Expatriates living within corporate housing units in or near Munich may want to venture out of their home for evening or weekend activities to fully experience all that Germany has to offer. Each destination on the following list of popular outdoor activities in Munich is within driving distance from the city's center.
1. Fat Tire Tours
Fat Tire Tours offers Segway, E-bike, and private tours throughout Munich. Possible destinations on theses tours include the popular Englischer Garten, Angel of Peace, Hofgarten and the Bavarian Chancellery (pictured).
2. Tierpark Hellabrunn
The German word for “zoo” is tierpark, and the Hellabrunn Tierpark is one of the greatest zoos in Germany. Founded in 1911, Hellabrunn was the first geo-zoo in the world, meaning the 19,000 animals that live here are housed in accordance to their natural geographic location and within complex communities. The zoo offers a safari-like feel because the animals are kept in large, open enclosures with natural landscaping and ditches, allowing visitors to have an unobstructed view of the zoo’s inhabitants. The Hellabrunn Tierpark was chosen as a 2016 Traveler’s Choice on Trip Advisor.
3. Pure Bavaria Tours
The Pure Bavaria Tours are highly regarded as one of the greatest touring experiences in Germany. Unparalleled views of the Bavarian Alps, villages, and countryside, as well as stops at a cheese farm, the Fairy Tale Castle of Neuschwanstein (pictured), the Church of Wies (an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site), and other breathtaking sites complete the tour, making it a trip any visiter won’t easily forget.
Olympiapark, the location of the 1972 summer Olympics, is a highly cherished tourist destination. With a combination of indoor activities, outdoor activities, and sightseeing, the Olympiapark offers something for everyone. Roof climbing, zip lining, an aquarium, the Olympic Tower, mini golf, swimming, and tours of the Olympic Stadium are just a few of the dozens of adventures a visitor at Olympiapark may choose to pursue.
5. Paraworth Tandem Paragliding
Approximately 50 minutes from the center of Munich, expats can soar through the Bavarian Alps with professional paragliders. Paraworth Tandem Paragliding was awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in both 2015 and 2016 and has remained a popular tourist activity throughout 2017.
6. Spend a day at the Englischer Garten
The Englischer Garten is the largest public park in Munich, offering a little bit of something for everyone. It stretches from the city center to the northeastern city limits, making it one of the most expansive urban public parks in the world, larger than New York's Central Park. Criss-crossed with trails, the park is a popular place for joggers, bikers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Those who are less athletically inclined can enjoy its multiple restaurants and beer gardens, can sun next to one of the many rivers, or may catch a glimpse of the Englischer Garten surfers.
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