The Bavarian capital attracts around 70 million people per year and its popularity comes as little surprise to people who go there.
What to do
The great thing about Munich is that it’s great for a short trip but it’s also so easy to make it a little longer. If you have some more time to spare you should definitely take the time to visit Neuschwanstein Castle which is nestled in the forests near Füssen. It’s a truly majestic sight and one that deservedly stands as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. A trip to nearby Dachau is definitely worthwhile too. The concentration camp memorial site is located here and it’s informative as it is emotive. Germany is not a place that turns a blind eye to its past and many consider it to be a very important place to visit.
In Munich itself, you can’t go wrong starting off in Marienplatz. The large public square is the thriving hub of the city something it has been for some time. It’s from here you can go along to one of the free walking tours organised by SANDEMANs every day. The guides are often very informative, teaching you a great deal about Munich’s fascinating history.
The BMW Museum boasts a fantastic collection of German engineering on display. With BMW’s from years gone by as well as futuristic concept cars, it is a must visit for any petrol head. Similarly, football fanatics simply must go to the Allianz Arena. If there isn’t a game on, you will be able to take a look at the facilities via a guided tour and have a browse round the Bayern Munich museum.
When to visit
Cheap flights to Munich are available all year round so you’ll never have to fork out much getting there. Going between March and May however will avoid the peak-summer prices while still allowing you to some pleasant temperatures, perfect for an afternoon in the English Gardens.
Mid/late September to early October is when the huge festival that is Oktoberfest takes place. With both beer and traditional Germany food available in huge abundance, there are few places with at atmosphere quite like it. If you are someone who enjoys their beer and likes a lively party atmosphere, there won’t be a better time to visit Munich.
Where to eat and drink
Food stalls and markets are where you can try a real taste of Germany without breaking the bank. Viktualienmarkt, located just round the corner from St. Peter’s Church is a hugely popular option thanks to its high quality and range of cuisine. Sausages are particularly widely available and the Rostbratwurstl at Schlemmermeyer is one you cannot go wrong with.
As for places to drink, a trip to Munich wouldn’t be complete without a stop off at the world’s most famous beer hall, Hofbräuhaus. Thriving with both locals and tourists, this over 400-year-old brewery has a wonderful atmosphere along with their very own beer.
Where to stay
There are a range of quality hostels in Munich with dorm prices usually starting from around £20 per night. This price will get you a bed in a mixed dorm at the excellent Wombats City Hostel. Located just a five minute stroll from Munich’s Old Town, the location is only topped by the delicious all you can eat breakfast which is a steal at €4.50. There are plenty of great hostel and budget hotel options with STA Travel, and often with discounts or special offers available.
If ever you prefer the privacy of a private room, you don’t have to break the bank to get one. The Atlas City Hotel offers double & twin rooms for around £27 per person per night. The facilities are basic but it’s a very clean place to stay with helpful staff.