Munich is the capital of Bavaria and lies in South West Germany, approximately 80km from the Austrian border. The city dates to 1158, when the area was the location of a Benedictine monastery. The city boasts a rich heritage and a wealth of architecture, museums and monuments. There is also a vibrant nightlife and a rich culinary and literature culture.
In Munich, temperatures can range from over 32 °C in the summer months to around -4 °C in winter. The city is particularly busy from September through to the first week of October, when the annual Oktoberfest is held. The festival usually concludes on the first Sunday of October, however it is extended where the 3rd of October, the celebration of German re-unification, falls the following day. The city boasts many beautiful sights, including the Fraunenkirche and the New Town Hall.
Munich is famous for its beer, particularly its wheat, or Weissbier. You can enjoy these year-round in a variety of halls, and during Oktoberfest you can expect tents dedicated to a variety of brands. The city is also famous for its football, hosting both Bayern Munich and TSV Munchen 1860 in the famous Allianz arena. The city boasts a range of museums, from art to science, and a vibrant fashion scene. The cost of living is cheaper than the UK's, while entertainment and dining are less expensive than London.
On arrival, the Lufthansa Airport bus will get you to the Main Station in approximately 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can travel to the Munich exhibition centre by shuttle bus. This is also serviced by over-ground train routes S1/S8. Taxis are cheaper than London; it costs approximately EUR 50 from the airport into the city and takes around 40 minutes. Accommodation varies in price and hotels are quite expensive, at around EUR 100 per night. However you can stay in a hostel, with prices starting at around EUR 15 per night. It is more expensive during Oktoberfest and you should book well in advance. The public transport system is well integrated and reliable. While single tickets cost around EUR 2.70, a day travel card costs around EUR 6.20 and is valid on all public transport. This is usually the more convenient option, particularly if you want to look around the city.