If you’re looking for an insider’s guide to beautiful Munich, Germany, then grab a beer because you have come to the right place. I’ve been living in Munich for the past four years and now know the city like the back of my hand. In this guide, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about Munich for your trip, from boring logistics stuff to insider secrets that most visitors don’t know!
Let’s get you prepared for your grand Munich visit! Before you leave, here are some important things you should know…
ARRIVING IN MUNICH
By plane: Munich Airport is about 45 minutes away from the city center by public transportation and about 30 minutes by car and taxi. The most convenient way to arrive in the city would of course be booking a taxi (€50-60) or a private transfer via Welcome Pickups, which guarantees an English-speaking driver and pick-up from arrivals. A far cheaper option however is the Lufthansa Express bus (€10.50 one way, €17 roundtrip), which is comfier than the train, and actually in some cases, cheaper too… but my preferred option (as it’s the most reliable, and can’t get stuck in traffic) is the train, AKA the S-Bahn. Both the S1 and S8 (€11.60 one-way) take you from the airport to the city centre in about 45 minutes. For a full guide on prices, which tickets to buy and which option is best for you, click here to read my full Munich airport to city guide!
By train: Munich is a compact city, with only a few main train stations for you to worry about (click here for the full list!) Luckily, they’re all easily connected by the city’s U-Bahn and S-Bahn lines, so getting between them is easy. Most likely, you’ll be arriving at Munich’s Central Station (Hauptbahnhof in German) which is of course, in the middle of all the action. This station is pretty huge and difficult to navigate for first-timers, so you can click here for my full guide to the station.
By bus: If you’re arriving in Munich by bus, you’ll most likely end up at Munich ZOB, the central bus station which is only 1 S-Bahn stop away from the Central Train Station (Hauptbahnhof). This station is easily linked to public transport, but it can be a bit tough to find the S-Bahn station for first timers as you have to go up the escalators, cross the bridge and then head back down some stairs to find the S-Bahn platform. If you need some help, click here for my full guide on navigating the Munich Central Bus Station!
If there’s one thing I can tell you about Munich weather, it’s that there is ZERO consistency. One summer it might be scorching hot (#HeatWave2019), other summers it might rain half the time… one time there was even snow in May. It was madness. This is why packing for Munich means checking weather reports religiously before your visit, and also packing smartly with appropriate clothing for ever-changing weather… and naturally, comfy shoes are a must. That said, here are some general packing lists I’ve created over the years that might help you figure out your suitcase!
For the summer: Click here for my European summer packing list.
For Oktoberfest: If you’re coming to Munich for some boozy, beer festival fun, then you’ll need to pack accordingly. Click here for my post on what to wear to Oktoberfest!
For winter: Click here for my European winter packing list.
Just a few things to keep in mind before your visit:
Below you’ll find my two top 5 lists for things to do in Munich, including the touristy (but awesome) must-dos, along with some more offbeat suggestions. If you want more though, I do have an ultra-long list of 99 things to do in Munich for you here. Feel free to browse it for more suggestions than you’ll be able to handle ; )
Top 5 (Popular, but Great) Things to do in Munich
Top 5 (More Offbeat) Things to do in Munich
Looking for some advice on how to structure your trip? I’ve assembled these special easy-to-follow itineraries just for you! These are based off of the exact route I take my visitors when they visit me in Munich, so I hope you enjoy them! Tap and hover over each one to learn more.
If you’re coming to Munich, you better come hungry. Bavarian food is as rich and caloric as it is delicious, but when in Munich, you need to indulge a bit. You can click here to see my full list of recommended Munich restaurants, but below are some must-tries while you’re in town and where to get them!
Munich makes the ideal base for several incredible day trips around Bavaria and Austria. If you have a little more time in the city, I’d highly recommend doing a day trip or two to get the most of your visit. Here are a few of my favourites!
MY MUNICH DAY TRIP GUIDES
For Munich’s most popular day trips, I’ve created special step by step guides that will help you plan! Here they are below:
… Talktoberfest. Yup. If you’re coming to Munich for the largest beer festival in the world (and my personal Christmas) then here are some resources to help you plan your trip. Unsurprisingly, I have written extensively about Oktoberfest over the years so hopefully these guides will help prepare you for the insanity to come. You can also click here to read my full Oktoberfest guide for this year.
TAKE A PEEK INSIDE EVERY OKTOBERFEST TENT…
Ever been curious about what the different tents at Oktoberfest look like? I’ve done the leg work for you already and have visited every. single. one… much to the detriment of my liver. You can click here to see photos and an honest review of each tent!
And while I love Oktoberfest, the most magical time of year to visit the city is no doubt Christmas Market season, when all of Munich’s main squares are lit up with twinkly lights, cozy wooden stalls and the irresistible scent of gluhwein spice in the air. If you plan to visit Munich for Christmas Markets, here are some resources to guide your visit!