The largest city in the southern German region of Bavaria, Munich is one of the country’s more scenic cities. Almost a world away from the modern urban sprawl of Hamburg, Frankfurt and Bremen, the city’s architecture is like that you might not expect to find in other parts of Germany. Munich is also a hotbed of sports, culture and business.
Munich’s city centre is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Home to quaint open-air markets, paved squares and winding cobbled streets, it’s a good place to spend a relaxing weekend break, although at night, there’s always a party or two going on. Further out, there are a number of parks and riverside walks great for a spot of gentle strolling.
Although the autobahn network in Munich is very sophisticated, the urban routes can be a little difficult to get around in larger vehicles. A small yet cheap supermini is right for the job.
The Allianz Arena, a 66,000-capacity stadium on the northern edge of the city, is home to European Cup winners Bayern Munich. Watching one of the world’s best football teams as part of a capacity crowd is something you must do while visiting.
Arguably the biggest event in Munich is Oktoberfest. Taking place throughout October, revellers drink some of the local beer while sampling local delicacies such as bratwurst and bockwurst. Bars and tents throughout Munich are open from as early as 10am!
The Jewish Museum in St Jakobsplatz is a new addition to the city’s list of museums. It’s arguably the best place on the planet to learn about the history of Judaism and the Jewish people, highlighting their contribution to Munich.
Museum Brandhorst is one of the best places in Germany to see modern art. Part of a wider cultural district, it is open most days and easily accessible by car. The nearby Glyptothek is home to ancient Greek and Roman sculptures.
Parking spaces in the centre of Munich can be hard to find at peak times. It’s best to be patient and park your car in one of the outer suburbs to be on the safe side.
Rush hour traffic in Munich is as heavy as in many other major German cities. Using one of the three ring roads to get around is advisable outside peak hours.
There are two tourist offices in Munich – one at the City Hall and the other at the Central Train Station. Both are open seven days a week except on national holidays.
Munich has two airports ‚Äì Munich Airport and Memmingen. Munich is the larger of the two, having two terminals and flights all over the world. Memmingen, known as Munich-West, serves as a hub for low-cost flights to destinations across Europe.
Munich Airport is close to Motorway A92, connecting to Motorway A9 and the A99 ring road around outer Munich. Memmingen, which is 68 miles west of Munich, is accessible via the A96 and A7, heading directly towards central Munich.