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    Munich: Conventional and cool – a great combination

    Bavaria’s capital is arguably Germany’s most beautiful city. Its legendary architecture dominates the bustling city centre, with plenty of stop-offs for those thirsty for a stein of strong local pilsner. Culture vultures will find ample places to indulge their passion, with first-rate modern art museums and churches to rival any major European city.

    Sports fanatics should make a beeline for the Allianz Arena to catch the superb FC Bayern Munich in action, while shopaholics should be certain to stop off at the Fünf Höfe mall and spend a few Euros on the latest in high-end fashion and art.


    Top 10 sights in Munich

    Munich’s city center
    Munich’s city center against a typical blue-white sky. In the background (left) the Frauenkirche with its crowned towers; at the front, the Marienplatz with the New Town Hall

    Residenz Museum

    Residenzstraße 1
    80333 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/29 06 71
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    Opening times: Daily 0900-1800 (Apr-mid Oct); 1000-1700 (mid Oct-Mar)

    The largest city centre palace in Germany, the Residenz Museum houses a huge collection of art which once belonged to one-time residents, the royal Wittelsbach family. The courtyards and architecture are majestic, but the arresting Renaissance Hall of Antiquities is this huge building’s undoubted highlight.

    Pinakothek der Moderne

    Barer Straße 40
    80333 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/23 80 53 60
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    Opening times: Tues-Wed and Fri-Sun 1000-1800, Thur 1000-2000

    One of three Pinakothek museums in central Munich. This gallery is all about cutting-edge modern art and architecture. Think challenging contemporary photography and out-there designs and you’ll get the picture.

    Neue Pinakothek

    Barer Straße 29
    80799 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/23 80 51 95
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    Opening times: Thurs-Mon 1000-1800, Wed 1000-2000

    Away from the more abstract focus of its sister Pinakothek der Moderne, the Neue Pinakothek focuses on 18th- and 19th-century European art. You’ll find work by artists ranging from Goya to Hogarth to Liebermann. One of the continent’s best galleries.

    Alte Pinakothek

    Barer Straße 27
    80333 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/23 80 52 16
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    Opening times: Tues 1000-2000, Wed-Sun 1000-1800

    The largest museum in the world on its completion in the 1820s, the Alte Pinakothek plays home to works by Old Masters and classic German painters. Da Vinci brushes shoulders with El Greco and Rembrandt in a gallery that few in the world can match.

    Allianz Arena

    Werner-Heisenberg-Allee 25
    80939 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/200 50
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    Opening times: Daily 1000-1800

    Take a tour of this magnificent modern stadium, home to both Bayern and 1860 Munich. Alternatively, try and grab a ticket for a game. The former’s position as Germany’s premier side means seats are hard to come by, but the atmosphere and passion on match day is worth the money and the effort.

    Englischer Garten

    Englischer Garten
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    This vast park stretches northeast from the city centre, its origins dating back to the late 18th century. Modelled on classic English country gardens, it’s larger than New York’s Central Park.

    Neues Rathaus

    Marienplatz 8
    80331 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/233 00
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    Opening times: Mon-Fri 1000-1900, Sat 1000-1700, Sun 1000-1400

    This magnificent building on the city’s central Marienplatz is Munich’s most recognisable. Still the seat of local government, visitors can climb to the top of its 85m (278ft) tower for huge views of the city and the forests beyond.

    Munchner Stadtmuseum

    Sankt-Jakobs-Platz 1
    80331 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/23 32 23 70
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    Opening times: Tues-Sun 1000-1800

    This excellent museum, housed in a one-time arsenal, tells the exhaustive history of Munich. There’s a superb collection of musical instruments, and the photography gallery has a wealth of pictures documenting life in the city.

    BMW Welt and Museum

    Am Olympiapark 1-2
    80809 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/125 01 60 01
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    Opening times: Daily 0730-0000 (BMW Welt); Tues-Sun 1000-1800 (BMW Museum)

    One for petrol heads. BMW Welt and its attached museum are based at the carmaker’s plant outside the city. Check out vintage motors and engines, or book yourself onto a factory tour to see the company’s latest models roll off the production line.


    Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21
    80809 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/306 70
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    Opening times: Daily 0900-2000 (mid May-mid Sep); 0900-1800 (Apr-mid May and mid Sep-Oct); 1100-1600 (Nov-Mar)

    Built for the 1972 summer Olympics, Munich’s Olympiapark hosts huge concerts in the summer and other key sporting events at its myriad venues. Bayern Munich once played in the main stadium here. Its green spaces are beautifully kept.

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    Once mockingly referred to as the “land of schnitzels and leather pants,” Germany has acquired a much more modern image in recent decades. International visitors are attracted to the big cities, especially the capital, Berlin. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, in particular, the city with its many cultural and entertainment attractions has become a major tourist destination. But other German cities also know how to celebrate and enjoy life.


    Hamburg’s annual Hafengeburtstag port anniversary festival attracts around two million visitors every year, the Rhineland is famous for its carnivals, and Munich’s Oktoberfest is famous the world over.

    Germany also has a variety of natural landscapes: for example, from the Wadden Sea and lowland plains of the northwest, the lakelands in the northeast of the country, numerous low mountain ranges and heathlands, to the central highlands and Alpine regions.


    Germany borders Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. The northwest has a coastline on the North Sea, while the Baltic coastline in the northeast stretches from the Danish to the Polish border.

    The country is divided into 16 states (Bundesländer) and has an exceedingly varied landscape. In what was once known as West Germany, the Rhine, Bavaria and the Black Forest stand as the three most famous features, while in the east, the country is lake-studded with undulating lowlands.

    River basins extend over a large percentage of the region, and some of Europe’s most prominent rivers flow through the country. These include the Elbe, the Danube and the Rhine.

    The highest point in the country is the 2962m (9718ft) peak of Zugspitze Mountain in the Bavarian Alps. Cable cars run to the summit, which can also be climbed.

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    Population: 82,79 million (2017)

    Capital: Berlin.


    German is the official language. Regional dialects often differ markedly from standard German.


    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style round two-pin plugs are in use.

    Public holidays

    The public holidays for the January 2018 – December 2019 period are listed below.


    * In catholic regions only
    ** Sachsen only
    *** only in Brandenburg, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thüringen


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2018
    Epiphany: 6 January 2018*
    Good Friday: 30 March 2018
    Easter Sunday: 1 April 2018
    Easter Monday: 2 April 2018
    Labour Day: 1 May 2018
    Ascension Day: 10 May 2018
    Whit Sunday: 20 May 2018
    Whit Monday: 21 May 2018
    Corpus Christi: 31 May 2018*
    Assumption: 15 August 2018*
    Day of German Unity: 3 October 2018
    Day of Reformation: 31 October 2018***
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2018*
    Repentance Day: 21 November 2018**
    Christmas: 25 and 26 December 2018


    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2019
    Epiphany: 6 January 2019*
    Good Friday: 19 April 2019
    Easter Sunday: 21 April 2019
    Easter Monday: 22 April 2019
    Labour Day: 1 May 2019
    Ascension Day: 30 May 2019
    Whit Sunday: 9 June 2019
    Whit Monday: 10 June 2019
    Corpus Christi: 20 June 2019*
    Assumption: 15 August 2019*
    Day of German Unity: 3 October 2019
    Day of Reformation: 31 October 2019***
    All Saints’ Day: 1 November 2019*
    Repentance Day: 21 November 2019**
    Christmas: 25 and 26 December 2019

    All information subject to change.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    As with other major German cities, Munich has a peerless public transport system. Its U-Bahn, S-Bahn, tramways and buses are run by MVV (www.mvv-muenchen.de). Tickets work across all forms of transport. Single tickets must be validated either on the platform or, in the cases of buses and trams, once you board. Visitors should pick up a CityTourCard to get discount travel and money off at various key sights.


    Cabs can be easily flagged down in the city, just look for the lit signs. Taxi ranks can also be found in key areas of the town. Round up the fee, but don’t worry about tipping excessively.


    Nightlife in Munich


    Munich’s nightlife immediately brings to mind beer halls, oompah bands and sing-alongs.

    You can get all that in abundance, but if you want a cocktail or a club to strut your stuff, the city delivers on those fronts too.


    Platzl 9
    80331 Munich
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    Munich’s premier beer keller moves to the sound of banging drums and the clink of stein glasses. A must.

    Augustiner Bräustuben

    Landsberger Straße 19
    80339 Munich
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    Away from the tourist trail, this beer hall is a great place to share a few beers with the locals.

    Pusser’s Bar

    Falkenturmstraße 9
    80331 Munich
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    Sick of beer? Then Pusser’s has a massive cocktail list and bartenders generous with their measures.


    Arnulfstraße 17
    80335 Munich
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    A big club that attracts big-name acts and DJs. One for night owls.


    Prinzregentenstraße 1
    80538 Munich
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    Arguably Munich’s most famous club, the P1 was founded in 1949 as a officer’s club for U.S. soldiers and had its heyday in the 1970s and ’80s, when stars and starlets would come dance the night away there. Today, the celebrity quota is lower, but this posh disco – often pronounced dead – received a complete makeover in 2003 and looks very much alive today. The lines at the door are still long, the bouncers strict, and the atmosphere couldn’t be better.


    Restaurants in Munich


    Munich’s traditional German cuisine, including succulent meats and sausages, is readily available throughout town. But there are plenty of places to eat something completely different.

    Haute cuisine, New York-style cafés and gourmet takes on local classic are yours for the taking.

    Weißes Bräuhaus

    Tal 7
    80331 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/290 13 80
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    Traditional tavern culture is celebrated here in the headquarters of the Schneider brewery dynasty, where tripe, lung and bull testicles are washed down with oodles of beer. Loud and lusty, just like in the old days.

    Theresa Grill Restaurant

    Theresienstrasse 29
    80333 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/28 80 33 01
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    A sizzling marbled rib-eye or a prime rib from the beechwood barbecue? The Theresa is arguably the best steakhouse in town. There’s also has a skittle alley in the basement that can be rented for parties.

    No Mi Ya

    Wörthstraße 7
    81667 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/448 40 95
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    Sushi and skewers with plum wine or a cloudy pale ale from an earthenware tankard: This Japanese-Bavarian watering hole in Haidhausen is always bursting at the seams.

    Herzog Restaurant & Bar

    Maxburgstraße 4
    80333 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/29 16 10 29
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    This smart restaurant serving fresh, regional and seasonal dishes is located just a few steps away from Karlsplatz (Stachus). People come for the food, of course, but also for the sophisticated atmosphere evoked largely by the bar, which is cast in black concrete.


    Prinzregentenstraße 73
    81675 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/416 82 47
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    Tourists, locals, celebrities – this place attracts people from all walks of life. The food is excellent, the atmosphere convivially Bavarian.


    Orffstraße 22-24
    80637 München
    Tel.: +49-89/16 11 60
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    The Ruffini in Neuhausen-Nymphenburg is all of these at once: bakery and confectionery, wine store, delicatessen, café and restaurant – and for more than thirty years, the property of a cooperative. The dining area is bright, the decor, simple, and the roof terrace, wonderful. The Italian-inspired menu includes appetizingly moderate prices.


    Calendar of events

    Fasching (Munich Carnival)

    January – 7 March 2019

    Venue: Various venues across Munich

    A fortnight of revelry marks Munich’s pre-Lenten carnival season, characterised by street parades and fancy dress balls. One of the biggest events is Mad Munich (‘Munchen Harrisch’) on the last Sunday before Shrove Tuesday. During the celebrations, thousands of dancers and revellers in fancy dress make their way through the streets to Marienplatz where there are several stages as well as numerous food and drink stalls.

    Die Lange Nacht der Musik

    4 May 2019

    Venue: Various venues

    Over 400 musical performances, ranging from classical and jazz to rock, pop and folk, all take place on one evening – ‘The Long Night of Music’. Stages are set up across Munich, everywhere from bars and restaurants to concert halls and churches. If music be the food of love, then this annual evening is an orgy.


    June – July 2018

    Venue: Nationaltheater

    When the summer evenings are at their longest, the Bavarian State Opera takes the opportunity to stage its spectacular ‘Opera for All’. Held outside against the stunning backdrop of their home at the Nationaltheater in Franz-Joseph-Platz, this celebrated opera festival marks the climax of Munich’s theatre season and draws the world’s top performers and conductors. It is all the more special for also being Europe’s oldest music festival.

    Tollwood Sommerfestival

    27 June – 22 July 2018

    Venue: Olympiapark Süd

    Held in the fantastic environment of Munich’s Olympic Park, the annual Tollwood Summer Festival is a mellow open-air celebration of rock and pop music, cabaret, street performance and theatre. Taking place over 26 days, this is an event that always proves itself an equal draw for music and culture enthusiasts, grown-ups, teenagers and kids alike.

    Filmfest München

    28 June – 7 July 2018

    Venue: Gasteig and various cinemas

    Munich’s International Film Festival has been running for a quarter of a century, celebrating cinema as an art form. It’s one of Germany’s biggest, and although it’s a heavyweight industry event, members of the public are strongly encouraged to attend screenings of the nearly 50 new films that are shown here each year.

    Open Art

    14 – 16 September 2018

    Venue: Various galleries in Munich

    For one weekend in September, the 65 galleries of contemporary art in Munich join forces to open the new season with Open Art. The galleries and their exhibitions, located across the city, can be visited throughout the weekend. A party is held on the Saturday evening.


    22 September – 7 October 2018

    Venue: Theresienwiese

    For better or worse, the Oktoberfest is the very reason that millions of visitors actually come to Munich each year. The world’s biggest and most famous beer festival, accompanied by the world’s largest fair, all began as a royal wedding celebration in 1810. Over two centuries later, the revelry is on an epic scale that has to be seen to be believed. Bear in mind that flight tickets and accommodation for Munich virtually evaporate during this period.

    Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market)

    November – December 2018

    Venue: Marienplatz

    Munich’s Christmas Market is a great place to soak up the festive spirit and buy Christmas gifts. There are also plenty of stalls offering traditional Bavarian culinary delights, including baked apples, roasted almonds and pepper nuts. Particular regional specialities include Lebkuchen, Springerle (aniseed-flavoured biscuits), Fruechtebrot(loaves containing dried fruit), Schmalzgebaeck(deep-fried cakes), hot chestnuts and figurines made from plums. When the shopping gets too much, head to a drinks stall for a warming glass of glühwein (hot mulled wine).

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Munich, an outdoor paradise

    Best of Outdoor-Paradies München
    Für eine Auszeit unter freiem Himmel braucht man in München keine lange Anfahrt: Im Englischen Garten wartet der Kleinhesseloher See, hier gibt es Ruderboote zu leihen

    Skiing in Spitzingsee-Tegernsee

    Alpenbahnen Spitzingsee
    Stümpflingweg 13
    83727 Schliersee
    Tel: +49-8026/929 22 30
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    An outing to perhaps the loveliest recreation area in Bavaria is worthwhile even if you’re not planning a day’s skiing. The ski resort, located at an altitude of between 1100 and 1600 meters, is especially popular with families, but even seasoned skiers get their money’s worth on the black runs. In summer, nature lovers follow the many trails leading through the glorious Alpine landscape.

    Abseiling at the Olympic Stadium

    Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21
    80809 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/306 70

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    The transparent roof, designed by the late architect Frei Otto, who died in 2015, embodies an exceptional architectural concept. The Summer Olympics were held here in 1972, and the stadium was home to FC Bayern Munich through 2005. Today, visitors can get a guide to take them across the canopy’s waves in summer – and abseil the 40 meters from there down to the turf below.

    Mountain biking on Rotwand Mountain

    Spitzingsee 3
    83727 Schliersee
    Tel: +49-8026/7683
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    The 360-degree panoramic view from the top of the Rotwand is one of the best you can find over the northern Alpine foothills. The 1884-meter ascent is quite a strenuous one, though, as you can’t use your wheels on the final stretch – that you have to conquer on foot. Thanks to the Taubensteinbahn cable car, the Rotwand can also be climbed without exertion, so you may find the area around the summit cross pretty crowded.

    House Running

    Rilano 24/7 Hotel
    Domagkstraße 26
    80807 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/70 80 90 10
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    Overcoming the initial threshold of getting started is the worst part – the moment when you let yourself tip from the edge of a hotel roof into a horizontal position, held only by your safety harness. There you hand, staring at the street, before you begin “walking down the wall” Spiderman-style at your own speed.

    Surfing on Lake Starnberg

    Wassersportcenter Starnberger See
    Buchscharnstraße 10
    82541 Sankt Heinrich
    Tel: +49-8801/91 59 10
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    Germany’s fifth-largest lake was formed around 20 000 years ago, but it has only had its present name since 1962. That was when the area became popular with day trippers from Munich. Today, kite- and windsurfers flock to where King Ludwig II mysteriously drowned in 1886.

    Extreme climbing at Kletterwald München

    Kletterwald München
    Tölzer Straße 43
    82031 Grünwald
    Tel: +49-89/88 90 23 55
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    Even the fittest may falter here. This extreme ropes course starts off with a pretty challenging rope ladder –   and gets tougher by the minute: with beaver logs , the Hinterstoisser Traverse, the James Bond element and rolling pins . At least there’s a floating platform in the middle of the course where weary climbers can take a breather.

    Day trip to Schliersbergalm

    83727 Schliersee
    Tel: +49-8026/67 23
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    Why visit an Alpine meadow? Because it’s an outing for the entire family, one even the kids can manage. Awaiting them high on the mountain, hikers will find not only a restaurant, but also trampolines, a ball pool and a swimming pool.

    Rowing on Lake Kleinhesselohe

    Seehaus im Englischen Garten
    Kleinhesselohe 3
    80802 Munich
    Tel: +49-89/381 61 30
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    This artificial lake is right at the heart of Munich, in the English Garden. Rowboats and pedalos can be rented from the lake house, and in winter, you can see crowds of ice skaters here. If you like, you can get close to the islands in a boat and do a little birdwatching. After all, it doesn’t always have to be extreme sports – a little deceleration now and again also makes a pleasant change.

    Summer tobogganing on Blomberg Mountain

    Blombergbahn Bad Tölz
    Am Blomberg 2
    83646 Bad Tölz
    Tel: +49-8041/37 26
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    The toboggan run covers 1300 meters, making it one of the longest anywhere in Europe. Tobogganists sit on a kind of sled and race down the mountainside, taking 40 bends in their stride along the way. The speed, the wind in your face, the tears in your eyes – Georg Hackl would be proud of you! The shorter alternative would be a rollercoaster.

    Bungee jumping in Oberschleißheim

    Dachauer Straße 35
    85764 Oberschleißheim
    Tel: +49-89/70 80 90 90
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    Free fall – you can’t get more extreme than this. Right beside the 1972 Olympic regatta course, people throw themselves off a crane to plunge 50 meters. For a little extra, you can also have the event filmed and show off with it later to your folks.


    Hotels in Munich


    Munich’s hotel scene offers an excellent selection of business-style accommodation, with a plentiful array of locally run guesthouses for those keeping an eye on their budget.

    those keeping an eye on their budget. For those after a more luxurious pad, the city centre has a few choice spots for pampering.

    Bayerischer Hof

    Promenadeplatz 2-6
    80333 Munich
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    Category: Expensive

    Quite simply, this beautiful spot has it all. Gorgeously furnished rooms and six bars to choose from.

    Hotel Königshof

    Karlsplatz 25
    80335 Munich
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    Category: Expensive

    The clue’s in the name. Swanky rooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant make this one of Munich’s best.

    Motel One Deutsches Museum

    Rablstraße 2
    81669 Munich
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    Category: Moderate

    Amazing rates belie a hotel that offers rooms and service you’d usually find in far pricier joints.

    H'Otello H’09

    Hohenzollernstraße 9
    80801 Munich
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    Category: Moderate

    Sleek modern rooms, with top-floor suites offering access to a stunning roof terrace.

    Hotel Deutsches Theater Garni

    Landwehrstraße 18
    80336 Munich
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    Category: Cheap

    This art nouveau-style bed and breakfast is perfect for those after a cheap stay in the heart of the action.


    München: Best of Glockenbachviertel


    No question about it, Munich is (among other things) a matter of taste. Society sophistication, thigh-slapping Bavarianism, cozy conviviality – they are all here. And a nightlife scene? “Ah, forget it!” The glittering days of Schwabing are long past and gone, and Giesing, Schlachthof and even the Westend are well off beaten path. But where do people go when they go out?

    Most locals tend to become rather reticent at this question; they are a little worried that their favorite neighborhood, which extends between Viktualienmarkt square and the sandy Isarstrand beach, could lose its cozy, almost rural charm. The people of Munich call it “Das Glockenbach,” which means “the bell brook.” The name harks back to preindustrial times, when several streams still flowed above ground here and served craftsmen and mills.


    Fraunhoferstraße 46
    80469 Munich
    Tel. +49-89/201 52 97
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    A day spent strolling in the Glockenbach district will bring you at least once to the kiosk on Reichenbachbrücke bridge. Clearly, the term “kiosk” – in Munich aka “Standl” – is an understatement here, as this kiosk resembles a well-crammed hunting lodge commanding the strategically best position: on one side, there’s a path down to the beach beside the Isar River, on the other to the picnic area in front of Gärtnerplatz Theater. But that’s not what made the kiosk so famous: What did was, for one thing, that you won’t find late-night shops on every corner here like you do in Berlin, and for another, there’s a strictly enforced closing time here. Only the Reichenbachkiosk stays open practically round the clock, as well as stocking an unbeatable range of articles – not least among them, 330 types of beer from all over the globe.


    Müllerstraße 47
    80469 Munich
    Tel. +49-89/266 446

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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu 2000–0300
    Fri-Sat open end
    Sun 1500–0300

    The neighborhood’s main thoroughfare, Müllerstraße, has preserved its Sixties party atmosphere. That’s when it became not only a rock’n’roll and twist stronghold, but also the center of the gay scene. The Ochsengarten, Germany’s first leather bar, opened here in 1967. Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a regular here. Women are still considered undesirables behind the Ochsengarten’s blacked-out windows today. Müllerstraße also has some fetish stores, antique shops and a changing scene of hipster hangouts.

    Bazi’s Schlemmerkucherl

    Müllerstraße 43
    80469 Munich
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu 1000–2400
    Fri 1000–0500
    Sat 1600–0500

    That the traditional and exotic faces of Munich go well together in the Glockenbach district becomes very clear at Bazi’s Schlemmerkucherl. The owners are an Iranian and a Turk, and they serve roast pork with dumplings in Asian takeout boxes as well as “meat plants,” as people hereabouts call meatballs (Fleischpflanzerl) and other typically Bavarian specialties “to go.” On weekends, you can grab yourself a Bazi-Box even in the early morning hours.


    Blumenstraße 7
    80331 Munich
    Tel. +49-89/26 88 38
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    The soul of the neighborhood can be found almost any time of day at the Glockenbachwerkstatt. It’s actually “only” a community center, but when the locals are as sociable as they are here, a community center soon becomes an alternative nightlife location. Something between a café, a bar and an artists’ studio, it hosts concerts, film evenings, open-mike nights, clothes-swapping parties and DJ nights. The almost village-like sense of community among the old Glockenbach residents is probably the reason why the gentrification in progress between Gärtnerplatz and the Isar is thankfully not proceeding as speedily as feared.

    The Flushing Meadows

    Fraunhoferstraße 32
    80496 Munich
    Tel. +49-89/552 791 70
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    Double rooms start at 150 euros

    The Glockenbach district is, of course, no longer merely an urban village. If your tastes tend in the cosmopolitan direction, simply head for the rooftop bar on level four of the Flushing Meadows – or just book your own roof terrace. That this design hotel is eager to please both local patriots and an international clientele is expressed in the name, which refers to the Isar floodplains. Some big names on the local scene, including DJ Hell, barman Charles Schumann and actor Birgit Minichmayr, lent a hand in designing the interiors of the studio lofts here. If you only want to take a look, you will find the neighborhood’s real hipsters in the bar on the roof. At night, you can sit there, glass in hand, and picture the Alpine panorama as you sip a drink with a name that smacks of sentimental old Heimatfilm, a Wanderlust Sour maybe, or a Herzogstand (named for the mountain). Inside, there’s a fireplace to warm your feet by when it’s cold outside. The complete opposite awaits you at the Super Danke! on the ground floor: cold-pressed organic juices and cleansing smoothies – pre-yoga class refreshment.

    Holy Home

    Reichenbachstr. 21
    80469 Munich
    Tel. +49-89/201 45 46
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    Opening times:
    Sun-Wed 1800–0100
    Thu-Sat 1800–0300

    The name almost says it all. The Holy Home is the Glockenbachlers’ second home and has since 1996 been steadfastly resisting all transformations in a fast-changing neighborhood. Its location right on Gärtnerplatz is perfect, of course, for pulling in night owls who are beginning to feel the chill outside. The place is usually so crowded that guests often only notice that there’s a kind of huge letter case for bottles and plastic knick-knacks on the wall behind the bar when they reach their third round.


    Holzstraße 28
    80469 Munich
    Tel. +49-89/1892 3101
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    It’s hard not to dance at the Milla thanks to this bijou club’s architecture. At the same time, the long, narrow basement creates the impression that here there can be no straightforward mainstream, it’s uphill, downhill here. The room is at its highest over the dance floor, then there’s a steep rise up to the bar, where the ceiling is almost close enough to touch. Musically, electro doesn’t feature too much as the owners are not big house or techno fans. Instead, they place the emphasis on real instruments, which is hardly surprising, since Peter Brugger, the singer with Sportfreunde Stiller, is one of the owners.


    Müllerstraße 56
    80469 Munich
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    Opening times:
    daily 2200–0600

    One club that keeps on keeping on even though it hardly caters to the tastes of the typical Glockenbach crowd is the Pimpernel. The reason? Probably the very retro charm that sets it apart. Its somewhat plushy atmosphere, with velvet boxes, Parisian streets scenes painted on the walls and soft porn brings all those together beneath the disco lights who by 3 a.m. didn’t have enough fun in other clubs. That the Pimpernel is also regarded as a “last resort” for heterosexual clubbers, is one of the reasons why Munich’s gays complain that their district is becoming straight. When Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury lived in one of the Wilhelminian buildings on Hans-Sachs-Straße during his time in Munich, the Pimpernel was one of his regular haunts.


    Fraunhoferstraße 17
    80469 Munich
    Tel. +49-89/23 25 98 58
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Thu 1200–1500, 1800–0200
    Fri 1200–1500, 1800–0400
    Sat 1200–0400
    Sun 1700–2200

    The last stop in a typical night in Glockenbach is the Bergwolf. With a brashness almost worthy of Berlin, this cult restaurant occupies a shabby passage leading down to Fraunhoferstraße subway station. That the curry sausage here is the best in the city is beyond dispute, nor that it has any competition worth mentioning in the weißwurst (veal sausage) capital, nor will you find anywhere else at 3 in the morning that will help banish the misery of an empty stomach so satisfactorily.

    Aroma Kaffeebar

    Pestalozzistraße 24
    80469 Munich
    Tel. +49-89/26 94 92 49
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0700–2200
    Sat 0900–2200
    Sun-Fri 0900–2000

    A good place to get rid of a morning-after headache or the greasy taste of last night’s fries is at the Aroma Kaffeebar, the name of which rightly suggests the full works: hearty breakfast, soups and cake. The place also has its own little shop selling pretty things. Stalwarts can be seen outside on the sidewalk terrace in almost every season, engaged in people-watching or simply striking up a conversation with each other. And they say that is something that’s normally harder to do in Munich than in any other German city…

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    Climate and best time to visit Munich

    Munich buzzes most during Oktoberfest, the annual beer festival held at the end of September. Huge crowds flock to the city to drink beer, eat sausages and sing heartily, starting as early as 8am. The more manageable Starkbierzeit spring beer festival is a good bet if you want to have a few jars without the heaving crowds, with hotel rooms easier to come by. Temperatures plummet in the depths of winter, while high summer can become unbearably hot and sticky. Thankfully, the vast Englischergarten and Bad Georgenschwaige provide the perfect way to cool off when things become a tad too sultry.

    Climate & best time to visit Germany

    As with most European countries, Germany is a year-round destination but not especially dependable weather-wise. In general terms though, it’s temperate throughout the country with warm summers and cold winters – prolonged periods of frost or snow are rare. Rain falls throughout the year, with much of Germany experiencing its maximum rainfall over the summer months. So unpredictability is a major factor. The average daytime temperature in January is 3°C (38°F) and in July, 22°C (72°F). Extremes commonly reach -10°C (5°F) in winter and 35°C (95°F) in the summer months.

    While Munich might be considerably further south than Berlin, the fact that the Bavarian capital is at a much higher altitude means the two cities have broadly comparable summers. The highest annual temperatures tend to be in the southwest, where there’s almost a Mediterranean feel to the landscape at times. Unsurprisingly, this is where much of Germany’s wine is grown.

    May through to September are the most popular months in terms of tourist numbers, and they certainly hold the most appeal for visitors aiming to spend much of their time outdoors. However, the spring and fall shoulder seasons also hold real attractions for those who want the promise of decent weather without the tourist levels. The winter holidays are also a big draw in their way, due in no small part to their attendant Christmas markets. Peak season for ski areas is from December through to the end of March.

    Away from the mountains, January through to April will appeal to those who enjoy the benefits of uncrowded attractions, although be aware that cities like Berlin rarely witness “slow” periods at any time of year. Prices tend to be slightly higher over the summer months. One other thing to bear in mind is that hotel rates can increase when big trade shows are in town (potentially a problem in Frankfurt, for example).


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Country code:+49

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.


    Shopping in Munich

    Key Areas

    Munich’s city centre buzzes with small shopping streets. The alleyways and main roads off of Marienplatz play home to major global stores and chains. Schwabing is worth heading to if you’re after cool clobber and smart accessories but money is tight. Glockenbachviertel is also an excellent bet for off-kilter boutiques.


    Markets are everywhere in Munich. Viktualienmarkt is the place to head to fill up on farmers’ market goodies and tasty lunchtime snacks, as is Schwabing’s Elisabethmarkt. The Saturday Riem flea market is worth trawling, even if you’re not buying. Cool bric-a-brac and great souvenirs can be found on most stalls.

    Shopping Centres

    Funf Hofe is the must-see mall in Munich. It’s a modern masterpiece, home to some of the city’s finest high-end clothes stores, as well as places selling beautiful furniture, art and books. Raritäten & Sammlungsobjekte is a trendy alternative.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Handshaking is customary in Germany, and it is considered rude to address people by their first name unless invited to do so. Normal courtesies should be observed. Before eating, it is normal to say “guten Appetit” to the other people at the table to which the correct reply is “danke, gleichfalls” (“Thank you, the same to you”). If you’ve been invited to eat at a German house, it is customary to present the hostess with unwrapped flowers (according to tradition, you should always give an uneven number, and it is worth noting that red roses are exclusively a lover’s gift).

    In shops and other businesses, courtesy dictates that visitors should utter a greeting, such as “guten Tag” (or “grüß Gott” in Bavaria) before saying what it is that they want; to leave without saying “auf Wiedersehen” or “tschüss” can also cause offence.

    Similarly, when making a telephone call, asking for the person you want to speak to without stating first who you are is impolite. Casual wear is widely acceptable, but more formal dress is required for some restaurants, the opera, theater, casinos and important social functions. Smoking is prohibited where notified, on public transportation and in most public buildings.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    There’s nothing to mark out German products as particularly risky to general health (although it has a partly founded reputation for being high in fat). Tap water is safe to drink.

    Other Risks

    Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forested areas of southern Germany; vaccination is advisable. Rabies is present; look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    During the summer months, sunburn can be a problem. The southwest generally has the highest temperatures. The usual precautions apply: Use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn over a long distance. Ideally, footwear should be worn in before the trip.

    As a counterpoint to the balminess of the summer, German winters can be fairly severe. This is generally truer the further east you travel. If you’re arriving during the coldest months of the year, make sure you have adequate clothing. At any time of year, in fact, temperatures can be unpredictable – even in July and August it makes sense to have a sweater (and maybe an umbrella, too) to hand.

    Other health problems that inexperienced travelers might reasonably encounter are the various knock-on effects of consuming too much alcohol. The risk, unsurprisingly, is particularly prevalent among those attending Munich’s Oktoberfest. Be aware that some beers have ABV levels of as much as 6 or 7% and should therefore be treated with respect.

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    Visa & Immigration

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