Discover Oktoberfest, viewpoints, markets and more in Munich autumn

10 Things to do in Munich in autumn

Visiting Munich from September to November lets you experience the golden, glowing side of the Bavarian capital. These are 10 things to do in Munich this fall to really enjoy the city.

München-Panorama im Herbst Hofmann

Walking through the parks

What you can do: Enjoy the golden leaves in the Nymphenburg Palace Park, visit the Hirschgarten with its animal enclosures or look down on the city from the hills in the Luitpoldpark. In addition to the varied parks, a walk along the banks of the Isar River to the golden Friedensengel is also a good tip.


Friedensengel im Herbst

Relaxing in the saunas

What you can do: Relax in Munich's versatile saunas. Spending time in the sauna is not only wonderfully relaxing, sweating is also good for your health. You can sauna in style in the Roman-Irish sweat bath in Müller'sches Volksbad. In the Art Nouveau building there is also a Finnish sauna with colored light effects and various herbal infusions.


  • Müller'sches Volksbad, Rosenheimer Str. 1, 81667 München, S-Bahn Isartor (more information)
Tauchbecken im Müller`schen Volksbad
SWM / Kerstin Groh

Enjoy the view from lookouts

What you can do: Look over the city all the way to the Alps: The Olympic Tower offers the most spectacular view of the city. You can take the elevator to a height of about 180 meters, from where you can overlook the whole of Munich. The Old Peter (Tower of St Peter's church) is one of the most famous viewpoints in the city center. There are almost 300 steps to climb, but the view over the old town is well worth it. Across the street in the tower of the New City Hall, the viewing platform can be reached by elevator.


Aussicht vom Olympiaturm

Attend the Oktoberfest

What you can do: If you are not coming to Munich for the Oktoberfest anyway, you should try to visit the world's largest folk festival on the Theresienwiese at the end of September, beginning of October. On the first weekend you should not miss the parades of the Wiesnwirte (Oktoberfest landlords) and traditional costume groups. 17 large festival tents and 80 rides and other amusements provide two weeks of fun and Bavarian lifestyle - including traditional businesses that are only open at the Oktoberfest.

Where and when?


Experience the Kirchweihdult

What you can do: Strolling and shopping at the Kirchweihdult. Every year at the end of October, around 300 stalls and showmen invite visitors to this mixture of market and folk festival in the Au district of Munich. Around the Mariahilfkirche you can find many rarities, antiques and novelties for the household or as souvenirs. Browse through the alleys, ride the chain carousel and try a Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a wooden stick).

Where and when?

Kettenkarussell auf der Kirchweihdult in der Au / Dan Vauelle

Amble through the markets

What you can do: Buy fresh vegetables and fruits from the region: There are four permanent markets managed by the city of Munich. In addition to the world-famous Viktualienmarkt, there is also the Elisabethmarkt, the market at Wiener Platz and the Viktualienmarkt in Pasing. Each is worth a visit, but most visitors are drawn to the "original" market in the heart of the old town. There is hardly a nicer place to mingle with the people of Munich.


  • Viktualienmarkt in the Old Town, 80331 München, U3/U6/S-Bahn Marienplatz (more information)
  • Elisabethmarkt, 80796 München, Tram 27/28 Elisabethplatz 
  • Wiener Platz, 81667 München, U4/U5 Max-Weber-Platz (more information)
  • Viktualienmarkt in Pasing, Bäckerstraße 7, 81241 München, S-Bahn Pasing, 

Get to know Munich through its museum

Das Münchner Stadtmuseum im Sommer Read

What you can do: Explore Munich's history. In the Stadtmuseum (City Museum) you can see exciting permanent exhibitions, changing special exhibitions on the history of Munich and the special features that make the city so lovable. The exhibition "Typically Munich" shows the development of the city, but also beer, art and other classics that have made Munich the "capital of secrets" for many people.


Cycle through the autumn

Fahrradfahrer vor der Residenz

What you can do: Cycling in Munich's autumn is no problem at all as a tour along the Isar River or through the parks. It can also be especially beautiful in the glowing autumn leaves. If you want to cycle through the city in a relaxed way, organized bike tours through Munich are a wonderful way to get to know the state capital a little better.

Where you get a bike?

Hole up with a good book

Bücherschrank am Stiglmaierplatz
Anette Göttlicher

What you can do: If you are already fit in reading German, there are several open bookcases in Munich where anyone can get great books at any time of the day. You can also drop something off there yourself. Surrounded by fallen autumn leaves, you can read in the sunshine on the squares. If you prefer to be warm while reading, you can make yourself comfortable in a reading café until you forget the time.

Where? There are more than 30 public places with bookcases

Conquer the skies with stunt kites

Junge mit Lenkdrachen
Soloviova Liudmyla /

What you can do: On windy days, some Munich residents like to fly kites; popular locations include the hills in the Olympic Park or the Theresienwiese after the Oktoberfest is over. Stop by and see if there's a kite in the sky right now. If you have children of your own, you could buy them a kite and give it a try.


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