Munich Guides

Quick facts:

  • Rough location of city South East Germany, Central Europe
  • Language German
  • Population of city 43 million
  • Nearest airport Munich Franz Josef Strauss
  • Main train/bus station(s) Munich Hauptbahnhof (train), Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof (bus)
  • Best time to visit? A good all-year rounder! March to May has the best weather vs less crowds, autumn is for Oktoberfest, and winter for festive Christmas markets!
  • Budget level? ££
  • Best for Nightlife, Excursions/day trips

Main districts:

Old Town

Touristic heart of the city - pretty pastel houses and fairy-tale spires make the perfect backdrop for exploring the major sights, museums, shops and beer gardens that Munich has to offer.

Maxvorstadt

Munich’s Latin Quarter, the place to head for excellent museums, galleries, and budget student beers.

Schwabing

The university district, full of antique record and book shops, cosy pubs and cafes with outdoor seating. Also home to the huge Englischer Garten public park.

Bogenhausen

This leafy suburb is home to many Art Nouveau somewhat futuristic architectural feats like the Hypo Hochhaus skyscraper, as well as several classy restaurants, galleries and boutiques.

Top attractions:

Marienplatz

The main square at the centre of the old town. A hub of activity especially during high season, you can wander round admiring the beautifully grand Bavarian facades whilst snacking on some Lebkuchen.

Hofbrauhaus

 For beer aficionados this 3 storey beer hall is the king of breweries. Their specialities are a wheat beer, pale  & dark lagers and Oktoberfest lager.

Nymphenburg Palace

this Baroque palace was once the residence of the House of Wittelsbach, the former rulers of Bavaria. Take a tour of the rooms, visit the museum or wander around the palace gardens.

Best places to go out:

Glockenbackviertel

This neighbourhood pulls in the younger crowds, with a vibrant nightlife scene of bars, restaurants and clubs. The main hub of this area is the Gartnerplatz.

Beach 38 °

Bet you didn’t know Munich had a beach, did you?! This bizarre place has an outdoor and indoor bar area with a manmade sandy beach, and you can rock back in a deckchair with a drink or try a game of volleyball.

Backstage

This grungy underground club attracts Munich’s finest alternative music crowd, from metalheads and goths to reggae and electro fans.

Best culture spots:

Neuschwanstein Castle

This fairytale 19th century castle sits upon a hilltop – if you can brave the climb, enjoy epic Bavarian views of the surrounding mountains. Visit on a day trip from Munich.

Pinakothek der Modern

One of the world’s largest modern art museums lives in Munich. Art lovers can browse the collections of works from Picasso, Dali, and Warhol.

Hirschgarten

Head out to the west of Munich for Europe’s largest beer garden which can accommodate 8000 people!

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