Munich Travel Guide

Cityscape of Munich
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Munich is located near the geographical center of the Southern German region of Bavaria. The population of Munich is 1.2 million people, about 280,000 of which are foreigners. About 80% of Munich was bombed by the Allies during World War II and subsequently rebuilt.

  • Founded: June 14th, 1158 by Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony.
  • It's Germany's third largest city.
  • Munich has the second biggest number of working people in Germany.
  • Munich has 10 Universities as well as 45 Museums and Collections.

Getting to Munich

From Munich's airport, Franz Josef Strauss Flughafen, you can get to the Hauptbahnhof (the city's main train station) by S-Bahn #8. The bus station is near the train station, which is located on the northwest corner of the old city: [ Munich map]

Languages

While German is, of course, the main language used in Munich, English is widely spoken and taught in schools. Most restaurants in the town center offer English menus, many with quite interesting translations. It is easy to get by with little or no German language knowledge.

Munich Hotels

There are many hotels within walking distance of the main train station. The average price of a reasonable (or inexpensive) hotel with private bath and breakfast is around 100 €. The Hotel Monaco, nearby on Schillerstrauss, was voted the best two-star hotel in Germany.

The recommended youth hostel is found on nearby Senefelderstrasse.

Euro Youth Hotel is number 5 on the left side of the road coming from the train station.

Munich Climate and Weather

The climate of Munich differs from a Mediterranean climate in that there is more chance of rain in the summer than winter. Expect moderate temperatures in the summer, cooling for Oktoberfest.

For weather and climate graphs, see Munich Travel Weather.

Munich Restaurants

If you find yourself in the tourist center near the Marienplatz, The Neues Rathaus (The New City Hall) has two "kellers", a winestaube and a beer cellar. The winestaube has music starting at 5. The beer cellar has good food, but don't be persuaded to sit in one of the empty rooms, enter the hall from the Diener Street entrance and try to find a table in the big, noisy, main room where Munichers eat. They do try to funnel English speaking people into dull, empty rooms.

Tipping in Munich

While service is included in the bill, generally waiters are tipped 5% for good service.

Nudity and Munich's English Garden

Now here's a controversy for you--the tourist powers that be are worried that there aren't enough attractive natives baring it all in the middle of Munich. Yup, that's right, nudity was once a feature of designated areas of the Englischer Garten and the practice is fading--you used to be able to count on gawking at naked people downing liters of beer in the beer gardens. Perhaps you can apply to be a token Munich nudist and make money while vacationing!

In any case, Munich's Englischer Garten is the largest in Europe and twice the size of Central Park.

And you can still practice your nudity there while slugging down some strong beer. There are several restaurants in the garden.

Other Sage Advice for Munich Germany

Many museums in Munich are closed on Monday.

Pick up a copy of "The Inside Track," the EurAide newsletter, at the ticketing office in the train station. The newsletter offers many tips on getting around and enjoying Munich. The EurAide office is near track 11, room three at the station. Get advice, find excursions, passes and travel deals there.