While images of Germany tend to be filled with clich’d lederhosen and Bavarian charm, Munich is not like any other German city. With modern architecture and a cosmopolitan feel, Munich is the place to head when you want to explore an international hotspot. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a taste of old time Germany.
Head to Munich for Oktoberfest to drink beer with the locals and other tourists ‘ it’s a busy time during this festival. But if you can’t make it then, try heading to the Hofbrauhaus for all the beer tasting you can handle ‘ or maybe that you can’t handle, as you learn. Olympia Park was the site of the 1972 Olympic Games and still holds tourist appeal, while the Marienplatz gives you the best view of the Glockenspiel on the Town Hall.
The Marienplatz is a plaza that is surrounded on all sides by historic and elegant buildings which make great photos. If you’re an art lover, the Alte Pinakothek is a good destination, offering you glimpses of popular works by Flemish and Danish painters, but also Botticelli from Italy. The Nymphenburg Palace can also be toured and admired for its vibrant frescoes and well manicured grounds.
The Munich International Airport is one of the main hubs in Germany and in Europe, so be ready for a bit of a crowded time when you travel. Once you’re off the plane, you can head to public transit like the S-Bahn and the U-Bahn. And you can also access these trains from Marienplatz. You might also want to look into the streetcars (Strassenbahn) as a slower, but more scenic way to get from one part of town to the next. Rental cars and taxis are also available.
The Advokat Hotel is a high quality hotel to reserve if you want the best service, as is the Opera Hotel. But if you want something a little less pricey, many hostels are available for as little as 12 EURO a night. Try these hostels: Wombat’s City Hostel, Meininger City Hostel, or Easy Palace. You can also look for Munich Motels and Cities in Germany.