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ImageSeeing the whole of Munich in a day is an impossible task. However if you have a time constraint and want to get a feel of the city the best thing to do is to follow the guide below. This guide concentrates on the Altstadt, the Old Town which is the center of Munich. You can cover the central square, Marienplatz, take in the Glockenspiel and walk nearby to an old church, an open-air market and the most fashionable shopping boulevard in Munich. You can also visit the two most renowned museums of the city namely Alte Pinakothek and the Deutsches Museum. This can be followed by a late afternoon visit to the English Garden followed by a visit to one of the most famous beer halls of Munich.

Using Hauptbahnhof as the starting point, you can walk down Neuhauserstrasse and you will arrive at Maxburgstrasse. From here go to the Frauenkirche and after visiting the church go all the way to the top of its twin domed towers for a bird's eye view of the city.

The next square you will arrive at is Marienplatz, the heart of the Old Town. Tourists flock to this square in droves to see the Glockenspiel, a 15-minute show where over 30 painted statues dance and which takes place at 11am and 12 noon every day. You can see the Old and New City Halls here as well. Once this is over, you can visit the Peterskirche which is also in the area.
 
Just below the Marienplatz is Viktualienmarkt the open air food market which you can walk around to get a feel of the place and to see all the different foods and drinks available. Walk north from the market and reach Maxmillianstrasse. This is the most fashionable street in Munich, lined with boutiques and various fashion houses. It is one of the great shopping streets of Europe. 
 
The next stop on your agenda should be the Alte Pinakotheken, one of the most amazing painting galleries of Europe. To see this museum in true detail would take at least four hours but it can be done in an hour and a half if you concentrate only on its masterpieces. The numerous paintings by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Rubens, and Raphael should not be missed. There are also a lot of other old European masters, including Pieter Brueghel.

After lunch head for the Deutsches Museum.  This museum on the river Isar is spread over 13 acres. Grab a map and choose which sections interest you the most. Instead of the day it would otherwise take to see it, you will have to settle for spending a couple of hours there. After seeing the museum you should go to the English Garden and relax, soaking up the atmosphere there. Now you can walk back to Marienplatz and visit Munich's most famous beer hall called Hofbrauhaus.  

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