Munich Travel Guide

Introduction to Munich

Book flights to Munich and discover the perfect blend of Bavarian culture and modern attitude.

There's more to Munich than lederhosen, oompah music, and massive steins of beer: although if you visit during Oktoberfest it might be hard to see beyond them. As well as traditional Bavarian culture the city has lively nightlife, beautiful architecture, and an exceptional arts scene. The city's long summer evenings are designed for the biergarten, while snowy winter afternoons look like a scene from a Christmas card.

Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace: Former summer residence of the German royal family.

Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus am Platzl: Lively beer house dating back to the 16th Century.

Englischer Garten

Englischer Garten: Huge public park with a beer garden, Japanese tea house, and a static wave for surfing

Other things to do in Munich

Marienplatz, the city's central square, is a good place to start. The square is home to the city's Frauenkirche church and Munich's iconic gothic town hall. There are lots of high-street shops just off Marienplatz, and it's a short walk to some of the city's other big attractions like the Viktualienmarkt food market.

Art lovers should head straight for the Kunstareal art quarter. There are plenty of modern, classic, and independent art galleries in the area including the Glyptothek and Staatliche Antikensammlung (Greek and Roman art) as well as all three Pinakotech galleries.

Looking for more inspiration? Read our blog post on the top ten things to see and do in Munich. If you hire a car at Munich Airport you can visit the sights of rural Bavaria, like fairytale-esque Neuschwanstein Castle.

Eating and drinking in Munich

If you like meat, potatoes and bread then you'll love traditional Bavarian cuisine. For a real stodge-fest head to Haxnbauer. This restaurant serves up one of the city's best plates of schweinehaxe (pork knuckle) complete with crispy crackling, rich gravy and a potato dumpling. Another must-try dish is the local breakfast of weisswurst (white sausage), sweet mustard, and a pretzel washed down with a pint of local weizenbier (wheat beer). Rumour has it that Merkel and Obama are fans.

Munich climate

Munich has quite an extreme climate, with warm summers and freezing winters. Expect temperatures around 23°C during July and August and as low as -5°C during February. Temperatures of 0°C and below are common from November to March. Munich gets a lot of rainfall, even during the summer months, so be prepared for a few short showers.

When to go to Munich

Summer is the most popular time to visit Munich. The sun's out and so is the city's population: usually barbecuing in the park or relaxing in the biergarten. If you're looking for a bargain, aim for spring (March to May). The cold weather is over and the crowds haven't yet arrived. If you want to visit during Oktoberfest, you're not alone. This is the busiest time to go, and hotels in Munich can sell out up to a year in advance. Note that Oktoberfest begins in mid-September and ends on the first Sunday of October. Winter in Munich is very cold, but during December you can warm up with mulled wine at the city's famous Christmas markets.

Flying to Munich

Flights to Munich are available from lots of UK cities including London, Edinburgh and Birmingham. The flight usually lasts around two hours.

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