Neues Rathaus: The Gothic revival Neues Rathaus - the New Town Hall, with its blackened façade decorated with sculptural elements, stands in the heart of the city's historic centre, at the famous Marienplatz. The most famous element of the building is the Glockenspiel musical clock, with its bells and figurines of brewers that come alive three times a day.
Marienplatz 8, 80331 Munich
Residenz: Built in 1385, this opulent royal palace was once the residence of Bavarian monarchs and the home of the Wittelsbach dynasty until 1918. The complex with seven courtyards now houses impressive museums such as the Residenz Museum and the Schatzkammer (Treasury).
Residenzstraße 1, 80333 Munich, www.residenz-muenchen.de
Pinakotheken Museums: In the world-class Museum Quarter, you will find three of the most important galleries in the world, just a few steps from one another. The Alte Pinakothek (1836) houses more than 700 priceless masterpieces of art by classical European painters from the 14th to the 18th century, such as Peter Paul Rubens, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, including Botticelli's "Pietà". The collection of the Neue Pinakothek (1853) includes 4,500 paintings and 300 sculptures from the 18th and 19th centuries, from the Rococo and classic periods to the art nouveau period. Here, you have an opportunity to view works by Caspar David Friedrich, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Walter Crane and others. The Pinakothek der Moderne (2002) is the home of contemporary work from the 20th and 21st centuries. The impressive collection of modern art includes painting, graphic arts, installations and new media work architecture and design.
Barerstrasse 27/29/40, 80333 Munich, www.pinakothek.de
BMW Welt & Museum: Built in 1973 and recently renovated, the famous museum of this historic Bavarian automotive manufacturer presents the history of the firm through impressive exhibits. They include 125 of the most elegant and milestone BMW models, motorcycles, aeroplanes, prototypes, simulators and displays of interactive technology comprise a unique experience for visitors.
Am Olympiapark 1-2, 80809 Munich, www.bmw-welt.com
Allianz Arena: An excellent example of futuristic architecture, the stadium designed by Herzog & de Meuron was built to house Munich's two leading football clubs, FC Bayern and TSV 1860. Also based here is FC Bayern Erlebniswelt, the largest football museum in Germany, along with numerous restaurants.
Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25, 80939 Munich, www.allianz-arena.de
Frauenkirche: Built in the 15th century, the cathedral of Munich with the twin domed towers is the largest Gothic-style church in Southern Germany and the symbol of the city. The view from the top of the south tower is heart-stopping.
Frauenplatz 1, www.muenchner-dom.de
Englischer Garten: The largest urban park in Germany has been a popular place for relaxation and recreation for the people of Munich for more than 200 years. It is an impressive conglomeration of fields, artificial lakes, outdoor beer gardens and lovely monuments and is ideal for boating, cycling, jogging or even surfing the chilly waters of the Isar.
Deutsches Museum: On a beautiful small island in the middle of the clear blue Isar River stands the famous Deutsches Museum. This impressive house of culture is the largest technology and natural science museum in the world. Prepare for a tour de force through the world of astronomy, aeronautics, metallurgy, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and telecommunications.
Museumsinsel 1, Haidhausen, www.deutsches-museum.de
Schloss Nymphenburg: The summertime residence (1675) of Bavaria's monarchs is a Baroque-Rococo masterpiece that defies imagination. The stately French-style gardens, impressive network of lakes, a scattering of gazebos and fountains, its museums and galleries all make a stroll here a unique experience.
Olympiapark: Built on the site of an old airport for the 1972 Olympic Games, the Olympic Park is one of the most popular sights in the city. The impressive complex includes artificial hills, an artificial lake, the Olympic Tower and a massive Olympic stadium whose trademark is the elegant translucent roof considered to be a masterpiece of modern architecture.
Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21, 80809 Munich, www.olympiapark.de
Museum Brandhorst: The latest addition to the impressive collection of museums in Munich, this is an impressive work of modern architecture with 36,000 differently coloured ceramic rods attached to the façade. The facility houses exhibits of German and international modern art with works by such artists as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz and Cy Twombly.
Theresienstraße 35a, 80333 Munich, www.museum-brandhorst.de