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You're Going to Love Munich

Nestled in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, Munich combines historical elegance with down-to-earth charm. View timeless masterpieces from the world's great painters, take a stroll down one of Europe's best shopping streets, and rub elbows with the locals at a beer garden.

For centuries, Munich has been a major center of art and commerce. You'll find splendid baroque churches in the Old Town neighborhood and masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, and Vincent van Gogh in the Museum District. The world-famous Maximilianstrasse shopping district has high-end fashion houses like Chanel and Ralph Lauren, and the headquarters of car manufacturer BMW are in the suburbs.

Munich is a very friendly and approachable city. You can sing along with an Oompah band in a crowded beer hall, or, if your taste runs to quieter pursuits, sunbathe in one of Munich's many parks. Plus, you are only a few miles away from some of the highest peaks in the Bavarian Alps.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Munich

1. Visit an Art Museum

Munich is an art lover's paradise, and the Museum District is ground zero for great paintings. There are funky art galleries and antiques shops where you can buy copies of old masters on almost every corner, but don't miss the great museums, Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek, were you can admire works by Goya, Rembrandt, and Albrecht Dürer.

2. Hoist a Pint with the Locals

Even if you don't visit during Munich's annual Oktoberfest, there are plenty of opportunities to sample the region's famous beer. The many beer halls scattered throughout the city are a lot of fun, but they can sometimes be overpriced and overcrowded. For a quieter experience, stop by one of the outdoor beer gardens, where you can enjoy a pint and a pretzel in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

3. Relax in a Park

Munich's temperate climate makes outdoor living enjoyable almost anytime of year. The city's many parks include the elegant Hofgarten, the former royal grounds of the Nymphenburg Palace, and the laid-back Englischer Garten, where locals unwind on the banks of the Isar River.

4. Take a Day Trip to the Alps

Munich makes a great base for an exploration of Bavaria. Must-see attractions include the fairytale spires of the Neuschwanstein Castle in the Allgäu region, and the towering heights of Zugspitze in Upper Bavaria, which has breathtaking views from the summit.

5. Nosh at a Delicatessen

During the 19th century, these temples of culinary grandeur served chocolate, coffee, and gourmet delicacies to Munich's ruling classes. Today, everyday citizens crowd shops like Dallmayr on Dienerstrasse and Käfer-Schänke on Prinzregentenstrasse to enjoy a high-end lunch or to grab a cappuccino before hitting the museums.

1. Visit an Art Museum

Munich is an art lover's paradise, and the Museum District is ground zero for great paintings. There are funky art galleries and antiques shops where you can buy copies of old masters on almost every corner, but don't miss the great museums, Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek, were you can admire works by Goya, Rembrandt, and Albrecht Dürer.

2. Hoist a Pint with the Locals

Even if you don't visit during Munich's annual Oktoberfest, there are plenty of opportunities to sample the region's famous beer. The many beer halls scattered throughout the city are a lot of fun, but they can sometimes be overpriced and overcrowded. For a quieter experience, stop by one of the outdoor beer gardens, where you can enjoy a pint and a pretzel in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

3. Relax in a Park

Munich's temperate climate makes outdoor living enjoyable almost anytime of year. The city's many parks include the elegant Hofgarten, the former royal grounds of the Nymphenburg Palace, and the laid-back Englischer Garten, where locals unwind on the banks of the Isar River.

4. Take a Day Trip to the Alps

Munich makes a great base for an exploration of Bavaria. Must-see attractions include the fairytale spires of the Neuschwanstein Castle in the Allgäu region, and the towering heights of Zugspitze in Upper Bavaria, which has breathtaking views from the summit.

5. Nosh at a Delicatessen

During the 19th century, these temples of culinary grandeur served chocolate, coffee, and gourmet delicacies to Munich's ruling classes. Today, everyday citizens crowd shops like Dallmayr on Dienerstrasse and Käfer-Schänke on Prinzregentenstrasse to enjoy a high-end lunch or to grab a cappuccino before hitting the museums.

What to do in Munich

1. Marienplatz: Centuries of History

Mosey along the pedestrian thoroughfare Neuhauser street to take advantage of the shops and cafés, before reaching the 12th-century central square of Munich. The New Town Hall will stand out first, towering to great heights with imposing but elegant gothic architecture. The building houses a gallery and a very musical Glockenspiel inside. The Mariensäule below is also a gorgeous sight, glimmering at the center of the square.

2. Altstadt-Lehel: From Churches to Palaces

This Bavarian Old Town was once walled, and the cobbled streets within those boundaries still hold the greatest city sights. The church towers of the Marienkirche are visible from throughout the area, and the 15th-century giant is a wonder to behold. Climb the tower for views of Munich and the distant Alps. Nearby, the Kunsthalle and Residenz are both world-class museums, and the royal Hofgarten a refreshing natural experience. Catch an Opera in rococo style at Cuvilliés Theater too!

3. English Garden: Munich's Central Park

Extending northwards from the attraction-packed Old City, this enormous 900+ acre park is the inviting and green alternative to the churches and palaces of stone. The landscape will draw you in and have you forget about the city streets, its groomed but informal layout begging for exploration. Recreation is the name of the game here, and you can even go surfing on the Eisbach River! Don't miss the beautiful and enormous wooden Chinese Tower either.

4. Königsplatz: Art from Every Age

This Royal Square is an unmatched expression of power, vast and neo-classical. It is dwarfing to stand at the center and admire the buildings, before discovering their exciting collections. The Glyptothek is dedicated to Greek and Roman sculpture, with the notable sleeping Barberini Faun on display. The Antique Collection across the way is one of the best in the world, while the New Pinakothek boasts grand 19th-century art.

5. BMW Welt: "The White Cauldron"

The shimmering building that houses the BMW Museum is an icon of 1970s design in itself, and the new museum inside is well worth it too. Car enthusiast or not, hundreds of thousands flock to these well-curated and shiny galleries for their modernistic vibes and unforgettable sights. You're sure to find a dream car in those halls. Nearby the enormous observation tower of the Olympic Park is offering panoramic dinners at over 500 feet heights!

1. Marienplatz: Centuries of History

Mosey along the pedestrian thoroughfare Neuhauser street to take advantage of the shops and cafés, before reaching the 12th-century central square of Munich. The New Town Hall will stand out first, towering to great heights with imposing but elegant gothic architecture. The building houses a gallery and a very musical Glockenspiel inside. The Mariensäule below is also a gorgeous sight, glimmering at the center of the square.

2. Altstadt-Lehel: From Churches to Palaces

This Bavarian Old Town was once walled, and the cobbled streets within those boundaries still hold the greatest city sights. The church towers of the Marienkirche are visible from throughout the area, and the 15th-century giant is a wonder to behold. Climb the tower for views of Munich and the distant Alps. Nearby, the Kunsthalle and Residenz are both world-class museums, and the royal Hofgarten a refreshing natural experience. Catch an Opera in rococo style at Cuvilliés Theater too!

3. English Garden: Munich's Central Park

Extending northwards from the attraction-packed Old City, this enormous 900+ acre park is the inviting and green alternative to the churches and palaces of stone. The landscape will draw you in and have you forget about the city streets, its groomed but informal layout begging for exploration. Recreation is the name of the game here, and you can even go surfing on the Eisbach River! Don't miss the beautiful and enormous wooden Chinese Tower either.

4. Königsplatz: Art from Every Age

This Royal Square is an unmatched expression of power, vast and neo-classical. It is dwarfing to stand at the center and admire the buildings, before discovering their exciting collections. The Glyptothek is dedicated to Greek and Roman sculpture, with the notable sleeping Barberini Faun on display. The Antique Collection across the way is one of the best in the world, while the New Pinakothek boasts grand 19th-century art.

5. BMW Welt: "The White Cauldron"

The shimmering building that houses the BMW Museum is an icon of 1970s design in itself, and the new museum inside is well worth it too. Car enthusiast or not, hundreds of thousands flock to these well-curated and shiny galleries for their modernistic vibes and unforgettable sights. You're sure to find a dream car in those halls. Nearby the enormous observation tower of the Olympic Park is offering panoramic dinners at over 500 feet heights!

1. Marienplatz: Centuries of History

Mosey along the pedestrian thoroughfare Neuhauser street to take advantage of the shops and cafés, before reaching the 12th-century central square of Munich. The New Town Hall will stand out first, towering to great heights with imposing but elegant gothic architecture. The building houses a gallery and a very musical Glockenspiel inside. The Mariensäule below is also a gorgeous sight, glimmering at the center of the square.

2. Altstadt-Lehel: From Churches to Palaces

This Bavarian Old Town was once walled, and the cobbled streets within those boundaries still hold the greatest city sights. The church towers of the Marienkirche are visible from throughout the area, and the 15th-century giant is a wonder to behold. Climb the tower for views of Munich and the distant Alps. Nearby, the Kunsthalle and Residenz are both world-class museums, and the royal Hofgarten a refreshing natural experience. Catch an Opera in rococo style at Cuvilliés Theater too!

3. English Garden: Munich's Central Park

Extending northwards from the attraction-packed Old City, this enormous 900+ acre park is the inviting and green alternative to the churches and palaces of stone. The landscape will draw you in and have you forget about the city streets, its groomed but informal layout begging for exploration. Recreation is the name of the game here, and you can even go surfing on the Eisbach River! Don't miss the beautiful and enormous wooden Chinese Tower either.

4. Königsplatz: Art from Every Age

This Royal Square is an unmatched expression of power, vast and neo-classical. It is dwarfing to stand at the center and admire the buildings, before discovering their exciting collections. The Glyptothek is dedicated to Greek and Roman sculpture, with the notable sleeping Barberini Faun on display. The Antique Collection across the way is one of the best in the world, while the New Pinakothek boasts grand 19th-century art.

5. BMW Welt: "The White Cauldron"

The shimmering building that houses the BMW Museum is an icon of 1970s design in itself, and the new museum inside is well worth it too. Car enthusiast or not, hundreds of thousands flock to these well-curated and shiny galleries for their modernistic vibes and unforgettable sights. You're sure to find a dream car in those halls. Nearby the enormous observation tower of the Olympic Park is offering panoramic dinners at over 500 feet heights!

Where to Eat in Munich

Munich is known as the gourmet capital of Germany. There are dozens of fine-dining restaurants throughout the city, but if you are looking for cutting-edge cuisine, visit Tantris on Johann-Fichte-Strasse for the roast lamb filets served with white asparagus and orange hollandaise. For an authentic beer hall experience head to the Hofbräuhaus on Platzl 9 where you can grab a pint and a pretzel while listening to the pounding rhythms of an Oompah band. There is also a good quality restaurant in the upper floor of the building. Traditional Bavarian restaurants like Bratwurstherzl on Dreifaltigkeitsplatz have more affordable fare. You can nosh on a grilled pork knuckle with noodles and potato salad for around EUR25.

When to visit Munich

Munich in July
Estimated hotel price
S$ 106
1 night at 3-star hotel
Munich in July
Estimated hotel price
S$ 106
1 night at 3-star hotel

The busiest tourist season is autumn when the annual Oktoberfest draws thousands of visitors to wash down sausages and roast chicken with a pint of Bavaria's legendary beer. However, hotels often inflate their prices during this time of year, which means you might pay quadruple rates for a room. Those on a budget should visit Munich during the spring when a variety of much more affordable folk festivals take place such as the Starkbierfest, or Festival of Strong Beer, in March and the traditional celebration of spring, the Maibaumaufstellen, on May 1.

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How to Get to Munich

Plane

Most international visitors will arrive via Munich Airport (MUC), which is 17 miles northeast of the city. The easiest way to get to central Munich from the airport is via the commuter train system, which runs two lines to Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). The S1 line runs through the northern and western districts, and the S8 line runs to eastern Munich. Trains leaves every 20 minutes, and the price is EUR10.40 for a single ticket, EUR11.70 for a day pass, or EUR21.30 for a family pass. You can also get a Lufthansa-operated bus to the central station for EUR7.50 or take a taxi for around EUR50 per trip.

Train

Munich is well connected by train to the rest of Europe, including two high-speed lines that run between Paris and Strasbourg. Trains arrive at Munich Central Station.

Car

The outer suburbs of Munich are easily accessible by several major highways, including the A8, which runs between Salzburg and Stuttgart, and the east-west route A96, which runs between Lindau and Munich. However, once you arrive in the city, driving is a challenge. There are three highways, called ring roads, that encircle the city, but traffic is often congested.

Bus

Traveling to Munich by bus is very convenient, especially if you are coming from another part of Bavaria. Lines like MeinFernBus, IC Bus, DeinBus and more reach Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof or ZOB and operate locally and internationally. The only bus lines that operate at the Munich Airport are the Lufthansa-operated buses. Those buses will take you to Munich Central Station.

Plane

Most international visitors will arrive via Munich Airport (MUC), which is 17 miles northeast of the city. The easiest way to get to central Munich from the airport is via the commuter train system, which runs two lines to Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof). The S1 line runs through the northern and western districts, and the S8 line runs to eastern Munich. Trains leaves every 20 minutes, and the price is EUR10.40 for a single ticket, EUR11.70 for a day pass, or EUR21.30 for a family pass. You can also get a Lufthansa-operated bus to the central station for EUR7.50 or take a taxi for around EUR50 per trip.

Train

Munich is well connected by train to the rest of Europe, including two high-speed lines that run between Paris and Strasbourg. Trains arrive at Munich Central Station.

Car

The outer suburbs of Munich are easily accessible by several major highways, including the A8, which runs between Salzburg and Stuttgart, and the east-west route A96, which runs between Lindau and Munich. However, once you arrive in the city, driving is a challenge. There are three highways, called ring roads, that encircle the city, but traffic is often congested.

Bus

Traveling to Munich by bus is very convenient, especially if you are coming from another part of Bavaria. Lines like MeinFernBus, IC Bus, DeinBus and more reach Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof or ZOB and operate locally and internationally. The only bus lines that operate at the Munich Airport are the Lufthansa-operated buses. Those buses will take you to Munich Central Station.

Airlines serving Munich

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Where to stay in Munich

Old Town - this historic district in central Munich houses many of the city's cultural and artistic treasures. Explore the splendid Baroque palace, the Munich Residenz, tour the magnificent gold-ornamented cathedral, Asamkirche, and visit Munich's oldest pub, the Augustiner-Bräu.

Popular Neighborhoods in Munich

Schwabing - this northern neighborhood is the home of Munich's intelligentsia. The area around the University of Munich has a scholarly vibe with students visiting art galleries and used bookshops and hanging out in cafes.

Olympiagelände - there's a lot to see in this suburb, including the 1972 Olympic stadium - don't miss the view from top of the Olympic Tower - and the futuristic BMW headquarters, which are shaped like four cylinder heads.

Schwabing - this northern neighborhood is the home of Munich's intelligentsia. The area around the University of Munich has a scholarly vibe with students visiting art galleries and used bookshops and hanging out in cafes.
Olympiagelände - there's a lot to see in this suburb, including the 1972 Olympic stadium - don't miss the view from top of the Olympic Tower - and the futuristic BMW headquarters, which are shaped like four cylinder heads.
Most popular hotel in Munich by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Munich

Most booked hotels in Munich

Hilton Munich Airport
5 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
S$ 233+
Leonardo Hotel Munich City East
4 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
S$ 117+
Leonardo Hotel & Residenz München
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
S$ 117+
Holiday Inn Munich - City Centre
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
S$ 162+
Hostel Sleps
2 stars
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
S$ 93+
Arthotel ANA Petite
4 stars
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
S$ 83+

How to Get Around Munich

Public Transportation

Munich has a fast and efficient public transportation service with a commuter train, a subway, and tram lines operating throughout the city. One ticket is good for all three forms of transportation, but you must have your ticket stamped at a validation machine before you can use it. The cost is EUR6 for a one-day pass to ride through central Munich or EUR8.60 for the entire city. A good deal for tourists is the City Tour Card. For EUR31.50, you get a three-day transportation pass and discounts on museum admission, shopping, and food.

Taxi

Taxis in Munich are beige cars with yellow and black signs on the roof. The cost is a flat-rate of EUR3.30, plus an additional per mile charge of EUR1.70 for up to five miles, EUR1.50 for five to 10 miles, and EUR1.30 for more than 10 miles.

Car

Driving is not recommended in Munich. Most of the Old Town has been converted into a pedestrian zone, and there is extremely limited parking. However, a rental car is a good option if you are planning a day trip into the Alps. The prices are extremely affordable, starting at around EUR17 per day, and there are a large number of both international and local car rental companies scattered throughout the region.

Public Transportation

Munich has a fast and efficient public transportation service with a commuter train, a subway, and tram lines operating throughout the city. One ticket is good for all three forms of transportation, but you must have your ticket stamped at a validation machine before you can use it. The cost is EUR6 for a one-day pass to ride through central Munich or EUR8.60 for the entire city. A good deal for tourists is the City Tour Card. For EUR31.50, you get a three-day transportation pass and discounts on museum admission, shopping, and food.

Taxi

Taxis in Munich are beige cars with yellow and black signs on the roof. The cost is a flat-rate of EUR3.30, plus an additional per mile charge of EUR1.70 for up to five miles, EUR1.50 for five to 10 miles, and EUR1.30 for more than 10 miles.

Car

Driving is not recommended in Munich. Most of the Old Town has been converted into a pedestrian zone, and there is extremely limited parking. However, a rental car is a good option if you are planning a day trip into the Alps. The prices are extremely affordable, starting at around EUR17 per day, and there are a large number of both international and local car rental companies scattered throughout the region.

The Cost of Living in Munich

Shopping Streets

For high-end luxury items, head to the Maximilianstrasse shopping district in the Old Town. Here you'll find boutiques from all of Europe's major fashion houses, trendy art galleries, and traditional souvenirs. Those in the market for secondhand items can visit one of Munich's many flea markets. The weekly Olympia Park market is a good option at any time of year, but, if you want to get antiques at good prices, mark your calendar for the biannual Theresienwiese, which is the largest flea market in Europe.

Groceries and Other

American-style supermarkets can be a bit hard to find in Munich - most residents prefer to shop at specialty stores and open-air food markets - but the discount grocery chains Aldi and Lidi are a good option if you need to buy the basic necessities. The prices are comparable to American discount chains, with milk costing EUR3 and eggs EUR2.

Cheap meal
S$ 17.88
A pair of jeans
S$ 120.21
Single public transport ticket
S$ 4.03
Cappuccino
S$ 4.12