Munich Travel Guide

Traveling to Munich (München)? This city guide will help you figure out where to stay and what to do, see, and experience in and around this beautiful Bavarian city.

I’ve visited Munich several times and even spent a summer near there during one of my shorter stints in Germany. Ready to plan your dream Munich vacation? Let’s get started!

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1. Introduction to Munich

Near the Bavarian Alps, Munich (München) is a must-see for many visitors to Germany. Home of Oktoberfest, ornate Baroque churches, and legendary beer gardens, you’ll never run out of things to do in and around Munich.

Munich is easy to reach via train, bus, car or plane. If arriving from the US, consider flying directly into Munich International Airport (the second busiest airport in Germany). I found flying right into Munich (instead of Frankfurt) easy and stress free. You can take public transportation into the city (it takes about an hour) or arrange an easy airport transfer here


2. Where is Munich?

Munich is the capital of and largest city in the German state of Bavaria.

3. Munich Basics

Population
1.46 million

Munich is the largest city in Bavaria and 2nd largest in Germany.

Airport
Munich International Airport

Bundesland
Bavaria (Bayern)

Train Travel Times to Munich
Berlin to Munich: 4.5 hours
Frankfurt to Munich: 3 hrs 15 min
Hamburg to Munich: 5 hrs 45 min
Salzburg to Munich: 2 hours
Paris to Munich: 7-8 hours
Rome to Munich: 9.5 hours
Prague to Munich: 5 hours

Fun Facts
The name Munich comes from the Old/Middle High German word Munichen, which means “by the monks.”

You can sunbathe nude in (parts of) the English Garden.

Getting around Munich. The majority of tourist sites are located in downtown Munich. If you stay in the city center, you should be able to walk to most sites. For the sites that are further away (e.g., Nymphenburg Palace, Dachau, BMW Museum) you can hop on a tram, bus, U-bahn or S-bahn.


4. What to Do and See in Munich

Whether you’re into food, history, architecture, nature, art, or spontaneous adventures, you’ll find plenty to see, see, and experience in and around Munich! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Marianplatz
  • Beer Gardens
  • English Garden
  • Nymphenburg Palace
  • St. Peter’s Church
  • BMW Museum
  • Viktualienmarkt
  • Rathaus (town hall)
  • Glockenspiel
  • Alte Pinakothek
  • Glyptothek Museum
  • Tollwood Festival
  • Oktoberfest
  • Munich Residenz
  • Neue Pinakothek

5. Munich Accommodation Guide

Most recently I’ve stayed in a lovely AirBnB apartment in a quiet neighborhood near the old town, and at the Hotel am Viktualienmarkt. I highly recommend both!

Munich Apartments

The AirBnB apartment was perfect for my week-long stay in Munich. I loved having a little more space, being close to grocery stores, and having the option to make some meals at home. I also enjoyed chatting with my host, who lived in the apartment next to the one I rented. I like staying in AirBnbs because it reminds me of living in Germany.

Hotel am Viktualienmarkt

On a summer trip when I was in Munich for only a couple days I opted for the convenience of the Hotel am Viktualienmarkt. It was an easy walk to/from the train station, had comfortable (and very clean) rooms, and a delicious breakfast buffet.

I chose this hotel because the location was fantastic! The hotel was just a short walk to Marianplatz but located on a quiet street. I really enjoyed my stay there and would definitely stay there again.

TIP: Book your room in advance! They tend to fill quickly during peak travel times so I recommend seeing what’s open for your travel dates now!

More Munich Hotels

Munich offers a ton of comfortable places to lay your head at the end of a busy day of sightseeing!


6. Munich Tours & Tickets

Munich has so many tours and special tickets to make your visit extra special, not to mention extra easy by booking in advance.


7. Munich Day Trips

One of the best things about making Munich your home base while visiting Bavaria is that you have countless day trip options!


8. Best Munich Travel Guides

These are our two favorite travel guides. We typically buy a Rick Steves guide whenever there’s one available. And I highly recommend the Culture Smart books – I always read one before visiting a new country because they have so much useful cultural information (I usually read it on the plane). You can get a hard copy or Kindle version.


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