Munich Travel Guide

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Munich Highlights

  • Pro
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     A great variety of museums, beautiful architecture, great atmosphere, safe, clean, huge parks, Oktoberfest 

  • Con
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     most expensive city in Germany, sometimes simply overcrowded 

  • In a nutshell
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     We love living la Vida Bavaria 

Munich Things to Do

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  • Marienplatz

    Marienplatz Square used to be a market place, but then in 1807 Marienplatz's market moved to the nearby Viktualienmarkt. The large column at the center of the square is the column of St. Mary. It was built in 1638. On top of it there is a statue of the Virgin Mary dating from 1590. Marienplatz is the site of Munich's old and new town halls. It is...

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  • Dachau - Concentration Camp

    The term holocaust is an ancient word derived from the Greek language—"holos" (whole) and "kaustos" (burned)—but following the conclusion of World War II the term took on an entirely new meaning. The murder of 6 million Jews in killing centers controlled by Nazi Germany in the name of racial purity revealed the cruel lengths to which humans could...

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  • Englischer Garten

    The Englischer Garten is one of the best places to be in Munich when the weather is fine. There is no shortage of walking trails, bike trails, and even horse trails. Not to mention the 4 beer gartens and several restaurants, food stands, and other diversions. Even when the weather is cloudy and the beer gardens are closed, there are plenty of...

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Munich Restaurants

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  • Hofbräuhaus

    So here we are at the Hoffbrahaus, if your visitng Munich then you will already have heard the neam. It;s one of the oldest beerhalls of Muncih and certainly featured in the rise of National Socialism. Nowadys its a ...IN PROGRESS

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  • Augustiner Bierhalle

    I have visitet many beer hallles and pub, for some reason this I count on of the best. Even if the place is huge and it can be fully growded. It has to do with service, waiters are very helpful, beer and food. But let's not forget the atmospherere, take stairs to up to beer halle, and you face one of the issues German in world famous. IT's a place...

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  • The stalls at Viktualienmarkt

    Eating at the stalls in Viktualienmarkt is an experience that you should not miss. The variety of food on offer is fantastic and everything taste great. I tried various sausages on rolls with mustard, schweinehaxen (which only the Bavarians can do to that art), roast pork on a roll, cakes you name it. Cheese bratwurz on semel

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Munich Nightlife

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  • Kunstpark Ost

    Before you go to Munich, visit www.kunstpark.de. It talks about Kunstpark, the best club scene around. Kunstpark is an old industrial site that was converted into about 20 clubs and bars in 1996. It sees 300,000 visitors every month, making it the largest in Germany and in all of Europe. Downtown Munich has little or no bars or clubs where college...

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  • Hofbräuhaus

    When we first arrived at the The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, we were overtaken by its size. Not only is the first floor immense but on a third floor there are separate large rooms and a stage for large parties. Even mid afternoon in April the place was packed and there was a band playing. Folks were either having late lunches or early dinners. Beer was...

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  • Schwabing

    Schwabing is probably one of my favorite places in Munich. Lots of cool bars and restaurants. The locals complain that its too touristy, but for a tourist, it feels very local. Located near the University, I find the place to be young and hip, but somewhat upscale. The drink prices are not cheap here, and I don't actually think the students hang...

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Munich Transportation

  • Airport - Connections and Airlines

    UPDATE: Due to construction, there will be significant delays and service changes along the main S-Bahn trunk ("Stammstrecke") between Pasing and Ostbahnhof late nights and weekends through 30 June 2014. During these times, the S-8 will only serve Pasing (planned to be Track 5) and Ostbahnhof (Planned to be Track 7) stations downtown, and the S-1...

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  • Public Transportation

    UPDATE: Due to construction, there will be significant delays and service changes along the main S-Bahn trunk ("Stammstrecke") between Pasing and Ostbahnhof late nights and weekends through 30 June 2014. See the S-Bahn Munich Website for details (website in German, but pdf brochures in German and English). Munich has one of the best and...

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  • By train

    UPDATE: Due to construction, service between downtown and Pasing will be limited late nights and weekends through June 30, 2014. During these times, the inbound S-3 and S-4 will terminate at Pasing, requiring a transfer to Tram #19, another S-Bahn, or local train to get between Pasing and downtown. The S-6 will continue non-stop from Pasing and...

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Munich Shopping

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  • English books galore: Hugendubel :-)

    Munich being a big city certainly has the advantage to provide more bookstores than the “cultural backwater” town where I live does. The biggest bookstore is Hugendubel with several locations throughout the city. Their biggest store is directly at Marienplatz. Whenever I come to Munich I make sure I have room enough in my luggage to bring back a...

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  • shopping in Munich

    We travelled to Munich in early december so the Christmas Market was already set on Marienplatz. It’s called Christkindl Markt with numerous wooden booths/stalls everywhere around the square but also along the pedestrian street towards Karksplatz. They look nice full in xmas lights and worth to be seen anyway.You can buy many xmas related gifts,...

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  • Delicious goods and snacks

    Most naturally, Munich is full with food shops. But there is one which is special and which I highly recommend be it to pick up some snack, to buy food or to find special foodie gifts for special friends. It is Dallmayr, one of the biggest delicatessens in Europe.Its long tradition dates back 300 years and it is still a family business. End of 19th...

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Munich Local Customs

  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in France is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to France with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There are three main...

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  • Talko to someone who knows ...

    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...

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  • Münchner Kindl - one of the icons :-)

    One of Munich’s icons, apart from the famous ones like Frauenkirche and Rathaus of course, is Münchner Kindl, the one in my photo. It decorates buildings, beer coasters, beer mugs, an abundance of souvenir things, can be seen public transportation vehicles and many more. It is also part of the coat of arms of Munich however it seems that this is...

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Munich Warnings and Dangers

  • Safe City

    Munich is the city safer than ever I have visited. It is very normal to see high times of the night by the stations of u-bahn to police, either the national, or the own one of u-bahn. Single a danger, the night; the discotecas and the tequila.

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  • The area around the main station

    I'm staying few weeks in München and found the place safe and comfortable. The only exception is at Nett discount supermarket on Dachauerstrasse north of the main station. Nett is incredibly cheaper than the stores in the train station. Also, you can bring the bottles for recycling refunds. So, I have been visiting there many times. The problem...

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  • At the Oktoberfest

    Hello...My husband and I just went to the Oktoberfest in Germany to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary. We went with his family, who live in Germany. We were there on Wednesday, September 26, 2012. During the evening, since I am not a big drinker, I started taking pictures of the other tables. I was dismayed to discover I was completely lost...

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Munich Tourist Traps

  • Glockenspiel at the New Town Hall

    Glockenspiel has it's own tower that now takes you by elevator to the top. Wonderful view but nothing compared with the view from St. Peter's tower of the Glockenspiel Clock in action. A magnificent view with a walk of the vertical rather than horizontal kind, up the 306 or so steps of St Peter’s Church tower just by Marienplatz. Well worth the...

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  • Hofbräuhaus

    Oh my.... the world famous Hofbräuhaus.... For me it is one of Germany’s biggest tourist traps, no matter if, according to Wikipedia, “it generates a two digit million Euro turnover per year”. The reason why I classify it as such is simple: it seems that 98% of foreign visitors want to go there, maybe just to report “I’ve been there” when they get...

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  • Oktoberfest

    Most tents at the Oktoberfest are already closed early in the morning, because they are simply overcrowded. No chance getting in without a reservation... Last year, my friends and I decided to follow the advice of a local friend and tried an alternative: "Das Wiesnzelt am Stiglmaierplatz". Though it is not directly located at the Oktoberfest, it's...

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Munich What to Pack

  • Weather

    Munich has a continental climate. However, because the city is located near the Alps, it is likely to rain often. Thunderstorms also often seem to appear out of the blue. Make sure you take your umbrella as well as long sleeved shirt and trousers in summer - just in case. The range of temperatures between day and night or summer and winter can...

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  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of SD cards!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • Never leave home without ... a good map...

    Those who know me in person know that I am a passionate fan of German publisher Publicpress, who offers the most detailed and exciting maps of German regions for any kind of free time activities. Since some time they also have city maps. I gave a map of Berlin as a gift to a good friend and loved the details which were provided on the city map,...

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Munich Off The Beaten Path

  • Dachau and Dachau Concentration camp

    On a cold December morning we took the train to Dachau, small boring german town 20km NW of Munich. I guess noone would ever know about this old medieval town if it wasn’t the area where the Nazis built the infamous Dachau concentration camp in 1933 (the first one actually, and used as a prototype for many others that follow). Konzentrationslager...

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  • Starnberger See - Lake Starnberg

    Both are close to each other and have some unique sites around the lakes. They are about 25 miles SW of Munich and a lot of locals go her eon weekends. There are a number of little towns/villages around the lakes, and also one museum of note; the Buckheim, which is contemporary art for its art sake. Andechs Monastery was a big disappointment in...

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  • Schloss Neuschwanstein

    There are probably hundreds of tips posted for Neuschwanstein Castle. Hopefully, I can add some value and insight to your visit. The castle is not located in Munich. It is about a 2 hour drive southwest of Munich. It is worth while to make the drive. This was the castle used as a model to make the castle for the original Disneyland castle in...

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Munich Sports & Outdoors

  • Bayern München

    A big day out. At the Allianz Arena for FC Bayern v Freiburg. 1st against 5th, but Bayern had clinched the league title the week before. They’d also put Barcelona to the sword during the week in Champions League action. It was a real experience, only slightly spoiled by the football. Real end of season stuff. Bayern won 1-0 through a cross from...

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  • Skiing

    Between December and April go skiing in on of the many ski areas. There are too many south of Munich to give detailed descriptions here. If you want to spent 39 Euro for a day ticket the “Zugspitze” ski area is definitely worth a visit skiing and snowboarding on the glaciers below the nearly 3000m peak of Gernaby’s highest mountain. The gondola up...

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  • Olympia Park

    During Munchener Olimpic Games 1972, I was in Hamburg I watched on TV the plays. I also wached how the terrorists killed some Israili sportlers. It was a sad Olimpics. I wish all people to live in peace."Peace at home, peace in the world" a quatation of Ataturk.

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Munich Favorites

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  • Everything about beer

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In Germany it was sometimes rather difficult. We found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like the Kirner Pils. The...

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  • Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest is a huge massive fair, the area is really big with wide space between the different brewerys's tent. Still, during the weekend you have to expect a big crowd. We were there during the opening weekend and, around the time of the opening ceremony, the amount of people trying to get in was just too much. It was impossible to walk and we...

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  • Marienplatz

    The most authentic thing I did in Munich was a beer tour. A guide takes a group of about 12 people to many very Bavarian pubs (Beer garden) and you get a drink for free. My tour was the "size matters tour" with 3-5 stops included. We got a bit drunk, you have to be careful, the German beer is a bit more dangerous than other ones. But very tasty....

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Top 10 European Christmas Markets: Munich

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While most people associate the Bavarian capital with its famous Oktoberfest, it also holds a fantastic Christmas market on the Marienplatz in the center of the city. While sipping on Glühwein (mulled warmed wine) or beer, visitors can find many traditional Bavarian gifts, like wood carvings and gingerbread called Lebkuchen. Though the market offers many food options, Virtual Tourist members recommended also visiting the Viktualienmarkt, Munich's daily outdoor farmers market, which lies just around the corner from the Marienplatz.

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  • travelfrosch's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    Night and Weekend Travel Disruptions on Munich's S-Bahn:

    Due to construction, there will be significant delays and service changes along the main S-Bahn trunk ("Stammstrecke") between Pasing and Ostbahnhof late nights and weekends through 30 June 2014. See the S-Bahn Munich Website for details (website in German, but pdf brochures in German and English).

    s-bahn-muenchen.de/s_muenche...

  • travelfrosch's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Change in pricing scheme for Bayern-Ticket:

    The fare structure has changed significantly for the Bayern-Ticket, the ticket valid on all local trains and most public transport systems in Bavaria. Instead of a two-tiered system for "single" tickets and "regular" tickets up to 5 people, the fare now varies based on how many people are using the tickets. As of December 2012, the fares are as follows:

    1 person : EUR 23.00
    2 people : EUR 27.00
    3 people : EUR 31.00
    4 people : EUR 35.00
    5 people : EUR 39.00

    Go to Deutsche Bahn's website for details, restrictions, and further information.

    bahn.de/i/view/overseas/en/p...

 
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