10 Things to do in Munich in Autumn

München-Panorama im Herbst, Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann
Foto: muenchen.de/Michael Hofmann

Visiting Munich in October or anytime before winter lets you experience the golden, glowing side of the Bavarian capital. These are 10 things to do in Munich this autumn to really enjoy the city.

Golden autumn walk through the parks

Herbst am Friedensengel, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

It is difficult to say which view is the most beautiful in autumn: The Nymphenburg palace park, the Hirschgarten with its animal enclosures or the magnificent view from the hills in Luitpoldpark? Asides the parks, walking along the banks of the Isar to the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace) - where the warm glow of the trees competes with the gold plating of the statue - is also a great tip.

Pure relaxation in the sauna

Saunalandschaft Michaelibad, Foto: SWM/Kerstin Groh
Foto: SWM/Kerstin Groh

The saunas in Munich are diverse, but there is one thing they all have in common - they're thrilling! Not only is it wonderfully relaxing to spend time there, all that sweating is also really good for your health. You can experience sauna in style at the Roman-Irish sweat bath in Müller'schen Volksbad. There is also a Finnish sauna with colored light effects and a variety of herbal infusions.

The Kirchweihdult is always an experience

The Oktoberfest season in Munich traditionally comes to end with the Kirchweihdult (Dult) in October. However, that's not the only reason it has so many fans. When the sun shows up one more time and the leaves glimmer in gold, it simply puts everyone in a great mood - from the visitors to the stallholders.

Enjoy the vista from scenic points

Aussicht Alter Peter, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

The Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower) provides the most spectacular view of the city. You can go up to approximately 200 meters in the lift, from where visitors can look out and see the whole of Munich. The Alter Peter (St. Peter's Church) is one of the well-known scenic observation points in the city center. There are almost 300 steps to climb to get to the top, but the view over the old town certainly makes it worthwhile.

Attend the Oktoberfest

Hübsche Mädels im Dirndl auf der Wiesn, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

'Ozapft is!' - exclaimed by the mayor of Munich upon first tapping a barrel, this phrase signals the start of the world-famous Oktoberfest. For 16 straight days, the festival attracts locals and also millions of visitors from all over the world. There are a pproximately 80 rides and other amusement packages that ensure you partake in the fun of Oktoberfest - including traditional establishments which only open at Oktoberfest.

Though the Oktoberfest 2020 was canceled due to the corona pandemic, the " Summer in the City " was held to make sure you still have a great experience this season and also give you the "Wiesn feeling".

Conquer the skies with stunt kites

Junge mit Lenkdrachen, Foto: Soloviova Liudmyla / Shutterstock.com
Foto: Soloviova Liudmyla / Shutterstock.com

Whether you made it yourself or bought it, having fun is the most important thing when flying a kite. As the autumn wind blows through Munich, it lifts off wonderfully into the sky. Flying a kite is fun for the young and old alike - and the same can be said for the spectators too. A good spot to fly your kite is the Olympia Park.

Amble through the markets

Viktualienmarkt München, Foto: Katy Spichal
Foto: Katy Spichal

There are four permanent markets that are managed by the city of Munich. In addition to the world-renowned Viktualienmarkt, there is also the Elisabethmarkt, the market at Wiener Platz and the Viktualienmarkt in Pasing. However, most visitors are attracted to the ‘original’ market in the heart of the old town. There could hardly be a more beautiful place to mingle with Munich’s inhabitants.

Get to know Munich through its museums

In the Stadtmuseum (City Museum), you can see exciting permanent exhibitions and changing special exhibitions on the history of Munich and the peculiarities that make the city so lovable. The Typisch München (Typical Munich) exhibition shows the city's development, while also focusing on beer, art and other classics that have made Munich a 'capital of secrets' for many people.

Cycle through the autumn

Fahrradfahrer vor der Residenz

Though you might need a jumper and a jacket to cycle in the autumn, tours along the Isar river or through the parks are no problem at all. It can also be particularly beautiful in the glowing autumn foliage. If you want a relaxing cycle through the city, organized bike rides through Munich are a wonderful way to get to know the state capital a bit better.

Hole up with a good book

Kind zwischen Bücherstapeln in Lektüre vertieft

There are several open libraries in Munich where anyone can help themselves with great books, at anytime of the day. You can also leave something there yourself as well. Surrounded by fallen autumn leaves, you can enjoy a wonderful read by the Friedensengel or in the Hofgarten. If you'd rather be somewhere warm while reading, you can relax in a reading café until you forget what time of day it is. 

Please Note: Certain events and activities have either been cancelled or restricted due to the corona pandemic. Keep yourself informed on the website of organizers, and also here on muenchen.de to ensure you don't miss or mix up activities on your itinerary.

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