Munich appeals with its Bavarian charm, is spiced with a pinch of Italian zest, and radiates an international flair.

Two of the city’s main cultural assets are beer and the Oktoberfest, both of which visitors can find out more about in the museum as well on the street and, of course, when the first barrel is tapped in September.

Munich offers living tradition in the Hofbräuhaus, the smart set on the Maximilianstrasse with its luxury boutiques and expensive restaurants, and the casual joie de vivre of trendy residential areas such as Maxvorstadt and Haidhausen with their popular cafés, cool shops and bars. Café Puck, for instance, quite unconventionally serves breakfast until 8 pm at weekends. And if you’d rather have a picnic in the English Garden, then head for the wonderful «Viktualienmarkt» food market and enjoy its fresh products in the fresh air – in the middle of the city.

Munich is a city for everyone, and is perfect for strolling and parting, shopping or visiting museums, action or relaxation. And somehow it is only fitting that «Munich» is «Monaco» in Italian, because there’s an air of sophisticated charm everywhere, whether on the Marienplatz, the Maximilianstrasse or the ever-popular Club P1.

City Facts

  • Location

    The regional capital of Bavaria in southern Germany.

  • Population

    About 1.4 million

  • Size

    Approx. 310 km²

  • Public transport

    Well developed network of bus, tram, underground and commuter train network.

  • Climate

    Moderately warm climate. The winters tend to be cold, and due to the proximity to the Alps it often rains and snows.

  • Best time to visit

    All year round, but the time of the Oktoberfest in September is the most popular time.

  • Good to know

    The people of Munich call the Oktoberfest the “Wiesn”. It actually takes place in September, and it ends in the first week of October.

  • Nice to know

    Munich is Monaco in Italian.

  • Airport

    München Franz Josef Strauss airport, approx. 29 km north-east of the city.

  • Bus

    The Lufthansa Airport Bus goes to Munich’s main station every 20 minutes. The journey takes about 45 minutes.

  • Railway

    The S1 and S8 travel between the airport and the main station; the journey time is 40 to 45 minutes.

  • Taxi

    There are taxi ranks outside Terminals 1 and 2. The journey time to the city is about 45 minutes.