It may be famed for its Oktoberfest beer festival, but a holiday in Munich will show you what else the capital of Bavaria has to offer. The general architecture is stunning, and then there are the vast green spaces - the beer gardens of the English Garden park are great places to relax. Nymphenburg Palace and its sprawling grounds are a major attraction, and every bit as historic is the Hofbrauhaus am Platzl beer hall. And no visit to Munich is complete without going to the top of the vast and iconic Bavaria Statue.
There are numerous direct flights to Munich available from airlines such as easyJet, Lufthansa and bmi. Among the UK departure points are London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. The average journey time is around two hours, and you'll land at Munich International Airport, from which you can travel to the city itself on the S-Bahn train – it's a cheap and swift service, taking around 40 minutes to get to Munich.
Exploring during your Munich holiday is a doddle thanks to the very extensive public transport system. There's an underground (the U-Bahn) as well as the overground S-Bahn and trams, and you just need one ticket to access them. While you could always hire a car in Munich, you'll probably have a far easier time if you don't, as traffic can be pretty congested and many of the most important tourist attractions are right in the heart of the city, where parking is nearly impossible to come by and you're far better off exploring on foot. However, you might want to consider hiring a bicycle, as the city has many cycle trails and bikes can be rented easily.
There are hotels in Munich to suit every possible budget, from budget accommodation to more prestigious pads. The best thing to do is look around online first to compare prices and packages. If you're planning in visiting during Oktoberfest then it's imperative you book as far in advance as possible, as the city does get extremely busy with tourists congregating to enjoy all the beer and merriment.
If you fancy a spot of shopping on your Munich holiday, don't go to the usual chain stores – instead, have a look around the many seasonal flea markets which the city is famous for. The one held at Theresienwiese every April is one of the largest in the world and perfect to browse for a whole day. And if you want to eat well in Munich you don't have to spend a fortune – ignore the more generic restaurants and head for the many cafes and beer halls which serve traditional Bavarian cakes and sausages.
Updated 5th March 2014
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