Munich – an excellent base to explore central Europe

With its array of historic attractions and rich culture, Munich is a wonderful destination to spend some time in. However, its position in the heart of Europe also means you are in a convenient location to explore the rest of Germany, as well as neighbouring countries.

If you’re looking to get around this part of the continent in an easy and effective manner, it’s worth seeking a car hire company like Auto Europe that offers car hire in Munich. That way, you’ll be able to see the Bavarian city’s main sights before getting on the road and exploring.

Munich

Before you get too carried away with touring central Europe though, you really ought to devote some time taking in everything Munich has to offer.

This city really does offer something for everyone and art lovers in particular should head to the Pinakothek der Moderne. As the largest modern art museum in the country, this stunning institution’s permanent collection showcases works by the likes of Warhol and Picasso, in addition to putting on fascinating temporary exhibitions.

Other museums and galleries include the Museum Brandhorst and the Deutsches Museum, the latter of which is devoted to technology and science.

If you want to learn more about Munich’s past – and there sure is a lot of it to be uncovered – make sure you visit the Nymphenburg Palace. Not only is this a great example of 17th-century Baroque architecture, but the tranquil botanical gardens that surround the structure provide some much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Alternatively, you could visit the 900-acre English Gardens, which feature pretty ponds and manicured flowerbeds, as well as four beer gardens where you can knock back a refreshing lager or two!

Spent a few days exploring Munich and keen to see the rest of central Europe? It’s unlikely you’ll have seen everything the city has to offer, but if you’re raring to get back on the road, stop by one of the numerous markets – such as Viktualienmarkt and the 19th-century Elisabethmarkt – to stock up on fresh food and other supplies before hopping into your car and seeing the sights. So, where should you go from here?

Dachau

Located around 16 km north-west of Munich, Dachau can be easily reached on a tour of Germany and offers plenty for you to see.

In the 19th-century, the town became a haven for German artists and to this day continues to have a rich cultural scene. Head to the Dachau Painting Gallery to see works by Carl Spitzweg and Max Liebermann, while walking through Dachau’s historical centre allows you to take in well-preserved traditional townhouses.

Visit the stunning Dachau Castle and gaze at the ornately-crafted wooden ceiling, before going to the gardens to take in mesmerising views of Munich, with the magnificent Alps lying in the background.

For a darker insight into the region’s past, visit the concentration camp. It’s a chilling experience, yet an essential landmark to see.

Stuttgart

Head to Stuttgart and you’ll find a wealth of wonderful attractions, including the 17th-century Neues Schloss (that’s New Castle to you and me), and the amazing Wurttemberg burial chapel which is set on a hilltop that provides fantastic panoramic vistas.

The city is often known as the Cradle of the Automobile – it’s here where both the motorbike and four-wheeled car were invented – so if motoring is your thing, then put the Porsche Museum on your list of places to see. Here, you can learn more about the development of the world-famous sports car company and see the latest version of the iconic 911 model.

Salzburg, Austria

Munich’s close position to several national borders means you can easily explore cities outside of Germany, including the vibrant Austrian destination of Salzburg.

Famous the world over for its Baroque architecture and being the birthplace of Mozart, the city has an array of stunning landmarks. Make sure you see the Residenz Castle and Salzburger Dom Cathedral, before going on a guided tour of the underground Domgrabungsmuseum to see Roman ruins.

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