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Munich’s Best: Indoor Activities

With rain pattering on the windows, the easiest option on a Saturday morning would be to stay in bed and curl up with a newspaper. But when cabin fever sets in, you’re going to need a plan. For those not foolhardy enough to head out for a hike in the rain, I’ve gathered together my favourite indoor activities in and around Munich:

I’ve rounded up my favourite Munich museums here, and they’re all fantastic places to spend a rainy day.

Flugwert Schleißheim
Part of the Deutsches Museum (meaning you get in for free with a Deutsches Museum annual pass), this aviation museum is next to the Schleißheim palace, meaning you can spend a whole day museum hopping, if the weather’s bad.

And if the weather’s good, it’s even better – the baroque gardens of the palace are well worth wandering around, and there’s a delightful beer garden near the airfield, ideal for seeing the planes take off.

Open daily, 9am-5pm, and entrance costs 6 € per adult, 3 € per child and kids under 6 get in free.

Müllersches Volksbad
Undoubtedly Munich’s most stunning swimming pool, first opened in 1901. Its art nouveau decoration gives you something to look at while doing backstroke, and there’s a Finnish sauna (95°C) and Roman steam baths to help you relax after all the sport.

monte mare
A train ride away is my favourite spa in Bavaria – monte mare at Tegernsee. I’ve waxed lyrical about it before, and it’s so beautiful that it doesn’t matter how much it’s raining, you’ll want to leap into the lake after a good sauna session to cool off. Afterwards, head indoors with a book and put your feet up beside the fire.

Taking in a matinee at an old film theatre is a particularly romantic way of whiling away a rainy Saturday. I love Lichtspiele, Gabriel (one of the world’s oldest cinemas) and Das Neue Maxim.

Valentin-Karlstadt Musäum
A hidden gem in the heart of Munich. Inside Isartor is an adorable little cafe – and a fun museum commemorating the Bavarian comedian Karl Valentin. The cafe serves Weißwurst, good German cake and hot teas, and it’s worth the trek up the stairs to get there.

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I'm Rachel, the author behind Arts in Munich. I moved to Munich in the summer of 2008, and work as an editor in the city. I also do freelance work for the BBC, MONOCLE, Singapore Airlines and Kaltblut, among others, and previously wrote for the Huffington Post and Electronic Beats.

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