Shopping Tour (Self Guided), Munich

Munich city is a shopper’s delight with departmental stores, large international brands and local boutique shops jostling for space. The main shopping areas are the Neuhauserstrasse and Kaufingerstrasse. The best part about shopping in the city is the bargains that you can get. German style competition ensures that the prices are reasonable. Pick up your favorites from traditional garments, beer mugs or local handicrafts as mementos from your visit.
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Guide Name: Shopping Tour
Guide Location: Germany » Munich (See other walking tours in Munich)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: clare
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Kaufingerstrasse/Neuhauserstrasse
  • Sendlinger Strasse
  • Viktualienmarkt
  • Marienplatz
  • Maximilianstrasse
  • Wittelsbacherplatz
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Kaufingerstrasse/Neuhauserstrasse

1) Kaufingerstrasse/Neuhauserstrasse (must see)

This shopping zone in central Munich is a complete pedestrian zone and is just a few steps away from the Hauptbahnhof. Modern stores like Zara, H&M, C&A, Mango, Karstadt, Kaufhof, Zero and many more are located here. Streetside vendors selling flowers, fruits, vegetables, roasted nuts, souvenirs add a different charm to the place. Numerous outdoor cafes allow you to take a break between your shopping, sit and watch people or just admire the architectural splendor of the surrounding buildings.

Tip:
If you're in the city center but want to shop away from the mainstream stores, Sendlinger straße may have a bit more variation.
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Sendlinger Strasse

2) Sendlinger Strasse

The Sendlinger Strasse is one of the oldest shopping streets of Munich, located in the heart of the city in the Aldstat or the Old Town. A pedestrian zone, this street is home to smaller shops selling antiques, handicrafts, books and jewelry. Most of these shops are family owned enterprises that have survived for generations. The street starts at Sendlinger Tor and connects is to the Marienplatz.
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Viktualienmarkt

3) Viktualienmarkt (must see)

The Viktualienmarkt is located a few meters away from Marienplatz in Munich. It is a daily open air farmers market that consists of stalls selling flowers, vegetables, fruit and meat.

The first central market of Munich was in Marienplatz. As the city prospered, the square became too small for the growing number of shops. King Maximilian of Bavaria decided to demolish the nearby Heiliggeist charitable hospital to provide a larger space for the market. At the time the square was called Marktplatz. The name was later changed to Viktualienmarkt. Viktuel is the Latin word for food. Halls were added as the city grew richer and separate pavilions for fish, fowl, meat and bakery items were installed. The bombs of World War II almost completely destroyed the market. It was rebuilt after the war by the city authorities, and fountains and other decorative elements were added to make it more attractive. Today, Viktualienmarkt has over 140 shops selling gourmet food, exotic fruit cheeses, pastries, sausages and venison. There are beer gardens within the market, too. Folk events, like dances, music performances, Brewer’s Day, Gardener’s Day celebrations, a special event marking the opening of the asparagus season, a summer festival and the Shrove Tuesday dance of the Market women, take place here throughout the year. From 1975, it has been a pedestrian zone and a popular meeting place for locals and visitors.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Marienplatz

4) Marienplatz (must see)

The Marienplatz is a square that marks the heart of the city of Munich. It has been the main square of the city from the year 1158.

The Square was first known as the Schrannen. It got the name Marienplatz after citizens prayed to the Holy mother for deliverance from a cholera epidemic. The large column with the gilded figure of Mother Mary on the top was erected in 1638 as part of the celebrations marking the end of the Swedish occupation of the city. It was the main square where events, tournaments and public executions took place in Munich.

The New City Hall dominates Marienplatz today. The Flemish Gothic style building was constructed between 1867 and 1909 and was designed by the architect, Georg Joseph Hauberrisser. The internationally famous Carillon in the tower has figures depicting the history of the city. The lower part has figures performing the Schäfflertanz or Cooper’s dance that was arranged in 1517 as part of the celebrations of the end of a plague epidemic that swept through the city. Visitors can view the dance daily at 11am and 12 and 5pm. The Old City Hall was not demolished to make way for the New City Hall and still stands on the eastern side of Marienplatz.

Why You Should Visit:
Perfect first spot to discover Munich. Historic, architecturally attractive and vibrant, filled with locals and tourists alike, it never lacks for excitement throughout the day. And, like the rest of Munich, it's spotlessly clean.

Tip:
Many walking tours start here in the mornings and afternoons. Join one and learn more about Munich's history and legends.
A tip for eating out is to walk a block or two away as the prices drop dramatically. Besides, the local food market is right outside the gate with many restaurants serving food from all over the world.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Maximilianstrasse

5) Maximilianstrasse

The western portion of Maximilianstrasse is a shopping street in the city centre of Munich. The place is well known for luxury boutiques, jewelry stores and designer shops. Famous brands like Gucci, Bulgari, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chanel, Versace and other big names have their presence here.
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Wittelsbacherplatz

6) Wittelsbacherplatz

Wittelsbacherplatz is a Christmas market for those who want to try something different. The atmosphere is unique and transports you back to the middle ages. The atmosphere here is reflective of a traditional Bavarian Christmas fair. Authentic handmade goods, pigs on a spit and roasted game give the market the character of a medieval village. Impromptu performances by jesters, jugglers and musicians make for an enchanting atmosphere.

Walking Tours in Munich, Germany

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Religious Sights Walking Tour

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Graggenauviertel Attractions Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
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Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles
Munich Bars and Pubs

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
City Orientation Walk II

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Bavarian capital Munich is a home to numerous historic sights and museums. The most notable of them are the Deutsches Theatermuseum (German Theater Museum), Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum), Pinakothek der Moderne, and Neue Pinakothek. To see what else Munich has to offer, follow this orientation walk and enjoy.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
Kunstareal Museums & Galleries

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles

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