Travel & Tourism Tips

Munich skylineMunich is located in the center of southern Germany. It is one of Germany’s most visited tourist spots because it offers a distinct blend of modernism and time-honored lure, all combined with a heavy dose of a happy, hearty, and healthy togetherness.

The city is traditionally famous for its breweries and beer halls, calling up imageries of cheerful red-cheeked, big men with mugs of beer. Aside from drinking sprees, Munich has much more to offer. The city has a lot of art treasures, magnificent museums, state of the art industries and precious items of Baroque and Gothic architecture. Munich is also the entrance to the Bavarian Alps, attracting winter sports fanatics from around the world.

It was in 1158 when Munich was founded and obtained its name the word Munchen, the first monastery of the monks. The monks were the ones who started the tradition of beer brewing for which the city is now known worldwide. Presently, nearly six million tourists attend the Oktoberfest annually and drink greater than five point five million liters of beer in the entire two-week celebration.

This is where BMW and Siemens reside. By this, Munich is considered as an international manufacturing and business center, a leader in the business of automotive and electronics and electrical engineering; a major contributor in German film and TV production and a media and publishing capital. The city’s financial stature has involved banks and insurance companies worldwide, willing to engage with commerce in Germany.

Getting There & Around

By Air
flughafen munichFlughafen München, the international airport of Munich, is 28 kilometers (17 miles) northeast of the center of the city in between the towns of Erding and Freising.

It takes 8½ hours from New York to Munich. Also, it takes eleven hours from Chicago to Munich and thirteen hours from Los Angeles to Munich.

Several air carriers serve flights to Munich. Among them are Air Canada, American, Continental, Delta, LTU International Airways, Lufthansa, Northwest, United and US Airways.

Air carriers that are within Germany are Aero-Lloyd, Air Berlin, Condor, Deutsche BA, Eurowings, LTU, Lufthansa, Hapag-Lloyd

If you are from UK the following air carriers go to Munich: British Airways, Lufthansa and Ryanair.

By Bus
Long-distance buses arrive and depart from an area to the west of the main train station, Zentraler Busbahnhof.

From the U.K.
A direct service from the Victoria Coach Station in London to several German cities is available. A lot travel daily while some serve three times a week. It takes 20 hours to travel from London to Munich.

By Car
From different locations in Germany, several locations can be identified for autobahn transport to Munich. If you are from the north (Nürnberg or Frankfurt), take the autobahn at the Schwabing exit. If you start from Stuttgart and the west, the autobahn can be accessed at Obermenzing. For those from the east, south and southwest, go to the city beltway (Miterer Wing). For anyone taking the autobahn, be guided by the signs reading “Stadtmitte” for downtown Munich.

By Train
All long-distance rail services come and leave from the Hauptbahnhof.

InterCity Express (ICE) trains link Munich, Frankfurt, Augsburg and Hamburg on a single line; Munich, Würzburg, Nuremberg and Hamburg on the other side.

Main Attractions

Hofbrauhaus

HofbrauhausIt is the world’s most popular pub and beer hall. As early as the late 16th century, this huge establishment shifts lots of gallons of beer. This is where the Oktoberfest is best celebrated in the city.

Deutsches Museum

Deutsches MuseumIt is the largest Science and Technology Museum in the world that is situated on an island in the center of the Isar River. This museum extends over eight floors housing centuries of discovery, invention, and development in all aspects. A lot of artifacts reflect the huge contribution Germany had on the world of Science.

BMW Headquarters

bmw HeadquartersThe BMW headquarters is a marvelous architecture worthy to look at. The place where the world-renowned BMWs are fabricated and the museum of its models through time can also be found.

Bayerisches National Museum

Bayerisches National MuseumThe Bavarian National is a museum that showcases folklore, art, and history of the Bavarian region through the years. It has paintings, sculptures, furniture, and textiles as well as Art Nouveau.

Events

Oktoberfest (Beer Festival)

OktoberfestThis event happens during the last two weeks of September. It is considered as one of the world’s biggest parties. It attracts multitudes of revelers from all around the world. Aside from the beer halls where traditional Bavarian bands play their favorite music, the festival presents carnival games and park rides, and even stalls advertising a variety of German delicacies.

Fasching (Carnival)

Fasching CarnivalCarnival season or fasching is a moment of festivity and merry-making that approaches its climax on Shrove Tuesday and it is the time when most of the celebrations happen. During this time, the streets are lined with food and drink merchants.

Munich Ballet Week

Munich Ballet WeekBavarian State Ballet talents are showcased annually during this week-long Ballet Festival together with different international guest ensembles of high prestige. The event includes classical and modern dance.

Munich Opera Festival

Munich Opera FestivalThis is the most significant event in the city’s music calendar. It is conducted during summer in one of the world’s most beautiful opera houses. Aficionados worldwide gather to listen to the famous Bavarian State Opera.

Important Visitor Information

Language: German is the official language.

Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in April).

Money: The unit of currency is the Euro (€). ATMs and exchange bureaus are widely available. Traveler’s cheques are preferably encashed at exchange bureaus since banks frequently won’t change them. The fastest and most convenient means to change money is to get cash from one of the ATM machines. Banks don’t open on weekends, however, exchange bureaus at main railway stations and airports open daily from 6 am to 10 pm.

Entry Requirements: Visa and passports are required for foreigners visiting the country. Numerous national embassies can be located in the city or in nearby cities.

Tipping: Some restaurant bills already have a service charge added, but if this is not the case add 10%. Hotel porters expect around €1, and cleaning staff, hairdressers, taxi drivers etc expect small tips.

Safety: A visit to Germany should be trouble free, but take normal precautions to avoid mugging, bag-snatching and pick-pocketing, especially at airports and railway stations in the large cities.

Communications: The international access code for Germany is +49. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns.

Useful Links & Resources

Munich Airport
Website: www.munich-airport.de

Oktoberfest Details
Website: www.oktoberfest.de

Munich Opera Festival
Website: www.muenchner-opern-festspiele.de

Hofbraeuhaus
Website: www.hofbraeuhaus.de

Neuschwanstein Castle
Website: www.neuschwanstein.de

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