Munich Travel Guide

Explore Munich

If Berlin is modern Germany, then Munich is its old school Bavarian brother. Spiraling church towers, medieval cobblestones streets and traditional beer halls give Munich a whimsical character, unlike any other German cities.

There are no tall skyscrapers or high-speed trains here; instead you’ll find Alpine-style architecture, by horse-drawn carts.Munich’s walkable center retains a small-town air, even though it rivals many European capitals with its world-class museums, art galleries and palaces.


Top Things to Do

Nymphenburg Palace

Sprawling across more than 200 hectares, this imposing Baroque palace and its gardens were the summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria. Some rooms still show their original baroque decoration while others were later redesigned in rococo or neoclassical style.

Englischer Garten

This large public park is the lungs of the city, stretching from the historic center to the northeastern city limits. Covering an area of 3.7 square km, it is in fact one of Europe’s largest green zones and it’s a favorite among locals especially in the evenings and on weekends.

Neuschwanstein Castle

As one of the most visited attractions in Germany, this dreamy castle draws more than 1.3 million visitors each year. It has appeared in many movies and serves as the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Perched on a rugged hill near Füssen, the 19th-century Romanesque palace has an awe-inspiring setting, and makes for a great day trip from Munich.

Frauenkirche

Munich’s spiritual heart lies in its Cathedral, also known as Münchner Dom. This landmark has been the symbol of the city since its construction in 1488. The 99m-high onion-domed twin towers are visible from every part of the city as local administration prohibits the construction of buildings taller than the towers in the center. The south tower can be climbed for a unique view of Munich and the nearby Alps.

Where to Eat and Drink

As a historically rich Bavarian city, Munich has an impressive collection of traditional beer halls. Most of them brew their own beer, and serve up generous portions of local specialties, with some folkloric music. While halal or vegetarian restaurants are quite limited in Munich, the ones you’ll find here serve quality food.


RECOMMENDED PLACES TO EAT

Istanbul

Conveniently located near the main railway station, Istanbul is a cheap and casual halal restaurant that serves typical Turkish fare from kebab to lamb skewers and grilled catfish. You won’t go wrong here if you’re looking for fast service and inexpensive halal food.

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Restaurant 181

Perched 181m above the city on the top of the Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower), this revolving restaurant doesn’t just serve up 360-degree views of the city, it also serves sophisticated international cuisine that has earned it a Michelin star.

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Tantris

Popular with visiting celebrities, this restaurant is a leader in Germany’s evolving culinary scene, having been awarded two Michelin stars for its bold and edgy flair. With an emphasis on simplicity, the menu has strong Asian influence and is often described as down-to-earth and natural. Its decor also has a strong Asian theme, featuring red and black colors, bamboo and Oriental sculptures.

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Cafe Westend

Cheap, local and homely: this neighborhood bar is cozy and welcoming, serving comfort food that everyone knows, like cordon bleu, leek soup, chicken salad and apple strudel.

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Recommended Places to Stay

Bayerischer Hof

Founded in 1841, this historical hotel has been at the forefront of Munich’s hotel scene for centuries. The award-winning hotel has won many accolades, including best city hotel in Germany and one of the 50 best hotels worldwide.

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Anna Hotel

Conveniently located next to the Karlsplatz Stachus city gate, this chic design hotel is perfect for those looking for a bit of style and swank. .

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Hotel Stadt Rosenheim

Housed in a renovated 100-year-old Neo-Renaissance building, this mid-range hotel has taken on a modern, hipster look, while retaining some old details such as the original banisters on the staircase.

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Hotel Blauer Bock

Featuring light colors and wooden furnishing, this simple budget hotel has a great location on Sebastiansplatz across from the Viktualienmarkt. Its rooms are decked out in a mix of modern and Bavarian style.

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Best Time to Go

Like most parts of Europe, Munich is best experienced in spring (April and May) and fall (September and October) when temperatures are in the mid 20s, daylight hours are still long and the tourist crowds have gone. Summer is quite a pleasant time to visit Munich if you don’t mind being surrounded by tourists with perfect weather to enjoy the beer gardens.

Winter isn’t the best time for exploring this part of the world as temperatures dip to around 0°C and the skies are often overcast.However, the cheerful Christmas markets in December and the partying Fasching festival (in February) can make a winter trip to Munich rather special.

Oktoberfest is easily the biggest festival of the year for Munich and the biggest draw for tourists. Despite the crowd, it’s definitely worth experiencing just to soak in the atmosphere and see a different side to Munich. It runs from the last week of September to the first week of October, and the weather is usually rather mild then.


Getting There

Many airlines fly from Saudi Arabia to Munich, including EgyptAir, Emirates, and Air Berlin. There are no direct flights, but most flights have only one stopover and the entire flight journey is around 8 hours.

Getting from Airport to City
  • By Train

    There are two S-Bahn train lines connecting Munich Airport with Munich city center. Trains depart from Terminals 1 and 2 and both trains run every 10 minutes except from 1 am until 4 am. The journey to the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) takes about 40 minutes. Single fare including an all-day pass costs €12.40.

  • By Bus

    The Lufthansa Airport Bus departs every 15 minutes between 6.20 am and 9.40 pm, connecting Munich Central Station with city center with one stop in Munich Schwabing. The journey time is around 45 minutes each way. Single fare is €10.50.

  • By Taxi

    Taxis are easily available outside every terminal. The journey to the city center takes around 40 minutes and costs approximately €50 each way.



Extra tips
  • In Munich, German is the official language, though Bavarian dialect is also spoken. English is widely spoken in the city.

  • The currency in Germany is the Euro (EUR). The current exchange rate is 1 SAR to 0.24 EUR (€).

  • The outlets in Germany supply 230 volts of electricity.

  • Germany uses the two-prong European plug.