Official language: German
Time zone: UTC+2 (summer), UTC+1 (winter)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
From mid-September to the first weekend of October, the traditional two-week Oktoberfest takes place across the Theresienwiese. The beer festival is all about drinking, dancing, singing, eating, and enjoying amusement rides.
The city has many museums including… the BMW Museum. An impressive exhibition of BMW cars and motorcycles is open every day (except Mondays) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets cost about €9 per person.
Munich is home to the world's largest museum of science and technology. In huge exhibition halls of Deutsches Museum, you’ll find a range of vehicles, computers, microscopes and many other objects. Devote at least one day to this attraction.
Start the city tour with Marienplatz – the most beautiful historic part of Munich. You may want to see the neo-gothic Neues Rathaus (the New Town Hall) with its main facade presenting the history of the land. The building features a tower with a clock and moving figures. At the height of 85 meters, there is an observation deck, open daily, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (May to October) and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (November to April). Other impressive spots are the magnificent 15th-century Frauenkirche (the Cathedral of Our Dear Lady), built of red brick, and the Peterskirche (the Church of St. Peter) dating from the 12th century.
Not far from the city center, alongside the shores of the Isar river, the Englischer Garten (English Garden) is placed. With an area of over 370 ha, it is the Europe’s largest urban park, within which you’ll find, e.g., the Kleinhesseloher Lake, the Schonfeldwiese section for nude sunbathers, and the city’s biggest beer garden at the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower).
Night and day you can enjoy here not only the hustle and bustle of crowds but also live music. If you want to feel like a local, you should definitely give this place a try; just don’t forget to grab a pretzel and a pint of beer. And if you're in the party mood, head to 6 Grafinger Straße and the party zone called Kultfabrik. There are around 20 clubs and some bars, restaurants, and concert stages packed into one place.
Do you like atmospheric beer halls with a long tradition? If so, you just can’t miss Hofbräuhaus Am Platzl. It has been run continuously since 1589 and is able to host up to 4,000 people at the same time. It offers local drinks and Bavarian cuisine, and plays live music every Sunday. Other places worth a visit are Schuhbecks in den Südtiroler Stuben at 6 Platzl, Zum Augustiner at 27 Neuhauser Straße, Ludwigs at 6 Heiliggeiststraße, and Brenner at 15 Maximilianstraße. On your “must-try” list should be Krustenbraten (a pork roast with a crispy crust), Haxe (pork knuckle), Sauerlunge (lungs in the sour sauce), and Weißwürste (traditional Bavarian sausage served with potatoes and fried sauerkraut).