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"Beer and Bavaria - A guide to Munich"

Munich Tourism

Munich is a vibrant and historic city located in the southeastern part of Germany, in the state of Bavaria. The city is often considered the cultural capital of Bavaria, known for its rich traditions and celebrations. It is renowned for its beer culture, with the world-famous Oktoberfest taking place annually, attracting millions of visitors from around the globe.

Munich's location provides easy access to the Bavarian Alps, making it a gateway for outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities are just a short drive away.  It has a deep and fascinating history with various astonishing historical landmarks, giving a peek into the Bavarian past. The city also boasts a thriving arts scene and is home to world-class museums showing extensive collections of myriad forms of art or sculptures from various periods. 

Munich is known for its lush green spaces and parks. Some of them feature walking and biking paths, serene lakes, or even a designated nudist area. It is also a shopper's paradise with numerous boutiques, department stores, and markets. The city also boasts Bavarian cuisine, which is renowned for its hearty and delicious offerings. Traditional dishes like bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, and schnitzel are readily available at the city's numerous beer gardens and restaurants. Beer enthusiasts can enjoy the local brews, including famous brands like Paulaner, Hofbräuhaus, and Augustiner.

Must Know Before You Travel to Munich

  • Public Transportation: Munich has an efficient and extensive public transportation system, including trams, buses, and the S-Bahn. One can explore much of the city on foot or rent a bicycle from one of the many bike rental stations.
  • Munich Card or City Pass: Consider purchasing one of these cards, which not only provide public transportation but also discounts on various attractions, museums, and tours in the city.
  • Museum Sundays: Many museums in Munich offer free admission on Sundays, which can be a great way to explore the city's cultural treasures without breaking the bank.
  • Opening Hours: Be aware that many shops and businesses, especially smaller ones, may close on Sundays.
  • Tap Water: Tap water in Munich is safe to drink, so you can save money by refilling your water bottle rather than buying bottled water.

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Shopping in Munich

Munich offers haute couture in Maximilianstrasse, Theatinerstrasse, Residenzstrasse, and Brienner Strasse, and department and chain stores in the pedestrian enclosure trendy. One can shop for flamboyant clothes in town districts, Gartnerplatz and Glockenbach area, Haidhausen or Schwabing. Bavarian local costumes, handicrafts and souvenirs in specialist shops are available at the ViktualienMarket in the heart of the city. Another feature typical of Munich is a large number of small shops concentrating on a few articles, like felt, candles, or wood carvings, in the center of the town. Perusastrasse, Residenzstrasse, Brienner Strasse and Odeonsplatz are second names for ultra-chic shopping. The shop of the Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory is a must-visit for its spectacular collection of porcelain for home decor as well as gifts. Munich being a city of beer, items relating to its consumption are great souveniors and available in great variety. The flea market, Auer Dult (May & July/August & October), is a bargainers delight with an array of crockery, junk and antiques on sale.

Nightlife in Munich

Munich's nightlife is characterized by beer halls, pubs, chic clubs, and more beer halls. Altstadt, Gartnerplatz, and Glockenbachviertel in Isarvorstadt are some of the best neighborhoods with vibrant after-dark scenes. Munich arguably has the most famous breweries, beer halls, and beer gardens, all this aside from the most indulgent beer festival. Beer gardens stay open until 1 a.m. and at least 3 a.m. on weekends, irrespective of establishment size. You will be spoilt for choice between the huge lively gardens, which could seat hundreds, and the mellow small terraces tucked in narrow lanes, each one a particular favorite of the locals. These places allow you to carry your own food to munch on while you soak in the varied brews. Some gardens arrange live jazz nights occasionally. Disclaimer: Germans don't produce one beverage called 'beer'; instead, there are over 5000 varieties! Just remember 'Bier bitte' (beer, please).

History of Munich

Munich or Munchen (Home of the Monks), traces its origin to the Benedictine monastery at Tegernsee. Henry the Lion, duke of Bavaria, permitted the monks to establish a market, later which was fortified. Subsequently Munich was home to generations of the Wittelsbach family. Under their rule the city prospered and expanded territorially as well. Roman Emperor Louis IV and Bavarian Elector Maximilian were known to have contributed significantly to the welfare of the Bavarian city. The 18th and 19th century saw the maximum growth and development of modern Munich, in terms of architecture, population and culture. The Wittelsbach reign came to an end after the abdication of Lous III in 1918, following which Munich became the centre of right wing politics. Hitler assumed leadership of the Nazi Party here. The beer cellar where he colluded the Putsch(uprising) against the Bavarian authorities can be seen even today (Beer Hall Putsch). Munich suffered severe devastation because of the Allied bombings during the Second World War, much of which has been restored by now. Over the years, Munich has grown economically by way of emphasis on manufacturing and trade. The advent of the Oktoberfest, enriched the economy with an inflow of tourists and since then the city has become one of Europe's largest tourist magnet city.

Daily Budget for Munich

You can plan for a daily budget of approximately €100-€200 for an economical visit to Munich. €50-€100 per night for budget hostels or guesthouses. €20-€40 per day for meals, including dining at local restaurants and sampling street food. €6-€12 per day for unlimited travel within the city using a Munich Card or City Pass. This includes buses, trams, and the S-Bahn. €20-€30 per day for entrance fees to museums, attractions, and guided tours. Some attractions, like parks and markets, may be free. €10-€20 per day for incidentals, such as souvenirs, snacks, and unexpected expenses.

Exchanging Money in Munich

Reisebank at Hauptbahnhof (Central Exchange), however it charges a massive fee for the same. There are few other institutions for currency exchange which again charge a commission. Hence it is advisable to withdraw Euros using an international credit card or exchange your currency beforehand.

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How to reach Munich by flight

Flughafen Franz-Josef Strauss or the Munich International Airport is the main connection for incoming and outgoing international and domestic flights from all continents with over 80 carriers operating to and from here. Air Canada, Air France, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa are some of the frequenters. Flights from all major cities in India have their operations in the Munich Airport. Situated about 40 kms away, Munich is an approximately 40 minute train ride away. The S1 and the S8 run daily, as frequent as every 20 minutes. Purchase the Tageskarte (daily card) for —12, allowing you to travel anywhere on the network till 6 AM next morning. Alternatively the Airport City Bus (—10.50 one way) plies every 20 minutes. Taxis are available, though at a higher cost. A ride to the main city will cost you around —60.

How to reach Munich by road

Munich is accessible via roads A8, A9, A95 from nearby cities of Nuremberg, Salzburg, Stuttgart etc.

How to reach Munich by train

Munich has a well connected train network, to other cities in Bavaria, as well as some distant cities in Germany as well as Europe. All trains arrive and depart from Hauptbahnhof (Central Station). Destinations include Vienna, Prague, Paris as well, amidst the other German cities.

How to reach Munich by bus

Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof¾(ZOB) receives coaches both domestic and international. Eurolines connects Munich to the Romantic Road, further on to other German cities. A special coach also travels to Prague departing from the ZOB.

Local transport in Munich

Munich has an efficient public transport system facilitated by buses, trams, the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn. The U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations are located at all primary places and run almost 24 hours a day. Museenlinie 100, is quite a convenient bus service linking most of Munich's major attractions. Night buses and trams operate only in the city centre though. Taxis ply by the metre with additional charges for luggage, but are not as convenient as the public transport.

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Viktualienmarkt with the Altes Rathaus
Hofgarten with the dome of the state chancellery near the Residenz

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What are the places near Munich?

The top places near to Munich are Dresden which is 359 km from Munich, Salzburg which is located 115 km from Munich, Berlin which is located 504 km from Munich, Venice which is located 304 km from Munich, Vienna which is located 355 km from Munich

What are the things to do in Munich?

The top things to do in Munich are Schloss Nymphenburg, Deutsche Museum, Olympia Park, Viktualienmarkt, Englische Garten, Peterskirche. You can see all the places to visit in Munich here

What are the top hotels in Munich?

There are 616 in Munich which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Munich are Schiller, FirstOne, gambino hotel WERKSVIERTEL, Moderne stilvolle Wohnung im Herzen Münchens, zentrales Loft mit traumhaftem Blick über München, Modern eingerichtete Wohnung mit 2 Balkonen. You can see all the hotels in Munich here

What is the local food in Munich?

Bavarian cuisine is characterized by its hearty and rustic nature. Traditionally made with wurst (sausage), knodel (potato or bread dumplings), different kinds of meat, bread and potatoes, Munich serves some of the best Bavarian. A typical local favourite is the Weissewurst (white sausage) served with sweet mustard and breze (pretzel), which is meant to be eaten only with hands! The wurst is served in various other forms, be it Currywurst, grilled or seved in salad. While the Bratwurst, Knockwurst, Riderwurst, Leberwurst are also widely served, the Weissewurst is the Munchners very own. Meat enthusiasts will also appreciate Schweinshaxe, pork knuckle roasted in beer; Kalbshax'n, roasted calf knuckle and the Leberk_se, which is a regional pate made from pork, beef, bacon, and onion and served with a Bavarian potato salad. One of the pure vegetarian treats is the beer soup, made with light beer, butter, lemon and seasoned with cumin and nutmeg. End on a sweet note with Apfelkiuchen, sliced sour apples dipped in rum and beer dough, served with ice cream. Pretzels are a popular favourite in itself, served plain or with butter. There are ofcourse several restaurants serving other international cuisine, be it French, Italian or Asian fare. A visit to any of the Biergartens is a must, even if you are visiting during the Oktoberfest. These are ideal places to unwind, while you sit in the shade of trees and sample the many kinds of Bavarian brews. Breweries here are known to not add preservatives to the beer because of the rapid consumption rates prevalent among the Munchners! Lest you have the taste, opt for the ein Helles, which is light beer and a tad bit less potent from its darker counterparts! These beer gardens let you carry your own
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What is the best time to visit Munich?

Munich thaws during this time after the winter snow and you can experience warm weathers without the deluge of tourists. A late spring visit will be ideal for the biergartens and open-air cafes. Munich could actually be regarded as an all year round visit place, since the Bavarian city has something on offer across the twelve months. June- August is Munich's high tourism season, with temperatures and footfall on the rise. Beer lovers should definitely plan their visit during the Oktoberfest months of September - November. It is advisable to make hotel reservations a year in advance for availabilty and reasonable prices! If you can sustain the temperature drop, Munich is worth a visit even during December - February. This is festival season and the Christkindlmarkt during Christmas is a must visit.
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