Munich, elegant parks, churches and so much more
The capital city of Bavaria in southern Germany is and always has been a focal point for art, religion, history and culture. Built on the river Isar with the Bavarian Alps as a spectacular back drop, there is so much to see and do in Munich and in the surrounding area, that it's impossible to see it in just a few days. With the famous, lovely square of Marienplatz as an architectural starting point, the city of Munich is a delight for culture lovers and sightseers, and it's also famous for great beer, food and hospitality.
Best time to see Munich
Landlocked Munich has cold winters, but the snow makes it an attractive Christmas destination, and there's skiing nearby too. Summers can get very hot - up to 35 degrees, so sightseeing is best in the spring and autumn. There is also the Oktoberfest, from 15th September to the 3rd October. On the third of October, the city celebrates the reunification of Bavaria with Germany and the beer and parties make a brilliant reason for an autumn break.
Before you travel
There is also a thriving art and fashion scene in Munich and the museums are very good too. At the other end of the cultural highlights, Munich is also great for football and beer, and the cost of living and eating out here are generally cheaper than in the UK. The patisserie is wonderful with a lot of chocolate and spiced biscuits and buns, and wonderful sausages.
Local info and Munich's transport
The Lufthansa Airport bus goes to Munich main station and takes around 45 min. Or to get to the Munich exhibition centre, (Messe München) use the shuttle bus. Visitors can also use the overground trains S1 or S8 to the main station or "Ostbahnhof". Taxis coast from around 50 EUR, and get you to the city centre in about 40 minutes. Public transport is via metro and overground trains, trams and buses, and day travelcards for the inner city cost around 6.20 euros. Single tickets cost about 2.70 euros. Taxi prices are also cheaper than in London. However note that Hotels in Munich are expensive, and start at about 100 EUR a night. There are hostels from around 15 EUR, which is the price per person/night. Hotels should be booked ahead if planning a trip during the Oktoberfest, when it is very busy, and prices to be higher then too.