Trips to Munich, Germany
The most beautiful sights in Munich
Munich has a lot to offer, these three sights in Munich are our absolute highlights.
The landmark of Munich
The Frauenkirche with its two onion domes in front of a blue sky with white cotton candy clouds – that’s simply pure Munich !
According to PROZIPCODES, the towers are around 100 meters high and you can also climb the southern one and enjoy the best view of the entire Munich old town.
Fun fact: In the entrance hall there is a single footprint in the tile. It’s supposed to come from the devil himself .
English Garden and Eisbach Wave
Surfing in the heart of Munich
The English Garden is Munich’s green lung . In the summer, many locals come to the park to sunbathe, have a barbecue and play volleyball .
Officially, bathing in the Eisbach is forbidden because the current is very strong – but that doesn’t stop most Munich residents.
The main attraction, however, are the surfers on the wave right at the southern entrance. Even in winter, surfers plunge into the ice-cold water here in hoods, booties and gloves.
Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt
The famous carillon
Marienplatz is the heart of Munich . Every day at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. hordes of tourists gather in front of the Old Town Hall and marvel at the famous carillon .
Just a little further is the Viktualienmarkt with Munich’s tastiest snack bars as well as fresh fruit, vegetables and all kinds of shopping.
In addition, Kaufingerstraße branches off from Marienplatz with lots of shopping opportunities. It takes you to Karlsplatz (also known as “Stachus” among Munich residents).
That’s really “typical Munich”
As is well known, Munich has the reputation of being the posh city of the rich and beautiful. There are many other things that are really “typical Munich” . We’ll show you three things that we associate with Munich.
- Resche Brezn : Whether as a snack with Obazda and beer or just on the go – the people of Munich can always eat a pretzel. And if it’s done right, he calls it “resch”.
- The blue mountains : When there is a foehn wind, the mountains in Munich look as if you were just ten meters away. Now add the Frauenkirche and you have the perfect Munich photo motif!
- Do you speak Bavarian? Somehow everything the Bavarians say sounds as if they were angry – or as the people of Munich say “grumpy”. They actually have a core that is as soft as lava cake.
The most exciting museums in Munich
In addition to the classic sights, Munich also has some really cool museums to offer. Here are our three recommendations.
The German Museum
Dreamland for technology nerds
The German Museum is the largest technology museum in the world and attracts around 1.5 million visitors every year .
Boring exhibitions and boring information boards? Nothing there! The German Museum is hands-on science and an absolute highlight, especially with children.
You can even admire a submarine, hear high-voltage electricity or take a look into space. Pretty cool!
Munich’s most beautiful art museums
The Pinakothek does not actually exist in Munich, because there are actually three museums: the Pinakothek der Moderne , the Alte Pinakothek and the Neue Pinakothek .
If you have a thing for art, these three museums are an absolute must see in Munich.
Conveniently, they are only a few hundred meters apart and there is a combined ticket for only 12 euros.
The BMW world
For everyone with petrol in their blood
Even those who have absolutely no idea about cars know: a BMW is good! In the BMW world in Munich you will learn everything about the history of the popular car manufacturer .
And it gets even better: you can even take a look behind the scenes at car production.
Incidentally, the BMW Tower is right next to the BMW World . The four pillars are designed like the four cylinders of an engine. It’s all about cars here!
Public transport in Munich
Munich has a wide network of S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains as well as buses and trams . Basically, you can reach all the important sights on foot.
However, things get complicated when it comes to searching for tickets .
The Munich transport network is divided into a total of seven zones. As a rule, however, you will only be traveling in zone M. Zones 1 to 6 are only relevant for excursions and a few attractions outside. The best thing to do is to simply look at the network map to see which zone your destination is in.
These tickets are available in Munich :
- Single ticket: from 3.50 euros
- Day ticket: from 8.20 euros
- Group day ticket: from 15.60 euros
In Munich there is also the strip card. We advise against the stripe ticket, as the stamping system can be very complicated for non-residents and it is usually no cheaper than a single ticket.
Tickets are available either online or from the machines on the platform . Whether or not you have to validate your ticket depends on the station at which you buy it. Just take a look at the ticket, it’s always on it.
Munich Card vs. Munich City Pass
There are two tourist passes for Munich: the Munich Card and the Munich City Pass .
The Munich Card at a glance
- cheap version from 9.90 euros
- free public transport
- Discounts at the main attractions
- Group tickets available
The Munich City Pass at a glance
- very comprehensive variant from 37.90 euros
- free public transport
- free admission to the top attractions
- many more discounts
The Munich Card is sufficient for most tourists . The City Pass only makes sense if you really want to visit a lot of museums and attractions. The Munich Card is also good for groups.
You can customize your card individually. They are available for one to five days , with and without a public transport ticket.
Arrival to Munich
Depending on where in Germany you start, we recommend that you travel by train or plane .
The search for a parking space in downtown Munich can cost you the last nerve and a few euros. We therefore advise against arriving by car.
Transfer from the airport to the city
Most planes land at Franz-Josef-Strauß Airport. Two S-Bahn trains go to the city center. The S8 runs on a direct line in the direction of Ostbahnhof. The S1 still drives a big detour over the west of Munich.
If your hotel is in the city center, you are faster with the S8 . The journey to Marienplatz takes about 35 minutes.
Tickets are available from the machine at the train station. With a strip card you have to stamp a total of seven strips. We advise you to buy a day ticket for 13.70 euros (zones M to 5). You can then use them for your sightseeing.
The best travel time for Munich
The best time to travel to Munich is definitely spring and summer . In the months of May and June it is not yet too hot for sightseeing, but all beer gardens are already open. The end of August and the beginning of September are also great travel times.
In September the famous Oktoberfest begins . If you want to experience the exuberant atmosphere, you should definitely remember Munich as a travel destination for September . At the Oide Wiesn you get the folk festival atmosphere even without crowds.
However, the city gets pretty crowded. So if you don’t want to go to the Oktoberfest specifically, then you should avoid Munich from the end of September to the beginning of October.
How many days do you have to plan for Munich?
Two days are enough to see the most important sights of Munich.
If you want to delve a little deeper into the city and, above all, visit some of the many great museums, then you should plan more time.
Which travel guides for Munich do you recommend?
We can personally recommend the 111 Places series for Munich. It’s not your run-of-the-mill travel guide, it’s entertaining and contains a lot of insider tips.
Volume 1: 111 must-see places in Munich
Volume 2: 111 must-see places in Munich
111 places in Munich that tell a story
Is Munich dangerous?
Munich is basically not dangerous .
At popular places like Marienplatz or Stachus as well as at the typical tourist sights, you should protect your valuables from pickpockets.
How expensive is Munich?
Although Munich is very expensive to live in, it is comparable to Berlin for a city trip, for example .
Both are among Germany’s most popular city break destinations and are therefore more likely to be classified in the higher price range.
Can you explore Munich on foot?
Yes , you can easily explore Munich on foot. Most of the sights are close together.
There is also a well-developed public transport network for excursions.