Munich Travel Guide & Information

Munich, the capital city of Bavaria's history dates back to the 12th century, when it began as a market town on the "salt road" between mighty Salzburg and Augsburg. Since, the city has become Germany's second most popular destination after Berlin, and has something for everyone, be it culture, technology, parks and greenery, night-life, architecture, gardens, shopping or nearby skiing and sailing.

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Travel to Munich, a city conveniently located amongst the beautiful Alps. This wonderfully charming 800-year-old city is the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest. Flights to Munich are your invitation to a city whose motto is "Munchen mag Dich" or "Munich Loves You".

Munich's cultural scene is second to none in Germany, with museums, considered by some to outrank Berlin in terms of quality. Many travelers to Munich are absolutely stunned by the architecture. The broad sidewalks, endless fashionable boutiques and eateries, views of the Alps and a sizeable river running through the town make Munich one of Germany's most enjoyable cities.

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Things to do in Munich

Museums:

Deutsches Museum: The Deutsches Museum is the world's largest museum of technology and science with approximately 1.5 million visitors per year and about 28,000 exhibits from 50 fields of science and technology. The full name of the museum in English is "German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology".

National Bavarian Museum: The Bavarian National Museum in Munich is one of the most important cultural and historical museums in Europe. The museum was founded by King Maximilian II of Bavaria in 1855. It houses a large collection of European artifacts dating back hundreds of years to the early 20th century. The collection has been divided into two main groups: The art historical collection and the folklore collection.

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The Theater Museum: The Theater Museum in Munich was founded in 1910 and is the house of actress Clara Ziegler, a member of the Court Company. The collection of documents relating to the history of World Theater includes plans of theaters, pictures, sketches of stage sets and costume designs. There are also role portraits of actors and actresses, photographs of scenes, Theater masks and stage props.

Must See:

Englischer Garten: The Englischer Garten, German for "English Garden", is a large public park in the center of Munich, extending from the city center to the northeastern city limits. It was created in 1789 by Sir Benjamin Thompson. The name refers to the style of informal landscape gardening, which was popular in the United Kingdom from the mid 18th century to the early 19th century, and is associated with Capability Brown.

Nymphenburg Palace: The Nymphenburg Palace i.e. "Nymph's Castle" is a Baroque palace in Munich. The palace was the main summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. The palace, paired with a gorgeous park, is now one of the most famous sights in Munich. The baroque facades are an impressive 700 meters. The Steinerner Saal has ceiling frescoes by Johann Baptist Zimmermann and F. Zimmermann and decorations by Francois de Cuvillies, what an awesome sightseeing attraction.

Oktoberfest: Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held each year in Munich, running from late September to early October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world's largest fair, with some six million people attending every year. It's also an important part of Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original, the Munich event.

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Where to Stay in Munich:

Being a premier travel destination, Munich offers full range of accommodations, from cheap hotels or 4-Star Hotels Under $99 to hostels and Bed and Breakfast Inns.

Nymphenburg-Neuhausen: The Nymphenburg-Neuhausen district, which is extremely picturesque, has a number of choice hotels to choose from. Many of these are family friendly hotels and only a short walk to the castle. Traveler's looking for budget hotels during their visit should consider this area.

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Altstadt: The city center is probably the most expensive area to stay, but most of the hotels here are first rate, luxury hotels, 4-star hotels and 5-star hotels. People looking for luxurious accommodations and who wish to stay close to all of the attractions, should check out the hotels in this area. The most famous hotels are all in the city center. Being centrally located also means that these hotels are within walking distance from the Marienplatz, which makes them ideal starting points for both shopping and sightseeing.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

As per the Munich Travel Information, the city is a part of the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may enter Munich for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

For US Citizens:

* If you are traveling for any other purpose, you may need to obtain a visa.Â

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* Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.Â

* The 90-day period begins when you enter any of the Schengen group of countries.Â

For Canadian Citizens:

A tourist visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days within a 6-month period.

* A Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit the Munich.

* The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the expected departure from the country.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We strongly recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, before planning your travel.

* Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Munich

Munich is a destination that is great to visit at any time of the year as there is always something going on.

May through September is the peak tourist season for Munich. October picks up again with the Oktoberfest crowds. The pre-Lenten celebration of Fasching is also very popular with travelers.

When planning your trip to Munich, we urge you to book your airfare and hotel reservations in advance, if you can, 21-days ahead would be the most ideal.

Planning your Visit

High season: (May through mid October)

Low season: (November to March )

Munich Weather

Munich has a continental climate, strongly influenced by the proximity of the Alps. The Alps cause some unique disruptions in the weather patterns in Munich.

* Winters last from December to March. Munich experiences rather cold winters, but heavy rainfall rarely occurs during the winter. Snow can be seen for at least a couple of weeks during the winter.

* Summers in Munich are fairly warm with an average of 22 °C in the hottest month of July. The summers last from May until September.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

ATMs are available in many parts of Munich. Be sure to inform your bank before travelling abroad. We would advise you to exchange some US or Canadian dollars into Euros before arriving in Munich.

Languages:

* The official language in Munich is German.

* At most major hotels and attractions, you'll find that the staff does speak English. Consider learning some basic German phrases before venturing out on your vacation to Munich.