Untraditional Sightseeing in Munich
Munich has always been a popular tourist destination for travelers heading to Germany or central Europe. Beer-lovers make the trip out for Munich’s world-famous Oktoberfest celebrations every year, as well as the many beer halls, and others are drawn to the city for its beautiful historic buildings, castles, and museums. Yet for a unique trip to Bavaria’s capital, we have compiled a list of some of the most unexpected and intriguing sightseeing options for those who like their experiences to be a little more out of the box.
1. Eisbach Surfers: Something you won’t certainly see every day is river surfing. And yet adventure-seekers have taken to riding the rolling waves of the Eisbach River which cuts through Englischer Garten at Prinzregenstrasse. Travelers can watch from a nearby bridge while experienced surfers take on the heavy currents. While in Englischer Garten, visitors can also stop for a drink at Munich’s second largest beer garden, located near the Chinese Tower, or take a stroll and visit the Greek Temple on the garden grounds.
2. The Muller’sches Volksbad: The public bathhouse was donated to the city by engineer Karl Muller in 1901, on the condition that the house would be open to all. The building itself is a sight to see, built in the art nouveau style and is considered one of the most beautiful swimming areas in Europe. It sits along the Isar River and features a 31-meter pool as well as a Roman steam bath and Finnish sauna.
3. Filmtheater Sendlinger Tor: For those looking to see a film while traveling, Fimtheater Senflinger Tor in Munich is the perfect venue. This century-old theater opened in 1913 with a screening of the silent film, Antony and Cleopatra. For the past 70 years it has been owned by the same family and for 25 of those years, artist Rene Birkner hand-paints gorgeous film posters on the front of the theater. It usually takes her less than one night to complete the posters and she is one of the last poster painters for film in all of Germany. Even without attending, getting a chance to see the original artwork adorning the building is worth the trip to this old theater.
4. Roof Climbing at Olympic Stadium: Looking for a fantastic view of the city? How about from the roof of Munich’s Olympic Stadium? Located right in the heart of Olympia Park, the stadium offers tourists the chance to climb the roof or zip-line (or as they call it “the flying fox”). With a small group travelers will get fantastic views of Munich’s skyline as well as the Bavarian Alps while a tour guide discusses the stadium’s architecture and history.
5. BMW Museum: For true car-lovers! Traverse the history of the automobile and motor bicycle, within a very unique building inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s design philosophies.