10 tips on what you can do indoors in Munich

Buch & Bohne: Versinken im Biedermeiersofa, Foto: Buch & Bohne
Foto: Buch & Bohne

Things to do indoors in Munich when the weather isn't friendly

Gloomy weather outside - no problem! Our tips for indoor activities will keep you warm! We know the best spots in Munich for getting an energy boost, a drink in a café, admiring exotic plants or contemplating the designs of the future.

Time flies at the book café

Gloomy weather days are much better spent with a good book! Reading cafés offer not only books, but also comfortable corners to read in and a selection of drinks and pastries. A particularly cozy stop can be found at Buch&Bohne at Kapuzinerplatz 4, but you can also enjoy the rough industrial chic at Lost Weekend on Schellingstrasse, next to the Ludwig Maximilians University. Of course, you will also find café corners in larger bookstores like Hugendubel on Stachus or its twin shop at Marienplatz. One final insider tip: Reading material can be found free of charge in the public bookshelves all over Munich. A popular one is located right in front of the Nordbad public bath - and right next door is the beautiful Café Bellevue.

Or just take your favorite book with you - fans of baked goods, for example, can head to Café Arzmiller in Theatinerhof. It’s one of the city’s last classical coffeehouses – and accordingly has plenty of delicious housemade tarts on display. As for gourmet coffee for that taste of Bella Italia, visit Ciamei il mio gusto – located in the heart of Schwabing, complete with Italian dolces with ricotta cream, pistachios, or chocolate.

Deutsches Museum: A technical wonderland

Das Deutsche Museum - Ansicht von Nordwesten im Herbst, Foto: Deutsches Museum
Foto: Deutsches Museum

You can’t go to the Deutsches Museum often enough. Although some areas are currently closed for renovation, the museum is still large enough for several hours of wandering about. For the youngest visitors, for example, the exciting Kinderreich (Children’s Kingdom) awaits. Walking through the mine conveys the oppressive atmosphere deep underground, and the seafaring area is always worth a visit.

Get an energy boost at the public bath

Müllersches Volksbad von innen, Foto: Stadtwerke München
Foto: Stadtwerke München

No matter how gray the skies may be - in the Müller’sches Volksbad indoor pool, you will always feel sublime. The art nouveau flair alone is an experience in itself. Swimmers can do laps in peace and quiet, and the sauna area holds a wonderful steam bath with a cascade fountain. But the Nordbad in Schwabing, or any of the other swimming pools in Munich, are worth visiting when the weather is gloomy.

A Little Trip to the Tropics

Gewächshaus im Botanischen Garten München

The greenhouses in the Botanical Garden have reopened after renovation. All three large greenhouse halls are now all equipped with modern, translucent glass and improved thermal insulation. That way, you’ll stay not only dry but cozy and warm. Dive into a tropical kingdom and marvel at fantastic, exotic plants like orchids, palms, and agaves. The large cacti in the entrance hall are also impressive.

BMW Welt: Art on four wheels

With its modern architecture, BMW Welt isn’t just impressive from the outside: If elegant car design gets your heart pounding, you’re in the right place. In the Brand World, famous car manufacturer BMW exhibits its own vehicles and some from other companies, while the neighboring BMW Museum continues to present exciting temporary exhibitions.

Die BMW Welt in der Dämmerung

Bouldering and bowling

Gruppe junger Leute beim Bowling, Foto: oneinchpunch / Fotolia.com
Foto: oneinchpunch / Fotolia.com

Bowling has many big advantages - one of them being that it is completely free from the weather. Bowling lanes are spread all over the city, so just grab a few friends and see who clears the most pins. Another sure shot on rainy days is bouldering: you can climb airy heights in the DAV's (German Alps Club) two Munich Climbing and Bouldering Centers - one in the north of the city and one in the south.

Indoor program around the Olympic tower

Oktopus SeaLife, Foto: SEA LIFE

Sunshine isn't necessary for a trip to the Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower). Bad weather actually has one big advantage: there will be no lines at the elevator and you will only have to share the platform with a few other visitors. Who knows, maybe you'll catch a glimpse of the sun somewhere between the clouds up on the viewing platform? If that's too breezy for you, the neighboring Sea Life aquarium (see photo) will have you feeling like diving towards over 4,000 sea creatures.

Additionally, the Olympia park where the Olympic tower is, is abuzz with lots of activities this summer. The "Summer in the City" event is one you should not miss when you visit the park. In fact, it is the main site for the festival.  At Coubertinplatz, there is a Ferris wheel and a white-water ride awaiting you.
At Olympiapark's southern festival area, you can look forward to a very high chain carousel and the iconic break dance. Check out details below!

Summer in the City
Munich's massive outdoor event
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Valentin Karlstadt Musäum: As quirky as it gets

Valentin-Karlstadt-Musäum, Foto: Valentin Karlstadt Musäum
Foto: Valentin Karlstadt Musäum

Have you ever seen a winter toothpick? Or a melted snow sculpture? These and other bizarre exhibits from the lives of legendary Munich comedians Karl Valentin and Liesl Karlstadt can be seen in the Valentin Karlstadt Musäum within the Isartor. A visit always makes for good fun. If you fancy, you can then take a cup of coffee in the Turmstüberl at the very top of the historic city gate, have a little chuckle to yourself, and feel sorry for the passersby that hurry through the rin outside.

Tierpark Hellabrunn: Perfect in every weather

Elefant Gajendra in Hellabrunn, Foto: Tierpark Hellabrunn/Joerg Koch
Foto: Tierpark Hellabrunn/Joerg Koch

A visit to the Tierpark Hellabrunn (Hellabrunn Zoo) is worth it, even if the weather won’t be reminding monkeys of the jungle. But you can also visit the animals indoors: Off to the elephant house to see Gajendra & co.! Or you can just stop by the Jungle House. Here, you can hang out with orangutans and chimpanzees and wait for better weather - or you can explore the Bat Cave and warm up in the tropical climes of the Jungle World.

Sightseeing tour by tram

Tram 19 fährt vor dem Maximilianeum

Tram 19 is the perfect option for a sightseeing tour of the city center in bad weather - you don’t even need an umbrella for this Munich tour in the rain. Line 19 passes through some of the most beautiful corners of Munich, with stops including Lenbachplatz, Theatinerstrasse, and Max-Joseph-Platz. It then passes Maximilianstrasse with the impressive building of the government of Upper Bavaria, curves around the Maximilianeum, and strolls through the Haidhausen district to the final stop of Berg am Laim. The best part: This city tour isn’t even expensive - you'll only need a normal ticket. And the “Hop on / Hop off” goes to every stop.

Incidentally, Tram 21 has also been running most of this sightseeing route since 2018. It starts at the Westfriedhof cemetery, crosses Stiglmaierplatz to Lenbachplatz, and from here the path splits to Max-Weber-Platz with line 19 - then it continues through Haidhausen and Berg am Laim to the final stop at St.-Veit-Strasse.

And, lastly, yet another sightseeing tip by tram: Line 16 also passes numerous sights, such as the large-scale sculpture Mae West at Effnerplatz, the Bayerische Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum), the surfing wave at Eisbach, and the Maxmonument (Maximilian II Monument).




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