Munich sports are very popular with the locals, and the international community. It was the site of the 1972 Summer Olympics and a host of the 1974 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.
Football / Soccer
FC Bayern München is the popular and wildly successful home team. They have won about twenty national championships in their history. The secondary team, TSV 1860 Munich, plays in the same league.
The Allianz Arena (Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25) is the newest base for both clubs. Until 2005, they had previously held games at the Olympic Stadium. The Stadium is a tourist attraction in itself as the world’s only arena with a facade that changes colors.
The Olympic Stadium (Spiridon-Louis-Ring 3) plays host to Munich’s ice hockey team, the EHC München. They have won a few league championships since their beginnings in 1998.
This is a sport you might not expect to see in soccer-crazed Europe, but baseball in Munich has a decent following. This Munich sport is hosted by Deutscher Baseball Verein which sponsors two teams. The Munich-Haar Disciples and the Gauting Indians have been battling it out since 2007.
October is marathon-time in Munich. This 10 km (6 mi) run will take you by some of Munich’s most beloved attractions, from the Olympic Stadium through Marienplatz. A big pasta party is held following the race.
With its proximity to the Alps, Munich is a prime sport location for skiers. Many of the locations are outside of the city, but easily reached by public transport. Alpine and cross-country are both on offer.
This Munich sport is quite unexpected! But there is a part of the Eisbach river (in the English Garden) with a natural, stationary wave that is popular with surfers. You can join in the fun, or hang out on the bridge that overlooks the Munich wave.
Why not trade in the typical sightseeing tours for a biking tour around this beautiful city? Several companies offer rental bikes and it’s a great way to get around this easily navigable city, while getting in some beneficial exercise.