Free activities in Munich you shouldn't miss

Der Gasteig von Außen: Celibidacheforum, Foto: muenchen.de/Leonie Liebich
Foto: muenchen.de/Leonie Liebich

Witness the music stars of tomorrow

In Gasteig, it's almost always worth chancing a visit - in Munich's cultural centre there are free events pretty much every day. The concerts are especially popular, sometimes taking place around midday or early in the evening as "closing time concerts". Music is provided by students, but also - if you're lucky - the odd star, which would usually set you back a fair price.

A special tip: dress rehearsals for the Munich Philharmonic are for pupils and students up to 28 years of age at Gasteig, as well as those who are unemployed (subject to evidence). There is a limited allocation of tickets.

In general, it's worth keeping an eye on the examination concerts for the Munich High School of Music and Theatre, because as students earn their qualifications on the stage, music lovers in the audience can enjoy a concert of the highest quality - without paying.

Take a trip to outer space for free

Sternwarte Ost im Deutschen Museum, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

Sometimes, distant galaxies aren't that far away at all. The 4.57km-long planet trail runs from the German Museum to the Tierpark and is a scaled model of our solar system. At the individual planetary stations made from triangular columns, you can get to know Pluto, Mars etc in detail.

And if you want to get a glimpse of space yourself, every Tuesday and Friday evening you can enjoy a free tour through the 40cm Cassegrain reflector telescope in the observatory of the German Museum, guided by experts.

Dive into the treasures of Munich's museums

Schatzkammer in der Residenz, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

If you're no big fan of museums, you're bound to run out of arguments against them now. Museums like the Geological Museum, the Rathausgalerie (Town Hall Gallery), or the Museum für Abgüsse klassischer Bildwerke (Museum for Casts of Classical Sculptures) offer visitors free entry. In other museums and galleries, such as the Staatlichen Antikensammlungen (National Collection of Antiquities) or the Schatzkammer der Residenz (Treasury of the Munich Residence), children and young people under 18 years of age can enjoy this perk. Entry fees may sometimes be charged for special exhibitions.

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Meet wild boar and deer for free

Frischlinge im Walderlebniszentrum Grünwald, Foto: Walderlebniszentrum Grünwald
Foto: Walderlebniszentrum Grünwald

As you will soon see if you visit this forest experience centre with your little ones, Grünwald, which translates as Green Forest, truly lives up to its name. The interpretive trail, which features twelve lovingly made learning stations, is free of charge - and is open all day, all year round.

You can really catch a glimpse of the wild in the Hirschgarten park, especially in the deer enclosure. The animals are so used to people that they will even allow you to stroke them (carefully) through the fence.

The wild boar in Forstenrieder Park, however, should not be stroked. The may look cute and squeal appealingly, but their teeth can cause severe harm - so be careful. The two designated quiet areas must not, therefore, be entered. But at the edge of this area there are plenty of observation spots, offering a beautiful view of the park's animal world.

Pay nothing for one of Munich's top tourist attractions

Surfer am Eisbach im Sommer, Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann
Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann

In terms of worldwide fame, the surfers at the Munich Eisbach in the English Garden are second to none. Whatever the weather, they take on the "standing wave" next to the Haus der Kunst art museum - with plenty of people watching. Passing judgement here is explicitly allowed - because you could definitely do better, and would never fall from the board.

Quench your thirst for books for free

Student liest in Bibliothek, Foto: Diego Cervo/Shutterstock.com
Foto: Diego Cervo/Shutterstock.com

Munich's city libraries are also free - many of the latest newspapers can be read here, for example. Children and young people under the age of 18 can even loan books for free (as long as they don't exceed the lending time, of course). Tip: Gasteig offers free tours through the Gasteig library to help visitors get their bearings. Public bookcases can also be found in various locations throughout Munich, such as Nordbad or the Pasinger Town Hall, allowing you to quench your thirst for books free of charge.

See football stars performing their magic

Thomas Müller vom FC Bayern, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

As Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski and their teammates keep the ball rolling, you can analyse their skills up close every now and then, when the Bayern Munich stars hold public training sessions at Säbener Straße. These usually take place several times each month during the football season. And if you are a lion at heart, Munich's other big club TSV 1860 Munich - known as "die Löwen" (the lions) - also regularly trains for nothing at Grünwalder Straße. Well, not 'for nothing' - but free of charge.

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