Yes, Munich is home to Oktoberfest, offers tours to Neuschwanstein Castle, has the BMW Museum, and numerous beer gardens, and it’s for these attractions that the city is most famously known.
But what if you are looking for something new and exciting to do in Munich? This Bavarian city offers many secret activities and adventures that are sure to add some excitement to your next German holiday, and some will most definitely push you outside of your comfort zone!
So once you’re tired of listening to the sounds of a glockenspiel and are done playing dress-up with lederhosen and dirndls, why not try these adventures on for size. Put down that bratwurst or schnitzel, book a Munich taxi, and head to one of these quirky, fun things to do!
Fun Things to Do in Munich for the Adventurous Soul
Making waves throughout the city, river surfing is a popular new attraction in Munich, via the man-made Eisbach River which flows through Englischer Garten and connects to the Isar River.
The main wave is a metre high and can be surfed until you tire (it’s a standing wave which does not cease). The best part is that this is legal, although it is cautioned that the wave is only suitable for experienced surfers. And don’t expect to be greeted by warm water either; the river is cold so bring a wetsuit.
For less skilled surfers or beginners, there is also another less challenging wave downstream.
Drinking and driving is frowned upon just about everywhere, but biking and drinking is another story … especially in Munich where it is encouraged! This is of course as long as you are taking advantage of one of the city’s registered Beer Bike Tours like Lenny’s.
Why park yourself at a bar when you can take the bar with you via one of these 15 seater beer bikes which allows you to have a cool refreshment while taking in the sights of the city.
Luckily for its passengers, the driver remains sober, just help him pedal in-between swigs of beer via your own pedals beneath your seat. Who said drinking wasn’t exercise?!
Once your beer biking adventure comes to an end, be sure to be responsible and call a cab to return safely back to your lovely Munich hotel.
Bare It All
After enjoying a meal and refreshments at your favourite local beer garden, unleash your own bratwurst or jugs and go au naturel in one of Munich’s 6 designated urban naked zones.
Germany definitely doesn’t shy away from public nudity, and Munich adheres to this acceptance of nudity by allowing residents and visitors to strip down in places like Englischer Garten or along the Isar River.
Be advised that these nude areas are not hidden or fenced off so be ready for a bit of a flash at any moment. Even near Munich’s main square you may catch sight of more than your eyes bargained for.
So as they say “When in Rome…or in this case Munich”. Just be sure to not stare. And guys, you may want to keep your clothes on after having tested your river surfing skills in the cold waters of the Eisbach.
Log Rafting Tours
Step into Huckleberry Finn’s shoes (if he even wore shoes!), and experience your own river rafting adventure upon a genuine log raft.
Float down the Isar River as you enjoy fine Bavarian music and idyllic scenery with a stop at a beer garden for a traditional German lunch.
However your rafting adventure won’t be all peaceful and relaxing, as you take on rock obstacles and several raft slides. You’ll struggle to stay dry as you plummet down Europe’s longest log raft slide, 350 metres long with a drop of nearly 18 metres in height!
In case you’re wondering what a log raft slide is, it’s basically a massive water slide you go down riding on a, you guessed it… log raft!
Olympic Stadium Roof Climb & Zip-Lining
Channel your inner super hero by climbing Munich’s Olympic Stadium Roof like Spiderman, or fly across it like Superman via a 200 metre zipline at a height of 35 meters.
Get over your fear of heights with this two hour adventure which offers stunning Munich skyline views and the Bavarian Alps in the distance.
Olympic Village Student Street Art
What was once the Women’s Olympic Village during the 1972 Olympics held in Munich is now housing for uni students. The miniature townhouses accommodate over 1,000 students who get to enjoy the newly renovated village.
The village had to be completely gutted roughly about 10 years ago so as to bring it up to safety and code standards. Its network of tight alleys has become somewhat of an outdoor art gallery in which visitors can enjoy.
Students are allowed to paint the outside of their little homes to suit their tastes and this has resulted in an incredible display of street art including pop culture, humour, and just plain fun. Definitely an entertaining place for an afternoon stroll, just be sure to bring your camera.
Photos by Marek Kubica
Kaltenberg Knights Tournament
Held every July, the Kaltenberg Knights Tournament is a medieval experience like no other. This isn’t your average Renaissance Festival, this one takes place in a genuine castle, the Schloss Kaltenberg built in 1292.
The event attracts well over 100,000 people every year and offers medieval markets, unbelievable food, endless medieval entertainers, and medieval music concerts.
Enjoy fire eaters, falconry, jesters, dancers, and of course knights and their incredibly trained stallions. You can experience the next tournament July 13th – 29th , 2018.
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