Famous for the Oktoberfest and its beer, Munich also has much more to offer. The capital of Bavaria, Munich is a flourishing cultural centre with an international flair and attracts visitors from all over the world year-round.
Munich, despite being the third-largest city in Germany, is as charming as a town. With its countless parks, museums, restaurants and markets, there is something for everyone in this urban playground. With so many activities to do, it’s easy to see why a visit to Munich is one you’re sure to cherish. Its population of around 1.5 million enjoys a high quality of life, and the city often ranks as one of the most liveable in Europe. Munich’s residents are also very international, giving the city a cosmopolitan air, and making it an attractive location for international business as well as academic research and art.
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1. How do you get from the airport into the city?
Getting to the city centre from the airport (MUC) after your flight to Munich is simple thanks to the public transit options available. For example, the S1 and S8 train lines stop at the airport and take about 40 minutes to reach the city centre. A taxi ride will take around 45 minutes to an hour.
2. When is the best time to visit Munich?
Munich is a beautiful city to visit year-round, and each season offers its own benefits. In summer, for example, Munich’s numerous parks offer a romantic backdrop to your summer getaway. Its plentiful beer gardens also provide scenic locations for refreshment. Winter is equally enjoyable, but in a different way. Not only does Munich have the best Christmas markets in the world, the snowcovered Alps against the Munich skyline transform the city into a winter wonderland. No matter what time of year, a flight to Munich is well worth it.
3. What is the most common payment method in Munich?
Although paying with a debit or credit card is usually possible, smaller shops will often only allow this for larger purchases of over 10 Euros. It is therefore best to carry cash with you to use in small shops and at markets, just in case.
4. What is the best way to get around in Munich?
Munich has an excellent public transportation system made up of S-Bahn, U-Bahn, and trams that make it simple to access any point in the historic old town. Travelling by bike is another great option. You can hire bikes through the MVG (Munich Transport Company) or the Call a Bike service.
Must-sees in Munich
Munich has something for everyone. Whether a relaxing day spent strolling through one of Munich’s numerous parks, partying the night away at a nightclub, or delving into Munich’s history and art at one of its museums, you’re sure to find just the thing to make your trip memorable! Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
- English Garden
- Munich Hofbräuhaus
Sightseeing in Munich
The Marienplatz, a large square in the heart of Munich, is an ideal place to start your sightseeing journey. Bordered by the old and new town halls (the Altes Rathaus and the Neues Rathaus), the Marienplatz always has something exciting going on and is sure to astound any architecture nerd. In addition to top-tier people-watching and stellar musical acts, the Marienplatz features the world’s largest Christmas market in winter, as well as an impressive Glockenspiel from the new town hall. If you would like to get away from the hustle and bustle without actually having to leave the city’s limits, a trip to the English Garden (Englische Garten) is worth your while. Founded in 1789, the park is now one of the world’s largest urban parks. From picnicking and jogging to surfing, there are plenty of leisure and recreational activities to enjoy here. The English Garden even has multiple beer gardens! Which brings us to our final suggestion: the Munich Hofbräuhaus. This beer hall is world-renowned for good reason, serving up a delicious selection of traditional Bavarian food and beer served by the litre.
Travelling with children in Munich
Munich also has plenty to offer for your little ones. The Olympiapark turns into large fairgrounds in the summer, with array of rides and games. The Hellabrunn Zoo, a pioneer in the Geo-Zoo format, is home to over 700 species and includes a petting zoo where children can meet Pygmy and Damara goats. For rainier days, the Deutsches Museum offers kid-friendly options with its interactive exhibits that are great for children who thrive from hands-on learning. Learn more about all there is to see in Munich on our SWISS Travel Guide.
Eating, drinking, and shopping in Munich
Munich offers some of the best cuisine in the world, with plenty of international options that are sure to please even the most particular diners. However, as the city is also in the middle of Bavaria, a visit to Munich is also a great chance to try some authentic Bavarian food. Brezeln (pretzels) the size of your head, Schnitzel, Spätzle (egg noddles) and Weisswurst (white sausage) are just some of the traditional Bavarian and South German dishes Munich has to offer. Complete your meal by pairing it with a litre of Helles beer and eating some Schmalznudeln (donuts) for dessert.
A shopper’s paradise
Although Munich has plenty of shopping malls, visitors shouldn’t miss the charming boutiques and markets if they want to truly experience the energy of the city. Pedestrian areas like Kaufingerstraße and Neuhauser Straße offer a wide range of shops, from department stores and electronics shops to high-fashion boutiques.