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North of the snow-capped Bavarian Alps lies the vibrant, yet traditionally German city of Munich. A city of contradictions, it is renowned for its innovative, technologically savvy BMW and the hyper-stadium of Bayern Munich football club, but it is also the home of Oktoberfest, pretzels, lederhosen and gingerbread houses – traditions that create Munich’s famed ‘Gemütlichkeit’’, or Bavarian hospitality.

Glitzy bars, galleries, museums and nightclubs are housed in architecture that ranges from the neo-classical to the Nazi. The Olympia Einkaufszentrum and Riem Arcaden shopping centres, the plush boutiques vie for attention with the old ‘bierkellers’ or ‘beer halls’ and the magical medieval Christmas markets that pop up in Munich’s elegant squares in December.

Summers see riverside cafes overflowing with locals while the warm days are perfect for touring the city’s palaces, historic theatres and world-class museums, like 15th-century Frauenkirche, famous for an eerie mark embedded on its stone floor known as the ‘Devil's Footprint'. The beautiful labyrinthine rooms and lush gardens of the Residenz (Royal Palace) and elaborate Nymphenburg Palace with its beautiful Rococo design should also be high on the list. Art lovers can revel in the spectacular Three Pinakotheks, a trio of galleries - the Alte, the Neue and the Moderne – home to Raphael’s, Rembrandt’s, Rubens and many more works by the Old Masters.

Car fanatics have the iconic BMW Museum, in its ultra-modern building, to explore while those seeking to understand the city’s history should spend a day among the moving exhibitions in the Jewish Museum. Film buffs can visit the Bavaria Film Studios, a veritable ‘film city’ where Das Boot, the NeverEnding Story and many others films are still made today.

Stroll through the 11th century Marienplatz, where merchants sold their wares centuries ago; where the neo-gothic 19th century Town Hall dominates the skyline and the busting Viktualienmarkt food market draws locals daily. The spectacular ‘English Garden’ – one of the largest urban parks in Europe is even bigger than Central Park in New York. Here, in this oasis of green, people cycle, sunbathe, picnic, swim and relax in its secluded beer gardens.

The following information is correct as of October 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Munich Airport is located 18 miles from the city centre. The journey time by car or taxi is approximately 40 minutes. There are two train lines in operation just meters from the airport terminal that take visitors into Munich also in around 40 minutes. Numerous buses operate from outside the airport to various locations around the city of Munich.

What you need to know

Currency: The Euro (€)

Visas: British nationals and nationals of the European Union do not require a visa to enter Munich. A valid passport is required for travel. Citizens of other nations may require a visa. More information can be found at a local embassy or on the Foreign Office website.

Laws: Drinking alcohol is banned on all public transport. Smoking is also banned on public transport as well as all indoor public places. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to purchase or drink alcohol; however children are permitted in beer halls as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Tipping in Germany is the done thing when any service has been performed. Usually rounding up to the nearest Euro is acceptable.

Best Time to Visit

Munich weather is temperate meaning there are defined seasons. Winters are usually cold and sometimes snowy, while summers are hot with occasional showers. Temperatures can reach over 35 degrees in the summer and minus 20 degrees in the winter.

January in Munich is carnival season. Colourful parades, floats, music, dancing and feasting are popular and often carry through until Easter. There are also famous ice skating shows, perfect for a holiday with the family, held in late January and early February. March and April bring the hugely popular ‘beer weeks’ in Munich, with lively entertainment and plenty of food. April brings the Spring Festival with fairground rides a-plenty, while May sees the return of the Opera season with two weeks of fantastic concerts taking place every evening. Comedy, film and opera festivals emerge in June, local markets and fairs in July and Gay Pride in August. October is all about the world famous Oktoberfest where gallons of beer are drunk by over 6 million visitors. As winter sets in, the Long Night of the Museums, the Munich Marathon and the Christmas Markets make the city worth visiting even in the chillier months.  

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