Famed for its culture, architecture and annual Oktoberfest beer festival, Munich is a wonderful holiday destination. The capital of Bavaria and Germany’s third largest city, Munich impressed Ernest Hemingway so much that he declared “I tell you there's nothing like Munich. Everything else is a waste of time in Germany." Start your day with a spot of people watching in Marienplatz, Munich’s central square. Home to the Mariensäule, the Glockenspiel and both the Old and the New Town Halls, this is one of Munich’s most popular tourist attractions and simply unmissable. Next, make your way to Frauenkirche, climbing the tower to take in the unbelievable views of the city and the neighbouring Alps. Car enthusiasts will love the BMW Museum, while art enthusiasts shouldn’t miss Pinakotheken and its three mueums. For a more sobering sight, travel 10 miles northwest of Munich to Dachau Concentration Camp, before making your way back to the city and its Residence Palace, former home of the Bavarian monarchs. If all that sightseeing has worked up a thirst, you simply must have a drink at the long tables of Hofbräuhaus, the world’s most famous beer hall. Just be sure to line your stomach first, and there’s no better way to do so than with a hearty plate of traditional Bavarian cuisine. Local favourities include schweinsbraten (roasted pork) and schweinshaxe (roasted pig's knuckle), often served with a side of delicious dumplings. If you choose self-catering Munich accommodation, you can also take advantage of the wonderful Viktualienmarkt food market. Here, stock up on everything from fruit and vegetables to meat, fish, honey, sausages, herbs and spices. Not only will you save on dining out, you’ll get to experience a true taste of local Munich life.
When to go to Munich
The most popular times to holiday in Munich are between May and October, when the weather is at its best. If at all possible, time your trip to coincide with the exuberant Oktoberfest, when you’ll be joined by tourists from all over the world.
Getting to and around Munich
Most tourists arrive in Munich via flights to Munich Airport, although there are also good train services when travelling from other German cities. Once in Munich, getting around is made easy by Munich’s exceptional public transport network, including trains, trams and buses.
Where to stay in Munich
When choosing Munich accommodation, apartments are an affordable alternative to more expensive hotels. HouseTrip has a number of quality self catering Munich apartments, ranging from inexpensive studios ideal for couples to large, multi-room apartments suitable for families and groups of friends. Whatever your Munich accommodation needs, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for with HouseTrip – plus, you can book in as little as six clicks.