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Munich or Milan

For those travelers that have visited Munich and Milan, if you have the opportunity to visit only one of these cities which one will you choose and why? I'll arrive in Zurich last week of March and I've decided to visit one of these cities for 3 days. Travel from Zurich to either city is the same approximately 4hrs by train. Your feedback will be greatly appreciate it. Thank you

Posted by
8288 posts

Full disclosure - I've been to Munich and I've only changed trains in Milan. There is much to see in Munich and there are a number of day trip opportunities from there if you feel you have run out of things to do. Salzburg is an easy day trip, as are King Ludwig's castles, Dachau, etc. What I've heard about Milan is that besides the duomo and the Last Supper, there isn't much there unless you're into high end fashion and shopping. I would choose Munich out of the two options you mention.

What kinds of things are of interest to you?

Posted by
8288 posts

I just discovered this question was also posted in To The Boot. Gil, posting in two places just causes confusion. I suggest you either delete one of the posts, or delete them both and repost under General Europe.

Posted by
31303 posts

Gil,

I agree with Andrea that it would be better to post only one Thread on a particular topic, as it makes it easier to keep replies in one place.

Regarding your question, both cities have their "charms" but I've been to both and my unequivocal recommendation would be Munich. There's a lot to see and do there and interesting day trips possible. Depending on your interests, you could travel to Füssen to see the Castles, visit the memorial at Dachau or take a trip to Salzburg.

With only a very short three days you'll likely only have time for one day trip, as there's a lot to see in Munich also. I could spend the better part of a day at the fantastic Deutsches Museum (16 kM of exhibits, as I recall) and wandering around Marienplatz is always fun. You could also take one of the walking tours offered by Radius Tours, to get some sense of the history.

You might find it helpful to check your local Library as the Guidebooks for both cities will provide some idea on the sightseeing options, which might help to choose based on your own interests.

Happy travels!

Posted by
16165 posts

Munich trumps Milan on tourist type interest. Unless "the Last Supper" is really high on your list, skip it. Don't get me wrong, Milan would certainly keep you busy for 3 days, but the question is the choice of one or the other.

Posted by
74 posts

Okay, I've deleted the other post.

I am interest on everything the cities have to offer. Sightseeing, museums, castles etc, etc.

What I'm trying to find out is which city offers more traveler who like to take a lot of pictures

Posted by
31303 posts

Gil,

To find attractions that fit your interest, I'd suggest having a look at Guidebooks for each city. Your local Library should have copies.

In terms of photo op's, IMO Munich is the more "photogenic" of the two cities. The Duomo in Milan is an interesting subject for photos (especially the architecture on the roof), but Munich has Marienplatz, the Neues Rathaus (new city hall) and Glockenspiel (fourth largest in Europe), parks, river, museums and lots of interesting places accessible on day trips (Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau Castles, Salzburg Castle and perhaps Berchestgaden for scenery (although the Eagle's Nest probably won't be open in March).

Depending on the type of photo equipment you have available, it will be easier to get accurate photos of the city hall in Munich (or other large buildings) if you have a Tilt/Shift Lens. Some software products can also correct perspective distortion, but I haven't tried any yet.

I'd still give the nod to Munich.

Cheers!

Posted by
11798 posts

Munich IMO is both prettier and offers more interesting things to see and do. The one thing Milan offers that Munich can't match is fashion and high-end shopping. If that's a really high priority for you, Milan might be the better choice.

Posted by
192 posts

My wife and I went to Milan and Munich. My wife liked Milan fashions but said we don't need to go back. Other than the Last Supper I thought Milan was "meh". Munich we've been to 4 or 5 times and will go back. Much to see and do in town plus some nice day trips outside of Munich.

Posted by
780 posts

My wife and I have been to Munich four times for three or for days,the city has many museums,historical sights and the beer halls with that great beer and sausages,as other posters have said so much to do,there is something for every taste.We have done three days in Milan and that was enough,main attractions The Duomo,Last Supper,Victor Emanuel Mall and the Castle,hope this helps
Mike

Posted by
868 posts

Milan is really underrated. The city offers wonderful Baroque architecture, like the churches of Sant'Alessandro in Zebedia, Sant'Antonio abate (great interior), Santa Maria della Passione, the chapel of San Bernardino alle Ossa or the Garegnano Charterhouse. The interiors of some of the palazzi, like the Palazzo Clerici, are outstanding. The Pinacoteca di Brera is one of the great Italian art museums, and the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is equally interestring. The Museo Archeologico and the Antiquarium show interesting Roman artworks. La Scala is one of the most famous opera houses. And if you want to do some day trips you can visit the beautiful Upper Italian lakes like Lake Lugano, Lago Maggiore or Lago di Como, or you can visit other very interesting towns like Lodi, Bergamo, Pavia, Cremona, Monza or Como. And Lombardy has a great cuisine!
It's a shame that so many know so little about this region. Maybe Milan itself is not on par with Munich, but the surroundings are much more interesting.

Posted by
837 posts

Thank you, Martin. Yes, La Scala is wonderful and the tour is very worthwhile. By the way, I am not an opera fan. Milan is very underrated, but I agree with the above posters, given a choice, there is more to see in Munich and environs. By the way, I completely disagree with those experienced posters who discourage posting in two places. It may confuse those who follow all the boards, but they will answer on one, as they have here. Conversely, I am certain that I am not alone in following only one or two at a time. For the past several years, I follow North and West, never the Boot.

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8288 posts

"By the way, I completely disagree with those experienced posters who discourage posting in two places. It may confuse those who follow all the boards, but they will answer on one, as they have here. Conversely, I am certain that I am not alone in following only one or two at a time. For the past several years, I follow North and West, never the Boot."

That is why I suggested that Gil repost to General Europe, which is probably the most widely read section on the helpline.

Posted by
837 posts

Sorry, Andrea, I disagree with you also. While General may be the most widely read, I doubt that I am the only one who faithfully reads the specific boards which relate to places I next plan to visit. I never visit the General board. I have, however, at different times, followed West, North, East, and Boot.