If even famous author Ernest Hemingway says “There’s nothing like Munich,” you should listen. Beyond Oktoberfest, hotels in Munich put you at the head of the table for a cultural and architectural feast—one accompanied, of course, by beer and brats.
Things to Do in Munich
No matter what you want to do, accommodation near Central Station, or Hauptbahnhof in German, will make travel easy as fleischkuekle (meat pie). Just over a kilometre and a quick subway ride away is Marienplatz, Munich’s central square and the heart of the city. Like the heart, this vibrant plaza stays busy: You’ll see the iconic Mariensaule, a 12-m column topped with a golden Virgin Mary, and the soaring spires of the neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus town hall. Nearby, check out the beautiful, domed Frauenkirch cathedral and the long and stately Residenz Bavarian palace. Grab a coffee (or a brew—no judgments from us!) and relax al fresco. You might be here a while!
When you’re ready to move on from Munich’s heart, you might find that its brain is even more impressive. The Deutsches Museum is the largest museum of science and technology in the world, and if you’ve ever wanted to walk inside a human cell or attempt to tell the time by sundial, this is the place for you. We hope you planned a long stay at your accommodation in Munich, because with 25,000 square metres of exhibitions, it will take days to get through this nerd-vana.
Getting To & Around Munich
Flights to Munich land at the airport (MUC) 30 km north of the city. There are two train lines to the city centre; they both stop at Hauptbahnhof and also Ostbahnhof, on the city’s east side, where you can connect with other lines on the extensive Metro (aka “U-Bahn”) system. The U-Bahn can take you to most of Munich’s attractions, plus there are taxis and car hires. However, why not get adventurous on two wheels instead? A bicycle is a quick and flexible form of transport, and you don’t have to worry about parking! If you’re “wheelie” tired or had a few too many pints, hailing a cab to take you back to your Munich accommodation is easy—just use the taxirufsaule (taxi phone).
Best Time to Travel
Like many European destinations, the country’s summer months, from June through August, are packed with tourists and festivities. The weather is in the comfortable low 20s, though there is a higher chance of rain. Those who prefer quieter holidays should visit in late April or May, when the temps are high enough for you to still enjoy the biergartens, without the crowds. But if you love a good party, you just need to know one word: Oktoberfest. For this celebration, you’ll need to book Munich hotels at least a year in advance, so make sure you plan ahead.
Ready to discover the hidden charms of Germany’s “Secret Capital”? Book a Munich holiday with Wotif and get ready for ales, architecture and apple strudel—and that’s just the beginning!