How to Spend A Rainy Day in Munich

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Roanna Mottershead

Don’t let a little rain spoil your trip to Munich — there’s so much more to see and do than the Englischer Garten. Whether you want to relax and listen to music, or learn more about the city’s history at one of the many museums, there’s always something to do. Here’s our pick of the best rainy-day activities that will leave you happy the clouds appeared.

1. Check out the Botanical Gardens

Botanical Garden

1. Check out the Botanical Gardens
© Roanna Mottershead
A garden might seem a strange suggestion for a rainy day, but if your visions of sunbathing in the Englischer Garten have been rained off, the Botanical Gardens are the perfect substitute. As well as the enormous gardens, there’s a huge greenhouse complex, home to everything from palm trees to terrapins. There’s also a restaurant serving full meals, alcoholic drinks and excellent ice cream. Open almost everyday until early evening, it’s a bargain at only €4.50 a ticket for adults.

See a Movie

Munich is a city of film buffs. As well as large commercial cinemas showing blockbusters, there are many arthouse cinemas showing foreign language and independent films. For mainstream films in English, try the Cinema Filmtheater. For something a bit different, check out the retro Museum Lichtspiele – it’s been going since 1910, and shows the Rocky Horror Picture Show every Friday and Saturday night at around 11pm.
Museum Lichtspiele, Lilienstraße 2, 81669 München, Germany +49 89 482403
Cinema Filmtheater Nymphenburger Str. 31, 80335 München, Germany +49 89 555255

2. Visit Munich’s Oldest Public Museum


One of the impressive Neoclassical buildings of Königsplatz is the Glyptothek. This beautiful building claims to be the only museum in the world dedicated solely to ancient sculpture. Visitors are free to wander among the exhibits and get up close to the past. Far from being a stuffy traditional museum, it feels like an art gallery and prides itself on interesting modern twists – they currently have modern replicas of key statues carved from wood with a chainsaw. Your entry ticket will also get you into the State Collection of Antiques in the building opposite, and it’s just €1 on Sundays.

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