FC BAYERN MUNICH AND THE CITY OF MUNICH
In Germany, soccer is the number one national sport. FC Bayern Munich is without doubt one of the most successful clubs in Germany. Who hasn’t heard of this renowned football club based in the cosmopolitan Bavarian capital? FC Bayern Munich was founded in February 1900 and in fact it has the biggest membership of any sports club in the world with a total of 290,000 members.
29 times German league champion and five times Champions League winner – the club and its fan community are simply huge! And where better to soak up the atmosphere than in the so-called "FC Bayern Munich living room” – the Allianz Arena?
1 ) THE ALLIANZ ARENA – ALWAYS AN OUTSTANDING SOCCER EXPERIENCE
The Allianz Arena is the soccer stadium to the north of the city of Munich with capacity seating for more than 75,000 fans at Bundesliga matches. With around four million visitors a year, the stadium is one of the most popular attractions in Bavaria. There are good reasons for this: one highlight is the impressive architecture of the building, which amazes millions of visitors every year both on the inside due to its spectator terraces perfectly placed for viewing the playing field, and on the outside due to the spectacular alternating lighting on the facade.
For those who have not yet experienced the atmosphere of a match in the stadium – or would like to experience it again – we have two special dates for the end of the year:
- November 6: Champions League – FC Bayern Munich vs. Olympiakos Piraeus and
- December 11: Champions League – FC Munich vs. Tottenham Hotspur
- Details of all match dates can be found in the match schedule
2) EVENTS, GUIDED TOURS AND CO. AT THE ALLIANZ ARENA
The Allianz Arena is not only a highlight when there are matches on there. The FC Bayern Erlebniswelt (FC Bayern Munich World of Experience) has lots to offer, too. Here are other five good reasons to visit the Allianz Arena:
- Stadium tours – Arena tours
As a group or individual visitor you can book a combined tour. The Arena guides give you a comprehensive look behind the scenes – for example you get to see the team cabins and the FC Bayern Munich players tunnel. A visit to Germany's biggest club museum is also included.
On the Arena VIP Tour you can experience the atmosphere of Germany’s most state-of-the-art football stadium from the point of view of the team or a VIP guest. For example, you go directly to the manager's bench or to the box-holder and guest-of-honor area. Guided tours are also possible on match days. Here you can book an exclusive Match Day Tour.
- Club Museum
There is so much to discover on the more than 3,000 square meters of exhibition space. Here you can find out everything about the glorious history of FC Bayern Munich and admire shirts from almost every season as well as all previous trophies won by the teams.
In addition to the Arena Bistro, there are another 28 kiosks on two levels. Here you will find a large selection of food and drinks during your entire stay. On level 3 you will also find "Paulaner Fantreff Süd” – this is only open on match days to indulge you with a good Bavarian snack as well as a great selection of beers and other drinks.
- FC Bayern Munich Store: Shops
If you’re missing the right fan T-shirt, this is the place for you. On a surface area of more than 1,000 square meters, the FC Bayern Munich Store has everything the athlete or soccer enthusiast could want. Whether flags, stickers, accessories or sportswear – you're sure to find the item that's missing from your fan collection here.
- Game world for families
Children aged between 3 and 9 can let off steam on the large, free-of-charge playground in the middle of the Allianz Arena. There is a climbing wall and an adventure course as well as space for handicrafts and building. Trained staff supervise the children in the presence of their parents.
Full details of dates and bookings can be found on the Allianz Arena homepage.
3) THE STARS UP CLOSE – WATCH BFC AYERN MUNICH DURING TRAINING
If you want to take a look behind the scenes, you can do so on a training visit. This is your chance to get up close to the stars. Maybe you’ll even have the opportunity to get an autograph! It’s certainly a highlight to see coach Niko Kovač’s boys live in action.
FC Bayern Munich holds a public training session once or even several times a week at the stadium on Säbener Straße. See here for full details and dates.
4) NOT UP FOR SOCCER? MUNICH ALWAYS HAS AN ALTERNATIVE
For those who can't make it to the stadium or don't feel like it, there are of course numerous other sights to see and things to do to spend an exciting and varied day in Munich and the surrounding area. Here are the five top tips for you:
- Jochen Schweizer Arena
In the mood for action and lots of sporting highlights? If so, you should visit Jochen Schweizer Arena in Taufkirchen near Munich. Here you can do indoor surfing, bodyflying, climbing and lots more besides.
See full details at Jochen Schweizer Arena.
- Wellness at Erding thermal spa
Erding has the world's largest thermal spa with lots to offer. Looking for aquatic fun and action? Go to the adventure pool with a current total of 27 water slides. Relax and unwind in the wave pool, sauna or spa areas at VitalOase.
See Therme Erding for full details and booking options.
- Munich's theaters
If you’re in search of a cultural activity, you might like to spend an evening in one of the major, tradition-steeped theaters such as the Staatsoper, the Münchner Kammerspiele or Deutsches Theater. On the other hand, if you prefer small-scale, alternative venues, you have a choice of more than 80 small theaters. One thing is certain – you'll definitely find what you're looking for here.
See here for all dates, times and other details: https://www.muenchen.de/veranstaltungen/theaterbuehnen.html
- Museum world
Here again you have an enormous election of top-class museums, exhibition centers and galleries. In the city’s so-called Museum Quarter in Maxvorstadt you will find a wide range of cultural options such as the Pinakothek galleries, Lenbachhaus and Museum Brandhorst.
See here for details.
- City tours with a difference
City tours are always fascinating and a wonderful way to find out more about the place you’re visiting. In Munich there are some rather special city tours we’re keen to share with you:
- Eat the World: If you want to experience gastronomy in Munich, this is the perfect choice for you. The culinary city tour is a special highlight that also gives you insights into the history of the city.
Feeling hungry? Then go right ahead: https://www.eat-the-world.com/stadtfuehrung/muenchen/
- Nightwatchman tours: As the name suggests, these tours take place at night, taking in dark alleys, old cemeteries and imposing churches. Enjoy an exciting and creepy tour with your nightwatchman and listen to some spooky stories about the city. This is your direct link to the nightwatchman tours.
- City whodunnits: This city tour takes you straight to the scene of the crime: during the course of the tour, the Stadtvogel acting team plays out Munich’s most famous and infamous crimes, including murders, burglaries and bank robberies. Sound exciting? See here for full details.
So whether you're looking forward to soccer and the Allianz Arena or are interested in another exciting highlight the city has to offer – there's always something for everyone. Enjoy!