Free things to do in Munich: Churches

Things to Do — By Mike Richardson on September 27, 2011 at 10:08 pm

You can never have too many free things on your list of things to do while on vacation.  In Munich there are literally hundreds of free things to do, but today I would like to focus on churches.

For hundreds of years money flowed in two directions:  toward the Catholic Church and to the monarchy.  Because of that fact, the majority of sights throughout Europe are either homes of various monarchs or churches.  The greatest artists and architects were employed to build these over decades and sometimes centuries.  Unfortunately, a lot of tourists become jaded of visiting churches after only a few and quite often waste their time on relatively unimportant churches.  In Munich, all churches are free and several of them I would classify as absolute must see sights of the city.

Here are the churches I would start with in Munich:

Frauenkirche:  This is the cathedral of Munich and also one of the most recognized symbols of the city.  It was built in the 15th century in the Gothic style as a parish church and became a cathedral in the 19th century.

Theatinerkirche:  Built in the 17th and 18th centuries, this is one of the most recognized churches in town as it is located right at Odeonsplatz (one of Munich’s main squares) and is painted bright yellow.

Asamkirche:  A rococo masterpiece, this is arguably the most beautiful church in town, but it’s a small church that tourists won’t just run into if they’re just walking around downtown.

Michaelskirche (St. Micheal’s):  A renaissance masterpiece located right on the main shopping street, this church is also the burial place of Bavaria’s most famous king, Ludwig II.  It also happens to be the largest renaissance church north of the Alps.

Alter Peter (Old St. Peter’s):  Munich’s oldest building has been rebuilt many times, but it remains the heart soul of the city.  Its tower offers the best view of the old town with its location almost in the very center of the city just off of Marienplatz.

All of these are free and each is worth at least 10 minutes of your time here in Munich.


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