Experience Munich, Like a Local Featured

Step out for a moment from visiting all the classic attractions and consider making your way toward one of these unusual things to do. Here you will get a sense of how much more there is to see in the Bavarian capital than giant beers and tight leather pants.

by Lavinia Pisani

A stairway to heaven
Hidden in the courtyard of the KPMG building, a staircase seemingly leads you up… to nowhere. “Umschreibung” is in fact not a staircase at all, but an ominous sculpture by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson.

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Jeweled Skeleton

If you are a skelophile kind of person, sure you will be curious to look for the glass coffin bearing the skeleton of Saint Munditia at St. Peter’s Church, also known among locals as “Münchners.” Sewn into a transparent body stocking covered with gold and jewels, with glass eyes staring upwards, her remains have been here since their transfer from the Roman catacombs in 1675. She is believed to have been martyred in 310 AD, beheaded with a hatchet.

BMW Welt

Not the typical museum you would expect, right? Indulge your inner car & motorcycle geek at BMW Welt. Not on a Monday though because you will find it closed. Go between Tue-Sun, from 10 am to 6 pm, and see the stunning collection of cars and motorcycles on display. You can also hop inside and get a taste of what it feels like to own one of those...

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Weiße Rose

Tourists are only rarely told the story of the White Rose, a group of student rebels led by siblings Hans and Sophie Scholl, who practiced non-violent resistance and were later executed by the Nazi authorities. Today, the Scholl siblings are probably Germany’s best known domestic resistance activists during WWII, though they are little known outside their home country. Go see the bronze pamphlets to pay tribute to a remarkable group of Germans who fearlessly opposed the Nazis in the very centre of their power. 

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Mystery movie

Catch a secret preview at Cinema Filmtheater München every week on Friday. All screenings are in English and the catch is that you won’t know what movie it is until you get there. Sure it is a bit suspicious but supposedly fun.

For more on what to do in Munich, visit our Destinations page




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