Munich has a lot to offer, but there is one all-important, unifying theme that runs through the city—it was made for romantics. Couples have a huge range of walks to choose from, so make your way through beautiful natural landscapes, down the winding lanes of the old town, or wander along the many streams and lakes.
Read on to discover the city’s most scenic walks, which will more than guarantee romance in Munich.
The Fairy Tale Park at Nymphenburg Palace
When it comes to garden design, Nymphenburg Park is a true masterpiece, and it’s hard to imagine a more beautiful setting for a walk in Munich. The park lies behind the magnificent palace and its turret, covering 180 hectares of land in west Munich. From the moment you set foot in the park, you feel like you’ve entered another world. The landscape is composed of a symmetrical baroque garden and a wild forest park. Their fluid borders merge together. There’s a bubbling fountain here and a babbling brook there. It’s such an enchanting backdrop for a romantic stroll.
The Swans and Owls of Nymphenburg
On your walk, you will come face-to-face with some of the palace park’s wild inhabitants. Squirrels dart across your path, ducks splash about, and Nymphenburg’s well-known inhabitants, the white swans, paddle across the small lakes dotted across the landscape. With a bit of luck, you might even get a glimpse of Egon, the park owl. If you need a little refreshment, you can get a coffee in the palace café’s palm house conservatory, where you can enjoy a stunning view of the palace park, which exudes an air of romance and enchantment. It is a place for relaxation, for city dwellers and tourists alike, and offers more diversity than any other park in Munich.
Classical Music in the Hofgarten (Court Garden)
A walking itinerary in Munich isn’t complete without a visit to the Hofgarten, or Court Garden. Dating to the beginning of the 17th century, this is Munich’s oldest park. It was created as part of the Munich Residenz palace by Duke Maximilian I, who wanted to evoke the style of an Italian renaissance garden. At the heart of the garden lies a dodecagonal round pavilion, the Temple of Diana. Musicians and dancers often make themselves at home under its roof, treating park visitors to some classical music or dance, particularly on balmy summer evenings—this really is one of the best places for romance in Munich. The rippling fountains and neat flowerbeds give the Court Garden a welcoming air, and, since it leads directly on to the English garden, you make it your next destination as you continue on your walk.
Romance Meets Sports in Munich’s Olympic Park
Munich’s Olympic Park has plenty to enjoy. Hills, greenery, and impressive views are there for your appreciation both by day and, as the park is brightly lit, even by night. The park was created when the Olympic Games were held in Munich in 1972, and was designed to complement the unique architectural style of the Olympic Stadium. Today, the 85,000 square-meter park is yours to explore by foot. Walk past the impressive stadium and indoor swimming pool, across the Theatron’s open-air lake stage (if you get the chance, it’s worth visiting one of the many free concerts held here in summer), to the stunning Olympic lake with its water fountains and swans. A trip to the Olympic Hill is a must. You are rewarded with a fantastic view of the city, second only to the vista seen from the Olympic Tower viewing platform.