When romance is in the air, lovebirds lap up each other’s company anytime, anywhere. But for romance in Munich there is a handful of special places where the mood is magical, the air crackles with electricity, and butterflies flutter past right on cue. If you’re looking for the perfect place in Munich for a bit of smooching, check out these three suggestions.
Picnic by the Monopteros
What could be more romantic than a picnic with someone special? And for true romance in Munich, why not head for a spot right underneath one of the Englischer Garten’s main landmarks, the Monopteros? This 16-meter-high Greek-style round temple was built in the mid-19th century on a hill in the middle of the Englischer Garten by the architect Leo von Klenze. Just spread your picnic blanket out on the grass, fish out some grapes, cheese, and a bottle of white wine, and settle down to a cozy evening together. From the Monopteros you have a panoramic view of the Englischer Garten and the towers of the old town. It’s just the spot for a bit of romance.
The Fountains in the Hofgarten
Belonging to the Residenz Palace and accessed from Odeonsplatz, the Hofgarten is a magnificent oasis right in the heart of the city center. With its gaily colored flower beds, tinkling fountains, and round Temple of Diana pavilion, it’s the perfect place to while away your free time with your loved one. Even on a busy summer’s afternoon you can usually find a little corner to yourself, perhaps on a bench by one of the fountains or on the lawns next to the flower beds. You’ll often hear the melodious strains of a violin, harp, or clarinet, because the Temple of Diana is a popular spot for Munich’s musicians. And sometimes there’s dancing too—salsa, tango, swing, and more, because the Hofgarten is the unofficial meeting place for locals who like to take to the floor on warm summer evenings. Flowers, music, and dancing set the perfect scene for a little romance.
The Isar Riverside
The green strip running along the banks of the River Isar is one of the most romantic places in Munich. It’s so close to the city and yet seemingly a rural idyll. One particularly popular spot by the Isar is the Flaucher in Sendling. Especially in summer, locals flock here for barbecues and to splash about in the sun. But just head off in the direction of Schäftlarn, and you’ll soon leave the crowds behind and find yourselves in the picturesque countryside. Here, the Isar tumbles over countless little weirs, branching off into small backwaters lined with pebble beaches, meandering through the meadow. You cross a series of quaint little footbridges as you head further into the meadow, enjoying each others’ company in relaxing solitude. When you reach the Großhesseloher Brücke and climb to the upper level, two rewards await you. The first is the stunning view of the Isar riverside: one of Munich’s most romantic vistas. The second is two of the city’s best beer gardens: the Menterschwaige and the Waldwirtschaft, just around the corner.