Munich is the third largest city in Germany and the capital city of the southern state of Bavaria. Surrounded with beauty from the Bavarian Alps and forests, Munich is adorned by fairytale castles and celebrated by rich history and culture. The city is a major center for art and culture, business and finance,education, technology, engineering and tourism. Munich offers world-class museums, renowned theaters, a famous opera and symphony, beautiful squares and historic churches, a city hall like no other, remarkable palaces, and of course, world-famous Biergartens.
There is so much to see and do in Munich, it’s hard to know where to begin. We’ve listed a few ideas on where you can start your travels below.
Start your tour at the ever-so-famous Marienplatz, Munich’s central square. You can hear the famous Glockenspiel from the top of the Neues Rathaus (New City Hall) and also visit the historic Frauenkirche, the most famous building in the city center.
Travel northwest of Marienplatz to visit the picturesque Schloss Nymphenburg, a.k.a. Castle of the Nymph, one of the most intricate palaces in Europe and the current summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria of the House of Wittelsbach. This beautiful palace is surrounded by a 500-acre park and the Baroque Amalienburg. Before you leave, get an original Nymphenburg porcelain souvenir!
Other places to see are Ludwigstrasse, walking from Odeonsplatz going north, the Residenz, Germany’s biggest urban palace, and art lovers should not miss Munich’s Museum Quarter, with renowned art collections, including the Alte and Neue Pinakothek, and more. History buffs, make your way to the Deutsches Museum (German Museum), the largest and one of the oldest science museums in the world, holding many treasures you won’t want to miss. Take a break from touring at the world’s oldest public park, the Englischer Garten (it is larger than Central Park).
If you’ve chosen to visit Munich in the winter, you’re in luck. You’ll be able to experience one of Germany’s oldest and most original Christmas markets (Christkindlmarkt), and there are various from which to choose. For more details about Munich’s most famous Christkindlmarkt, visit FareCompare’s Eventurist microsite, where you can learn about what to expect, tips for when you’re there, and logistics, like the event’s location, website, and more.
Shopping and Nightlife in Munich
For trendy and boutique shopping experiences, walk around the Schwabing & English Garden areas of town. You’ll find fashion shops, small cafes, bookstores, art galleries and many different types of restaurants. Also walk around Kurfürstenplatz and Hohenzollernstrasse for more shopping opportunities.
You know you’ll be visiting one of Munich’s famous Bavarian bars, the question is where. Of course you have world-famous options like Hofbräuhaus München. Perhaps one of the bars in Gärtner plaza would be a great start to your night. Or hang out at a more relaxing beer garden atmosphere in Rotkreuzplatz. If you happen to be in Munich in September, then head to Theresienwiese for the famous Oktoberfest. Finally, there is nothing like watching a Bayern Munich football (soccer) match at a bar while in this city.
For a great night out in town, head to Glockenbachviertel in Isarvorstadt, where you’ll have plenty of choices of bars, clubs and restaurants to choose. For theater lovers, the Staatstheater in the Gärtner plaza is the place for you. For world-renowned opera performances, the famous National Theatre is located at Max-Joseph-Platz, on Maximilianstraße.
Foods to Try in Munich
You’re in Bavaria; indulge yourself in Bavarian specialties and Munich beer. As you walk around Marienplatz, grab a real Bavarian pretzel from a local vendor. If you’re lucky, you can also get a Weisswurst with it (white sausage). For a hearty meal option, try the Schweinshaxe (roasted pick knuckle). Try one of your meals with Sauerkraut as a side dish (you won’t regret it; it’s the best in the world).
Take a stroll around Viktualienmarkt, the most popular food market in the city, which lies right by the beautiful Altes Rathaus. Don’t miss a meal in the Schwabing district, along Leopoldstrasse and Hohenzollernstrasse. It is one of Munich's most bohemian districts and home to famous restaurants, pubs and cafes.
Flights to Munich
Flying to Munich is simple, and finding cheap flights to Munich is even easier.
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You’ll have access to the Munich Airport (MUC), the second largest airport in Germany that handles over 40 million passengers per year to close to 230 destinations worldwide. This airport is a hub for regional airlines Condor and Air Dolomiti, as well as secondary hub for Lufthansa, the largest German airline and largest airline in Europe. Munich is a focus city for other airlines, such as Air Berlin, BMI Regional, SunExpress, Transavia and TUIfly. Busiest international routes from MUC include London, Paris, Madrid and Amsterdam.
Can you be flexible with your travel plans? A little inconvenience can mean great savings. Check flights departing from airports that are farther away from where you live and compare rates. Also, check bigger airports (particularly hubs) for the chance you’ll find a cheaper airfare. Finally, although non-stop flights are convenient, you typically get better deals on connecting flights. Add a stop (or two) and then plan something fun in Munich with the extra money you’ve saved!
If you’re traveling with people, a great rule of thumb for saving money on flights is to book one ticket at a time (versus all-at-once). That’s because reservation systems have a quirk whereby multiple tickets in a single transaction are required to be at the same price. If an airline has only one ticket at a lower rate, and rest are more expensive, you’ll pay the more expensive price if you shop all-tickets-at-once.