Bavarian State Opera (Bayerische Staatsoper) – Classical opera house with an impressive exterior and a magnificent interior. The theater’s ensemble has a long-standing tradition of excellence. The State Opera seats 2,100 people. Five rows of stalls and the royal box overlook the circular auditorium.
Wiener Platz– East side of the river Isar, there is a plaque commemorating the murder of 12 people during the Bavarian revolution of 1918/1919. Echoes of the city’s history are never more than a street away. Next door, the 1892-built Hofbräukeller is typical of Munich’s ubiquitous, and on the whole superb, beer gardens.
A 20-minute bummel from the city centre, including wonderful views of the river Isar and the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace) from the Maximiliansbrücke, is worth the trip alone. The knowledge that what awaits is an extensive beer garden and a cool Weißbier makes the lingering walk on a summer’s day even better.
Nymphenburg Palace – The baroque palace in the west part of Munich was the summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs. Five generations of Wittelsbach rulers were involved in the construction of this stately ensemble, which houses several outstanding collections. With its lavishly decorated interior and the famous “Gallery of Beauties” commissioned by Ludwig I, the palace is one of Munich’s favorite attractions. Among the highlights are the former bedroom of King Ludwig II and the impressive banquet hall with fine ceiling frescoes by Johann Baptist Zimmermann.