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Munich Travel Guide - Sights to See
Transportation: The subway (U Bahn and S Bahn) is very extensive and the S Bahn is Free with Eurail Pass. The system runs on the "honor system". A one day pass is available. Streetcars and buses are also available and most go near the Train Station.

Airport: Take S-8 to Hauptbahnhof (Train Station)... about 40 minutes. Free with Eurail Pass.

Marienplatz to Karlsplatz: This part of the city has been closed to traffic and converted to a pedestrian mall. Great walking and people watching.

New City HalL and Glockenspiel: This famous clock on the city hall performs daily at 11AM and 5PM. Sit down at a restaurant, have a glass of beer and watch the show. During the music, life-size figures of kings and queens parade around the face of the clock, and two knights on horseback have a duel... all ending with the flapping of wings and crowing of a rooster on top of the structure. Probably the #1 attraction in Munich.

Alte Pinakothek: Daily except Monday 9 - 4:30. Tue/Thur Eve 7-9. Free Sunday. Take tram #18 or bus #53 to the museum, located at 27 Barerstrasse. It's a great museum with over 900 paintings (140 termed masterpieces). Included are the largest collection of Rubens in the world, Durer, Cranach, Giotto, Holbein, da Vinci, Hals, Rembrandt, Titian, E1Greco, and Velasquez. An outstanding collection. Don't miss it.

Neue Pinakothek: Across the lawn from the Alte Pinakothek. Daily except Monday, 9-4. Tue/Thur Eve 7-9. Paintings by the French Impressionists.

Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst: Located at 1 Prinzgenstrasse. Daily except Monday 9-4:30. Free on Sunday. Take tram #20 or bus #53. Includes work by Dali, Warhol, Rauschenberg, Klee, and de Chirico.

Stadtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus: Located at 33 Luisenstrasse, not far from the Alte Pinakothek. Daily except Monday 10-6. Tue 10-8. Free on Sunday. Devoted to the artists of Munich, and particularly the Blaue Riter Group... Kandinsky, Klee, etc.

St. Peter's Church: Off Marienplatz. The oldest parish church in Munich... begun in 1050 and finished in 1294. Main attractions are the grisly relics... including a gilded, be-jeweled skeleton of St. Munditia with fake eyes and teeth made of gems.

Deutsches Museum: Located on an island in the Isar River, this is the largest scientific/technical museum in the world. Main attractions are the aviation room with aircraft dating back to WW1, plus many push-button type displays to see how things work. Daily 9 - 5. A very popular museum... and fun too.

Frauenkirche: The distinctive two-domed Cathedral of Munich. Marvelous view of the city and the Alps from south tower. Take the elevator or climb 80 steps.

Antikensammlunger and Glyptothek: Across the street from the Lenbachhaus Museum. Daily except Monday 10-4. Free on Sunday. Antikensammlunger focuses on small Greek and Etruscan statues, pottery, and jewelry. The Glyptothek has an impressive collection of Greek and Roman statues.

Hofbrauhaus: Germany's largest beer hall, at 9 Platz. A fun choice, inexpensive, but very filled with tourists. You'll be amazed at how many steins a waitress can carry.

Residenzmuseum and Schatzkammer: 3 Max Joseph Place. Daily except Mon 10-4:30. Take trolley #1,4,21, and get off at Opera. The Residenzmuseum was the official Palace of Bavarian Kings, and contains Court rooms from various periods. All of them have been beautifully restored after complete destruction during WW2. The Schatzkammer has a splendid collection of jewelry, all reflecting the vast wealth of Bavarian Royalty. The various museums are part of the same building.

Nymphenburg Palace: Daily 9-5, Closed Mon. Subway to Rotkreuzplatz, and change to streetcar #12... get off at Schloss Nymphenburg, turn left and walk along the canal to the palace... a rather long walk. This palace is a magnificent Baroque-Rococo summer residence, begun in 1664 and completed in 1823. This French-style villa was the main home of royalty and is noted for the South Pavilion which were Queen Caroline's Apartments. Marstallmuseum on the grounds is a fine Coach Museum, housing the Royal Bavarian Carriages.
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