Munich city breaks have something to offer for all the family. Whether you are looking to explore the historical spots, catch some live music, visit the Olympic Park or go crazy at the Oktoberfest beer festival, Munich has something for everyone.
The Bavarian capital in the South of the country, Munich is 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 Neuscwhanstein Castle is just a few hours' drive from Munich. Many people also take in a visit to the site of the Dachau concentration camp.
The city centre has everything you would expect from a large, bustling European hot-spot. It is 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 are 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.
Travellers looking for warmer evenings should aim to be there between June and August where temperatures hit the mid 20s. January is the coolest time, but that may mean you'll get a bargain.
The famed Oktoberfest takes place between late September and mid October, a 16 day festival of Bavarian beers and culture. For the 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 like 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 are 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.
Families: The spooky and funny collection of gargoyles and dragons staring out from the neo-Gothic New City Hall on Marienplatz Square will entertain the kids. And the elaborate glockenspiel, which magically bursts into musical life at 11am and noon, is like something from a fairy tale.
Nightlife: Enjoy the thumping rhythm of traditional Bavarian music in the vaulted Hofbrauhaus where huge beers and pretzels are dished out by the traditionally-dressed waitresses. It's a party atmosphere that, no matter what time of year, will have you thinking it's Oktoberfest.
Active types: Hire a bike and enjoy classic Munich at its best. You can cycle through the English Garden, which is one of the biggest city parks in the world. With three square miles of woodland and meadows hugging the Isar River, it can be hard to believe you're in one of Germany's biggest cities.
Shopping: Shopaholics could easily lose themselves in Altstadt's stylish streets. Clothing stores, fine porcelain and art galleries loom over the thoroughfares and offer some of the country's finest shopping. The style conscious should make their way to the catwalk-like Maximilianstrasse, where designer fashion displays itself in every window.
Romance: The elegant Muller'sches Volksbad - Munich's Art Nouveau public baths - make an unusual setting for romance, but the lavish ceilings and highly-prized murals take swimming to another level. Lounge in the shallow pools and discuss life under the stuccos.
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.
Public transport: 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.
On foot: 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.
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