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Munich
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Marienplatz featuring landscape views, a city and a sunset

From cozy beer halls to dazzling palaces, sprawling public gardens to cutting-edge museums, the Bavarian capital is a modern city with plenty of traditional charms.

Munich is known as one of the world’s most livable cities. Its strong economy attracts big businesses, while its beautiful architecture, old-world traditions and proximity to the Bavarian Alps draws millions of visitors each year.

Take a tour of the inner city on foot to see a range of architectural styles, from the Gothic St. Peter’s Church to the rococo charm of the Asam Church (Asamkirche). Munich was greatly damaged during World War II, but many buildings have been reconstructed with a view to their original style. See a more modern Munich in structures such as the Olympic Tower and the art museum Pinakothek der Moderne.

Famous for hosting the world’s largest beer festival, Oktoberfest, Munich is home to some of the world’s best-regarded brews and a passionate beer culture. Dedicated drinkers come from all parts of the world to try out Munich’s “Big Six” breweries. These include the Hofbräuhaus, which was founded by royals, and the world-famous Löwenbräu. Visit one of the beer gardens in summer to find locals sipping beer under the chestnut trees, like they have done in Munich for centuries.

The city is home to a number of important multinational companies. The home-grown BMW has its headquarters in Munich along with its BMW World, a fascinating complex which gives an insight into the past, present and future of German engineering.

A trip to Munich is not complete without taking a stroll through the English Garden. This oasis right near the city center has peaceful wooded areas and expansive meadows, with the river Isar flowing through.

Jump on one of the sightseeing buses that depart from Munich’s main railway station. These tours give a good overview of the city. Alternatively, rent a bike and pedal along the bikeways that run along the main roads and parks. There is also a clean and efficient public transport system, which provides access to most areas of Munich. However you get around, you are sure to fall for the varied charms of this world city with a proud local tradition.

Where to stay in Munich

Hampton by Hilton Munich City West
Hampton by Hilton Munich City West
3.5 out of 5
Landsberger Strasse 114, Munich
The price is $79 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Westend, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Augustiner Brewery and Theresienwiese. Karlsplatz - Stachus and Sendlinger Tor are also within 2 mi (3 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (674 reviews)
Very nice choice
"Great stay. Clean, nice rooms, strong wifi and very nice breakfast. Very helpful front desk. Close to the train station. Only downside, cleaning staff not wearing masks properly (not helpful during an epidemic...)"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2020

Hampton by Hilton Munich City West
Hilton Munich Airport
Hilton Munich Airport
4.5 out of 5
Terminalstrasse Mitte 20, Oberding
The price is $138 per night from Jul 17 to Jul 17
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Weihenstephaner Perennial Gardens, Erdinger Weissbrau Brewery, and Weihenstephan ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,543 reviews)
"2 items to note: 1) if you are travelling for leisure, bring your VACCINATION CARD (fully Covid vaccinated). Hilton requires full vaccination for leisure travellers. I whipped mine out and enjoyed the comfort and close proximity to Terminal 2, Covid testing and S-Bahn. 2) Huge thanks to their customer ..."

Reviewed on May 30, 2021

Hilton Munich Airport
Eden Hotel Wolff
Eden Hotel Wolff
4 out of 5
Arnulfstr. 4, Munich, BY
The price is $129 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 10
This family-friendly Munich hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Town Hall of Marienplatz, and Old Pinakothek. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,329 reviews)
"Excellent! Great location to be near train station, but can also walk into downtown."

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Eden Hotel Wolff
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the Stay.residence
the Stay.residence
3.5 out of 5
Lochhamer Straße 6, Martinsried, Planegg
The price is $82 per night from Jul 2 to Jul 2
Located in München District, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Klinikum Grosshadern, Westbad, and Pasing Arcaden Shopping Mall. Westpark and Hirsch ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (149 reviews)
Recommended!
"Very business friendly location and hotel."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2020

the Stay.residence
Wanderreitstation Gut Mischenried
Wanderreitstation Gut Mischenried
3 out of 5
Mischenried 3, Wessling, BY
Situated in Wessling, this apartment building is 9.4 mi (15.2 km) from Andechs Monastery and within 20 mi (32 km) of Deutsches Museum and BMW World. Olympic ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (5 reviews)
Very good stay
"The place is very good. Very comfortable and very soothing. A village like comfort with all the basic luxuries. Very peaceful and fantastically hidden from the hustle and bustle."

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Wanderreitstation Gut Mischenried
Design-apartments & Stylische Ferienwohnungen im Münchner Osten!
Design-apartments & Stylische Ferienwohnungen im Münchner Osten!
Zorneding, Bavaria
Located in Ebersberg District, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Parsdorf City Outlets and More, Riemer Park, and Stadtverwaltung Ebersberg. Ebersberg-Church ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Lösungsorientiert
"Bei Problemen, sei es persönlicher Art oder bezogen auf das Zimmer wurde immer eine gute und schnelle Lösung gefunden. Die Betreiber sind sehr freundlich und helfen gerne."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Design-apartments & Stylische Ferienwohnungen im Münchner Osten!
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Getting around Munich

You are unlikely to need a car in Munich, at least if you are largely staying within the city. The public transportation system is fantastic and it covers every corner of the city. Between the subway, the light railway, the buses and the trams, you will have plenty of options to get around. Buy one ticket to cover all the different options, either for one journey or for up to three days of travel. Visit the Munich Transport and Tarrif Association website.Browse Munich rental cars.

Best time to visit

Munich’s best-loved event is Oktoberfest, the vast beer festival that, despite its name, starts in September each year. It’s a lot of fun, but the evenings are chilly in Munich in the fall, and accommodations fill up fast. Visit between June and August for pleasant daytime temperatures. Choose April or May instead if fewer tourists and cheaper accommodations are a priority for you.

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