Charming Munich is the most popular city in Germany and absolutely oozes traditional Bavarian culture. Known in German as Munchen, the city takes its name from its earliest monastery, the monks of which began Munich’s strong tradition of brewing world-class beer. Though renowned today for the revelry of the annual Oktoberfest beer festival, Munich has an artistic side to it, with important collections of European art residing in its many art galleries. Whether you seek idyllic summer days in the beer garden or a touch of festive magic at the snowy Christmas Markets, book a hotel in Munich and fall under its spell.
The historic heart of Munich, dominated by the beautiful Town Hall.
Try the beer of this world-renowned royal brewery dating from 1605.
Elaborately decorated palace complex packed with priceless royal treasures
Munich is positively heaving with museums and art galleries, with the Three Pinakotheks (Galleries) being the most famous. They’re located adjacent to each other on the Barer Strasse, and between them, they are home to a priceless collection of art which includes everything from the European Old Masters, such as Raphael, Rubens and Rembrandt, to the latest in modern art installations. The City Museum is an excellent introduction to this diverse city, with a huge range of exhibits including the ‘Typical Munich’ collection and a museum of puppetry.
If you fancy a stroll, the Englischer Garten is a popular destination for tourists and locals and also plays host to the second biggest beer garden in Munich. Olympia Park is another attraction worthy of a visit; built for the 10th Olympic Games in 1972, its 290m tower offers a revolving restaurant and spectacular views. Munich also offers an excellent choice of hotels from cosy B&B to five star luxury.
The magnificent Schloss Nymphenburg is not to be missed; the palace has stunning grounds and was the summer residence of Bavaria’s rulers. If you need a further incentive to visit, the Hirschgarten beer garden is a stone’s throw away and can accommodate an unbelievable 8000 people.
Though Munich has an array of international restaurants on offer, it is most noted for its typical Bavarian cuisine, which tends to be meat-based. The local culinary tradition is a late breakfast of Weißwurst (a sausage served with mild mustard) and Weissbier (a white beer). Roasted pork (Schweinsbraten) is another favourite, while a popular cheap snack is the Leberkassemmeln, a mixture of spicy veal and pork available at most butchers. Bread and cakes also feature highly in the Bavarian diet, with the soft pretzel a particularly well-loved snack.
The weather in Munich can be unpredictable owing to its close proximity to the Alps. Summers are warm, with thunderstorms common, while light snowfall can be expected during Munich’s cold winters. Certain winds from the Alps can cause unseasonal weather for a few days each year.
Unsurprisingly, the summer months enjoy the warmest weather and therefore constitute the high season for tourism. However, there is no bad time to visit Munich. December is an enchanting time to visit for the Christmas markets, and it goes without saying that the world-famous beer festival Oktoberfest takes place here in October.
Flights to Munich take you to Munich International Airport, 28km to the northeast of the city centre and Germany’s second largest airport. It’s a 45 minute journey to the city centre on the regular bus service operated by Autobus Oberbayern. Commuter trains and taxis are other options; expect to pay around €60 for the latter.
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