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Plan Your Munich Holiday: Best of Munich

About Munich
Of course, beer lovers know Munich as the epicentre of Oktoberfest, a celebration of beer and Bavarian culture. Hofbrauhaus, Munich's most iconic beer hall, has been serving up brews since 1589, and the city's Bavarian tavern scene is unrivalled. But if you're looking to go deeper on Munich, there's so much to see, do, and eat. Classic German fare, like pork knuckles, pretzels, and SemmelKnodel dumplings, are on constant rotation. Then there's the sights: Walk (or ice skate) through Olympiapark, or visit Munich's English Garden, one of the world's largest urban parks. Stroll the Marienplatz promenade and take in a view of the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, a giant clock that reenacts historical moments. And in December, the city comes alive with twinkling lights and holiday markets. Check out our recs below for more.

Travel Advice

Essential Munich

How to do Munich in 3 days

From fairytale architecture to art to—yes—beer
Read on

How to Enjoy Oktoberfest Year Round in Munich

Let there be no doubt—I am a man who enjoys a good beer. I’ve ordered pints in more than 100 countries, and it’s a special delight to visit Munich, a city perhaps most famous for its annual, autumnal beer bacchanal. But I can testify to this fact: Oktoberfest never truly ends in Munich. Here’s where to celebrate with a beer all year long.
timjohnsontravels, Toronto, Canada
  • Seehaus im Englischen Garten
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    In Munich they love their beers so much you can get one right in the middle of its most famous park. The upscale Seehaus in this palatial lake-side park has a rambling beer garden and tables along the placid waters of the Kleinhesseloher See. On my last visit, I got a frosty mug, a heaping plate of currywurst and fries, and even made a couple of new friends at the convivial spot.
  • Hofbräuhaus
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    Quick: close your eyes and picture an old-school German beer hall. What do you see? I’m guessing exactly this place. Founded by a Bavarian Duke in 1589, this spot was originally part of a brewery and everyone from Mozart to Lenin has sat on the long wooden benches sipping a lager under the soaring ceiling adorned with baroque frescoes.
  • Loewenbraukeller
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    This rambling old-school beer hall and beer garden has some beautiful spaces to enjoy your brew. Come for the beer, which they brew themselves, including a really lovely, crisp, half-dry Pilsner that I loved. Then stay for the music—a band plays live Bavarian tunes six days a week. The food is excellent too—think, seasonal, elevated local classics. My recommendation—the weisswurst, the traditional white sausage of Munich, with a nice, spicy mustard.
  • Tap House - Camba Bavaria
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    This cosy basement spot owned by a certified beer sommelier opened a decade ago with a modest goal: to be the ultimate destination for beer lovers. At any given time, you’ll find some 200 different options to sip here, both hyper-local choices and varieties from around the globe. I love to chat with the staff, all beer aficionados, and try a truly unique or even experimental beer that I wouldn’t find anywhere else in the world.
  • M'Uniqo Rooftop Bar
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    Right, so stick with me on this one. Yes, it’s a hotel bar, and an Italian/Mediterranean themed one at that. But the beer is good and the view alone—with the skyline of Munich at your feet and the snow-capped Alps on the horizon—is worth a visit. And the part I love most is that this is where locals grab a drink after work; I often start my evening here just to take in the scene.

Browse collections

Bring the children

Family-friendly attractions worth exploring

Bavaria’s best brews

Sip your way through the city

Architectural gems

Must-see Baroque buildings and more

Take in a little history

Sites and stories from World War II

If you’re feeling fancy-ish

Go-all-out experiences worth every penny

Munich Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips or experiencing Munich

Jermaine M

Eating out might get expensive in Munich. Remember the secret of Bavarian beer gardens, though: You are allowed to bring your own food!

Elena Z

Munich is a typically efficient German city. Follow the orderliness, and you'll blend in well.

Irmie E

While in Munich, a visit to the Viktualienmarkt, the local Farmers Market, is a must. But wear comfortable shoes for all the walking you do as you visit the various booths.

Rambling Lawyer

The Munich Christkindlmarkt is one of the largest in the world, but actually there are about two dozen Christmas Markets in Munich and its surroundings alone. A good source of information about what's coming up is muenchen.de.

Alex90028

Basically, we can not predict the weather. Last year it was hot in the spring and rather cool in the summer. Could be the opposite this year. Best advice is to go with layers: T-shirt and shorts would usually be fine, but have a jacket with you in case of cooler nights.

Margaret K

Getting around Munich is easy on public transportation. If you are going to be in the city several days, you can get a 3-day pass for use on all trains, subways, buses, and trams.

Jermaine M

One of the first reasons that many visitors come to Munich is the world-famous Oktoberfest, but while Munich beers are definitely excellent, the city offers much more to discover — both in winter and in summer — including the charming historical center, the beautiful green areas, and many art galleries.

Margaret K

According to polls, Munich is the German city that most Germans would like to live in, if they could. It actually is composed of several smaller towns, and since no buildings taller than the tallest church steeple are allowed according to building code, the center feels like a town.

Jermaine M

One reason that more and more people move to Munich is the high quality of life you can enjoy here. Bavarians just know how to take good care of their environment! Take for example the beautiful urban parks where you can enjoy a variety of different sports, or just relax after work in clean, peaceful surroundings. Furthermore, Munich is only a 1-hour train ride away from the Alps and beautiful lake regions. In short, anybody who loves nature and outdoor activities is bound to love Munich!

Drachsi

Munich is a well known and popular destination for people from all over the world. With a friendly relaxed living style, and plenty of attractions for visitors of all ages, Munich has it all.

What is the best way to get there?

flying

Munich International Airport is located 18 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of Munich. The S1 and S8 S-Bahn trains depart for the city center every 20 minutes. The journey takes around 45 minutes.

car

Munich is well connected with other cities in Germany and Austria by the German autobahn network.

train

Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) is conveniently located in the center of Munich and well connected to Munich's excellent public transport network.

bus

Long-distance buses from other European cities (notably the Balkans and Central Europe) provide an inexpensive way to travel to Europe. Buses arrive at Munich Central Bus Station.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting Munich from overseas, visit the Federal Foreign Office for information

When is the best time to visit?

Many visitors come to visit to celebrate the city’s famous Oktoberfest but, if you want to avoid crowds, between March and May is an ideal time. Fall’s crowds have long gone and summer's peak season hasn't yet begun. Average high temperatures are the high 40s °F (10 C) in March and high 60s °F (19 C) in May.

Get around

walking

Munich’s largely traffic-free city center is best explored on foot.

public transit

The city’s dense public transportation system consists of suburban trains (S-Bahn), underground trains (U-Bahn), streetcars (Tram), and buses. There is only one ticket system, called MVV, which means you can use all modes of transportation with the same ticket. If you plan to use the system several times in one day, buying a day ticket can save you money

bike

With its network of bike paths, Munich is a very cyclist-friendly city. The local dockless bike-sharing scheme is called Call-A-Bike.

taxi

Taxis are generally easy to find at ranks, train stations or on the street.

ridesharing

Uber is available in Munich on your smartphone.

On the ground

What is the timezone?

Central European Standard Time

What are the voltage/plug types?

In Germany, the standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. The plug type is F and has two round parallel pins.

What is the currency?

The Euro

Are ATMs readily accessible?

Yes.

Are credit cards widely accepted?

Yes.

How much do I tip?

Restaurant

A tip of around 10 percent is expected.

Are there local customs I should know?

Drinking

The federal legal age for buying and drinking beer and wine is 16 years old. For other drinks, it is 18.

Cheers the right way

When you are toasting your companions with a drink, make eye contact and say a hearty “prost” as you clink glasses — clink with the bottom of your glass

Share table space

At many Munich restaurants, especially beer gardens, you are expected to share tables with other diners so don’t take up too much space.

Table manners

Wait for everyone in your party to get their food and say “Guten Appetit” before tucking in.

Be on time

Germans are punctual and showing up late is considered rude.

Public transit

Let passengers off before boarding. Offer your seat to elderly and pregnant people and to those with disabilities.

Walking

Walk to the right of the sidewalk and step off to the side of the sidewalk if you want to stop to check your phone, look up directions, or want to take in a view.