Dubbed the city of 'laptops and lederhosen' for its rich heritage and cutting edge modernity, Munich offers the best of both worlds. The city has some of the most impressive architecture in Europe and arguably the best cultural scene in Germany with a superb array of galleries, theaters, and museums. With top-notch shopping, restaurants, and a lively nightlife, Munich lacks none of the essentials either. Add to the mix its annual Oktoberfest beer festival, and you've got a village-like city that's always pulsing.
Things to see
Otherwise known as ‘The Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady’, Frauenkirche is an architectural masterpiece. Built in the Gothic style, the church’s distinctive twin towers dominate the city’s skyline. From atop them, visitors can look over magnificent views of Munich and the Bavarian Alps beyond. For yet more splendor, look to Marienplatz. The city center’s square since 1158, Marienplatz’s centerpiece is the New City Hall and its Glockenspiel. Every day, the ornate clock’s animated characters perform jousts and dances. You can’t go to Munich without visiting a beer hall. The historic Hofbräuhaus brewery is one of the best, with its warm atmosphere, lively entertainment, and hearty food. As a hangover cure, visit Munich’s lush 910 acre English Garden. With creeks, lakes, lawns, and flowers, the park also has several beer gardens – should the hair of the dog be your cure. South west of the city center you’ll find Theresienwiese, the site of the famed Oktoberfest.
Hotels in Munich
There’s an excellent choice of hotels in Munich to suit all budgets. For those after deluxe and decadence, the city caters particularly well. Classic 5-star luxury comes adorned with rococo flair and chandeliers, whilst more contemporary alternatives offer state-of-the-art interior design and slick facilities. The mid-range hotels come in similar guises of old and new, all offering the usual creature comforts you might expect, such as flat screen televisions and WiFi. There are also plenty of unique B&Bs and comfy guesthouses offering a thriftier stay.
Where to stay
Many visitors opt for a hotel in Munich’s attractive city center. Altstadt, or old town in German, is the historic heart of the cosmopolitan city. Here you’ll find many of the city’s main attractions, along with some fantastic shopping. Situated to the north of the city, trendy Schwabing is the place to be for many of Munich’s residents. Drawing in the arty, high cultured crowd, the tree-lined boulevards are a haven of galleries, breezy sidewalk cafés, specialty restaurants, and luxury boutiques. Isarvorstadt is a particularly lively area of the city, with plenty of pubs, bars, and clubs and an anything-goes attitude.
How to get to
Franz Josef Strauss International Airport is the main gateway into the region for most city breakers. Located 18 miles from the city, the S-Bahn train network whisks passengers straight from the airport into Central Station in the city’s center. Trains are cheap, leave frequently, and take around 40 minutes. Similarly priced buses go between the airport and the city center, though can take a little longer. From Central Station connections to the rest of the city can be easily made, again via the underground train network. The station also sees trains arrive and depart from other German cities, as well as major destinations throughout Europe.