Hoehe, take the U-Bahn to Goetheplatz. The Oktoberfest celebrations are opened at noon by the Mayor of Munich with the customary tapping of the barrel at the foot of the statue of Bavaria on Theresienwiese. This festival is one of the most popular festivials in the world, with millions of tourists visiting the Oktoberfest every year.

For 16 days Munich is transformed into one big party, with many activities on offer, including music; food; beer; amusment park rides; and much more. This is the time to visit Munich if you want to party.

The festivties run from 10h00 - 23h00 daily. There is no admission charge.

For more information visit: www.oktoberfest.de

Botanical Garden

Menzinger Strasse 61-65. The Botanical Garden was designed in 1909 - 1914 and is situated on the grounds of Nymphenburg Castle. The garden has over 15,000 different kinds of plants and covers a very large area. It is a perfect place to take a relaxing stroll through nature, or go an relax at the lake with the ducks and frogs. The garden has many different area, including the schmuckhof; spring garden; arboretum; rock garden; rose garden; and many greenhouses. The garden is open daily from 09h00 - 17h00. Admission is $2.60 for adults and $1.20 for children.

For more information visit: atgard.botanik.biologie.uni-muenchen.de

Alte Pinakothek

Barerstrasse 27, take the U-Bahn to Koenigsplatz. This is one of the most important art museums in Germany and has the best collections in Europe. The museum is housed in a neoclassical building , and contains a collection of 900 paintings from the 14th to the 18th century. Highlights of the collection include Albrecht Altdorfer; Rembrandt; Rubens; and works by other Dutch and Flemish masters. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 - 17h00. Admission is $6 for adults $4.20 for students and children under 14 are free.

Olympiapark

Spiridon-Lois-Ring 21, Olympiastadt. The Olympic complex was originally built for the 1972 Olympic Games, and is now used for a wide range of leisure activities from sports events to concerts. The Olympic Tower, which is 287m high, offers amazing views over the city and is open from 09h00 - 24h00. The canopy roof , which covers the Olympic Stadium; the Olympic Swimming Pool; and the Olympiahalle, is one of the most interesting sights to see. The Olympic Stadium is home to one of Europe's top football teams, FC Bayern Munich.

Hellabrunn Zoo

Tierparkstrasse 30, take the U-Bahn to Thalkirchen. The zoo is located in the Tierpark Hellabrunn, and is one of the largest zoos in the world and has hundreds of animals living in natural habitats. There is also a large children's zoo, where children can get up close and personal with some of the animals. The zoo is open everyday from 08h00 - 18h00 in summer and in winter from 09h00 - 17h00. Admission is $7.25 for adults; $5.45 for seniors and students; $3.65 for children aged 4 - 14; and children under 3 are free.

Englischer Garten

Lehel und Schwabing, take the U-Bahn to Giselastrasse. This is one of the oldest English style gardens in Europe, it is also one of the largest municipal gardens. The garden is a popular place with people wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax amongst nature. The garden has many facilities on offer, including a Chinese pagoda with beer garden; the Monopteros Greek temple; a river; and a boating lake. A traditional tea ceremony is held in the Japanese tea house. The park is always open.

Marriott Hotel Munich

Berliner Strasse 93. This is one of the best hotels in Munich and is located next to the English Garden, and is the place to go to stay over in comfort and style. The hotel has a wide range of facilities, including cafes; restaurants; indoor swimming pool; solarium and sauna; beauty parlour; laundry; and baby sitting services. The rooms are all of outstanding quality, and offer air conditioning; satellite TV; in house movies; radio; telephone; mini bar; and a full bathroom.

For further information visit the Marriott website: marriott.com/

Toy Museum

Marienplatz 15, in the Altes Rathaus. Take the U-Bahn or the S-Bahn to Marienplatz. This museum is a great place to take the children to learn about the history of toys. The museum has a large collection of historical toys and other things related to toys and toy making. There are many interactive and informative displays throughout the museum. The museum is open everyday from 10h00 - 17h00. Admission is $4 for adults; $1.20 for children; and $8 for a family.

Michaelskirchev

Neuhauserstrasse 52, take the U-Bahn or S-Bahn to Karlsplatz; Stachus; or Marienplatz. The church was built in 1583 and is the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. It also has the world's second largest barrel-vaulted roof. Many famous people have been laid to rest in the crypt of the church, including Duke Wilhelm; more than 40 Wittelsbachs; and "Mad" King Ludwig II. The church is open everyday from 09h00 - 19h00; the crypt is open Monday to Friday from 10h00 - 13h00 and 15h00 - 16h45, and Saturdays from 10h00 - 15h00. Admission is free.

Gasthaus Glockenbach

Kapuzinerstrasse 29, take the U-Bahn to Goetheplatz. This is the best restaurant in Munich and the place to go for the finest dining experience. The restaurant is housed in a 200 year old building near the Glockenbach, and has a beautiful country-baroque interior.

The cuisine on offer changes with the seasons, in autumn they serve venison and pheasant and in spring lamb and veal. They also have a great selection of wines from Italy; France; and Austria.

The restaurant is open Tueasday to Saturday from 12h00 - 14h00 and 19h00 - 22h00. It is recommended that you make reservations as the restaurant is very popular.

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