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Buildings in Munich

It is nearly impossible to introduce you to all interesting buildings you can see in Munich. Therefore, we selected several sights that are worth seeing and also very popular with visitors. Since there are so many of them we prepared an extra page with an overview of notable churches in Munich.

Castles and Palaces

Over the centuries, Bavaria's kings and prince-electors left behind impressive buildings in Munich and its surroundings.

Schloss Nymphenburg München

Nymphenburg Palace

The baroque palace in Munich's West 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.

 Residenz München


With the Residence, Munich owns one of Europe's most significant interior decoration museums. For five hundred years the facility in the middle of the old city was the residence and center of power of the Bavarian dukes, electors and kings, but also the expression of art intellect and passion for building.


This late-gothic moated castle is located outside the Munich city center and enchants with its charming surroundings.

Schleißheim Palaces

Together with the Lustheim Palace, the Old and the New Schleißheim Palace constitute one of the major baroque complexes in Germany.

Public Buildings

Many public institutions are accomodated in historic builings, some of which can be visited.


The Maximilianeum, the imposing meeting place of the Bavarian regional government, rises high on the Isar riverbank.

Bavarian State Library

This neo-classical building houses one of the biggest academic libraries of Europe.


This University was founded in Ingolstadt, relocated to Landshut at a later date and finally brought to Munich in 1826.

Bavarian State Opera

Classical opera house with an impressive exterior and a magnificent interior.

Town Houses and Palaces

The master-buiders' art can be seen in these magnificent buildings with their elaborate details.


Decorated with rich stucco works, the Ruffini house is an impressive example of historism around 1900.


The residence of Egid Quirin Asam  is characterized by the same elaborate baroque fascades which decorate the walls of the church next door (Asam Church).

Archiepiscopal Palace

This palace is the only one in Munich which is preserved in its original form. Prince-Elector Karl Albrecht had it built by Francois Cuvilliés in rococo style for his illegitimate son and his mother. Today it belongs to the archbishopric of Munich and Freising and is the archbishop's official residence. 

Other Buildings

There are not only numerous historic churches, townhouses and palaces to see in Munich but also beautiful business architecture.


A visit to the Hofbräuhaus is a must for every tourist.  The  richly painted "Schwemme" (dining area) does not only serve beer and  meals but also shows folk music performances. Pleople looking for a quieter place, find it in the beer garden underneath old chestnut trees or in the drinking parlors.

Hotel Bayerischer Hof

As one of the leading luxury hotels, the Bayerische Hof has been short term accomodation foo kings, hollywood and pop stars. History and architecture of the building are also very interesting.

Müllersches Volksbad (Art Nouveau Swimming Pool)

Swimming in old-fashioned art nouveau surroundings, but with modern facilities. The "Müllersches Volksbad" is one of Munich's highlights.


Apart from the Hofbräuhaus, this pub/restaurant, situated right in the center of the pedetrian zone, is the one most frequented by tourists and locals. It is also the place where the Augustiner brewery was founded in 1328.


Only a few steps away from Marienplatz, you come across this over 500-year old house.

BMW Headquarters

BMW Headquarters

This four-cylinder building has been part of the famous Munich silhuette since  the early 1970s.

BMW Welt © BMW Group

BMW Welt

The latest and most spectacular in the group of buildings of Munich's automaker BMW. Visit its exhibitions, stroll its shops, have lunch or dinner - there is a lot to experience under the gigantic roof of this futuristic building...

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