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The Bavarian capital in the south of the country, Munich has a wealth of historical sites. Essential spots to explore are the Jewish Museum, the English Gardens, Hitler's Eagles Nest and the magnificent Nymphenburg Palace with its near 500 acre park gardens. For those keen on historical buildings, the Neuschwanstein Castle is just a few hours' drive from Munich. Many people also take in a sobering visit to the site of the Dachau concentration camp.
The city centre has everything you would expect from a large, bustling European hotspot. It's a rich city with up-scale shopping and lots of fine restaurants and bars to sample the Bavarian cuisine. There are also a number of art galleries and museums; particularly worth a visit is the huge City Museum, just minutes from the Town Hall. The Olympic Park with its observation tower makes a fine day out for the kids, while the famous Romantic Road is the perfect day out for couples. For the car enthusiasts out there, a trip to the BMW factory and museum is a fascinating day out.
If you're a fan of some slightly more physical activity, why not go south to the Alps near Garmisch for mountain walking and skiing?
Munich is superb for a short break at any time of the year and easily accessible from the UK with train transfer from the airport into the city. Simply fly into Munich Airport (MUC) or into nearby Memmingen (FMM). From Munich Airport, the S1 and S8 are regular and inexpensive trains waiting to shuttle you in to Marienplatz and the main station of Hauptbahnhof. The journey takes around 45 minutes. Many hotels will offer an efficient airport shuttle service.
Another option is Lufthansa Airport Bus - a direct service to the Hauptbahnhof. It's comfortable, inexpensive, and takes only 40 minutes. Alternatively, hire a car in Munich and arrange for collection at the airport.
Getting around on weekend breaks in Munich is also straightforward. The U-Bahn trains, trams and buses are as inexpensive as they are efficient and allow you to glide around Munich with minimum fuss. If you plan to tour about on your weekend break it might be worth investing in a 24-hour pass.
Getting about on foot is a good option, too. The picturesque Altstadt holds many of Munich's attractions and was made for walking. Amble along and take it all in at your own pace, or join one of the free walking tours from Marienplatz.
The famed Oktoberfest takes place between late September and mid-October - a 16-day festival of Bavarian beers and culture. For more refined tastes, the Munich Opera Festival is usually held in July and is free to all. The Auer Dult is an authentic Bavarian market and fair that takes place three times a year in different Munich locations. Check closer to the time for exact dates. The Tollwood Summer Festival is a combination of all three and more. Running from the end of June to July in the Olympic Park, Tollwood features music, comedy, great food and a variety of live performances.
Any time of year is a good time of year to visit Munich, as there is simply so much variety. If you're planning a trip to Munich this year and need some help, read our fact file below and use TravelSupermarket's search tool to find the cheapest deals.