Munich is a city of 1.5 million and the capital of Bavaria, the largest region in southeastern Germany. Tours to Munich are popular with travelers due to the huge number of historical monuments, picturesque nature and the status of the “beer capital” of the world – the famous Oktoberfest festival is held here. The city lives under the motto “Munich loves you”, and you can feel it in everything. Bavarians are smiling, welcoming, and the city has an atmosphere of endless celebration.
How to get there
The landing takes place at the international airport of Munich “Franz Josef Strauss”, 32 kilometers from the city. From the airport, you can take the S-Bahn city train (lines S1 and S8) to Munich city center. There are also Flixbus and Lufthansa Express buses running to the center.
Weather in Munich
Munich has mild pleasant weather throughout the year. Winters with little snow and warm. The average daily air temperature in winter is +2 ° C, frosts are extremely rare. In summer, the sweltering heat of the Bavarians does not torment, the air usually warms up to +23 ° C. When traveling to Munich, be sure to take an umbrella with you. It often rains here, and the sky is overcast.
Hotels in Munich
Housing in Munich, like in most cities in Western Europe, can hardly be called cheap. Prices per night in the most modest hotel start at 50 euros. During the season, prices may be higher and there may be less choice.
For those who are ready to spend money, there are 10 five-star and about 120 four-star hotels in the city. As a rule, they are located in the center and are distinguished by first-class service, luxurious interiors and high prices. For example, a kind of record – a night in the five-star Mandarin Oriental hotel, which is located in the old town area, costs from 650 euros.
You can rent hotels in Munich inexpensively, but not in the very center. However, it is not difficult to get to the center from almost any hotel due to the developed network of public transport. Prices per night in a double room in the most budget hotels start from 50-60 euros, while sometimes the bathroom can be shared.
There are few hostels in Munich, less than ten in the entire city. A bed in a dormitory room starts from 28 euros, a double room – from 45 euros. Other less common accommodation options are bed and breakfasts, homestays and apartments.
There are not as many unusual hotels in Munich as in Berlin. One of them is the three-star Buddy Hotel, equipped with smart technologies. For example, upon arrival, guests check in themselves, using the terminal. The interior of the rooms resembles a train compartment, including the size – from 10 square meters. The guests are impressed by the electric beds and the tablet with fast internet access. The cost of an overnight stay in a double room starts from 79 euros.
The Cocoon Hauptbahnhof has an interesting design, which looks like a house in the Alps. The premises are decorated with wood, antlers and skis adorn the walls. For the opportunity to spend the night in a Munich “chalet” you will have to pay more than 100 euros.
- Nutrition. Most hotels in Munich offer breakfast. It is included in the price of the night or served for a fee. The apartments have their own kitchen.
- Services. In many hotels, guests can use the sauna or fitness center. You can also rent a bike. Some hotels have electric car charging stations.
- Tip. In Munich, as in other cities in Germany, it is customary for hotel staff to tip. Maids can stay on the bed from 2 to 10 euros.
Sights in Munich
It is best to start exploring Munich from the center – the main square of the city of Marienplatz. Here is the building of the New Town Hall with the famous Glockenspiel chimes. Several times a day, with the striking of the clock, a puppet show is held at the town hall. The 85-meter tower of the New Town Hall has an observation deck with a panoramic view of the old town.
Here, on the square, is the Cathedral of St. Peter. According to legend, it was in this place that the city was born. You need to get into the church at least to climb the observation deck and see the mesmerizing panorama of Munich.
Not far from Marienplatz is Munich’s main church, the Frauenkirche. These are the same 99-meter towers that are usually depicted on souvenirs and postcards from Munich. The history of the church goes back to the 15th century. According to legend, the Devil himself left his mark inside the church – his print can be seen at the entrance. The cathedral was built in the Baroque style and is considered the most beautiful architectural monument of Bavaria.
There are so many museums in Munich that you can’t get around everything in a few days. You cannot miss the Deutsches Museum. It is located on the Museum Island on the Isar River. These are huge showrooms dedicated to technology, science and transport. Here, for example, a real rocket is on display as an exhibit. The planetarium and miniatures section are especially popular.
The Alte Pinakothek is another must-see museum in Munich. Here you can see paintings dating from the XIV-XVI centuries. In the oldest art museum in Munich, you can see works by Da Vinci, Botticelli and Brandt. The New Pinakothek is located directly opposite the museum. It exhibits paintings and sculptures by masters of the 19th and early 20th centuries, among them Claude Monet and Van Gogh.
When traveling to Munich with children, do not forget to drop by the Munich Zoo – the largest in Europe. Here you can feed wild animals from special machines, as well as learn the geography of the earth in a playful way.
Bavarians love to spend time in their city garden. The English Garden gained fame all over the world due to its size. It stretches from the center to the northern outskirts. It even surpasses New York’s Central Park in area. It is pleasant to sit on the lawn, listen to birdsong and plunge into the atmosphere of measured Bavarian life.
Every year in late September – early October, lovers of the foamy drink from all over the world flock to Munich. Festival visitors drink millions of liters of beer and eat thousands of kilograms of branded sausages, pretzels and pork rolls. Due to the great popularity of Oktoberfest, autumn in Munich is the hottest time. There are crowds of tourists on the streets, and there are no vacant places in hotels.
The scale of the festival is also evidenced by the number of items lost by visitors. Such funny statistics are kept by the organizers. For example, in 2018, after the festival, 2,685 lost items were found, including 840 passports, 460 wallets, 350 phones, 300 keys, 140 glasses, 130 jewelry, 90 bags and backpacks, 20 umbrellas and 5 video cameras, as well as several wedding rings.
German cuisine and restaurants in Munich
The Bavarians managed to preserve the culinary traditions of their ancestors. They use the same seasonings in their kitchens as they did hundreds of years ago. That is why you should definitely try national dishes in Munich. Pork shanks, sausages, pates and cheeses have an incomparable taste here. You can start a gastronomic tour in one of the Munich restaurants with cold snacks. For example, from obatsda cheese pate. It contains cottage cheese, grated cheese, dill, herbs and, of course, beer. Pâté is served with a signature salted pretzel.
Other popular light meals include Munich’s Weisswurst sausages. They are white in color, since there are no dyes and additives in the composition, but only minced veal, bacon and parsley. Sausages are prepared very quickly – they are dipped in boiling water for several minutes. Weisswurst with special mustard and honey are served. The Bavarians do not particularly like soups, but if they cook, then you can eat them for the day ahead, they are so hearty and fatty. A traditional eintopf is usually made from whatever is in the Munich fridge. Potatoes, pasta, meat and legumes are placed in a strong beef broth.
If you decide to sample the classics of Bavarian cuisine, be sure to order the Schweinhax pork knuckle. This is a pork leg that is soaked in the signature marinade and baked until crisp. Potato dumplings are prepared as a side dish for the shank. And meat, according to an old tradition, is served with a fork stuck into it.
If after this high-calorie feast you can still master the dessert, then order a slice of Munich’s signature multilayer cake. Several layers of biscuit and meringue in it are combined with a nut layer and butter cream.
Souvenirs from Munich
What else to take from the beer capital if not beer and a beer mug? Traditional cuisines for a foamy drink are sold in volumes of half a liter, as well as a liter, two or even more. The famous pretzel can also become an edible souvenir. This is the same Munich pretzel, which is prepared according to a special recipe from salted dough. Jars of mustard and local spices are also popular.
The national costumes of the Bavarians are their special pride. Munich people love and wear their traditional outfits even in everyday life. Bringing leather brewer’s trousers with suspenders from Munich or a lace blouse with a low neckline for a lady is a special chic.
Costumes are expensive, but you can take at least the famous Tyrolean hat with a feather for a few euros.
Munich public transport
Munich is a large city, so public transport is highly developed here. On the other hand, if you plan to see only the sights of the city center, then you can get around here on foot.
Moreover, the Old Center of Munich (“Altstadt”) is completely pedestrianized, it is forbidden to enter here by car. However, if you are not going to be limited to the city center, for example, in your plans to visit the BMW Museum or the Nymphenburg Palace, then you will have to use public transport.
All possible modes of transport operate in Munich – city underground (U-bahn), suburban trains (S-Bahn), trams and buses. All of them are part of a single transport system – MVV.
Public transport operates all day, except from 2 am to 5 am. The whole of Munich is divided into transport zones, and the further you need to move from the city center, the more expensive the journey will be. There are no barriers or turnstiles in the Munich metro, and tickets must be punched either in special machines (at the metro station) or inside transport (if it is a bus or tram).
Munich has a different combination of public transport tickets. When purchasing a ticket, it is important to pay attention to the coverage area. According to the number of use, tickets for city transport are divided into one-time, one-day, three-day, 10-time tickets. For trips around the area, the so-called Bayern tickets – “Bavarian tickets” are suitable.
Good to know:
- Stores close at exactly 20:00, and on Sunday many establishments do not work at all.
- City Day is celebrated in mid-June. Fairs, concerts, theatrical performances are held throughout Munich.