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Sightseeing in Munich: Our Recommendations | Cocoon Hotels

We all love Sundays. Sunday allows us to stay in bed until noon, binge-watch our favourite series and enjoy a breakfast so lazy and so late in the day that we had to invent a new word for it... Brunch!

But Sundays can also offer so much more - especially Sundays in the Bavarian capital! Read our list below, as we introduce you to our favourite attractions & spots for sightseeing in Munich, perfect for a Sunday! Join us on a journey through calming nature, dreaming architecture and the different epochs of art history.

The Pinakothek: Enjoy World-Class Art for One Euro

A short ride on tramline 27 or 28 from the Cocoon Hotels, you can't miss the stop for Munich’s most famous art museums – the stop itself is called "Pinakotheken"! On arrival, get your one euro ready for the entrance fee and prepare yourself for the difficult decision which of the Pinakothek museums to start at.

In the Old Pinakothek, you can admire the development of art from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and Baroque period to the end of Rococo. Meanwhile at the New Pinakothek, the first museum of contemporary art in Europe, you'll find important works by Manet, Cezanne and van Gogh, among others.

If you’re more of a fan of contemporary art, you can also choose to start at the Pinakothek der Moderne. This Pinakothek is one of the world's largest museums for 20th and 21st century art, graphics, architecture and design. Another highlight of this Pinakothek is the striking architecture of the building and its famous rotunda, which offers the perfect backdrop for creating your own work of (Instagram) art. Close by to the Pinakothek is the Brandhorst Museum. The Brandhorst is also characterised by its spectacular architecture and contains important works by the likes of Andy Warhol and Cy Twombly.

If you haven't admired enough art yet don’t worry, the are many more Munich sights dedicated to art… you’re just getting started! Your ticket also allows you to enter the following museums; The Bavarian National Museum, The Museum for Man and Nature and The Glyptothek on Königsplatz. Late romantic pictures can be seen in the Galerie Schack, and those who are drawn further into the past can discover the State Archaeological Collection, The Egyptian Museum, The Five Continents Museum and the Collections of Classical Antiquities all Sunday long!

Old Pinakothek
Sunday Opening Times: 10:00-18:00
Address: Barerstr. 27, 80333 Munich, Germany
Website: https://www.pinakothek.de/en

Pinakothek der Moderne
Sunday Opening Times: 10:00-18:00
Address: Barerstr. 40, 80333 Munich, Germany
Website: https://www.pinakothek.de/en

Alpine Views at The Vorhoelzer Forum Café

The sky is blue. The air smells of spring. Sundays like this should not be wasted in Munich, so skip the lie-in, put on your sunglasses and hop on tramline 27/28. Only a few stops away from the Cocoon Hotels - again at the "Pinakotheken" stop – you’ll find the Technical University. Instead of spending your free time in the lecture hall, take the elevator to the top floor. A roof terrace complete with deck chairs and an excellent brunch buffet awaits you – ample reward for dragging yourself out of bed and back to University!

The buffet costs €10,00 for students and €15,00 for all other guests. If you’re still feeling tired, the café’s excellent coffee will make you feel better in no time at all. On a clear day, you can even see the Alps from here! But even on days when the view doesn't quite reach that far, the trip is made worthwhile with just people-watching and sightseeing. Observe Bavaria’s own special brand of hipsters, or indulge in a cool aperitif and feel refreshed high above the rooftops of Munich.

The Vorhoelzer Forum Café
Opening Times: Daily from 9:00-18:00
Address: Arcisstraße 21, 80333 Munich, Germany
Website: https://www.ar.tum.de/en/vf/startseite/

Jungle Fever: The Munich Botanical Garden

Every visitor to Munich must visit the Nymphenburg Palace at least once and, admittedly, the palace and park are also a popular destination for the locals too. But right next door is another attraction well worth seeing. Even when the temperatures are cold, the botanical gardens make you feel as if you are on holiday in the tropics. Even on the coldest days you’ll forget your longing for summer! Set within over 20 hectares, and home to around 19,600 plant species, the Botanical Garden in Munich is one of the most important and impressive in the world. Travel there is also quite easy - take tramline 17 to the "Botanischer Garten" stop. Your journey will also include a short trip through the beautiful Munich district of Nymphenburg, ideal for squeezing in some more sightseeing in Munich!

Once you arrive at the Botanical Garden, you can walk through diverse climate zones in three halls. Marvel at everything, from the cactus house to the orchid house or the large palm house with its stunning glass dome. Be sure to wander around outside the greenhouses too, where lovingly laid out gardens contain equally fascinating plant species too.

Munich-Nymphenburg Botanical Garden
Sunday Opening Times: 9:00 - 17:00
Entrance Fee: Adults €4.50; free entry for under-18s
Address: Menzinger Str. 65, 80638 Munich, Germany
Website: http://www.botmuc.org/en/

Hellabrunn Zoo: From Munich Sights to Safari

Your Sunday journey around the world starts from the Cocoon Hotels. Hop on the U3 metro line and ride until the “Thalkirchen” stop.

The Munich Zoo was founded in 1928 as the world's first geo-zoo and has a long and proud tradition. In total you can marvel at over 750 animal species in Hellabrunn Zoo – animals from the Arctic to Africa and beyond. The other great thing about Hellabrunn is that you can see the animals roaming relatively freely, with no fences between you and the animals.

Highlights of the zoo include the jungle house, where chimpanzees live next to a large gorilla family, and a gorgeous coral reef that’s home to around 50 different coral species and various tropical fish. The newly-renovated elephant house, which was one of the first buildings in Hellabrunn Zoo, continues a long and impressive tradition here. Don’t miss other sights like the bat grotto, which is designed like a mine gallery, or the giraffe savannah, where you can watch the elegant giraffes wandering around in peace.

Ready to go? Grab your camera and surprise the folks back home with the animals you can encounter in Munich!

Hellabrunn Zoo
Sunday Opening Times: 9:00 - 17:00
Entrance Fee: Adults €15.00; Children (4-14 years) €6.00
Address: Tierparkstr. 30, 81543 Munich, Germany
Website: https://www.hellabrunn.de/en/

Alter Peter: Stairway to Heaven

Last, but by no means least, our best tips for sightseeing in Munich tips take us to Marienplatz, just a short walk away from the Cocoon Hotels. One of the most beautiful and famous places in Munich, Marienplatz is often full of locals and tourists alike. If it all gets too much, escape for a moment without having to leave the centre of the city. Only 306 steps of the oldest parish church in Munich separate you from a fantastic view of the colourful hustle and bustle of Marienplatz from above. No matter which season of the year it is, the view from Alter Peter is a must-see - you have a fantastic view over the whole city and many other famous Munich sights from up there! After the strenuous ascent, you can reward yourself with an ice cream or beer at the adjacent Viktualienmarkt once you’re back down at ground level.

Alter Peter
Opening Times: Daily 10:00 - 18:00
Entry: Adults €3; Students €2; Children €1, free entry for under 6s
Address: Petersplatz 1, 80331 Munich, Germany
Website: https://www.erzbistum-muenchen.de/pfarrei/st-peter-muenchen/cont/70053

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