Bratwurst, beer, and Bavarian beauty – it's got to be a city break in Munich. Whether you're visiting in winter for the gorgeous Christmas markets, in autumn for the rowdy Oktoberfest, or in summer to lounge in the city's numerous beer gardens, Munich holidays are always a good idea.
While Berlin is known for its hedonistic nightclubs and hipster neighbourhoods, weekend breaks in Munich are a great way to discover traditional Germany. The city centre is lined with beautiful half-timbered buildings, lederhosen-clad buskers playing oompah music, and sprawling bierhalls where you can whet your whistle. If you hire a car in Munich, you can drive out and visit Neuschwanstein Castle (which inspired Walt Disney) or explore the dark side of German history at nearby Dachau Concentration Camp. Inside the city you'll find a huge selection of art galleries and museums for those rainy days, but when the sun shines you've got to head to the beautiful Englischer Garten. For more itinerary-filling ideas, check out our top 10 things to see in Munich.
You can fly direct to Munich from Dublin and Cork, with a flight time of around two and a half hours. This gives you plenty of time to bash through a couple of Podcast episodes (or that novel you've been trying to finish).
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48 Hours in Munich
Once you've checked into your Munich hotel, head to the fashionable Glockenbackviertel neighbourhood for dinner and drinks. Try a crisp flammkuchen (German pizza) at Tobi's Kitchen, sip a craft beer at New York-inspired Robinson's Bar on Gärtnerplatz, or try a few German gins at Zephyr Bar. The next day, line your stomach with a traditional Bavarian breakfast: white sausage, pretzel, mustard, and a stein of wheat beer. Take a stroll around the beautiful city centre, pausing to browse the stalls in the Viktualienmarkt open air market. The nearby indoor food market, Schrannenhalle, is also worth a visit. There are more than 80 museums in Munich, so we've given them their own section. Choose a couple of our favourites to wander round for the afternoon before grabbing a Bavarian dinner at Spetzlwirtschaft. Munich Sundays were made for relaxed strolls through the Englischer Garten (with a few beer stops, of course).
Top 8 Munich Museums
With more than 80 museums there's no shortage of things to do in Munich when it rains. We've narrowed them down for you. The Deutsches Museum covers all things science and technology, with valuable pieces dating from the stone age. Car lovers will enjoy a trip to the BMW Museum, which showcases the car manufacturer's technology throughout the ages and includes futuristic concept drawings. The three Pinakothek museums (Pinakothek der Moderne, Alte Pinakothek, and Neue Pinakothek) all sit in the city's art district and boast some truly impressive pieces. Der Moderne is one of the largest modern art museums in the world. Don't let the name fool you: the Bavarian National Museum features decorative arts from all over Europe, dating from antiquity. Our final recommendation, the Jewish Museum Munich, was eighty years in the making. It includes a permanent exhibition showcasing Jewish culture, religion, and traditions as well as their history in Munich.
Currency: Euro (€)
Getting in: Munich Airport is about 40km from the city centre. The s-bahn (overground trainline) is the easiest way to reach the city centre. Two lines run from the airport, the S8 and S1, and both take around 40 minutes on average. Buy your tickets on the platform, and validate them with a stamp before boarding your train.
Public transport: Once you reach the city centre you can get around the main attractions on foot. If your feet get tired, or if you want to head out to the suburbs, there are buses, trams, u-bahn trains (undergound) and s-bahn trains.
Weather: Munich gets hot summers and cold winters. There's a temperature jump between February and March, and a big drop between October and November. Expect snow if you're heading over for a Christmas market city break, and sunbather-friendly temperatures of 23°C+ during July and August.
This information is correct as of April 2017