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Munich Things to Do

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  • Oktoberfest

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sincde1810, starting as a horse race, part of the festivities at the marriage between Kronprinz Ludwig and Prinzessin Therese, today beer tents, food and all sorts of amusement rides. The Oktoberfest is usualy the last 2 weeks in september and finished the first sunday in October. Book your accomodation as early as possible! If you are a large...

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  • Marienplatz

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This beautiful fountain is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors alike. Obviously it also seems to be famous for some questionable stags (aka stag party guys) who appear in ridiculous costumes and jump in. What these don’t know (I am sure they don’t know, because too much alcohol seems to transform into ignoramuses) is that the jumping...

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  • Nymphenburg Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Our accommodation, Hotel Laimer Hof in Laimer strasse was about a two minute walk from Nymphenburg Palace. The Palace is in the west of Munich, and only about 15 minutes by public transport from the city centre. The nearest S-Bahn station is "Laim" station. And from Laim, there is a bus to "Schloss Nymphenburg". The nearest U-Bahn (underground)...

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  • Hofbräuhaus

    4 out of 5 stars

    What a great ambience here in the Hofbräuhaus! When you visit Munich, you should visit this place at Platz 5, in the center of Munich. Drink a great local beer and eat the Weisswurst with a Bretzel or a great Schweinebraten. It;s always very full here which is part of the ambiance. PROST! P.S. Don't forget to visit the souvenir shop right at the...

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  • Tips for Eating in Munich

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Munich is a big city with a wealthy business class, a huge student body and a large foreign population. To serve these disparate groups of people is a wide range of high quality restaurants, with more choice in food than in many other areas of Germany. Prices are often high, but the quality usually matches it, and if you are coming from the UK it...

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  • Zum Augustiner

    4 out of 5 stars

    Dinner in Munich last night. We’d talked about it for ages, but never quite got there... It was great. A typical “Bierhalle” & restaurant. FC Bayern’s victory parade to celebrate the treble (Champions League, German league & cup) had just finished, so we opted for the sedate restaurant as compared with the rowdy beerhall! Augustiner isn’t my...

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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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  • General Nightlife Tips

    I didnt know the name of this festival, but eventually `Lisalu' wrote in and let me know that its called the Tollwood festival. It was like a flea market with lots of colourful stalls with interesting goods and food from different parts of the world... along with music and theater events... Very colourful, very popular and kind of crowded. I`m told...

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Munich Transportation

  • Public Transportation

    S-Bahn 2 goes to Dachau. In case you want to go to the KZ Gedenkstaette, i think its bus 726 from S-Bahnstation Dachau. Map of public transport in and around Munich: http://www.mvv-muenchen.de/fileadmin/media/Dateien/plaene/pdf/VLP_Land_2014.PDF

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  • Airport - Connections and Airlines

    I often read reports and reviews about airports and generally they all agree on the fact that best airports are in Asia such as Changi in Singapore, the beijing one, the Incheon at Seoul and so on. I have been on a few of these airports and I thought they were better than Europeans one, until I came back to Munich airport this time. They really...

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  • By train

    The main railway station, for those who don't speak German. A busy place, but it works well. I'm always comfortable using it. Lots of food & shopping outlets. Well signposted. Big information desk right in front of the platforms. Easy connections via the S-Bahn - suburban trains. Not quite so easy connecting to the U-Bahn, but not a big...

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Munich Shopping

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  • Viktualienmarkt

    We saw everything from toys to clothing to flowers to cheeses to bags with logos to honey gummy bears to wines to wursts to plants to plastic thingy things. It's got it all. I do suggest you have a lunch here. Loads of great choices (we took the soup kitchen - see my restaurant tips). And if you're planning a picnic or cocktail party, there will...

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  • Downtown Pedestrian Zone

    The CD department on the top floor of Ludwig Beck's department store is the best place I know of in Germany to buy opera and classical music CDs. This last time I was looking for a particular recording of Arrigo Boito’s opera Mefistofele, a Sony recording from 1988 with Samuel Ramey, Placido Domingo, Eva Marton, and the Hungarian State Orchestra...

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  • General Shopping Tips

    I found in my hotel a very nice shopping map of Munich. It is called Shopping Less Ordinary and it gives some recommendations about nice Fashion stores in Munich. Many of them are in the upcoming Glockenbachviertel and I found some nice things in these shops. My favourites were the fashion designers from Munich who sell there clothes in their own...

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Munich Local Customs

  • Beer Gardens - Beer Halls

    OK, so now you found a beer hall or beer garden. Where do you sit? In general, it's open seating at large common tables. If a table's empty, it's usually OK to sit down. If there are open seats at an occupied table, ask the occupants if the empty chair(s) is/ are free (e.g. "Entschuldigung, sind Diese zwei Plätze noch frei?") Don't speak German?...

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  • Oktoberfest

    I have been to Oktoberfest many times over the years and never with a reservation. There is no problem showing up without one but of course, don't waltz in on Friday or Saturday night at 8PM and expect to get into a tent. As many others have mentioned, being in a tent is not all there is to Oktoberfest. There are rides, food booths outside, and...

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  • Christopher Street Day

    The very first Christopher Street Day took place in 1980 so 2015's celebrations were the 36th to be carried out. Around 200,000 people took part. There was a huge procession of floats travelling around the city centre. We spent some time watching the festivities.

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Munich Warnings and Dangers

  • The area around the main station

    Staying in a hotel across from the station, we walked past the bahnhof in what is a seedier part of town. Some immigrants and Syrian refugees aren’t getting far from the train station where thousands have arrived in recent weeks. The Hotel München Deutscher Kaiser which had a bad-looking entrance. The hotel was grand in its own way, but its...

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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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  • Safe City

    I visited for a few days this month, and was very surprised at how clean the city is and how safe it is as well. Maybe im just a bit jaded, but the town in Northern Ireland where I live has a big problem with drugs and antisocial behaviour, none of which I saw in Munich. In addition, I saw more litter the first day back here than I did the whole...

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Munich Tourist Traps

  • 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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  • 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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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

  • Day Trip - Schloss Neuschwanstein

    Schloss Neuschwanstein is one of the strangest buildings of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Construction started on 5 September 1869,the Gateway Building was finished first, Ludwig lived there for a some years. The Palas was not finished until 1880, and the king moved in in 1884. No pictures inside! Entrance tickets are available only at the...

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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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  • Dachau and Dachau Memorial Site

    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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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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  • 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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  • 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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Munich General

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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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  • Munich Surroundings

    Go on a day excursion to CHIEMSEE ('Bavarian Sea') where the beautiful SCHLOSS HERRENCHIEMSEE is situated! This is Ludwig II's most ambitious palace, a replica of Versailles. However, only the central wing of the building was completed as he was dethroned shortly. Another long story...

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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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Top 10 European Christmas Markets: Munich

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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
    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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