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  • World famous for music, art, culture, architecture and, of course, beer!

    World famous for music, art, culture, architecture and, of course, beer!

  • Bavaria's beautiful capital! Brimming with with exciting attractions

    Bavaria's beautiful capital! Brimming with with exciting attractions

  • Celebrate at Oktoberfest

    Celebrate at Oktoberfest

  • Munich is the third biggest city in Germany

    Munich is the third biggest city in Germany


City Breaks » Munich City Breaks

Culture Shopping & Nightlife History Music Beer Festivals Christmas Markets

As Bavaria's beautiful capital, Munich is brimming with exciting attractions and cultural delights. Munich city breaks have something for families and couples alike. Relaxing bars, cafes and the annual Oktoberfest (October Beer Festival) are perfect for couples and the glorious historical architecture, great shopping opportunities and tranquil parks are attractions not to be missed.

Places of interest such as the Munich Zoo or the Neuschwanstein, known to be Walt Disney's inspiration for the Disneyland Castle, are a great hit with the kids and will provide great days out for the whole family.

At Christmas time, Munich turns into a magical winter wonderland. Covered in glistening snowflakes and twinkling fairy lights reflecting off the cobbled stones, the Munich Christmas Market embraces thousands of visitors each year.

Munich is a cosmopolitan city that retains the traditional charm and cultural wealth of a provincial town, whilst exuding a warm Mediterranean flair. There are fascinating museums and sights and the Frauenkirche, with its imposing dome-topped towers, is Munich's most famous landmark. Relax in one of the many beer gardens, enjoy tasty Bavarian specialities and, of course, no visit would be complete without a 'Maß' of beer!

Owned by the German State, the Hofbräuhaus is one of Munich's oldest breweries. Renowned as the "most famous pub in the world" this pub is well worth going to for a local pint. A Munich city break often includes a trip to The Hofbräuhaus, which also provides live music. Concerts are regularly held in the function rooms, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience traditional Bavarian music and the famous "Gemütlichkeit" (public festival).

You can see even more of Germany by booking one of many other locations that we have available. These include Cologne city breaks, trips to Munster and much, much more.

Frauenkirche © Natalia Michalska Frauenkirche © Natalia Michalska

 Interesting Facts

Items handed in at the Oktoberfest over the last few years include a daschund called 'Wasti', an 8cm living grasshopper and an FC Bayern garden gnome. Source STYLIGHT GmBH

The summer residence of the Kings of Bavaria Nymphenburg Palace is in Munich and worth a visit to see the main palace and the gardens.

 Possible Excursions

Munich is the ideal base for day trips to Bavaria's stunning countryside. Visit King Ludwig's castles Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau & Linderhof.

Marienplatz Marienplatz

 

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Our Munich Hotel Recommendations

Maritim Hotel Munich 4*

Why we like it: Its panoramic rooftop indoor swimming pool which provides an unique view over the city and the Frauenkirche. Location: In a quiet inner courtyard close to the central railway station and in walking distance to the Stachus. Features: 2 restaurants, piano bar with live music, courtyard terrace, beer garden, lift, fitness area, sauna, indoor pool, parking. Accommodation: 347 luxurious and air-conditioned rooms with en suite facilities, satellite TV, telephone, minibar and safe.
2 night package from £335pp
Hotel Only from £72pppn

Courtyard by Marriott Munich City Centre 4*

Why we like it: Its central location and elegant bar. Location: Between the railway station and the old town. Features: Restaurant with show cooking, bar, fitness room, 24 hour shop with snacks and drinks in the lobby, lift, garage Accommodation: : 235 air-conditioned rooms with en suite facilities, TV, telephone, safe, tea/coffee making facilities Fred.\ Special: Welcome Drink
2 night package from £302pp
Hotel Only from £50pppn

Hotel Ambiente 3*

Why we like it: A family-run hotel offering a warm welcome. Location: Located in the heart of the city, the main train station is a 2 minute walk away. Features: Lift, safety deposit box Accommodation: : 46 cosy rooms with en suite facilities, TV, telephone, radio, hairdryer, Wi-Fi. Why not upgrade to Business Class from Economy?
2 night package from £295pp
Hotel Only from £47pppn
All prices are guide prices in £ per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast. They include flights from London to Munich.

 

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City Tour Card München
3 days unlimited use of public transport in Munich. Reduced entrance to many tourist attractions. Single ticket from £19, Group tickets (up to 5 persons) from £30.
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Munich

Third biggest city in Germany

Population

Approx. 1.4 million

Country/State

Germany/Bavaria

Time Difference

+1 hr

Dial Code

+49 (Germany)

Currency

Euro €

Getting around

The MVV is an integrated system consisting of trams, buses, U-Bahn and S-Bahn. Many trains run from early in the morning to 1 or 2am. 

There are also night buses and night trams which run all night on weekends, except Sundays.

Munich International Airport

From Munich Airport take the S-Bahn S1 or S8 to the centre of the city - journey time 45. minutes. There is also an airport bus that will take you to the Central station.

Flight Time from London

2 hours

Stroll along Viktualienmarkt, Many locals consider this daily market in the city centre the beating heart of Munich culinary  scene. Open throughout the year and set in an open-air location, here you can taste some of the city's food specialties or just take a sit in the biergarten and chill out with a Bavarian beer.   Wander around Marienplatz, Munich's main square at the Town Hall and pedestrian area for a great shopping experience.

Munich's latest shopping centre, called Fünf Höfe or Five Courts offers exclusive shops, bistros and cafés.  Alternatively pay a visit to the Hogstatt  shopping mall.

Fashionistas looking for exclusive designer boutiques should head for Maximilianstrasse, Theatinerstrasse and Briennerstrasse. For high street shops and department stores try the pedestrian area between Marienplatz and Karlsplatz Stachus.

Smaller alternative boutiques and trendier street clothes can be found in Munich's Gärtnerplatz district, and in Schwabing, Munich's Bohemian and student quarter.

Mich is home to the third largest Louis Vuitton flagship store at Louis Vuitton Munich Residenzpost 

Opening times (larger shops, department stores, supermarkets):

Mon-Sat 09:00 - 20:00

Marienplatz

There are a huge number of restaurants, bars and pubs in Munich and visitors will find something for every price range and taste. But no visitor to Munich should miss out on trying some of the typical local cuisine!

Bavarian & German Food

Ratskeller - Marienplatz 8

Situated underneath the historic Rathaus, this vast restaurant offers one of the most atmospheric surroundings in Munich.

Wirthshaus in der Au- Lilienstr. 51

A very popular local restaurant serving creative Bavarian food in authentic settings.

Beer halls and gardens

One of the finer ways to sample Bavaria's best brews and tasty local delicacies are the many beer halls and beer gardens all over the city, i.e.:

Chinesischer Turm

A popular beer garden located around the famous Chinese Tower in the centre of the English Garden. Brass bands play on Sundays.

Augustiner Beer Garden - Arnulfstr. 52

In walking distance of Munich's main station, this giant leafy beer garden is buzzing with life and good cheer.

Marienplatz

This square in the city centre is the heart and soul of Munich Old Town, together with the neo-gothic New Town hall. The carillon in the tower resounds when the clock chimes the hour (11 and 12 a.m. - in summer also at 5 p.m.) and spreads it sounds all over the square, being a main tourist and local attraction.

Odeonsplatz and Royal Residence

Odeonsplatz is one of the other main hotspots in Munich. On the south side of the square stands the impressive Field Marshal's Hall Monument while on the west side of it you can find the beautiful and glorious Theatiner Church. Last but not least, on the east side of the square a gate leads to the Renaissance Royal Gardens and the Royal Residence, the largest residential palace in Germany. 

English Garden © Luis Gervasi English Garden © Luis Gervasi

Englischer Garden

One of the largest city parks in the world and the perfect place for strolling, relaxing, surfing in the Eisbach, paddle-boating and enjoying a tasty Bavarian beer in the beer gardens.  Alternatively enjoy a Japanese Tea and watch the many surfers.

Viktualienmarkt

Just around the corner from Marienplatz and the Town Hall, you will find one of Europe's finest food markets. In summer, the entire place is transformed into a beer garden.

Nymphenburg Palace

A enormous, beautiful park area in the northwestern part of Munich that surrounds the baroque summer residence of the Bavarian Electors.

Art Galleries

Visit the Pinakothek galleries. The three galleries of Old, New and Modern offer some of the finest works in Germany. With paintings exhibited by such masters as Dürer, Hals in the Alte Pinakothek and Goya, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir and Van Gogh in the Neue Pinakothek there is something for all Art lovers!

Frauenkirche

The 'Cathedral of our Blessed Lady' with its twin towers, is Munich's most famous landmark.  The gothic cathedral and its onion-domed towers are a distinctive landmark of the city.

Philharmonie am Gasteig 

Home to Munich's Philharmonic Orchestra and the city's premier cultural venue with a diversified schedule throughout the year.

Deutsches Museum

Located on the museum island in the Isar River. It is one of the oldest museums for science and technology in the world.

BMW Welt BMW Welt

BMW Welt and Museum

The BMW Welt with its unique and futuristic architecture is the BMW experience and delivery centre. The museum presents an unique collection of the most important and original brand examples and the current development of BMW.

Olympic Park

This park was for the Olympic Summer Games back in 1972. This sport area finds itself in the north of Munich and it's now a popular urban destination for recreation and fun. On the top of the Olympic Tower you can get a great view of Munich and the Alps.

Allianz Arena

The futuristic stadium has been the home of FC Bayern München since 2005.

Nightlife

Munich's nightlife has something to suit most tastes. Apart from clubs, pubs and beer halls, the city offers some excellent classical, jazz and opera venues.

Hofbräuhaus - Am Platzl 9:  Bavaria's best-known and most celebrated beer hall. A live band plays Bavarian folk music most of the day.

Alter Simpl - Türkenstrasse 57:  This pub in the district of Schwabing has good jazz and an arthouse vibe. Some of Germany's most famous writers and artists used to meet here in the early 20th century.

P1 - Prinzregentenstrasse 1:  This upmarket club is regularly frequented by Munich's jet set; exclusive, expensive and difficult to get into, but nevertheless - a real Munich institution.

Atomic Café - Neuturmstr. 5:  A trendy spot in the city centre, featuring pop and rock music, touring DJs and some live bands.