Tennis Tournament Tourism: Munich

If ever in Europe, there are a number of cities in various countries you should make a point to visit. One of these cities is Munich, Germany. Best known for being the home to the world famous Oktoberfest, Munich offers visitors more than just beer and sausages.

This week (April 26th to May 4th), Munich also happens to be a great place to catch some top quality tennis action as it hosts The BMW Open by FWU AG. Players such as Tommy Haas, Lleyton Hewitt and Feliciano Lopez have been spotted out and about in this Bavarian city as they compete for the BMW Championship. Players and fans alike will not only be interested in taking in all the tennis this week, but also the city as whole. When you’re not taking in the tennis, here’s what else the city has to offer when it comes to food, nightlife and entertainment.

English Garden1. English Garden

It is one of the largest public parks in the world (larger than Central Park in New York City) that stretches from the city centre to the northern city limits. Relax, dine, visit a beer garden or simply go for a walk in this british styled garden.

You want to hang out at the places where the star players of the tournament spend their time off the court? MTL found Dustin Brown and his tennis friends on the way to this promising destination. Who better to trust with your social activities in Munich than a native German.


Wirtshaus an der Au2. Wirtshaus an der Au

At the Wirtshaus an der Au, a Bavarian styled restaurant, you can have the whole German, and more specifically, Bavarian food experience.

Once there, you have to check out those following places as well.

Marienplatz3. Marienplatz

Don’t miss out on an unforgettable day out shopping or just strolling through the city centre in Munich. It is the city’s main square and offers plenty of options in terms of shops and restaurants. Being in the centre of the city, most other sightseeing spots are located within walking distance.

Viktualienmarkt4. The Victuals Market

A perfect example of my previous point, the Victuals Market, Munich’s biggest outdoor market, is just a few steps away from Marienplatz. The vendors offer not only fresh fruit but also various bavarian and international culinary specialities.

Allianz Arena5. Allianz Arena

On the outskirts of Munich you’ll find the Allianz Arena, the home of the football club Bayern Munich. We’ll forgive you if you want to catch some footy while in Munich, because the opportunity to see the legendary Bayern live is a once in a lifetime experience. I have a feeling however, you won’t get the opportunity to meet up with the visiting Real Madrid stars like Feliciano Lopez did while at the Allianz Arena this week.


Alter Peter6. Church of St. Peter (Alter Peter)

You want to capture a view of Munich city? Climb up 299 steps to have a panorama view from the top of the St. Peters Church. With good weather, you’ll have the chance to get a glimpse of the Alps from the observation deck.

Hofbräuhaus7. Hofbräuhaus

While you are in Munich, you need to make time to go to the Hofbräuhaus, which is probably the most famous brewery in the world. Take your friends and enjoy some delicious food and beer. Actually, scratch that. Forget about the food and just leave as much space for beer in your body as possible. It’s all about the beer in Munich.

BMW Welt MŸnchen8. BMW World

Finally, Munich is also the home of BMW, the best automobile manufacturer in the country. So save some time and visit the BMW World to find out more about the world renowned “German Engineering”. There’s no better way to explore the past, present and future of automobile than visiting BMW World.


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