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Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is as quaint as it is modern – a beautiful combination of provinciality and progressiveness. Steeped in history, and packed with museums, castles and seasonal festivities, a visit to Munich promises something for everyone. Munich’s high tourist season is during the summer months from June – August with temperatures around 30 degree Celsius. From September – October, Munich hosts the Oktoberfest and several other festivals attracting crowds from all over the world. Accommodation and travel can be quite expensive and hard to find if you have not booked in advance. Winter temperatures dip to minus 25 degrees Celsius, but if you can brave the cold, then the pretty festival lights, famous Christmas markets and freshly covered ski slopes make for an interesting time to visit Munich. From March – May, the city transforms from its lethargic winter mood into a lively spring atmosphere with longer days and fresh blooms making it the best time to visit Munich before the high season starts.
Direct international flights from the UK to Munich are available through Lufthansa, British Airways, Flybe, eurowings and EasyJet. Other airlines include KLM, Austrian Airlines, Air France, LOT Airlines, TAP Portugal, SAS, Meridiana, Air Europa, and many more.
The Lufthansa Express Bus is a non-stop connection from Munich Airport to the city centre and departs every 15 minutes. The journey time is 45 minutes and a single ticket is €10.50 EUR. You can use this bus service irrespective of which airlines you fly with.
The S-Bahn lines S1 and S8 run between the airport and city centre every 20 minutes. Instead of a single ride ticket which can be as expensive as €11.20 EUR per adult, you can opt for the Airport-City-Day-Ticket at €12.80 EUR for adults and €3.10 EUR for children between 6 – 14 years. This ticket is valid until 6 a.m. the following day and can be used on all means of transport in the MVV network: S-Bahn rapid transit, regional rail, U-Bahn underground, bus and tram services.
Taxis charge a flat rate of €63.00 EUR from Munich Airport to the New Munich Exhibition Centre in the city centre.
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The most convenient way of getting around in Munich is by public transport which is fast, easy and safe. The MVV operates the rapid suburban trains (S-Bahn), underground or subway (U-Bahn), trams (Strassenbahn) and city buses. Ticket prices are calculated according to zones, with a single trip ticket for 1 zone travel starting at €2.80 EUR. Depending on your itinerary, consider buying the Single Day ticket with a starting fare of €6.60 EUR for inner district travel or the CityTourCard with options to choose from number of days and areas being covered. The card also provides discounted access to several attractions, restaurants, tours, and activities.
Metered taxis are always available but are expensive, with the basic fare starting at €3.70 EUR and an incremental per kilometre rate for every 5 kilometres. If you are staying in the city centre where most of the top attractions are located, you could consider exploring them on foot. If you are driving in the city, finding a parking spot can be time consuming and expensive, but it may be a good way to explore the rest of the Bavarian area around Munich.
UK citizens must have a passport, but no visa is required for up to 90 days. Passport endorsed British Citizens, European Communities, British Dependent Territories Citizens or British Subjects only need a passport.
For foreign nationals, please check the Schengen Visa Info website.
You can Bring Your Own Food – BYOF to many of the biergartens if you buy drinks there. If you are a foodie, be sure to sample the hearty Bavarian fare like bowls brimming with thick stews and plates piled high with sausages and potatoes.
Most museums have free admission on Sundays so try to plan your itinerary keeping that in mind. Avoid jaywalking, littering or walking in bike lanes, as you could be fined. While the entire city is patrolled and safety is a top priority, be aware that during Oktoberfest. it is possible that you may encounter some drunken revelry. You can blend in with the locals and remember to say ‘Bitte’ (please) and ‘Danke’ (thank you).