Quick Guide to Munich

Consistently ranked as one of the world's most liveable cities, for many UK tourists, it's just the arrival point for holidays to Austria, or a holiday in Munich conjures up images of beer wenches and not much else. It's really got much more to offer than the Oktoberfest - although this is the most popular time of year for tourists so if you want to join in in 2014 or 2015 get organised early to snag a bargain!

The city's motto of "Munich loves you" is shorthand for how friendly everyone is, and how convivial you will find the atmosphere - perhaps it's all the beer? Whatever the reason, city breaks in Munich have really taken off since the city hosted the 1972 Olympic Games, and bolstered by the amazing museums and other sights, which many think are better than Berlin's. The success of the footballing giants of Bayern Munich hasn't done the city any harm either, really putting Munich on the map as a European must-do. With plenty of cheap city breaks in Munich available all year round, it's time you got yourself over to this pretty city!


How to get to Munich

Munich airport is large and there are plenty of flights from London and regional airports, many with low-cost carriers to really help keep your travel costs down. Manchester, Edinburgh and London are usually where you'll find the cheapest fares from, with flight times of a little over two hours.

The airport is 18 miles from the centre of Munich, and once you arrive at the airport, as you might expect from a German city there are a choice of ways to travel onwards. Most Munich city break deals don't come with transfers included so it's good to find out which way works best for you and your budget. Your choices are the s-bahn which is the suburban train service, and the Lufthansa-run shuttle bus. The s-bahn connects to the underground network and the shuttle bus goes to the main train station - Munich Hauptbahnhof.

What to do in Munich

One time of the year that does make a city break to Munich more expensive is around the Munich beer festival aka Oktoberfest. Contrary to the name, is usually runs from mid-September to early October. So much more than just the large tents serving large glasses of beer, this festival is an experience that ranks up as one of the best in the world. Fun fair rides and other attractions bring in tourists and locals alike (many in traditional Bavarian dress). Booking you Munich break early is paramount at this time of year.

If you're after visiting at a more sedate time of year, then there is plenty to keep you busy too. The city is simply stunning and spending time walking around is certainly a great way to see it. Briennerstrasse, Ludwigstrasse, Maximilianstrasse and Prinzregentenstrasse are all great starting points for a day of wandering. Schloss Nymphenburg, Frauenkirche, the Neues Rathaus and the Glyptothek museum are all must-sees too. For more go to our Munich guide.

Where to stay in Munich

As long as you stay within the bounds of the underground (u-bahn) then you'll be able to get around Munich just fine, as the German public transport network is as efficient as the stereotypes would have you believe! Between the s-bahn, the u-bahn and the trams everywhere you want to go is within reach, all one the same ticket. Stick to the inner district, which is shown as white on the route maps, to keep your fares to a minimum.

The city centre is defined as the Old Town and it lies within the city's fortifications. It may be small but it's jam-packed with attractions so staying here will be pretty pricey! Directly north of this you will find Maxvorstadt, a trendy arts and scholars district and Schwabing, which is where you will find plenty of boutiques, cafes and bars. As you might imagine these are also not at the cheaper end of the scale when it comes to choosing a Munich hotel for your holiday.

Bargain hunters should look in Neuhausen-Nymphenburg for a relaxed atmosphere, Au-Haidhausen for the best nightlife and Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt for a taste of the multicultural side of the city. If you want to soak up Olympic history or have booked your Munich city break around a concert at the Olympic Stadium then the Olympic area is surely the only one for you!