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10 Things To Do in Munich Now (Besides Oktoberfest)

Best known to the rest of the world for their unrivaled Oktoberfest, Munich also offers a host of other fun activities. So while this year’s festival began last Saturday, and continues until October 3rd, the folks at vagabondish want you to know about these 10 non-fest related things to do while visiting the city.

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Explore Olympia

The Olympic games in Munich were held back in 1972. But that doesn’t mean that the Olympia park doesn’t still have things going on. Quite the contrary; numerous artists still put on shows in the 60,000 people Olympia stadium. In addition, there are countless athletic festivals going on here year-round. You can also take a dip in the Olympic pool if you feel like it. And in the winter, ski down the slopes on a sled!


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Slide Down the Blomberg

At the Blomberg mountain, you can ride down the mountain on a sledge, even during summer. You control the speed, just make sure you don’t go too fast or you’ll end up flying out of the lane. But don’t go too slow either, or the person behind you will bump into you.

In addition to this activity, the Blomberg mountain provides great options for those who enjoy hiking. You can trek up, down and even to other mountain huts. Those who prefer to be a little less active can take the Blomberg Bahn, a two-seater lift, to the top and back down. Everyone can admire the beautiful natural landscape and fresh air at the top.

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Party the Night Away at Kunstpark

The Kunstpark is a former industrial area that is now full of bars and clubs.  Instead of having just one bar or club to choose from, there are various, and you can hop from one to the next. From a Latin American club to a disco with Hip Hop music, there is entertainment for different tastes available. How to get there? The S-Bahn (fast train) to Ostbahnhof.

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Schloss Nymphenburg

No wonder the kings wanted to live here. This palace was commissioned by the prince-electoral couple Ferdinand Maria and Henriette Adelaide of Savoy to the designs of the Italian architect Agostino Barelli in 1664 after the birth of their son Maximilian II Emanuel. From then on, it would serve as the royal summer residence.

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Visit the Brandhorst Museum

Opened in 2009, the Brandhorst Museum is the latest addition to Munich’s art triangle that includes the Neue Pinakothek, the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Alte Pinakothek. While the latter trace the history of art from the ancient Greeks to early modernism, the Brandhorst complements them with its contemporary art collection. Here, you can admire Cy Twombly’s, Andy Warhol’s and much more. The unique colored architecture of the building itself is also well worth seeing.