A Quick Guide to Munich
One of Germany's biggest and most beautiful cities, Munich certainly has a lot to offer travellers - whether they're just taking a weekend city break or staying for a longer holiday. This quick guide only scratches the surface of what there is to do in Munich: you'll discover much more once you get there!
As a major tourist destination, Munich has plenty of hotels to choose from. Many are within walking distance of Munich Central Station, which may be useful if you're travelling in by rail. If you're making your journey during Oktoberfest season, it's generally advised to pick a central location as the streets can become very congested. For a touch of luxury, the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich is one of the city's oldest and grandest hotels, and is conveniently located right in the city centre.
Top of the list for fans of architecture should be Marienplatz, the central square where you can see some of the city's most ancient buildings. Mary's Column, which has stood for nearly 400 years, is an impressive sight, while the famous Frauenkirche - Munich's largest cathedral and one of its most emblematic buildings - is just a short walk away. Also nearby is the Viktualienmarkt, a bustling farmer's market with more than 140 stalls that's the perfect place to pick up local delicacies.
Elsewhere, don't forget to pay a visit to the English Garden, Munich's biggest public park. Bigger than Central Park in New York, it has a variety of lakes, waterfalls, monuments and greens to discover, and is equally beautiful to explore in summer and winter. If you have the time, take a day to visit Neuschwanstein Castle - it's around a two-hour drive from the centre of Munich, and is one of Bavaria's unmissable attractions.
The people of Munich aren't shy of a good drink, and the local beer is legendary. The enormous beer halls are just as famous, and while we have a few pale imitators here in the UK, they're no substitute for the real thing! Places like Weisses Brauhaus, Augustinerkeller and Hofbrauhaus have been serving up Bavarian brew for hundreds of years, and won't disappoint thirsty travellers!
If you're after something a bit more refined, the Bavarian State Opera performs regularly at the glorious National Theatre Munich - the best time to see them is during the Opera Festival from June to July. The city also has an impressive selection of venues dedicated to folk music, jazz and comedy, as well as plenty of well-known nightclubs. Kultfabrik, a venue comprising 25 clubs and bars under one roof, is a great place to start - and you only have to pay the entry fee once!