Munich Travel Guide
Home to the best beer cultures of the world, Munich is high on the tourist radar. Tourists from all over globe flock here to witness one of the most fun festivals – Oktoberfest. But, there is more to Munich than just beer! I spent 4 nights and 5 days in Munich if you are planning a day trip to either Fussen or Salzburg you may need a day extra. Here is my Munich travel guide.
Things to do in Munich
- Englischer Garden: A paradise right in the middle of the city. A great place to end your weekday or begin your weekend. You will see an expanse of green and a stream passing by. The garden houses many important monuments: the Chinese tower, greek temple (Monopetrous). Right from a Japanese tea house to a beer garden you have everything you need. And if you are looking for something wacky spot surfers surfing in the river stream!
2. Marienplatz: Cities oldest squares dates back to the 12th century. Marienplatz was the main square back then and it still remains a popular meeting point for locals and tourists alike. The perfect place for you to start your tour with most of the places of interests nearby.
3. BMW Museum: Calling all the automobile enthusiasts to the world of BMW. The museum takes you back in time right to where it all began. And then to the future showcasing sustainable measure taken by the automobile giant. Even if you aren’t an automobile enthusiast you are in for a good time here.
4. Olympiapark: Very close to the BMW Museum, is the Olympic Park which was constructed for the 1972 games. You can either do a guided tour of the park, dabble your hands in some indoor/outdoor sports activities or attend an event at the park.
5. Hofbräuhaus: Rarely would you see a restaurant in the things to do of a city. But, Hofbrauhaus isn’t just a 3-floor beer hall it is an experience! An experience that is truly and uniquely Munich.
6. Viktualienmarkt: A daily food market in Marienplatz, this market is going strong since 1800! The only change, it has become bigger and better. Visit Viktualienmarkt to come close to local produce. With over 140 stalls and shops offering flowers and plants, fruits and vegetables, venison and fowl, eggs, butter, honey, fish, meat, sausages, herbs, spices, delicatessens, wine and tea are assembled on an area covering 22,000 square metres.
7. Neuschwanstein Castle: The famous Disney castle, situated in the bavarian alps in the region known as Fussen. It is a 19th-century Romanesque castle commissioned by King Ludwig. The castle is known to be Walt Disney’s inspiration behind the logo. It can be visited as a day trip from Munich. But if you have time stay overnight to soak in the small-town vibe if Fussen.
8. Dachau concentration camp: An absolute must! Take a guided tour or grab an audio guide. The camp was one of the oldest concentration camps built by Himmler. The tour takes you through the architecture, propaganda behind building these camps, lives of the prisoners. This camp itself documented over 30,000 deaths! This tour isn’t for the faint-hearted.
-Cost of staying: Munich has a room for all kind of travellers. A dorm room will cost you between EUR 10-30 depending on the season and location. In most cases, this includes free breakfast. I recommend Wombat hostel. A budget hotel is EUR 50 a night and an apartment will be around the same, if you take up a bed/couch in an apartment it would be EUR 20. For 5 star hotels, you would end up paying EUR 100 and upwards.
-Cost of internal transportation: You can get an unlimited day pass for EUR 7, or a 3 day
-Cost of food and drinks: When in Germany drink as Germans! A pint of beer will cost you EUR 3. Standard coffee from the supermarket will cost you EUR 2, at McCafe will be about EUR 3. There are a number of affordable Turkish restaurants in Berlin, you can grab a Shawarma/Falafel sandwich in EUR 5. Meal for 2 at a budget restaurant will not cost you more than 10 EUR. Whereas a meal for 2 at a fancy place will be EUR 20 and upwards.
Money saving tips
-Take a free walking tour: It helps you know the city better. You can always come back to the monuments that interest you and spend more time there. Guides of such tours give out local recommendations, places that do not have “tourist prices”. I had booked one with Sandeman Tour.
-Cook your own meal: Most of the hostels are equipped with a well-equipped kitchen, it always help save the cost. Cost of 1 weeks grocery in Berlin would be an average of 40 EUR.
-Take a public transport pass: Public transport is possibly the best way of seeing any city, especially when it is well connected as in the case of Munich. You can also choose to walk from one place to another, this doesn’t only give you more time to soak in the vibe but also saves you that extra buck!
-Go to Free museums: A bunch of amazing museums in Munich are free. Hunt for them. Some of the museums also offer discount tickets, check their website for the best offers.
-Munich Pass: Take the city card to save money on major tourist attractions.
-Use student ID card: If you are a student use your ID card to get discounts at various attractions.