Munich is the thriving capital of the free state of Bavaria in southern Germany. Originally settled by Benedictine Monks, Munich received city designation in 1158.
Magnificent structures dating back to the middle Ages, the influences of Italian Baroque and French Rococo styles, combined with more modern buildings add to Munich’s charm.
Getting to Munich
Munich International Airport (MUC), also known as Franz Josef Strauss Airport, is a five-star facility located approximately 17 miles outside of the city limits.
A destination within itself, the airport boasts two terminals, a visitor’s centre, shops, restaurants, and children’s play areas, with a themed playground and activities for older children planned for the future. There are also two hotels on site.
The airport can be accessed by train on the S1 and S8 lines. Bus service from Munich runs every 20 minutes to the airport. Those travelling via Lufthansa Airlines can take advantage of its shuttle bus service. The trip takes approximately 40 minutes. Taxi and limousine service is also available.
Munich International Airport can be reached by car via the A92 Munich-Deggendorf Autobahn. There are over 20,000 parking spaces in long- and short-term lots. For an additional charge, valet parking is available.
Getting Around Munich
One of the reasons Munich is such a popular destination is the ease of travel throughout the city and surrounding areas. The Munich Transport Company coordinates S-Bahn rail service as well as private and regional bus service. The system is constantly upgraded to provide the best service to both tourists and residents.
Where to Stay Munich
Visitors looking to stay in Munich itself have great choices. There are luxury hotel with different amenities that will allow you to be comfortable and pampered. They are also hotels that are suitable for families with children of all ages.
There are also mid-priced hotel that will suit visitors with a low budget which also provide comfort and convenience to its visitors.
These accommodations provide makes an excellent choice because of its modern amenities and customer oriented service.
Attractions and Things to do in Munich
Marienplatz, the centre plaza of Munich, is the essence of what this magnificent city has to offer. The New City Hall at its north side is home to the Rathaus-Glockenspiel.
Comprised of over 40 bells and several life-size figures, the glockenspiel show, depicting 16th century stories, takes place every day at 11 a.m. with two additional shows at 12 and 5 p.m. during the summer.
The BMW Museum is fascinating for all. Exhibits detail the improvements of these automobiles through the years. Visitors can take a two-hour tour of the factory, and then visit the BMW Welt showroom across the street.
A visit to the Englisher Garten is a must. This 370 acre public park features lovely landscaping, a Japanese Tea House, Chinese and Greek architecture, two beer gardens and much more.
There are many fabulous restaurants in Munich representing various ethnic influences. With numerous beer gardens and nightclubs throughout the city, the nightlife here is non-stop.
Shoppers strolling through Marienplatz will find numerous shops to browse. The Viktualienmarkt is a premier farmer’s market.
The most famous event in Munich is the annual Oktoberfest held between late September and early October. Parades, music and dance fill this 15-day festival. Mid-June is also a great time to visit Munich as the city celebrates its founding with a two-day Town Foundation Festival.