Munich at a glance
Munich is a friendly city, both festive in atmosphere and charming in tradition. With its flair for folklore and all things Bavarian, Munich is a conventionally German city. But there is much more to this Bavarian capital than lederhosen, oompah-pah music, sausage and beer steins. With a wealth of historic sites, grand public parks, theatres, museums and a world famous annual beer festival – Oktoberfest, there is plenty to see and do in this city.
Benedictine monks were the first to settle the area that would later become Munich. The cities name - a derivative of the world Munichen, meaning ‘monks’- as well as its coat of arms, a black robed monk, is a lasting reminder of the city’s origins.
Given city status in 1175, Munich went on to become the capital of Bavaria in 1506 and was an important centre for Renaissance and Baroque life. During the 19th century a dramatic increase in monument building nearly bankrupt the city, but in turn left the region with exceptional iconic sites such as Neuschwanstein Castle and the city’s four royal avenues.
Today Munich is a thriving centre for education, business and research. Many international companies such as BMW have built their headquarters in Munich, attesting to the city’s viability as a thriving centre for commerce. Ranked as one of the fastest growing cities in Germany and one of the most liveable cities in the world, Munich is a unique blend of cosmopolitan chic and old fashion tradition, making it a popular short break destination.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Historic attractions
- Art and culture
- Stunning Architecture
Munich boasts one of the most punctual and efficient public transportation systems in the world. The city’s extensive network of subway (U-Bahn), urban trains (S-Bahn), tram and bus lines make it easy to navigate the city.
From traditional dirndl dresses, outdoor markets and Hummel figurines to sophisticated fashion brands, chic textiles and one of a kind antiques, Munich’s shopping atmosphere is very much a reflection of its innovative, trendy culture and love for all things traditionally German.
Many of Munich’s popular shopping streets such as the area between Marienplatz and Kalsplatz, are pedestrian only, making it easy to navigate the huge selection of shops on offer.
Dining in Munich
To say that the food in Munich is hearty could easily be considered an understatement. From the popular variety of pork based dishes and creamy Bavarian cheeses to massive pretzels, thick dumplings and sweet strudels laden generously with fruit – the cuisine in Munich is not for the weak of appetite.
Must-try local dishes:
- Weißwurst – white sausage, often served with mustard and traditionally eaten before 12:00pm
- Leberknödel soup – a soup containing bread dumplings that is flavoured with liver and onions
- Apfelstrudel – apple strudel, often served with a vanilla sauce
Osprey Holidays top tips
Don't miss the Hofbrauhaus, arguably the world's most famous beer hall as well as the beautiful baroque Nymophenburg Palace and the tranquil 'English Garden' - Munich's largest urban park.
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Munich designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Munich hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 1,388,308 Languages German Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
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- Interesting facts
Climb the 300 steps to the top of Peterskirche Tower for a stunning view over the city.
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- Distance from airports
Munich 32 km
- Railway stations