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City breaks in Munich

Explore this stunning, historical city on a city break in Munich and discover the beautiful metropolis on the Isar river. Munich’s dramatic architecture, varied Bavarian cuisine, inimitable flair, hospitality and proximity to the mountains attract millions of visitors every year.

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Get to know one of the most significant cultural and economic cities in Germany. Visit a traditional brewery, stroll through the lush greenery in the English Garden, the largest city park in Europe and immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the Viktualienmarkt food market or the Allianz Arena. There’s so much to see and do on a city break in Munich.

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Top sights and attractions in Munich

Munich boasts a staggering range of options for sightseeing. The city has plenty to entertain fans of architecture, art and culture as well as foodies and sports fans.

Munich’s most popular attractions include:

  • Nymphenburg Palace
  • Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt food market
  • Munich Residenz - the largest city palace in Germany
  • Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek art museums
  • The Frauenkirche Cathedral
  • Königsplatz and the Propylaea
  • Ludwigstraße and its stately buildings which include Palais Leuchtenberg
  • The English Garden
  • Hellabrunn Zoo
  • BMW Welt museum

Nightlife in Munich

If you want to experience Munich nightlife, the Schwabing West area of the city is especially popular. Schwabing West is modern (and quite pricey) and is home to Leopoldstraße and Hohenzollernstraße which are hotspots in the evening. These streets are jam-packed with pubs, international restaurants and bars. Maximiliansplatz, Sonnenstraße and Müllerstraße are also popular haunts for night owls.

Dining in Munich
Sightseeing in Munich

Shopping in Munich

This metropolis in the German state of Bavaria is fantastic if you just want to wander along the streets, soak up the atmosphere and indulge in some window shopping. The most well-known shopping streets are Theatinerstraße and Maximilianstraße which boast the cream of the crop when it comes to chic boutiques.

Sightseeing in Munich

There are several options for getting around Munich and seeing everything the city has to offer:

Roam the city on foot: Many of Munich’s sights are clustered together. Karlsplatz is the perfect starting point for a walking tour of the city. From there, it’s easy to get to the Town Hall on Marienplatz and the famous Viktualienmarkt food market. The route also takes you past the Frauenkirche Cathedral and the National Theatre.

Take public transport: Certain attractions in Munich are slightly further afield like the Allianz Arena and the Olympiapark. If you’re visiting these, you can hop on the bus, tram or metro.

City tour on a hop-on hop-off bus: These tour buses are very popular for sightseeing in the city. The advantage of this system is that you can tailor your own tour and then get on and off the bus near the sights and attractions which are most interesting to you. You can also stay on the bus and listen to the tour guide for more facts and tips about Munich.

Food and drink in Munich
Eating and drinking

Typically, Bavarian cuisine is best known for the traditional Weißwurst (veal sausages), pretzels and wheat beer (Weißbier). Naturally there’s more to it than this but Baravian food generally tends to be homey, down-to-earth dishes.

Popular options are often heavily meat-based such as sweetbreads, roasted pork, liver meatloaf and schnitzel. You can also find lots of fish, soups and stews. Bavaria does not disappoint when it comes to sweet treats with such delights as strudel, cakes and Kaiserscharrn which is a type of sweet pancake often covered in icing sugar and served with applesauce.

Given that Munich is the home of Oktoberfest, it comes as no surprise that the city is awash with breweries and beer gardens for you to visit. The Augustiner-Keller on Arnulfstraße is particularly well-known and isn’t far from the site of the annual Oktoberfest festivities. Hofbräuhaus on Platzl 9 is also a great spot to grab a beer and some delicious traditional Bavarian delicacies.

Getting to Munich and transport in the city
Getting to Munich and transport in the city

You can find direct flights to Munich from several airports in the UK including Birmingham, Manchester, London Gatwick and London Heathrow. You can then take the train from the airport into the city centre. The journey from the airport to Munich main station takes around 40 minutes.

Munich itself has a good public transport system which is easy to use for getting around. Transport includes trains (S-Bahn), the metro (U-Bahn), buses and trams. For visiting the city, you may choose to get yourself a City Tour Card which is designed for tourists. This card includes a ticket for public transport for your selected area within Munich (you can either choose a card for Zone M which contains central Munich or Zone M-6 which is all zones including the airport) and discounts on over 80 tourist attractions.

FAQs: Frequently asked questions for city breaks in Munich

Why should I go to Munich for a city break?

As the capital of the German state of Bavaria, Munich is a fascinating combination of tradition and modernity. The city boasts everything from trendy cafés and restaurants to traditional pubs, stunning historic sites and bustling shops.

How many days should I plan to spend in Munich on my city break?

You should allow at least 3 days to explore Munich on your city break.

What should I pack for my city break in Munich?

Don’t forget to pack the following when you head to Munich:
  • Comfortable everyday clothes
  • A chic outfit going out
  • A portable phone charger

Where can I book my city break in Munich?

You can book your city break in Munich here with Travelcircus.

How much does a city break to Munich cost?

Travelcircus offers city break deals in Munich from £40 per person.

What are some must-sees for a city break in Munich?

The most popular sights and attractions in Munich include:
  • Marienplatz
  • The English Garden
  • The Frauenkirche Cathedral
  • BMW Welt Museum
  • Nymphenburg Palace

When is the best time of year to travel to Munich for a city break?

Munich is a gorgeous city to explore no matter the time of year. It’s sunniest in Spring and Winter, but Autumn is the time to go if you want to join in the Oktoberfest celebrations and in Winter the city is transformed into a snowy wonderland complete with magical Christmas markets.