City of the Month: Munich

We provide the low-down on our featured city – this month, our focus is on Munich…

As Germany’s third largest city, after Berlin and Hamburg, Munich is also the Bavarian capital.

With a diverse array of attractions, from museums to the regal architecture of palaces and cathedrals, Munich is also a sociable city with many biergartens and bierkellers serving world-famous beer.

An excellent public transport system allows easy access to the beautiful natural surroundings on the city’s outskirts and beyond.

A visitor-friendly, quintessential German city which offers culture, entertainment and facilities for all types of traveler, Munich is ideal for:

  • Leisure groups
  • Students
  • MICE
  • FITs


Population of Munich: 1.45 million

Location: Situated on the River Isar, 30 miles north of the Bavarian Alps

Nearest airport: Munich International Airport, 20 miles from the city

Getting around Munich:

  • Many of Munich’s sights and museums are in the heart of the city, within short walking distance of each other
  • Munich’s public transport system is modern and comprehensive, with a network of clean underground (U-Bahn) and suburban (S-Bahn) trains, as well as trams and buses
  • Most of central Munich is cycle-friendly, with widespread bike lanes and rentals

What to eat and drink in Munich:

Weisswurst (pale Bavarian sausage made from seasoned minced veal) with a soft brezn pretzel and sweet mustard, only served before 12pm; along with traditional Bavarian dishes such as schnitzel, potato salad and sauerkraut.

Beer is the order of the day – choose from Weissbier – a pale wheat beer; ein Helles – light beer; or ein Dunkles – dark beer.

Weather/seasons in Munich:

Munich has a temperate climate, with four seasons.

The hottest and sunniest month is July, average 18-19°; the coldest month is January, average -1- 0°; March can be windy; and May can be fairly wet.

Visit Munich in…

May and June for sunnier days without summer’s peak visitors.

late September/early October for the epic Oktoberfest celebrations.

late November and December for peaceful snow drifts and Christmas markets.


Munich’s top 12 must-visit landmarks and attractions: 

  1. Hofbräuhaus am Platzl – a three-storey beer hall dating back to 1589, complete with oompah band and waiters in lederhosen.
  1. The Eisbach (‘Ice Stream’) and Englischer Garten – skilled surfers master the waves of this manmade section of the Isar River; the verdant gardens provide a peaceful spot for contemplation.
  1. Marienplatz – an historic cobblestoned square in the heart of Munich’s Old Town with restaurants and shops nearby.
  1. Müllersches Volksbad – a beautiful swimming pool in a restored Art Nouveau enclosure with Roman steam baths and aromatic Finnish sauna.
  1. Midnightbazar – a fortnightly indoor night market, selling vintage clothes, records, and decorative curiosities, in addition to live DJs or bands, street food stalls, and cocktail vendors.
  1. Glockenbachviertel – one of the prettiest and most vibrant areas of Munich, with independent boutiques, quaint cafes and buzzy bar life.
  1. Viktualienmarkt – an open-air farmers market offering fresh and gourmet produce and a superb al fresco beer garden.
  1. BMW Welt (BMW World) – tours of BMW’s factory and museum provide an insight into this iconic and progressive German brand.
  1. Museums – Munich offers world-class science museums and art galleries, such as Haus der Kunst, as well as some more niche and obscure themes, including Das Kartoffelmuseum (the Potato Museum).
  1. Frauenkirche or Münchner Dom (Munich Cathedral)the late gothic-style cathedral is a landmark and symbol of the Bavarian capital city; Catholic Mass is still held here.
  1. FC Bayern Munich Football Club & Museum – tour the arena and learn about the club’s history.
  1. Schloss Nymphenburg – a Baroque palace, featuring ornamental gardens, a science museum, and indoor botanical gardens.

Munich’s top 3 events and festivals: 

  1. Oktoberfest – paying homage to Bavarian history and culture, the celebration spans music, parades, fairground rides, food, and – of course – beer.
  2. Tollwood Festival – twice yearly (summer and winter) celebrates art and nature, and offers food stalls, a circus, live music, theatre productions, and comedy shows.
  3. Christkindlmarkts – Munich hosts various festive markets in the run up to Christmas; head to Marienplatz or the medieval market on Wittelsbacherplatz.


Munich’s nearby attractions:

  1. Fairytale Neuschwanstein Castleis a few hours from Munich.
  2. The German Alps and Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, can be enjoyed as a day trip.
  3. Salzburg, Austria is just under two hours away.
  4. Historic Nuremberg is an hour and a half from the city of Munich.


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