Munich is a city that’s made to be seen on foot. With a pedestrianised centre as well as grand roads filled with neoclassical buildings, there’s plenty to see. We’ve put together a list of the top places to make sure you don’t miss when walking around Germany’s third largest city. You’ll cover some serious ground walking to all of these, so hop on the U-Bahn for a few stops when needed – we won’t tell!
You’re spoiled for architectural sights around Odeonzplatz! Feldherrnhalle, or the Field Marshall’s Hall, was commissioned by King Ludwig I to honour his army and built between 1841 and 1844. The central sculpture was added in 1882 to celebrate success in the Franco-Prussian war, and the lions were added in 1906. The monument developed a different role under the Nazi regime; it was the site of the Beer Hall Putsch that saw Hitler land in jail and several of his sympathisers killed. When he took power, he made the Feldherrnhalle into a monument commemorating the 16 members of the Nazi party that had died.
Opposite Theatinerkirche, you’ll find the prestigious Residenz. Though it started as a modest castle in 1385, subsequent rulers continued to add to it, turning it into a grand palace and gardens. Today, it’s a vast complex of museums and exhibitions about Bavaria’s history, and also plays host to classical concerts and music competitions. Except for a handful of public holidays, it’s open daily until 17:00 or 18:00 depending on the season, but you can wander around the small public garden at your leisure.