Shopping in Munich

Shopping in Munich

Shopaholics are in for a treat in Munich. The city’s shops combine international names and designer goods with traditional Bavarian crafts.

The main shopping areas are Neuhauserstrasse and Kaufingerstrasse, both lined with large department stores and international chains. Smaller, more exclusive boutiques can be found around Maximilianstrasse and Theatinerstrasse.

Pedestrian Area Neuhauser Strasse
Pedestrian Area Neuhauser Strasse

Typical gifts might include examples of traditional clothing (Trachten), such as Lederhosen for men and Dirndl for women; beer mugs (Stein); wood carvings (Holzschnitzereien); pewter-ware (Zinn); the famous Nymphenburg porcelain and speciality foods such as Lebkuchen, Christmas Stollen, and marzipan.

A shopping-paradise par excellence begins just behind the University and lovers of literature in particular will feel at home in the antiquarian shops round Schellingstrasse.

Shopping suggestions

I would start at Karlsplatz (Stacchus) and walk down to Marienplatz, then you can check out the area around the opera for boutiques and the like. I know best about shopping for men in Munich and can suggest some things I like, Oblätter the large toy store at Karlsplatz, Saturn which is on the right as you walk to Marienplatz and Hirmers for mens’ clothing on the left near the Marienplatz.

Shopping in Munich
Shopping in Munich

There are large department stores including Kaufhof, Galleria Kaufhof, and large Sports shops just behind Marienplatz. There are two Hugendubel bookstores, one at Marientplatz and one at Stacchus both with cafes, they have English books too.

Opening Times – larger shops, department stores and supermarkets.

Monday – Friday: 09.00 – 20.00
Saturday: 09.00 – 18.00

Opening Times – small shops

Monday – Friday: 09.00 – 18.30 and may close for lunch
Saturday: 09.00 – 12.00

Mehrwertsteuer (VAT) of 19% is included in the price of purchased items, visitors from non-EU countries are entitled to a tax refund of up to 10%. Participating stores display a Europe Tax-Free logo.


The currency is of course the Euro and there are cashpoint machines (ATMS) from the Deutsche Bank at Marienplatz and Stachus (Karlsplatz).

Cash Machine
Cash Machine

Munich Hellabrunn Zoo

Hellabrunn Zoo is awesome and a great way to spend the day, it’s also really good value when you consider that you can spend the whole day there. It’s even good on bad weather days thanks to the enclosed areas such as the botanical jungle bubble, aquarium and other indoor areas.

Zoo Hellabrunn
Petting Goats at Zoo Hellabrunn

I go there at least twice a year with my family and it’s pretty much our place to go with the kids on their birthdays. The last time I went I experienced the birds of prey show for the first time which was brilliant, worth seeing.

It is situated on the plains of the river Isar, was established as the world’s first “geo-zoo” in 1928. The natural designed enclosures are the perfect setting for breeding endangered species. Hellabrunn offers its visitores charming views of the animals, similar to animal watching in the wild, unimpeded by fences or bars.

Munich Zoo has several shows where you can watch the animals being fed, or you can ride a horse or camel:

• Elephant Show
• Camel Ride
• Seal Show
• Hawks Show

There are 371 different species with altogether 4000 animals in Munich’s Tierpark Hellabrunn.

Jungle Tent at Munich Zoo
Inside the Jungle Tent at Munich Zoo

This is a view from inside the Jungle dome. Unlike the eco-domes in Cornwall in southern England, this one is teaming with life. It has a variety of birds, iguanas, fish and insects.This is a favourite of mine at the Zoo and the children are kept busy looking for animals, also it’s a great place to warm up on cold days at the Zoo.


Tierparkstr. 30 81543 München
Tel 0049 (0) 89/625080

Opening Times

April – Sept. 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Oct. – March 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Admission Prices

Adults € 12,–
Children between 4 and 14 years
(free for children up to 4 years of age) € 5,-
Schoolchildren older than 15 years of age € 8,50


Wildpark Poing

Wildpark Poing is a great tip if you have children and need a day out. Wildpark Poing was founded in 1959 and lies just outside Munich.

At 570.000 square metres in size, it is home to many wild animals that once were common in the German landscape, wolves, elk, deer and more. The deer and red squirrels will feed out of your hand and there are animal stroking areas, and play areas for the children.


Osterfeldweg 20 85586 Poing
Tel: 0049 (0) 8121 / 80617 Fax: 049 (0) 8121 / 989 014

Opening Times

The park is open all year and dogs are not allowed, even on the leash.

Summer from 01.04. till 01.11. – 9.00 till 17.00
Winter from 02.11. till 30.03. – 11.00 till 16.00

Entrance always from 9.00 on Saturdays, Sundays, school and bank holidays.

Admission Prices

Adults: € 5,50-
Children € 3,50
Reductions € 4,50
Disabled €3,50