Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2022
Reviewed on 9 Nov. 2019
Blending Gothic fairytale charm with urban cool, Munich holidays enchant visitors with buzzing nightlife, trendy art scene and excellent shopping. The city also flexes its culinary muscles with hearty German pub food and other gastronomical delights.
Start your adventure at Nymphenburg Palace, a 16th-century baroque castle built from Kelheim limestone. A guided tour around the manicured grounds makes it easy to imagine banqueting with past Bavarian rulers (pass the boar, please). Then take your trip from old to new with a visit to the Deutsches Museum. Located on an island on the Isar River, this museum displays over 28,000 objects relating to science and technology. Art lovers should check out Pinakothek, where works from artists like Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci line the walls. Book one of Wotif’s Munich car hire options to get from palaces to museums and back to your hotel before you can say “guten tag.”
If you're lucky enough to book Munich holiday packages during the end of September or throughout October, save time—and room in your stomach—for Oktoberfest. Over 6 million lederhosen- and dirndl-wearing participants flock to this world-famous festival to guzzle steins of beer, devour salty pretzels and sway to German singalongs. When you hear the lyrics “ein prosit der gemutlichkeit” (roughly, “a toast to cheer and good times”), it’s time to toast your table and chug!
From retro-chic to designer goods, Munich has shopping options that cater to all tastes and budgets. If you're a bargain hunter, head to Ingolstadt Village, an outlet centre home to over 100 stores. The pedestrian-friendly streets of Marienplatz and Karlsplatz are the busiest shopping areas in Munich, while Glockenbachviertel, in the Old Town, is where you will find clothing and accessories for your inner hipster—moustaches not included.
After your retail therapy, refuel at one of the many city eateries. The best place to sample authentic fare is at Schrannenhalle, a glass-domed, upscale market where you can sample the “wurst” Germany has to offer (bratwurst, that is). Cafe culture is huge here as well, and the many Mediterranean-inspired coffee shops provide a cool place to enjoy a nibble al fresco. Beer cellars offer carb-heavy Bavarian comfort foods, such as bread dumplings, which are the perfect accompaniments to Germany’s favourite beverage.
Night owls, take heart! Munich definitely knows how to party. Do as the locals do, and check in to one of the many Mittleuropa beer halls around the city for some afternoon drinking. When the sun sets, Munich's social hub around Munchener Freiheit comes alive, and beautiful Bavarians live it up in swanky clubs into the early hours.
Whether you want to sample the bier, marvel at the architecture or shop like there's no tomorrow, Wotif can turn your dream into reality with Munich packages. Mix and match flights and accommodation to get the best holidays deals around. Use your extra cash to extend your German adventure with Cologne packages. Just be careful—you might never want to leave!