About Munich

Munich is Germany's unofficial southern capital and a beautiful city with Royal Bavarian Heritage. It is also probably best known for Oktoberfest, when more than six million people flock to the city year to enjoy a large liter of beer.

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Airport Transfer

Arriving into Munich by train puts you in the center of the city at the main train station. The station is also well connected by the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams and regional trains if you need to continue your journey.  If arriving by plane, the S-bahn is the easiest way into the city, S1 and S8.

Currency

No Euros in your wallet? No problem. There are several currency exchange shops as well as ATMs at the airport and in the city center.

Public Transportation

Munich's public transport network is very efficient.  A day pass for the inner network costs €6.60, while a three-day ticket costs €16.50. You must validate your ticket -- look for the little machine on the train platform or in the tram/bus.

MVV City Tour Card

It may be useful for you to get a MVV City Tour Card. The City Tour Card includes a day ticket for use on public transport within the MVV network within the selected area of validity, as well as discounts for more than 70 tourist attractions in Munich and the surrounding area.

Safety

Munich is a very safe and traveller friendly city. Do be smart about your belongings though.  

Tipping

Tipping not obligatory but  it is very common to leave a tip if you enjoyed your meal and service. 5-10% of the bill is a common amount for a gratuity.

Emergency number

110

Useful words

In such a multicultural city, you will do fine with just English, but it always goes a long way if you say something in the local language. German is the official language but you will also find many people speaking Bavarian which is a local dialect that sounds very different from German.

Hallo, Guten Tag - Hello, good day
Bitte - Please
Danke - Thank you
Entschuldigung - Sorry
Entschuldigen Sie bitte - Excuse me
Ich spreche kein Deutsch - I don't speak German
Sprechen Sie Englisch? - Do you speak English?
Ich habe mich verlaufen - I am lost
Wie viel kostet das? - How much is it?

Munich Top Attractions

1. Residenzmuseum
Home to Bavaria's Wittelsbach rulers from 1508 until WWI, the Residenz is Munich's number one attraction. The amazing treasures, as well as all the trappings of their lifestyles over the centuries, are on display at the Residenzmuseum, which takes up around half of the palace. Allow at least two hours to see all the highlights.
 
2. Schloss Nymphenburg
This commanding palace and its lavish gardens sprawl around 5km northwest of the Altstadt. Built in 1664 as a villa for Electress Adelaide of Savoy, Franz Duke of Bavaria, head of the once royal Wittelsbach family, still occupies an apartment here.
 
3. Muenchener Stadtmuseum
Installed for the city's 850th birthday (2008), the Münchner Stadtmuseum's Typisch München (Typically Munich) exhibition – which occupies a whole building – tells Munich's story in an imaginative, uncluttered and engaging way.
 
4. BMW Museum & BMW Welt
Next to the Olympiapark, the dramatic glass and steel structure that is the BMW Welt, is truly a petrol head's dream. Apart from its role as a prestigious car pick-up centre, this king of showrooms acts as a shop window for BMW's latest models and a show space for the company as a whole.
 
5. Marienplatz
The epicentral heart and soul of the Altstadt, Marienplatz is a popular gathering spot and packs a lot of personality into a compact frame. It's anchored by the Mariensäule, built in 1638 to celebrate victory over Swedish forces during the Thirty Years' War. This is the busiest spot in all Munich.
 
6. Frauenkirche
The landmark Frauenkirche, built between 1468 and 1488, is Munich's spiritual heart and the Mt Everest among its churches. No other building in the central city is allowed to stand taller than its onion-domed twin towers, which reach a skyscraping 99m.
 
7. Bier & Oktoberfestmuseum
Head to this popular museum to learn all about Bavarian suds and the world's most famous booze-up. The four floors heave with old brewing vats, historic photos and some of the earliest Oktoberfest regalia. The 14th-century building has some fine medieval features, including painted ceilings and a kitchen with an open fire.

ALTSTADT & SCHWANTHALERHÖHE

A web of cobbled lanes, medieval squares and soaring church spires, the city-centre Altstadt is the postcard-picture area of Munich.

>> Where to stay, eat, drink and go shopping in Altstadt & Schwanthalerhöhe

LEHEL & BOGENHAUSEN

In the north-east corner of the Altstadt is genteel Lehel, an intriguing mix of narrow lanes dotted with 19th-century buildings and consulates. Bordered by the River Isar and the English Garden, the district hides some of Munich's top sights like the Bavarian National Museum, the State Museum of Ethnology and Archaeological Collection.

>> Where to stay, eat and drink in Lehel & Bogenhausen

ISARVORSTADT & HAIDHAUSEN

Upbeat Isarvorstadt draws Münchners to its theatres, cafes and see-and-be-seen lounge bars. Just across the Isar River brings you to working-class turned cutting-edge Haidhausen. It’s crammed with restaurants, bars, sights and cultural centres.

>> Where to stay, eat, drink and go shopping in Isarvorstadt & Haidhausen

SCHWABING & MAXVORSTADT

Swing north of the Altstadt to Munich's cultured Maxvorstadt, a 19th-century district starting at the monumental Odeonsplatz square. The star attraction is the Kunstareal museum quarter. Further north is fashionable Schwabing, where students, artists and young families mingle in pavement cafes, boutiques and bookshops.

>> Where to stay, eat, drink and go shopping in Schwabing & Maxvorstadt

LAIM & SENDLING

Immediately west of the Altstadt lies Laim, a laidback residential neighborhood and Sendling. Both districts lead up to the Theresienwiese, the hallowed grounds of the liter beers and Oktoberfest in late September.

>> Where to stay, eat and drink in Laim & Sendling