Germany City Travel Guide: Munich (München)



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Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is a tourist's dream, particularly in the clement summer months of June and July. The city boasts a collection of world-class museums, theaters, expansive parks, and the ghosts of many great artists, from Klee to Kandinsky, Strauss to Ibsen. Moreover, the city's annual Oktoberfest draws in hundreds of thousands of revelers.

Now a hi-tech modern metropolis and headquarters of Seimens and BMW, Munich has much to offer and is a magnet for tourists and Germans alike. The city is now approximtely comprised of 20% foreign nationals. In addition, Munich is home to many painters and filmmakers, students and the jet-set--and, of course, the born-and bred as well.

The city officially dates its origins to 1158, but settlements have existed in the area that is modern Munich since Roman times. Aside from plagues that tormented the city several times in the 14th and 15th centuries, the city has grown steadily in wealth and importance as a trading center. Bavaria also owes a debt of gratitude to Napoleon, who made the state a kingdom.

In the 19th century, King Ludwig engaged in a huge rebuilding of Munich, thus creating the grand city that would be recognizable to modern-day residents. By the beginning of 20th century, Munich was attracting artists and becoming an increasingly vital center. In the dark days leading up to World War II, though, it was a center of Hitler's rise to power and the Nazi legacy saw half of Munich bombed to the ground during the war.

The post-war rebuilding of Munich was capped by the hosting of the 1972 Olympic Games. Like Tokyo in 1964, this was to welcome the city back into the community of great world cities. It was marred however by the murder of 11 Israeli athletes. Munich was also the venue of the 1974 World Cup final, fondly remembered by Germans to this day.

Marienplatz, Munich.

Marienplatz, Munich, Germany

Max Josef Platz, Munich.

Max Josef Platz, Munich, Germany

Today, Munich is among the most livable and popular cities in Germany with a great film festival and world-class art. Among its many attractions are Marienplatz, the heart of the city and home to many cafes; Residenz, in which the great Residenzmuseum is housed; the Alte Pinakothek, which has a collection that includes works by Titian, Durer, Rembrandt, and Rubens; Viktualienmarkt, one of the great food markets in Europe; the Schloss Nymphenberg, the largest rococo palace in Germany; and the English Garden, Europe's largest park. Following the Marienplatz, perhaps Munich's most well-known symbol is its Frauenkirche church (known simply as Dom), which stands just off the Rathaus and dominates the skyline with its onion dome.

Around Munich

50km south of Munich, the pretty spa town of Bad Tölz can be reached by direct train (Bayerische Oberlandbahn) from Munich Hauptbahnhof in about an hour.

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial can be reached by S2 from Munich Hauptbahnhof in about 22 minutes, then take bus no #724 or #726. The town of Dachau, itself is very pretty with a lovely Altstadt and a small Renaissance Palace set in an ornamental, strolling garden.

Dachau, Munich.

Pretty town of Dachau, Bavaria, Germany

Munich Tourist Office

Munich Tourist Office, Sendlinger Str. 1, D-80331 Munich
Phone: ++49/ 89 / 233 03 00, Fax: ++49 / 89 / 233 30 233

Bad Tölz Tourist Office

Bad Tölz Tourist Office, Max Höfler Platz
Phone: 786 70

Dachau Memorial, Munich.

Dachau Memorial, Germany

Getting to Munich


Munich International Airport (Franz-Josef Strauss) has flights bound for cities all over Europe, New York, and Asia. The airport (28km from the city) is connected by the S1 & S8 trains to the Hauptbahnhof. The trip takes 40 minutes and runs every 20 minutes from 4am to 1am. The fare is €8. There is also an airport bus to and from Arnulfstrasse, on the north side of the Hauptbahnhof, between 6:50am and 7:50pm; it takes about 45 minutes. A taxi into town costs about €70.


Munich is well-connected on the autobahn network. The A9 to Nuremburg, the A8 to Salzburg in Austria, the A95 to Garmisch and the A8 to Stuttgart.


Ostbahnhof: Munich.

The Hauptbahnhof, which is the main railway station, is located on Bahnhofplatz in the center of town. There are 20 daily trains to Frankfurt, 23 to Berlin. Salzburg is 90 minutes away by train.

Getting Around Munich

Munich's excellent public transport system (MVV) is zone based with tickets valid for the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams and buses. Day passes for individuals and groups are available, including the Munich Welcome Card which gives unlimited travel on public transport. The U-Bahn closes at 12.30am on weekdays and 1.30pm at weekends, though a network of night buses (Nachtbusse) still operate.

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Tram, Munich.

Tram, Munich, Germany


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There are numerous bars and eateries close to Mariensplatz and Munchner Freiheit and there are over 20 traditional Bavarian beer halls including the world-famous Hofbrauhaus, although the Augustiner-Keller is the oldest in the city.

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Misc 24 (Munich Internet Service Center) located in the center of Munich between Isartor and Marienplatz. We have 60 workstations for internet-usage, an integrated Call Shop for international phone calls and customer-friendly, English speaking employees.

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Local football teams

Bayern Munich.

Munich has three Bundesliga teams: FC Bayern München, TSV 1860 München and SpVgg Unterhaching. Bayern is one of the perennial powerhouses of German soccer and European Cups, whereas TSV (nicknamed 'The Lions') rarely growl.

Great players of the past such as Beckenbauer, Maier, Müller, Breitner, Hoeness, Rummenigge, Matthaus and Klinsmann are associated with the glory days of Bayern in the 70s and 80s.

TSV 1860.

After sharing the old Olympiastadion Bayern and TSV will play their home matches at the new 66,000-seat Allianz Arena, which also has an excellent museum with displays on the history of Bayern Munich and tours of the impressive stadium.

Unterhaching, located in Munich's suburbs, are currently in the second division (Zweite Bundesliga) and struggle to pull in the crowds with two top-flight teams to compete with.

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Allianz Arena, Munich.

Allianz Arena, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

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