Cheap flights to Munich
Munich – that German city full to bursting with Bavarian charm.
This jewel in Germany’s crown is one of its most popular tourist destinations as well as being one of its most sophisticated cultural centres. On the one side, it’s a city full of lofty works of art, stunning architecture and historical buildings, opera, theatre and more. While, on the other, it’s a city full of warmth and openness, with just a touch of that German fairytale village feeling.
The city’s motto is ‘München mag Dich’, or ‘Munich Likes You’, and it certainly does. You’ll stroll from museum to cathedral down adorable lanes and pass gingerbread-like half-timbered houses on the way. It’s the perfect mix. Add to that a strong contingent of trendy art-cafes full of life and conversation and, of course, plenty of beer gardens with perfect pilsners and a lively German gusto that has remained unchanged for years.
Summer in Munich is party time. As well as the massive classical music festival Klassik am Odeonsplatz (klassik-am-odeonsplatz.de), on 11-12 July, there is the Jakobi Dult at Mariahilfplatz (muenchen.de). Similar to the famous Oktoberfest, but on a smaller scale, the event runs from 25 July to 2 August. Then from 19 September to 4 October, it's time for the real thing. Raise your glasses and enjoy the greatest beer festival in the world. oktoberfest.de
It's Spring Festival time! Taking a similar form to the world-famous Oktoberfest, this event on the Theresienwiese features a funfair and huge beer marquees, where visitors can sample the local brew by the litre and swing along to the sounds of the Bavarian oompah bands. The festival runs from 17 April to 3 May (U4/U5 Theresienwiese, munich-touristinfo.de).
Chilly temperatures are a great excuse to treat yourself to a new pair of gloves. And there can be few more tempting places than the city's own glove couturier, Röckl. The traditional shops are a sight to behold, with hundreds of pairs of gloves stored according to colour (1 Maffeistrasse, 8 Marienplatz or 1 Sendlinger Strasse, roeckl.com).
For top-end souvenirs or Christmas presents for those you really, really love, head to Maximilianstrasse. This boulevard is Munich's answer to the Champs-Elysees, with one gorgeous boutique next to another.
On a hot summer's day, nothing beats a dip in the Bad Maria Einsiedel outdoor pool. The people of Munich have enjoyed this romantic setting for sunbathing and swimming in the city's greenery amid expansive parks and meadows along the Isar since 1899 (Naturbad Maria Einsiedel, 28 Zentralländstraße).
Wander through Munich's Olympic Park and marvel at the spider's web-like building constructions, which still look futuristic today despite having been created for when the city hosted the games in 1972 (U3/U8 Olympiazentrum).
On 27-28 March,, Munich celebrates Starkbierzeit. The city's spring festival has crowds half as large and beer twice as strong as its autumn rival, Oktoberfest. bavaria.by
For some spectacular scenery a short hop from Munich, head south to Lake Chiem (Chiemsee). Trains leave the main station every half hour or so, and the journey takes just under an hour. If you time your visit for 28-30 November, or 5-7 December, you can also enjoy a meander around the magical Christmas market on the Fraueninsel, an island in the lake.