A visit to Munich will provide you with every German cliché you can think of, from the chocolate box houses, the tankards of beer, to the lederhosen, but Munich is both beautiful and progressive, and it is a treat to spend time in this fantastic city. Dive into its urban culture, and explore its fairytale surrounds that would not be out of place in a Brothers Grimm tale.
Things to do in Munich, Germany
Perhaps the best place to start is in Marienplatz. Set in the heart of the city, this is Munich’s central square, and a brilliant place to both sightsee and shop. You can tour the old and new Town Halls, the Fish Fountain and the Virgin’s Column. The square frequently sees festivals, markets, and street performers, and there are department stores, boutique shops and a variety of eateries where you can sit, eat, and people watch.
For culture vultures wanting to make the most of Germany’s magical castles and palaces, you can’t go wrong with a tour of the Munich Residenz. A complex of buildings, this palace is made up of beautiful Renaissance buildings, a spectacular court garden, and a fascinating museum which will help you learn about the Dukes and Kings that once made the Residenz their home. For anyone interested in the city’s ecclesiastical history, there are plenty of beautiful churches in Munich, such as St. Peter’s, Asam and the Frauenkirche Cathedral.
If you love German beer, then you must visit the biergartens, of which the Chinesischer Turm is probably the most popular. Set in the Englischer Garten that is made up over 910 acres, you can enjoy the beer gardens, but also picnic, sunbathe, bike, walk, and even stroll around the Bavarian National Museum. Of course, if you’re more interested in the beer, descend on the town in late September and you will be able to attend Oktoberfest, the biggest beer festival in the world.
For trips outside the city it is worth making the journey to Neuschwanstein Castle, the gorgeous and surreal palace in southwest Bavaria is everything you’ve ever dreamed a castle would be. The inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle, this expedition will truly make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a fairytale.
Best time to visit Munich, Germany
- Munich is lovely in the summer (June to August) but expect it to get very hot. Averages tend to be in the mid-twenties, but it can climb to 30°C fairly frequently.
- Spring can be cold at the start but very pleasant come May, and is a wonderful time of year for touring the city.
- Autumn also brings cooler temperatures, but it is the season for Oktoberfest, one of the country’s most popular festivals, and brilliant for beer lovers.
- Winter is very cold, with mean temperatures hovering around 2-3°C and a high chance of snow, but this is a very atmospheric time of year to be in the city, especially at Christmas.
Best time to book
- For the best deal on flights to Munich, aim to book around 12-15 weeks in advance.
Expect to pay
- Euro (EUR).
- A cappuccino in Munich will cost around 2.80 ($4).
Arriving in Munich, Germany by plane
- Munich Airport (MUC) is one of the largest airports in the country and services the capital of Bavaria. Carriers that fly into this airport include Lufthansa, United, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Air China, American Airlines, Air Canada, Etihad Airways, British Airways, Qatar Airways, Air India, South African Airways and ANA.
- About 35km outside of the city centre, a drive into town shouldn’t take more than about 30 minutes. The airport comes with good facilities, such as ATMs, dining and shopping amenities as well as free wireless Internet.
- You will find lots of connecting routes into Munich Airport from most of the major cities in Australia.
- Australian passport holder should not need a visa to enter Germany, but it is worth checking the latest requirements before you travel.
Transportation to city centre
- Taking a taxi to downtown can cost you upwards of 60EUR ($85), so it is recommended that you take the city’s public transportation options (of which there are many) or organise an airport transfer in advance.
- If you plan to drive, you can head to the rental agencies in the airport, or why not book a car online?
Where to stay in Munich, Germany
- The Innenstadt, or the inner city is the main district people stay in. It is here where you can walk through the stunning Old City, and take advantage of the wonderful dining and shopping scene. There are hotels that run from economical to some of the most luxurious hotels Germany can offer.
- Schwabing is the northern part of the city, and is a little cheaper than the inner part of town, but because of its popularity with tourists and students the neighbourhood has more than enough in the way of eating, drinking and dancing for any visitor.
Useful tips before you go
- Be punctual, it is considered rude to turn up late to appointments.
- Germany as a country has a very tolerant attitude to nudity; be warned that it isn’t unusual to see a few sunbathers in the park or on the beach without their clothes.
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