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Firstly – getting into Munich is simple. Being served by a large and well connected international airport, Munich is also easily accessible by roads and trains from other cities within Germany or Austria. The Munich International Airport is well serviced by numerous airlines, with options for flights from within Europe and beyond across the world, making Munich accessible from almost anywhere. Once you’re in the city, the transport system is effectively seamless and extremely well organised. Metro trains and buses are clean, comfortable and well priced, with a ticketing system in place that separates the city into zones or regions of the network. Day tickets can be the best choice for those who are looking to explore the city, as well as those who are planning excursions to the lakes around Munich and to areas that aren’t in the center.
Depending on what you’re looking for out of your trip to Munich, you will find something to enjoy. From shopping, dining, nightlife, museums, operas, galleries, parks and more, Munich has something for everyone to enjoy. A favorite past time for tourists is simply wandering the city and enjoying the architecture and various squares that dot the city with statues, fountains and gardens throughout. A number of parks attract visitors in the summer months, and of course in the month of October is the famed Oktoberfest Festival of beer and German food. If planning a trip to Munich in October, you are well advised to plan significantly ahead. Prices can sometimes double due to the festival and accommodation is typically booked out entirely. If you aren’t keen to visit during the hectic month of October, you can check out similar culture in locations such as the Hofbrauhaus, one of Munich’s famed beer-halls any time of year.
Munich, like other cities in Germany also has a vast array of seasonal, flea and Christmas markets. Christmas Markets offer up delicious food, amazing things (many hand crafted!) to buy, and Gluhwein (mulled wine) at many of their kiosks. Munich has several scattered about the city, and it’s well worth coming during December to check out the different markets that they host. Seasonal markets happen throughout the year with the hugely popular Thereseinwiese Flea Market (thought to be the largest in Europe!) taking place on the site of Oktoberfest in mid-April each year, packed with thousands of peculiar and antique items that could be the perfect addition to any trip to the city.
For those who are looking to get out and into nature a bit, Munich is surrounded by several lakes, forests and is also close to the Schloss Neuweinstein castle – the fairytale castle that is said to be the inspiration for the castle in the well known tale ‘Sleeping Beauty’. Located two hours south of Munich, this is a must see point of interest, especially for those with cars who are considering heading further south into the Austrian Alps for a bit of mountaineering, hiking or skiing.
Overall, Munich is an absolutely stunning, welcoming and very safe city to enjoy any time of year. Visitors to this corner of Germany will be greeted with great food, great beer, smiling faces and a hospitality that can’t be beat. So pack your bags – next stop, Munich!