Home to Bavaria's Wittelsbach rulers from 1508 until WWI, the Residenz is Munich's number one attraction. The amazing treasures, as well as all the trappings of their lifestyles over the centuries, are on display at the Residenzmuseum, which takes up around half of the palace. Allow at least two hours to see all the highlights.
2. Schloss Nymphenburg
This commanding palace and its lavish gardens sprawl around 5km northwest of the Altstadt. Built in 1664 as a villa for Electress Adelaide of Savoy, Franz Duke of Bavaria, head of the once royal Wittelsbach family, still occupies an apartment here.
3. Muenchener Stadtmuseum
Installed for the city's 850th birthday (2008), the Münchner Stadtmuseum's Typisch München (Typically Munich) exhibition – which occupies a whole building – tells Munich's story in an imaginative, uncluttered and engaging way.
4. BMW Museum & BMW Welt
Next to the Olympiapark, the dramatic glass and steel structure that is the BMW Welt, is truly a petrol head's dream. Apart from its role as a prestigious car pick-up centre, this king of showrooms acts as a shop window for BMW's latest models and a show space for the company as a whole.
The epicentral heart and soul of the Altstadt, Marienplatz is a popular gathering spot and packs a lot of personality into a compact frame. It's anchored by the Mariensäule, built in 1638 to celebrate victory over Swedish forces during the Thirty Years' War. This is the busiest spot in all Munich.
The landmark Frauenkirche, built between 1468 and 1488, is Munich's spiritual heart and the Mt Everest among its churches. No other building in the central city is allowed to stand taller than its onion-domed twin towers, which reach a skyscraping 99m.
7. Bier & Oktoberfestmuseum
Head to this popular museum to learn all about Bavarian suds and the world's most famous booze-up. The four floors heave with old brewing vats, historic photos and some of the earliest Oktoberfest regalia. The 14th-century building has some fine medieval features, including painted ceilings and a kitchen with an open fire.