This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Munich: the Bavarian capital and center of every traveler’s wildest Oktoberfest dreams. However, there is so much more to this great city than just polka and pilsner. Munich has something to offer to everyone, from community parks and grand market squares, to art galleries and royal gardens. There’s even an urban wave pool for surfing — a photographer’s dream. Here are even more equally photogenic places you can’t miss when in Munich.

1. Monopterus

The gem of Englischer Garten (English Garden) is Monopterus, an open pillar pavilion and the perfect spot to catch a sunset or simply appreciate the artwork that adorns its gorgeous dome ceiling. You may even be lucky enough to catch a concert; live music is a common occurrence near Monopterus. There’s a restaurant and beer garden at the Chinese Tower across the river, so you can head there first and then over to the pavilion. If you prefer to BYOB, grab a brew at a store within walking distance of the park, either Biervana or Getränke Oase. And don’t forget your camera!

Auch kulturell wunderschön… #munich #citytrip #bavaria #monopterus #sunday

A post shared by Lisa | 23 |📍München (@lisaweidner) on

2. Friedensengel

Friedensengel, which translates “Angel of Peace,” was unveiled in 1899 as a monument dedicated to the 25 years of peace after the Franco-Prussian War. Designed by Jacob Möhl, Friedensengel was modeled after a statue of the Greek goddess of victory, discovered by German archaeologists nearly two decades before. Today, she stands above the city atop a 25-meter Corinthian column; a perfect focal point for a photo.

3. Pinakotheken

Pinakotheken is a suite of art galleries in Munich named for the ancient picture galleries in Greece and Rome. Visitors enjoy access to artwork from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque and Rococo periods from all over Western Europe. However, the internal works and exhibits are not the only photo-worthy pieces; the buildings themselves are unique and worth a snap. Make sure you explore the grounds as well as the interior when you visit.

4. Marienplatz

Named for the Marian column erected to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation in 1638, Marienplatz is now a center of commerce and business in Munich. The square is home to the Old Town Hall as well as the New Town Hall, plus numerous cafés and shops. The Gothic architecture begs for a photo on any day, but the Christmas market at Marienplatz is truly spectacular. If you are there during the Christmas season, grab a glass of Glühwein (mulled wine) and enjoy the festivities.

Múnich 🇩🇪🤗💕 #Marienplatz #Alemania

A post shared by Nayely Rojo (@nayelyrojor) on

5. Eisbachwelle

Who’d have thought you could surf in Munich? The man-made river Eisbach (which translates to “ice brook”) is home to an urban wave which is somewhat of a mecca for skilled surfers. These surfers occasionally “hack” the river, adding subsurface ropes and planks which shape the wave for optimal surfing. Since many accidents have occurred at Eisbachwelle, the wave was almost closed due to safety concerns; however, after a series of protests by locals, the wave remains open. Unless you are an experienced surfer, have fun observing and taking action shots from the shore rather than trying your luck on the wave.

November at Eisbach, Munich 🌊🏄🍂#exklusivemuenchen

A post shared by Roberta Borbely (@roberta_618) on

6. Flaucher

For a welcome reprieve from busy city squares, find yourself a patch of sand on the shores of the river Isar in Flaucher. This wooded area is also home to a biergarten on the banks of the river, making it the ideal spot to relax outdoors with a cold drink in-hand. This region used to be a private hunting domain for the ruling Wittelsbach clan, but today it is open for visitors to take a load off and catch some sunshine. Feel free to snap some pictures but be respectful of your fellow sunbathers; this spot is popular with nudists in the warmer months.

Autumn vibes 🍂 #running #isar #lushweather #indiansummer #swan #heartshaped

A post shared by Christina (@itsvoegelchen) on

7. Hofgarten

Hofgarten used to be the royal court garden of the Residenz palace complex built between the 16th and 17th centuries. Today, it serves as a peaceful oasis in the midst of the bustling city. The crown jewel of Hofgarten is the Temple of Diana, a pavilion designed in 1615 that’s located right in the center of the garden grounds. However, the garden itself is surrounded by stunning buildings and filled with beautiful orchards — perfect for seasonal photography.

8. New Town Hall

The star of the north end of Marienplatz, the New Town Hall was built due to a lack of space in the Old Town Hall and currently hosts the city government. The outer facade is built in the neo-Gothic style and is reminiscent of Brussels’ Town Hall, so we don’t blame you if you feel like you’ve seen this building before. Behind the facade, the spectacular interior is designed with sweeping stone archways and spiral staircases for visitors to explore. Get creative and snap some photos from multiple angles inside this gorgeous building.

Going up. #legday

A post shared by Kristine Evangelista (@toolinchains) on

9. Nymphenburg Palace

This Baroque palace used to be the summer residence of Bavarian monarchs throughout history. Today, though, it is available to the public gaze and is a sight that should not be missed. This palace is also one of the places that inspired the interior design of the castle in Beauty and the Beast. Make sure you take a tour of the grand interior; your followers will be just as impressed as you will.

Featured Image by Peter Unger / Getty Images

What are your favorite places in Munich? Let us know in the comments below

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
N/A
Annual Fee
$550
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.