Munich Travel Guide

The ultimate Travel Tips for Munich

The ultimate Travel Tips for Munich

A warm welcome to Munich!

The metropolis with the special flair in the south of Germany.

Are you planning a trip to Munich? Are you interested in the transport connections from and to and within Munich? Would you like to know, what to look out for when staying in Munich? Or are you simply looking for suggestions for your leisure activities and your stay in Munich? Then THIS is your guide!

To be well informed not only about a suitable accommodation but also about everything else, we would like to give you this travel guide with important, concise information as well as insider tips for your visit to Munich.

I wish you a pleasant stay in our cosmopolitan city with a big heart!

Sabine Rauscher
Managing director

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München — Munich

Alternative names: Minga (Bavarian dialect), Minhen (Serbian), Miunchenas (Lithuanian), Miyūnikh (Arabic), Mjunkhen (Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian), Mnichov (Czech), Mníchov (Slovak), Mnichow (Sorbian), Monachium (Polish), Monaco, or Monaco di Baviera (Italian), Mónakho (Greek), Munich (English, French), Munkeno (Esperanto), Múnich (Spanish), Münih (Turkish), Munique (Portuguese), ミュンヘン Myunhen (Japanese), 慕尼黑 Mùníhēi (Mandarin) | Source:

Type: State capital
Location: Europe > Germany > Bavaria > Munich
Population: 1.4 million
Language: German (Dialect: Bairisch)
Currency: Euro (€)
Common means of payment: cash, EC card, credit card (not everywhere)
Shop opening hours: from 7-10 o'clock in the morning, until 18-20 o'clock in the evening
Munich is known for: Oktoberfest, Beer, Lederhosen & Dirndl, Glockenspiel at the city hall, Viktualienmarkt, Near the Alps, World Security Conference, Olympic Games, BMW, FC Bayern, Allianz Arena, international trade fairs
Weather: year-round tourism, temperature in summer +20 to +35 °C and in winter -10 °C to +10 °C, ~1700 hours of sunshine per year, ~950mm rainfall per year
Universities and schools: LMU Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, TUM Technische Universität München, Academy of Fine Arts, German Meisterschule für Mode, Hochschule München, Hochschule Weihenstephan, Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen, Hochschule für Musik und Theater
Tourism Information: Tourist information at the main station and Marienplatz, +49 89 23396500 (Mon-Fri 9-17 Uhr)
Emergency numbers: Police & Emergency Doctor = 110, Fire Department = 112, Credit Card Blocking = 1161116
CHECK-IN! Accommodation service:
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Getting here & Public transport

Location & Map

Airplane: Munich Airport MUC (approx. 35 km), Augsburg Airport (approx. 65 km), Salzburg Airport (approx. 135 km)
By train: Hauptbahnhof (main train station), Ostbahnhof (train station East
Car: good connection, traffic jam risk at peak times, parking lots in the city center partly only in multi-storey car parks or with parking ticket, highways: A8 (east-west), A9 (north), A99 (ring around Munich), A92 (airport), A94 (Passau), A95 (Garmisch-Patenkirchen), A96 (Lindau)
Distances: Berlin (approx. 590 km), Frankfurt (approx. 390 km), Hamburg (approx. 790 km), Rome (approx. 920 km), Paris (approx. 840 km) London (approx. 1140 km).


Munich Airport (MUC, Franz Josef Strauß)

Live: Arrival / Departure Information

Facts & figures: 2 terminals, approx. 90 airlines, 394,000 take-offs & landings per year, 42 million passengers per year
Distance: approx. 35 km to the city centre of Munich
Connection: S-Bahn (approx. 45 minutes to Marienplatz), Taxi (approx. 30-45 minutes to Marienplatz)
Info: Short-term parking zone, multi-storey car park, shopping facilities, restaurants, visitor park

München Hauptbahnhof

Munich Main Train Station ('Hauptbahnhof')

Live: Departures / Arrivals

Facts & Figures: Railhead station, 32 tracks, approx. 160 million travellers per year
Distance: approx. 1 km to the city centre of Munich
Connection: suburban train, subway, tram, bus, long-distance bus, taxi
Info: Arrival by car not very easy, multi-storey car park, shopping possibilities, restaurants
Website: General Train Schedules


Long distance bus service

Live: Arrival / Departure ZOB

Stops: The largest bus stop for long-distance buses in Munich is the central bus station (ZOB) at Hackerbrücke.
Distance: approx. 1 km to the main railway station and approx. 2 km to the city centre of Munich
Connection: suburban train, tram, bus, taxi
Info: Long-distance bus transport has only been permitted within Germany since 2013. Popular long-distance bus connections include Munich-Bayreuth-Berlin, Munich-Hannover-Hamburg and Munich-Nuremberg-Frankfurt-Dortmund-Münster. In addition to domestic bus connections, there are also international bus connections, e.g. Munich-Salzburg, Munich-Vienna-Budapest, Munich-Bregenz-Bern.

s-bahn münchen


Live: Timetable information / Current position of all trains

Facts & figures: 8 lines, 253 trains, 434 km track length, approx. 285 million passengers per year
Preferred use: Drive to the city, drive from the city to the surrounding area, connection to the airport
Travel times: every 10-20 minutes, night break between approx. 2 and 4 o'clock.
Info: Many S-Bahn stations in the surrounding area have Park+Ride (P+R) parking spaces to park your car and continue with the S-Bahn.
App: iOS / Android / Windows Phone


U-Bahn (underground)

Live: Timetable information / Timetable overview

Facts & figures: 8 lines, 100 train stations, 103 km network, approx. 390 million travellers per year
Preferred use: fast transport over longer distances within the city.
Travel times: every 10-20 minutes, night break between approx. 2 and 4 o'clock.
Info: Stations are important: Theresienwiese U4/U5 (Oktoberfest), Messestadt West + Ost U2 (Messe München), Fröttmaning U6 (Allianz Arena), Thalkirchen U3 (Tierpark)
App: iOS / Android



Live: Timetable information / Timetable overview

Facts & figures: 13 lines, 95 tram cars, 166 stops, 80 km route network, approx. 105 million travellers per year
Preferred use: You can also reach less frequented places in Munich easily by tram.
Travel time: every 6-20 minutes
Info: The tram sometimes runs at night on so-called night lines.
App: iOS / Android



Live: Timetable information / Timetable overview

Facts & figures: 504 buses, approx. 175 million travellers per year
Preferred use: Flexible connection in all areas of Munich.
Journey times: every 5-20 minutes, even at night buses run on night lines.
Info: In the buses there are buttons that have to be pressed so that the bus stops at the next stop and does not simply continue.
App: iOS / Android



Taxi-Call: 089 21610

Facts & figures: approx. 3000 vehicles
Info: The invoice is based on the distance travelled plus a flat rate. Special taxis can also be ordered, e.g. with a child seat or for travel groups.
App: iOS / Android


The Octoberfest

Facts + Figures

The Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival in the world.
Around 6 million people from all over the world visit the Wiesn every year.
The very first Oktoberfest took place on the occasion of the wedding between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese on October 12 1810.
Hence the name of the 42 hectare large festival area - the "Theresienwiese".
Over 100 oxen and 50 calves are eaten every year in a total of over 140 restaurants on the meadows.
And, of course, beer consumption is the focus of many visitors to the meadows: over 7 million litres of beer are drunk each year in the 37 beer tents. The Hofbräuzelt, the largest tent or better Festhalle including beer garden, has 11,000 seats.
Seats can also be reserved in advance in certain areas of the tents - however, you usually have to book months in advance to get one.
The Wiesn also has a lot to offer in terms of fashion, as many guests buy a traditional Bavarian outfit in dirndl or lederhosen especially for the festival.

Click here for the official website of the Oktoberfest.

And here you can search for rooms for your Oktoberfest visit.

Video: Customs and beer - the Oktoberfest


Districts of Munich

Munich is a historically grown city. Founded more than 850 years ago, the city has long since expanded beyond its original old town with its city wall.

Munich now comprises more than 50 districts: Allach, Altstadt, Am Hart, Am Moosfeld, Am Riesenfeld, Au, Aubing, Berg am Laim, Bogenhausen, Daglfing, Denning, Englschalking, Fasangarten, Feldmoching, Forstenried, Freiham, Freimann, Fürstenried, Hadern, Holzapfelkreuth, Haidhausen, Harlaching, Hasenbergl, Isarvorstadt, Johanneskirchen, Laim, Langwied, Lehel, Lochhausen, Ludwigsvorstadt, Maxvorstadt, Milbertshofen, Moosach, Neuhausen, Nymphenburg, Oberföhring, Obergiesing, Obermenzing, Obersendling, Pasing, Perlach, Ramersdorf, Riem, Schwabing, Schwanthalerhöhe, Sendling, Solln, Steinhausen, Thalkirchen, Trudering, Untergiesing, Untermenzing, Zamdorf.

And of these we would like to present to you some particularly well-known ones:



Munich centre, Marienplatz, New town hall with Glockenspiel, Dallmayr, Alter Peter, Viktualienmarkt, pedestrian precinct, Frauenkirche



Nightlife district, many restaurants, bars and theatres, Leopoldstraße, Maximilianstraße, Siegestor, Münchner Freiheit, English Garden, Ludwig-Maximilian-University



Universities, Museums, Pinakothek, Königsplatz, Munich Stock Exchange



Cultural quarter, Gasteig, Philharmonie, City Library, Muffatwerk, Müller'sches Volksbad, many small shops, cafés and bars



Friedensengel, Arabellapark, Prinzregententheater, Feinkost Käfer, Villa Stuck, Isar Hochufer



Trade fair city with Munich Trade Fair Centre / ICM / MOC, BuGa Park with BuGa swimming lake, trotting track, shopping centre Riem Arcaden


Regional Specialties


Traditional Costume: Dirndl & Lederhosen

Lederhosen and Dirndl belong to Bavaria like beer and the white-blue sky. Even while many locals own a dirndl or lederhosen, the traditional costume fashion is hardly worn in everyday life.
But on special occasions such as festivals, weddings or the cattle drive(here in the picture: Everyone helps with the 'Almabtrieb' in the Allgäu) one likes to dress in traditional costume and also in countless regional costume associations the Bavarian culture is lived and continued. In addition, a cultural highlight is the annual dance of the Markfrauen at the Viktualienmarkt and the Maypole festivals in the Bavarian villages, as well as the Schäfflertanz at the Chinese Tower every four years.

The costume for the woman consists of:
Dirndl (short or long, consisting of bodice top and skirt)
Traditional blouse (white)
Shoes matching the Dirndl

Accessories for women:
Traditional hat
Dirndl bra

Tip for the woman:
The position of the apron bow (seen from the woman) is very important.
Loop left = single, take up allowed/ desired
Loop right = married or in a relationship
loop middle = virgin
bow back = widowed or waitress

The costume for the man consists of:
Leather trousers (short or long)
Traditional shirt (white or plaid)
Knee socks or "Loferl" (calf warmers)
Haferl Shoes

Accessories for the man:
Traditional hat
Belly strap

Tip for the man:
The Lederhosen is not being cleaned! Rather it should build a certain patina in the course of time. Bad or unwanted stains can of course be washed off (with a lot of care). For this there is a leather eraser or a leather brush.

Tip for children:
There are also very nice children's dirndls and leather trousers!


The Art of Brewing

The Bavarian art of brewing is world famous. This is not least due to the Bavarian purity law, which only allows hops, malt, yeast and water as ingredients for brewing beer.
The largest and oldest breweries in Munich are: Augustiner, Hacker Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spaten.
In addition, more and more small, so-called "microbreweries" - small breweries with innovative new types of beer (craft beer) - have established themselves in recent years: Giesinger Bräu, Riechelbräu, Brauerei im Eiswerk, Hoppebräu, Camba Bavaria, Wampenbräu, Crew Republic, and much more.

Typical beers
The great variety of the different types of beer alone gives an idea of the long beer brewing tradition in Munich and Bavaria. The different types of beer include: Light beer, Export light beer, Export dark beer, Pils (rather rare in Bavaria), Light wheat beer, Crystal wheat beer, Hefeweizen light beer, Hefeweizen dark beer, Märzen beer, Bock beer, Doppelbock beer, Light beer, Schwarzbier beer, Oktoberfest beer.
The clear-yellow "Helles" and the golden-cloudy wheat beer "Hefeweizen Hell" are probably the most frequently drunk beers.

On hot summer days, the particularly refreshing "Radler" is often drunk as a mixed drink. Half of it consists of Hellem beer and half of lemonade - currently especially popular as "Radler Naturtrüb".

Experience beer
Beer is a staple food in Bavaria. It is drunk all year round and is already available in Germany for young people aged 16 and over.
The Oktoberfest in the last two weeks of September and the Starkbierfest at Nockherberg in March are particularly well known beer serving dates.

Further information on the beer brewing tradition can be found, for example, in the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum (Sterneckerstraße 2, Di-Sa 13-18,
In addition, many breweries offer guided tours and beer brewing courses - a real experience!



Bavarian cuisine offers a wide range of regional specialities that are well known far beyond Bavaria. For figure-conscious eaters, most dishes are to be enjoyed with caution, but those who get involved with the hearty dishes are usually delighted with crispy roasts, spicy sauces, soft dumplings.

"Pretzels" (lye pastries)
"Semmeln" (small white bread rolls)
Various types of bread (not only white bread!)

Hearty meals:
Roast pork with dumplings (Bavarian "Roast pork with bread dumplings")
Roast duck with red cabbage and potato dumplings
Roast ox (knuckle of pork) with dumplings
liver dumpling soup
Schupfnudeln with sauerkraut

White sausage (with sweet mustard and pretzels as bread time)
Leberkäs (cooked sausage variety)
Various other sausage specialities
Meatballs (fried minced meat)
Sausage salad (cold salad from sausage strips, often with fresh bread)
Cabbage salad (cold white cabbage salad)
potato salad

Dampfnudeln with vanilla sauce
apple strudel
Plum gingerbread (plum sheet cake)

On sunny days, visitors to Munich are drawn to the numerous beer gardens. Here, people eat outdoors at beer tables, mostly self-service.
Munich, like in the rest of theworld, there is a great demand for vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free food. Accordingly in the meantime the options for these are many.
Further information on Bavarian cuisine can be found here at Wikipedia.


Sights & Attractions

In Munich there are many things to see, attractions and leisure possibilities. To list them all here would lead too far.

However we would like to give you a few selected, very nice tips, known ones as well as also lesser known ones:




City Wall

The original city wall (in the picture above: copper engraving from the year 1642 by Matthäus Merian the Elder) is still preserved today in numerous places, for example:

Sendlinger Tor
Roter Turm
Lueg ins Land

Schloss Nymphenburg

Schloss Nymphenburg

Nymphenburg Palace, seen on the photo above in the snow-covered winter, lies in the west of Munich and served the rulers as a summer residence in 1662 - at that time still two hours away from the much smaller Munich.

The large palace garden (Schlosspark Nymphenburg) with its park castles (Amalienburg, Badeburg, Pagodenburg, Magdalenenklause) - once laid out as a baroque park and constantly extended over the centuries - has today become a landscape garden worth seeing, inviting you to take long walks.

Nymphenburg Palace
80638 Munich, Germany
Opening hours castle: April to mid-October 9-18 o'clock, mid-October to March 10-16 o'clock
Opening hours park: November to March: 6-18 h, April and October 6-20 h, May to September, 6-21:30 h
Phone: +49 89 179080
App of the palace park: iOS / Android

Alter Peter

Alter Peter

When it comes to Munich churches, the first thing you think of is of course the Frauenkirche. But that's not what this tip is about. The parish church of St. Peter (called "Alter Peter" = Old Peter) is also one of Munich's landmarks and is known above all for its tower ascent. But attention: For the 306 steps up to the viewing platform you should bring some puff!

St. Peter
Cattle market 1
80331 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 210237760
Website: Erzbistum München





The Gasteig is a large cultural centre in Munich. Various cultural events take place here every day. The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra plays here in the acoustically outstanding Hercules Hall (which was once the throne hall of King Ludwig I). The Gasteig also hosts the annual film festival.

Gasteig Munich
Rosenheimer Street 5
81667 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 480980
Tickets: MünchenTicket

West Side Story

Deutsches Theater München

The Deutsches Theater focuses on musicals and shows such as West Side Story, Cats or Die drei Fragezeichen. The theatre has a theatre hall with over 1500 seats.

German Theatre
Schwanthaler road 13
80336 Munich, Germany
Phone (Tickets): +49 89 55234444


National Theater

Centrally located in Munich, the Bavarian State Opera performs its works in Germany's largest opera house. The National Theatre is also home to the Bavarian State Ballet, the chamber concerts of the Bavarian State Orchestra. In addition, the annual opera festivals take place directly in front of the Nationaltheater.

Bavarian State Opera - National Theatre
Max Joseph Square 2
80539 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 218501
Website with schedule of plays:



English garden

The English Garden is the "green soul" of Munich. It is a huge natural area, 375 ha in size, with an extremely high recreational value and is one of the largest parks in the world. In the south of the English Garden you can watch the daredevil surfers at the Eisbachwelle, in the north there is the Kleinhesseloher See with boat rental and the Seehaus. Also well known are the Monopteros (see picture above) and the Chinesische Turm.

Flaucher - Isarauen


The "Flaucher" is a popular local recreation area on the Isar - in the middle of Munich! In addition to sandbanks, barbecue areas and sunbathing lawns, there is also a great beer garden - the restaurant "Zum Flaucher".

Isarauen (Isar floodplains)
81379 Munich-Sendling


Olympic Park

The Olympic Park - once the site of the 1972 Olympic Games - has since then offered a lot of greenery, a lake with a lake stage, the Olympic Mountain and long walks. The Olympic Park is also home to the Olympic Hall, the Olympic Tower, the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Swimming Hall and much more.
There are regular event highlights in the Olympic Park, such as the Tollwood Summer Festival and the impark Summer Festival.

Olympiapark München GmbH
Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21
80809 München
Telefon: +49 89 30670
Website with calendar of events:


Excursion tips & suggestions

Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum

Munich is rich in famous and museums worth visiting. It is difficult to name just one, so here we mention the most important ones: Ägyptisches Museum (Egyptian Museum), Museum Mensch und Natur,(Museum of Man and Nature) Verkehrszentrum(Traffic Centre), Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie(Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology), Deutsches Theatermuseum(German Theatre Museum), Die Pinakotheken, Museum Reich der Kristalle(Kingdom of Crystals)), Kinder- und Jugendmuseum München(Children's and Youth Museum Munich).

The Deutsches Museum is one of the best-known museums in Germany. It shows masterpieces of natural science and technology as well as changing exhibitions on special topics. A special highlight is the theme tour "Mine", which takes the visitor deep underground.
Tip: For children there is also the very special "Children's Kingdom", including a water playground and a walkable guitar.

Deutsches Museum
Museumsinsel 1
80538 München
Opening hours: daily 9-17 hours
Phone: +49 89 217 9333

Tierpark Hellabrunn

Hellabrunn Zoo

The Munich Zoo "Tierpark Hellabrunn" is located in the district of Thalkirchen and fascinates with its great biodiversity. Polar bears, lions, tigers, monkeys, giraffes, flamingos, sea lions, turtles ... the list of animals to marvel at is of course much too long for our short tip here. Therefore our advice: Find out for yourself which animals there are still to see. Hellabrunn Zoo is worth a visit at any time of the year with its large outdoor area, numerous theme houses, beer garden and adventure playground for young and old!

Hellabrunn Zoo
"Isar entrance" (subway U3 "Thalkirchen"): Tierparkstraße
"Flamingo entrance" (car parks): Siebenbrunner Straße
81543 Munich
Opening hours: April-October 9-18 h, November-March 9-17 h
Phone: +49 89 625080

Botanischer Garten

Botanical Garden

It blooms, it grows, it ranches - the Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg cultivates around 16,000 plant species on an area of more than 21 hectares. The more than 4,500 m² of greenhouses also offer a warm atmosphere in winter or in rainy weather. And so you will also find desert plants, bromeliads and araceae, tropical crops, orchids and much more! Are you planning to visit Nymphenburg Castle and its park? Then simply extend your excursion, because the Botanical Garden is located directly at the palace park and can also be entered via it (southern entrance). Exciting guided tours are also offered (advance reservation is often necessary!).

Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg
Main entrance: Menzinger Strßae 65
South entrance: Maria-Ward-Straße or via Schlosspark Nymphenburg
80638 Munich, Germany
Opening hours: slightly different per month and area, from 9 am until 4 pm 30/17/18/7 pm
Phone: +49 89 17861316

BMW Welt

BMW World

BMW Welt - built in 2007 - is an exhibition centre, delivery centre and experience and event location. For all big and small car and motorcycle fans there is a lot to see and experience here.

BMW Welt
Am Olympiapark 1
80809 München
Telefon: +49 89 125016001


Olympic Tower with revolving restaurant

The 291 m high Olympic Tower in Munich is a television tower and is one of the most famous landmarks of the city. It stands on the eastern edge of the Olympic Park and offers a viewing platform (190 m) and a revolving restaurant (181 m, slow turn, one turn lasts 53 minutes) where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city while eating.

Olympic Tower
Spiridon Louis Ring 7
Olympic Park
80992 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49 89 30672750


FC Bayern World of Experience

The Allianz Arena in the north of Munich is the venue of the FC Bayern football club. The stadium is also well worth a visit away from the game, as it is home to the FC Bayern Erlebniswelt. Discover the history, the stars and the successes of the record champion and shop for everything that makes a footballer's heart beat faster.

FC Bayern World of Experience
Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25
Allianz Arena
80839 Munich, Germany
phone: +49 89 69931222
Website with opening hours:


Mountains, Lakes, Rivers, Cities

Munich is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and many tourist regions. The numerous lakes, the proximity to the mountains, as well as the historical buildings of many cities in Bavaria attract thousands of visitors every year.
Immerse yourself in the fairytale world of King Ludwig II, hike to the peaks of the Alps and discover the world of the Fuggers and the Middle Ages.
Get inspired by our images:


Mountains, Lakes, Rivers, Cities

Munich is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and many tourist regions. The numerous lakes, the proximity to the mountains, as well as the historical buildings of many cities in Bavaria attract thousands of visitors every year.
Immerse yourself in the fairytale world of King Ludwig II, hike to the peaks of the Alps and discover the world of the Fuggers and the Middle Ages.

Get inspired by our photos!






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