Munich is a large city in South Germany, located at the banks of the Isar River. The city is definitely most famous for the annual Oktoberfest beerfest and for its beautiful architecture. The historical city center has survived surprisingly well in World War II. The rest of the city has been restored to match it with what the city looked like in the late 1800s. The historic city center is a major attraction and full of great castles, palaces, museums and galleries. The city is also home of the football club FC Bayer Munich, which has its home stadium in Munich.
Monthly Weather Conditions
The weather of Munich changes throughout the year. Rainy days are almost the same in all months, with an average of 10 days per month.
The best time to go is anytime between May and October, temperatures climb to a comfortable place and many festivals pepper the calendar.
More information: Munich forecast and weather conditions monthly
Munich 9 most important sights:
- Marienplatz - Marien Square and the New Town Hall of Munich: Marienplatz is the central square in the heart of Munich and offers opportunities to explore many old and wonderful buildings, churches and landmarks.
- Frauenkirche - Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady: The Catholic Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady is a Munich landmark and the city's largest church, holding as many as 20,000 people.
- Dachau Concentration Camp: The concentration camp of Dachau, 10 miles northwest of Munich, was one of the first concentration camps in Nazi Germany and served as a model for all subsequent camps in the Third Reich.
- The English Garden: Just a few blocks northeast of the Munich Residence is the English Garden, Munich's largest park; it's a green oasis and a wonderful place to explore.
- Best Beer Halls in Munich: If you want to drink your bier the way it was meant to be, visit one of the many beer halls in Munich, most of which brew their own beer.
- Viktualienmarkt - The Victuals Market: Only a few steps from Marienplatz you'll find the bustling Viktualienmarkt, Munich's daily outdoor farmers' market, with 140 colorful booths and a great variety of fresh and regional food.
- Residence Palace of Munich: Today the Residence houses one of the best European museums of interior decoration.
- Deutsches Museum - German Museum: One of the oldest and largest science and technology museums in the world, boasting an impressive collection of historic artifacts.
- Museums Ensemble: Alte Pinakothek, Neue Pinakothek, Pinakothek der Moderne: West of the English Garden is a unique collection of three museums, each highlighting a different period in European art.
Recommendation for one day:
- There's a wonderful morning to be had at the English Garden, a very popular scenic park, more internaitonal than its name suggests, it contains a Greek temple, Chinese pagoda and Japanese tea house.
- Then on to Marienplatz, this prominent public square, the largest in Munich, stands as the center of social activity in the city, much as it has throughout history.
- Nearby is the BMW Museum, hundreds of thousands of people visit BMW's four-cilinder BMW tower and the bowl-shaped museum next to it each year. The museum showcases the technical development of cars and motorcycles and also has some exhibits on the history of the company.
- Visit Munich Residence (Residenz Munchen). The Tresury holds important artifacts and there are some very impressive rooms located within the Residenz. Or go to Viktualienmarkt, the city's largest and most famous outdoor marketplace.
- Tierpark Hellabrunn is a must, the huge complex of buildings makes it one of the most enjoyable museums you will ever visit. Plan to spend a great portion of the day there since there are so many exhibits and rooms to see.
The recommended accommodation areas for Munich are:
Cheap area: Laim
Central location: Marienplatz
Compared to prices worldwide, Munich is an average price destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $70.50, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $265.33, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $77.49
- Hotel (3 stars): $103.87
- Hotel (4 stars): $131.06
- Hotel (5 stars): $222.74
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $16.14
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $27.84
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $4.09
- Meal, McDonalds: $9.36
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $11.70
Munich has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 82.7 (better than United states average 47.9)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 91.1 (better than United states average 69.6)
- Walking alone at night: 77.5 (better than United states average 41.7)
More information: Munich safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.