Munich City Guide
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- How big is Munich?
- The area of Munich is 310.40 km2 (119.86 sq mi).
- How many people inhabit it?
- The population of Munich is roughly 1,360,000 and is the third most populous city in Germany.
- What are the language and the currency?
- They speak German and spend the Euro in Munich.
Things to see in Munich
- What is Munich's number one attraction?
- Munich is famous for its palaces and castles which you will find around the city and surrounding countryside. The most central of these is probably the Residenz. You will find this castle close to another top attraction, the Marienplatz, a popular city square. The Residenz dates from 1385 and it was originally a small moated castle. It was expanded and used as a seat of government until 1918.
- Anything else which shouldn't be missed?
- Lots! Another palace worth a visit is the Schloss Nymphenburg which is a stunning Baroque palace. The Statue of Bavaria is worth a visit as is the Englischer Garten which is a great free thing to do in Munich too! Riemer Park is also another top outdoor attraction. Munich’s Frauenkirche Cathedral took twenty years to complete and it dominates the city skyline. Don't forget to check out the chiming clock that is the 'Glockenspiel'.
The most popular time to visit Munich is during September because this is when Munich runs Oktoberfest. This age old beer festival is a huge draw for tourists and beer enthusiasts from all over the world.
- What about art and culture?
- You will find one of the world’s greatest art galleries in Munich, the Alte Pinakothek. Here you will find paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and da Vinci. There’s also the Neue Pinakothek, Museum Brandhorst, Deutsches Museum and the BMW Museum is worth a visit for something different.
Going out in Munich
- Is it expensive to go out in Munich?
- It depends on where you go and what you drink. Local beers in beer halls and pubs can be reasonably priced. Most clubs will charge an admission fee.
- What can I expect from Munich’s nightlife?
- Munich is famous for its beer, and they showcase this every September with the world famous beer festival Oktoberfest. But if you can’t make it to Munich for this festival then don’t fret! There are some great pubs and beer gardens throughout the city. There are beer gardens all over the city offering different types of local and national beers all year. Hirschgarten is Europe’s biggest beer garden with around 8000 seats and it is also home to a mini-zoo with deer and boars. Kugleralm is a traditional beer garden in the Furth area.
Munich is also home to many clubs and discos but you have to be over 18 to enter these. Haidhausen is the popular nightlife district being home to Munich "Kultfabrik" and "Optimolwerk" clubbing neighbourhood.
- Is there anything to do that doesn't include alcohol?
- Munich is home to some great theatres and venues which showcase some amazing plays, shows, operas and concerts all year round. If you like sport then check out the local soccer teams FC Bayern Munich or TSV 1860 Munich in action at the Allianz Arena. There’s also a local professional hockey club called EHC Munich.
Eating Out in Munich
- Is it expensive to eat out in Munich?
- It’s not cheap to eat out in most of Munich’s eateries. However, if you do want to treat yourself to some dining then try eating out at lunchtime as the food is cheaper but mostly the same as the evening menus.
- What can I expect from Munich cuisine?
- Munich cuisine comes into its own as it focuses on all things Bavarian. The city speciality is Weißwurst, a breakfast sausage that is traditionally eaten as a late breakfast along with a Weissbier ('white beer') and available in restaurants until noon and not a moment after. Some other Munich specialities include Schweinsbraten (roasted pork) or Schweinshaxe (roasted pig's knuckle). A good cheap but filling snack is a Leberkässemmeln which is a white roll filled with a thick warm slice of "Leberkäse” which is a mixture of veal, pork and spices served with a sweet and grainy mustard. Restaurants known as Gaststätten are the best places to enjoy local food. And if you have a sweet tooth, then do not miss out on the many cakes and tortes you will find in many of Munich’s cafes or bakeries.
- Are international cuisines well represented?
- Yes, if you get sick of all that hearty Bavarian cuisine then you can choose from Italian, Afghan, Asian, French, Greek, Lebanese, Spanish, Turkish and more.
Transport in Munich
- How many different modes of public transport are there in Munich?
- For getting around Munich you can use the Tram (streetcar), bus, S-Bahn (metro railway) or the U-Bahn (subway).
- How do I pay for public transport in Munich?
- Single trips in a single zone cost around €2.30, however there are different types of tickets covering different time frames available to buy also. You can buy a €10 Gesamtnetz whole-network day ticket which is a good option to buy at the airport as the journey in to the city from here can cost about €9. There is a group version of this ticket also available to buy. If you are in Munich for longer than 3 days then purchasing a weekly ticket would be a good idea. These tickets are valid Monday to Monday and work off of the amount of rings/ zones you cover. Another good option for tourists is the Munich CityTourCard that works on all public transport services in Munich and also offers discounts on some tourist attractions. These range in prices covering one day to three.