Munich is Germany’s third largest city after Berlin and Hamburg; it is most commonly visited in late September / early October for the world famous Oktoberfest – but the city has much more to offer!
Things to See and Do
Neues Rathaus / Marienplatz
One of Germany’s most distinctive neo-gothic buildings, Neues Rathaus (new town hall) can be found in Marienplatz and is a must when visiting the city. The famous glockenspiel chimes at 11am, noon and 5pm. At the top of the 85m tower stands Münchner Kindl, the monk-child mascot of the city.
The Frauenkirche can be spotted the majority of Munich postcards, magnets and other souvenir items. It’s distinctive silhouette is visible across the city.
Legend says that the architect of the great church tricked the devil into thinking there were no windows in the structure, (it’s all about prospective), having realised he had been tricked he stamped his foot in rage leaving a “foot-like” mark in the floor. You can stand in the very spot (devil’s step_ and see the windows disappear from view.
Munich is home to one of Europe’s largest city parks, to give you an idea of scale this park easily beats New York’s Central Park. It has a strong Asian influence, and even has a Japanese tea-house.
Not many museums can boast that they have their own island, but the it is after all the world’s largest museum of science and technology, with approximately 1.5 million visitors per year and about 28,000 exhibited objects. There is even a planetarium, this is well worth a visit! Tickets cost €2 on top of the usual museum admission fee of €11. You could easily loose a day here. Further details can be found on the official site.
This breathtaking development originally started as a “Summer Palace” and was build on and expanded over the generations. The beautiful palace and the vast gardens are now open to the public, and are definitely worth a visit. Though I would recommend getting a tram from the centre rather than walking.
- Visit Neuschwanstein Castle
- Visit Olympiapark, and maybe have dinner at the rotating restaurant
- Visit Dachau concentration camp grounds and museum
- Visit a number of Munich’s Beer Houses / Beer Halls; such as the most central Hofbräuhaus or alternatively stop by Hirschgarten after visiting Nymphenburg Palace
TOP Hotel Erzgiesserei Europe (4*) – £298
TOP Hotel is roughly a 15-20minute walk from the city centre and Marionplatz, but can be cut short by using the extremely efficient U-Bahn. The hotel has 106 smoke-free rooms, with an on-site restaurant and bar. Breakfast is included, but free internet is only available in the main lobby. You can add wifi on arrival for €6.50 per day.
With a guest rating of 4.1/5.0 this hotel should guarantee you a sound nights sleep away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Hotel Präsident (3*) – £303
Hotel Präsident is much more central and only a stones throw away from some key landmarks including Marienplatz and Munich Central Station.
With 42 rooms over 7 floors, all rooms have been soundproofed. Breakfast is included, but again in-room wifi is available with a surcharge, limited data may be available for free.
Hints and Tips
- Why don’t you try the local speciality “white sausage“? They are traditionally only served before noon!
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- Germany is known for the extremely efficient transport. Tickets for the U-Bahn and S-Bahn can be bought at the automated machines in the main stations, or by visiting any general store. If you are going to be using public transport regularly throughout your trip invest in a multi-use ticket to get the best value for money.
- If you plan to visit Dachau or somewhere similar outside of the city, spend a little bit of time researching train routes rather than paying over the odds to a pre-arranged trip.
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