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.
Munich's Nymphenburg Palace is the place to go on a crisp winter's day. As soon as the canal leading up to the impressive building freezes over, locals flock there for a game of "Eisstockschiessen, which is the Bavarian equivalent to curling. Equipment is available for hire, or just enjoy the spectacle with a mug of glühwein (Tram 17, 1 Schloss Nymphenburg, +89 179 080).
There are few more summery things to do than take a picnic to one of the world's largest inner city parks
No trip to Munich would be complete without a look around the Old Town. Get your bearings by climbing the 306 steps of the Alter Peter church tower, just off Marienplatz. At the top, you'll be treated to an unrivalled view. From here, all the major sights are within about a 15-minute walk, finishing up at the infamous Hofbräuhaus. From 25 November, the Old Town promises even more atmosphere with its annual Christmas market.
Jump on a train to Garmisch Partenkirchen for a real Alpine day out. Trains leave Munich approximately every hour and the town offers something for everyone. Keen skiers can hire equipment locally for a few runs down Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze, while non-skiers can take in the breathtaking scenery on a ride up the Zugspitz cable car.