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.
Pay a visit to Nymphenburg - an upmarket area in the west of Munich which, for years, was home to Bavaria's royalty. When it's cold enough, you'll be able to watch people playing Eisstockschiessen - a local sport similar to curling - on the frozen canal leading to the palace. (Tram 17, Schloss Nymphenburg)
Head to Mariahilfplatz between October 17 and 25 for the annual Kirchweihdult festival. As well as rows of quirky bric a brac type stalls, you'll find rides, and plenty of local treats to eat and drink.
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).
Beer drinkers beware! The end of February sees the start of what is known as Munich's fifth season: the strong beer festival, which runs at all good breweries and beer halls from 20 February.
Just north of the city centre is Maxvorstadt, home to Munich's university and a cluster of museums. The Pinakothek art galleries, in particular are well worth taking a day over. If you need a break from culture, the district is packed with bars and quirky shops. Take tram 27.
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).