But great beer and good times are only two of the elements that attract visitors to this handsome and alluring city...
Tradition abounds in sophisticated Munich, a place where you can catch folk dancing and swig old-fashioned thirst-quenchers before stepping on to the street to see sparkling BMWs and even more sparkly diamonds in the windows of the famed jewellers.
Add to all of this a fabulous food scene and some of Germany's most beautiful architecture and you have found the winning formula for a perfect city break.
If you're planning to visit for Oktoberfest, it's essential to book hotels in Munich well in advance of your visit. The beloved Christmas market also sees tourist numbers peak; this is another time when early booking of accommodation is sensible.
Find a great rate on your ideal Munich hotel, whenever you plan to travel, by using the TravelSupermarket search tool - booking well in advance both to save money and secure the hotel you want.
Whether you're looking for cheap hotels in Munich or you plan to splash out on a luxury room, use our guide to figure out where to stay...
Munich hotels are held in high regard for their good standards of comfort and cleanliness, though you'll pay high prices for luxury hotels in the most exclusive addresses.
There are many four- and five-star hotels in Munich, with price tags to match. Some are in modern structures, while some of the best hotels can also be found in beautifully restored buildings of the past. Service is equally good when you book the finest Munich hotels.
The city also has a good range of budget hotels and mid-range accommodation, even in the highly prized central areas of the city, which are the best locations to stay if you wish to be close to things to see and do during your break in Munich.
There's plenty of choice between the big hotel brands in the city. Look for properties from the likes of Four Points by Sheraton, Eurostars, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Kempinski, NH Hoteles, Park Inn by Radisson, Sofitel, Mercure, Citadines and InterCity Hotels.
Munich's city centre is relatively compact and easy to navigate by foot, so you can ditch the wheels for the duration of your stay.
Hotels around Munich's central square of Marienplatz are in the highest demand by tourists, and you'll pay a premium to stay so centrally. There are many other great options, however, on both banks of the River Isar, and Munich is blessed with many beautiful parks, including the English Garden - you can book hotels overlooking the water or vast ribbons of grass and trees to bring a bit of nature into your city break.
Munich Airport hotels are in abundance, too, and can seem cheap compared with city-centre hotels. Be aware, however, that the airport is a 30-40 minute drive or bus ride from the heart of Munich and it will take time and money to reach the main tourist attractions from airport hotels.
Get to know this good-times city as you take a tour of some of its best bits...
Top five attractions
A stunningly impressive opera house and home to the Bavarian State Opera.
Four beer gardens are squirreled away in this public park, which is landscaped in a traditionally English style.
The heart of Munich for the best part of 900 years and the focal point of the city; it has a wealth of good cafés, bars and restaurants.
An impressive collection of museums and galleries make up this arts district of Munich. They include the three Pinakothek galleries of Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne.
Think “pub”, then treble it. This huge beer hall is the start and end of many nights in Munich.
Between Oktoberfest and the festive markets, Munich competes to have one of the world's best calendars of annual events...
Fasching Carnival; January/February: Anything goes at this gaudy street party that runs into the small hours. Dancing, singing, eating and drinking to excess are the general guidelines once you've torn yourself away from staring at the fabulously vibrant costumes.
Oktoberfest; September-October: To the untrained eye, this annual celebration of one of Germany's finest products - beer - may look like utter carnage. To the cultured Oktoberfest-goer, however, it's one of the finest parties known to man. The easy-going locals will make you feel right at home, providing you can find one. Hotels are hard to come by at this time, so book early.
Nottingham Goose Fair; October: Hailed as one of the best festive events in Europe, this yuletide treat would get even the most die-hard Scrooge feeling all warm inside. Everything you could possibly want from your Christmas wish list is right here in this winter wonderland.