Interior of the Residenz in Munich, Germany - bright colors and sharp lines looking down the main hall

11 most insta-worthy spots in munich – with maps!

(Last Updated On: March 13, 2021)

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Heading to the Bavarian capital? Looking to up your IG game? Check out this list of 11 of the most insta-worthy spots in München! Many of these are doable even if you only have 24 hours in Munich!

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1. residenz

Interior hall of Residenz in Munich, Germany in deep-jewel colors.

Serving as the former royal palace for the Bavarian Monarchs until 1918, today München Residenz is one of the largest museum complexes in Germany. People from all over the world visit Munich’s Residenz for its ornate interior, epic architecture, and historical significance.

for ticket info and opening hours click here – it’s worth noting that online tickets are not available, they must be purchased in-person

2. nymphenburg palace

Interior of Nymphenburg Palace in Germany (Munich), one of the city's most instagrammable places.

Nymphenburg is a Baroque palace in München, Bavaria. The palace was the main summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria of the House of Wittelsbach.

During the high season, full-price admission cost 11,50€ – you can also take a gondola around the palace grounds (at an additional cost), for that extra special Insta-worthy shot!

for opening hours and ticket information, click here

3. juristische bibliotek

Spiral staircase at the legal library in Munich, Germany.  Insta-worthy

The Legal Library, founded in 1843, is by far one of the most beautiful (& insta-worthy) spots in München. Cost is free, but access to the reading room is not available during opening hours. The reading room can be viewed as part of a town hall tour.

Colorful walls of ornate carved bookshelves at a library in Munich, Germany.

click here for more info on opening hours & tours

4. siegestor

Siegestor in Munich, Germany as seen from above, one of the most instagrammable places in Munich.

Siegestor in München is a triumphal arch situated at the terminus of the Ludwigstraße built to commemorate the bravery of the Bavarian army and its success in the Napoleonic War of liberation.

Since it’s free and always open, you can imagine the crowds are generally pretty heavy here. Go early in the morning for one of the best Instagram places in Munich.

5. justizpalast

Exterior facade of Justizpalast in Munich, Germany - one of the most instagrammable places in Munich.

Completely free to visit, Justizpalast is a hidden gem in München. Have fun playing with the light and shadows in this architectural masterpiece.

click here for opening hours and other practical info

6. marienplatz

An empty Marienplatz in Munich, Germany with cloudy skies.

Marienplatz is the central square in München, and is a perfect spot to people-watch or get some great, insta-worthy photos. It’s super close to St. Peter’s Church (pictured below) as well as Jurisitche Bibliotek. Free, free, free!

7. hofgarten

Blue dome with buildings in the background and green grass in the foreground, Hofburg, Munich, Germany.

photo: @valeriesadventuretime

Munich’s Hofgarten is a Baroque garden that has long served as an oasis in the city. Situated adjacent to Residenz, it’s the perfect spot to go nice and early for some Instagram-worthy pics – think of all the yoga you could do in those archways!

Looking through the arches at Hofgarden in Munich, Germany during springtime.

8. hotel opera münchen

Woman walking down the sidewalk in front of the Hotel Opera in Munich, one of the most iconic and instagrammable places in Munich.

München’s Hotel Opera is an IG-er’s dream. The sharp lines and heavy contrast of the outer facade just BEGS for a pop of color in a candid shot.

for info on booking one of the rooms, check out the hotel’s official site here

9. st quirin platz ubahn münchen

Rainbow colors flashing through a subway station in Munich, Germany.

München’s underground metro network offers some really creative opportunities to capture a great shot. Bright colors, grittiness, symmetry, and motion all contribute to its unique appeal as a photographer’s dream. Have fun exploring Germany’s underground and seeing what unique shots you can capture! This is truly one of Munich’s hidden gems in terms of Instagram places.

click here for more info on München’s public transport

Check out my list of travel essentials here!

10. view from st. peter’s church

View from St. Peter's Church overlooking the roofs of Old town and Marienplatz in Munich, Germany.

The views from the observation deck at St. Peter’s Church are unparalleled – the red roofs of Old Town, Marienplatz, the city skyline in the distance. Not for the faint of heart, these views cost a whopping 3 euro and 299 steps – without a lift!

click here for hours of operation

11. muca – museum of urban & contemporary art

Blue and black contemporary art 'room'/exhibit at MUCA in Munich.

With rotating exhibits and a number of unique permanent displays, MUCA is a haven for those looking for something outside of the typical museum experience.

Full admission tickets cost 7,50€ – discounts are given for seniors, students, and children (most children are free).

click here for opening hours and other info

There you have it! Some of the top Instagram places in Munich. Where are some of your favorite spots in the Bavarian capital? Any hidden gems I’m missing? I’d love to know, leave a comment! Don’t forget to pin for later!

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7 thoughts on “11 most insta-worthy spots in munich – with maps!”

  1. I was in Munich last year and the only place I went to from this list was on top of the St. Peter’s Church. It’s a pity because I’d love to visit the library and Nymphenburg Palace. They look so beautiful!

  2. I wonder if I will ever have all the money I want to travel to all these surreal places? Uff look at that Residenz palace- what a beauty! The arches as captured by you just set the tone for the entire post and I dreamed through it while reading it. Thanks for such a beautiful post – fingers crossed I get to travel here someday soon!

  3. That library is spectacular. If I don’t see anything else in Munich I need to go there. Gorgeous architecture, the palaces are so beautiful

  4. Those pictures are stunning! Munich is a great city, although it never really catches me! There is a certain type of feeling that I miss when I visit Munich. So it´s not really my favorite city. However, I agree that it definitely has some awesome spots where you can enjoy, relax, wonder, and of course, take loads of pictures! 😉

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