February 23rd, 2022
It’s only natural that we want our every adventure to be perfect, but when you’re traveling to an iconic city such as Munich, it will be more than worth your time to invest some extra effort into planning. Munich is a huge city, the third-largest in Germany and the capital of Bavaria, probably the most significant part of the country. This city is famous for its many festivals (hello, Oktoberfest), gorgeous architecture, high art and culture and numerous museums telling endless stories about German history and heritage. So how do you best explore this city and have a perfect stay?
Pick the right time
Munich has four distinct seasons during the year, all of which are truly lovely and full of their own charm. In the summer, you will be greeted with many things to do in Munich, but the weather is quite hot (around 30 degrees Celsius). Autumn is where it’s at for Munich, and you will get to enjoy more manageable temperatures and the famous Oktoberfest—if you’re a fan of beer, this is the time to see Munich. The crowds are relentless in October though.
Winter is also very charming in this Bavarian city. The city is beautifully decorated with Christmas lights and you can enjoy the holiday vibe at one of many Christmas markets. To avoid the crowds, spring might be the best time to visit Munich.
Book your accommodation
Munich is a popular tourist destination which means you’ll find many great accommodation options. When choosing where to stay, take into consideration the layout of the city. Naturally, you want to be as close as possible to the Old Town where all the attractions are. However, the nearby Ludwigsvorstadt is also a great choice, especially if you want a more affordable accommodation option. In both spots, you’ll find plenty of hotels, hostels and Airbnb options.
One of the easiest ways to get the first impression of the city is by taking the Munich hop on hop off tours that will show you the city from the road and teach you many useful and interesting things about Munich. A different bus comes to pick up the passengers every 30 minutes, so you don’t have to wait long, just grab your ticket, catch a ride and hop off or hop on whenever you like. This is the best way to sightseeing for older people or anyone exhausted from constant walking—it’s cheap, practical and very safe.
When it comes to daytrips, everyone would recommend seeing classic castles of Bavaria such as Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. These castles and royal residences of abundance will leave you truly breathless. Leave an entire day for visits to these wonders so you can enjoy the views, relax in nature and soak up the kingly atmosphere.
Must see places
Like any other city, most of the attractions are placed in the center. In Munich, this part of the city is called the Old Town, and if you enjoy sightseeing, especially when it comes to historical spots, this is the place for you. Make sure to plan your day as to be at Marienplatz between 11 and noon because you’ll get a chance to watch a cute reenactment of historic events performed by the figures in the clock tower. In between, don’t miss a chance to visit at least one or two museums of German art and history.
When you get tired of walking, sit at the Victuals Market and try Bavarian cuisine from one of the 100 stalls to choose from. Next, it’s time to relax at the English Garden—the first, oldest and most popular park among tourists and locals. If you visit during the summer or fall, you’ll be greeted with amazing foliage.
How to get around
We just mentioned hop on hop off buses, but these are obviously not the only way to get around in Munich. For all your exploration trips in the Old Town, just wear good walking shoes and go on foot everyone. For places that are not within the walking distance, public transport is your best option. Munich is a big city, so naturally, it has comprehensive public transport—underground metro (called U-Bahn in Germany), trains (called S-Bahn), trams and buses. Most places tourists choose to go are perfectly accessible with metro and tram, and it’s also practical that both systems use the same ticket you can purchase from a vending machine.
Where to try the best beer?
Since you’ll be doing absolutely no driving in Munich, feel free to enjoy famous German beer all day long. Munich has many Biergartens or spots where you can enjoy beer, and the most famous one is called Hofbräuhaus. This is the Royal Beer Hall with 3 stories of beer-drinking folks. This is where you’ll get the best taste of Bavarian decor, beer, food, music and people. Augustiner is a beer garden where locals go to enjoy beer and avoid tourists. This beer garden has 5,000 seats and you’ll definitely find at least one empty and waiting for you.
With a city that has so much to offer, it can be a bit overwhelming to plan a trip that visits all the spots. Luckily, this guide will help you find good accommodation at the right time of the year and help you squeeze in all the best experiences in Munch.
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