Facing Residenz Palace, the Hofgarten (Court Garden) was commissioned by Duke Maximilian I and built between 1613-17. Stroll through this beautiful garden and notice that all of the paths converge on the dodecahedral pavilion in the center, which is crowned by a statue of Diana, one of Bavaria's most recognizable symbols. The Hofgarten is enclosed on two sides by a series of arcades which were originally decorated with murals. The only surviving painting is Peter von Cornelius' fascinating depiction of the story of the Bavarian royal family.
Built for the 1972 Olympic Games, the Olympic complex is now used for a variety of leisure activities ranging from sports events to concerts. The 287-meter (942-foot) high Olympic Tower boasts a stunning view of the city. On a good day, visitors can go up and see as far as the Alps. There is also a rotating restaurant at the top. The famous canopy roof which spans the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Swimming Pool and the Olympiahalle were a topic of debate in their day. The complex is, however, timelessly beautiful and has become an integral part of the modern cityscape. The Olympiaberg (Olympic Hill) is a grassy mound made from Second World War rubble and also provides great views. The ice rink and swimming pool are also popular with sports fans, as is the Olympic Stadium, home to FC Bayern Munich- one of Europe's top football clubs.
In 1385, the ruling Wittelsbach family decided to build a new palace since the Alter Hof had become too small for their needs. Today, the former Royal Palace of Wittelsbach is one of the most extensive and recognizable landmarks of Munich. The main building was the first part of the royal residence to be erected. The palace grounds are a treasure chest of historic landmarks including numerous grottoes, courtyards, fountains, a medicine room, chapel and the delightful Wittelsbach fountain built by Duke Otto between 1611 and 1623. The Residenz houses the Crown Jewels, the late-baroque Residenz Theatre and the classicist Herkulessaal, a concert hall with amazing acoustics. A magnificent reminder of Germany's past, the Residenz is a spectacular peek into the royal family's lifestyle and cultural influence on the city.
Whilst in Munich, Augustiner-Bräu Wagner is definitely a must-visit attraction! Founded in 1328, this ancient brewery is the oldest one in Munich. An independent place, it is known to produce some of the most renowned beer brands. This brewery is shared by the trust of Edith Haberland Wagner and the Inselkammer-Family. Augustiner-Bräustuben, the in-house Beer Garten and Restaurant, is the perfect place to sample some of the fine brews, delicious Bavarian specialties and more. The famous beer festival 'Oktoberfest' is celebrated at the biggest beer gardens here too.
Erected between 1891-97 by Friedrich von Thiersch, this monumental and well-proportioned building combines Renaissance and Baroque elements, and is one of the most successful examples of late 19th century German historicism. Its eastern wing, which you can see from Karlsplatz (Stachus), is particularly attractive with its sculptured central section and exaggerated Attica, behind which rises an impressive glass and iron dome. The Justizpalast (Palace of Justice) was destroyed in the War and while the interior has not been restored entirely to its original glory, it is nevertheless impressive. On the northern side, you will see the neo-Gothic Neue Justizpalast (New Palace of Justice), which was also built by Thiersch in 1906-08.
Therme Erding is a spa resort and tourist attraction that offers visitors a variety of different experiences, for children and adults alike. The various attractions within the complex include the Galaxy Erding, Vitality Oasis, Tropical Spa, Royal Day Spa, and Sauna. Galaxy Erding is perfect for the whole family to spend a day on the slides, the family sauna, outdoor garden, and lots of sports and activities. The Vitality Oasis and Sauna Paradise are for adults, sixteen years and over. For a more exclusive and private experience, one can book a suite at the Royal Day Spa and soak up the luxurious surroundings. Therme Erding has something for everyone, for a fun and relaxing day out.
This beautifully preserved Medieval church is tucked away in the small hamlet of Pipping. St. Wolfgang in Pipping is the village church built in the late Gothic style. It has undergone quite a few renovations over the many years of its existence and is adorned by religious artworks, a lovely three-piece high altar and a Gothic stone pulpit.
This immaculate Gothic church features a tower topped with an onion dome. Its ornate interior is a mosaic of noteworthy frescoes and religious elements.
This modest local church features a facade accentuated by the presence of a striking tower.
This ornate hunting lodge in the grounds of Schloss Nymphenburg is regarded by many as one of Germany's finest examples of rococo architecture. Designed by court architect Cuvilliés in 1734-39, Amalienburg was a present from Prince Karl Albert to his wife Amalia. The exterior is decorated with stuccos of Diana, Godess of Bavaria, and a number of satirical busts. The decoration inside is, to say the least, extravagant. The round mirror room, with its silver murals of the hunt, is definitely worth a visit. The other rooms are also remarkable, especially the kitchen which, for those days, was amazingly well equipped.