This page will capture any feedback or information that friends wish to share. It’s likely going to be a bit of a mash up… we will see.
For instance, a friend’s friend recently mentioned the following tips on Facebook:
Einbahnstrasse is not a street name but a one way street.
Aushfarht is an exit.
“Wo it die toilette” is where is the bathroom.
https://www.triposo.com/ – great apps that don’t use data and have huge translator dictionaries and city guides.
I have not used the following, but they’ve been recommended to me and some day I’ll check them out.
This is our map that we created of all of the Christmas Markets – might be helpful for guests next holiday season.
Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg. It is undeniably a city of revelers. Yet there’s much more to Munich than Oktoberfest and the city’s reputation as the beer-brewing capital of the world.
Munich is Germany’s high-tech hub (Silicon Bavaria), one of its film and publishing centers, the historical residence of Bavarian royalty, the headquarters of such corporations as BMW, and the city in which most German professionals routinely say they would like to live. It boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in Germany.
Munich throbs with haute-couture shopping, grand churches, opulent palaces, vigorous music and art scenes, and an abundance of gourmet restaurants, beer gardens and popular nightspots. If Oktoberfest season is too hectic for you, try Munich in summer. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a cold wheat beer in the cool greenery of the Englischer Garten. Whether you go to Munich for business or pleasure, you’re bound to be exposed to a pleasant mix of the two.
Sights—Street performers and the moving figures of the glockenspiel at Marienplatz; the opulent Residenz and Schloss Nymphenburg; the Frauenkirche and other churches in the Old Town.
Museums—Old master paintings at the Alte Pinakothek; the Goyas, Van Goghs and other impressionist works at the Neue Pinakothek; 20th-century art and design at the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Museum Brandhorst; blockbuster exhibits at the Haus der Kunst; Greek and Roman sculptures in the Glyptothek; the wonders of technology at the Deutsches Museum.
Memorable Meals—Divine set menus (with fiendish prices) at Michelin-starred Tantris; down-home schweinsbraten, blaukraut and knodel at Beim Sedlmayr; terrific steaks served by The Grill in the Kunstlerhaus; international cuisine and a fabulous view from atop the Olympic Tower at Restaurant 181; tasteful ambience at The Martini Club; a lazy Sunday brunch at the Vorstadt Cafe.
Late Night—Live jazz at Jazzclub Unterfahrt and Nightclub Bayerischer Hof; beautiful people and chic surroundings at P1; long party nights in the Milchundbar; early-morning pastries and cappuccino at Espresso Valle Uno.
Walks and Recreation—Strolling along Schwabing’s Leopoldstrasse or in the gardens of Nymphenburg Palace; bicycling, jogging or walking through the Englischer Garten; enjoying the unique silence at the Botanischer Garten; window-shopping in the Old Town pedestrian zone or on gilt-edged Maximilianstrasse; ice-skating at the outdoor track in Ostpark and, at Christmastime, at the outdoor rink at Stachus.
Especially for Kids—Tierpark Hellabrunn; the Bavaria Filmstadt tour; the Deutsches Museum’s interactive exhibits; the puppet shows at the Munchner Stadtmuseum; the Circus Krone; winter outdoor swimming in the heated lazy river at the Nordbad.
Munich lies 50 mi/80 km north of the Alps. The Isar River flows through the eastern part of the city, near the zoo (Tierpark Hellabrunn) and the Bavaria Film Studios, around the island housing the Deutsches Museum, past the parliament building (Maximilianeum) and finally through the lush greenery of Englischer Garten, the city’s main public park.
Four massive city gates provide the general boundaries of Munich’s innenstadt, or inner city. Two of the gates, Sendlinger Tor to the southwest and Isartor to the east, were once part of the medieval town wall. Karlstor, which today marks the west entrance to the Old Town, was part of Munich’s second ring of medieval fortifications. (The Hauptbahnhof—the main train station—is a few blocks west of Karlstor.) A bit farther to the north of the Old Town is the 19th-century Siegestor (Victory Gate). At the heart of the innenstadt is Munich’s central square, Marienplatz, site of the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) and the ever-popular glockenspiel in its tower. Many of Munich’s landmarks—Frauenkirche, the twin-onion-domed medieval cathedral; the Residenz, former royal palace of the Wittelsbachs; the world-renowned Hofbrauhaus beer hall; and the city’s popular open-air food market, the Viktualienmarkt—are within walking distance.
A lively pedestrian area runs from Marienplatz westward toward Karlsplatz (also called Stachus). Odeonsplatz, a short walk north of Marienplatz, marks the beginning of the boulevard Ludwigstrasse, which turns into Leopoldstrasse north of the Siegestor. This is also the beginning of Schwabing, an artsy student quarter. Two other popular districts, Haidhausen and Bogenhausen, lie on the east bank of the Isar. The Gartnerplatz and Glockenbachviertel, south of Viktualienmarkt, have also developed into a trendy area of Munich.
Marienplatz is the heart of the city and the best place to start your tour. If you time your visit well, you’ll be able to view a daily performance of the Neues Rathaus’ glockenspiel. From Marienplatz, it’s also a short walk to several landmarks, including four important churches (Frauenkirche, St. Michaelskirche, St. Peterskirche and Asamkirche). You should also take a stroll along the grandiose Maximilianstrasse, which begins north of Marienplatz and stretches east to the red-granite Maximilianeum, seat of the Bavarian Parliament. Along the route are a number of prominent museums and upscale boutiques. A pedestrian area from Marienplatz to Karlsplatz offers abundant shopping possibilities. You could easily spend two days exploring this central area.
Two royal palaces, the Residenz and Nymphenburg Palace, are also must-sees. In addition to their ornate interiors, each has its own garden or park. However, the city’s most appealing green space is the Englischer Garten—take a break from sightseeing and relax at one of the popular beer gardens there. If you’re up for more sightseeing, explore the nearby districts of Schwabing, Bogenhausen and Haidhausen or take the U-Bahn north to the Olympiapark.
Bavaria’s cultural heritage is well-preserved in several excellent museums. Old masters are on display at the Alte Pinakothek; impressionist and early-modern works are in the Neue Pinakothek; and expressionist, abstract and avant-garde works are displayed in the Lenbachhaus and Haus der Kunst. The Pinakothek der Moderne has been drawing large crowds to see its wide-ranging exhibits on modern and contemporary art and design. The Deutsches Museum, a large science and technology museum, is so fascinating that most visitors vow to spend more than one day there. Kids will enjoy the Munich Stadtmuseum’s puppet collection and the classic children’s shows at the Muenchener Theater fur Kinder.
The Munich City Tour Card (10.90 euros for a single day, 20.90 euros for three days) offers price reductions for many inner-city sights, museums, tours, excursions and some restaurants. A family card for up to five people is available for 17.90 euros for a single day, or 30.90 euros for three days. A map of participating sights comes with the card. The card can be purchased at S-Bahn and U-Bahn vending machines, at the MVG Kundencenter Marienplatz, at the tourist information center or online. Phone 030-4431-8850. http://www.citytourcard-muenchen.com.
For nightlife seekers, our advice is simple: If the weather is good, head for a beer garden; if the weather is bad, head for a beer hall. Munich has the best of both worlds, and the best part is that both beer gardens and beer halls usually serve delicious food in addition to the liter-size mugs of frothy beer. We think Hirschgarten is probably the most authentic example.
If you prefer your nighttime music with less oompah, try Jazzclub Unterfahrt with its live jazz acts; Muffathalle for jazz, hip-hop, gospel and pop; or Nightclub Bar Bayerischer Hof with its eclectic, sophisticated mix. Nightclubs start to get busy around 10 pm and stay open until 5 or 6 am. Bars close a few hours earlier.
Fashion is held in high esteem in Munich, as evidenced by its chic shops and fashionably dressed residents. Maximilianstrasse is Munich’s version of Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive—a boulevard of stylish, expensive boutiques with designer names. This zone of exclusivity extends into several nearby streets, including Residenzstrasse, Perusastrasse and Theatinerstrasse, where the shops are equally alluring.
The pedestrian zone between Marienplatz and Karlsplatz—along Kaufingerstrasse and Neuhauserstrasse—is the place to find department stores and moderately priced clothing, shoes and accessories. Trendy fashion and insider boutiques can be found in the Gartnerplatzviertel and Glockenbachviertel south of Viktualienmarkt. The Funf Hofe complex behind the Neues Rathaus is a series of five courtyards joined by passages. The glittering glass construction is home to exclusive fashion and shoe stores, fine restaurants, stylish cafes and the art exhibition hall, Kunsthalle der Hypo Kulturstiftung. It’s bordered by Theatinerstrasse, Maffeistrasse, Kardinal Faulhaber Strasse and Salvatorstrasse. Another good place to shop for clothing, shoes and novelty items is Hohenzollernstrasse, from Munchner Freiheit through Schwabing.
Munich also has many gourmet shops specializing in chocolates, pralines, wines, coffee and tea. Souvenirs less easily consumed before reaching home include beer steins, Christmas ornaments, porcelain and Bavarian clothing.
Shopping Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 am-8 pm are the official shopping hours. With the exception of tourist-related shops and convenience stores (which are located at gas stations and the Central and East railway stations), all stores are closed outside of these times. In central Munich, many stores do not open until 9:30 or 10 am, and some smaller shops close at 6 or 6:30 pm. Generally, smaller specialty or novelty shops keep shorter hours.
Munich, the city of seven world-renowned breweries, scores of beer halls and the world’s largest beer gardens, is equally blessed with a variety of restaurants. There’s something to please virtually every palate (and pocketbook), ranging from traditional Bavarian specialties to Italian, Balkan, Greek, Thai and classical French delicacies.
Gasthauser and gaststatten eateries serve rustic German and Bavarian foods. Bavarian dishes tend to be a bit heavy, but good local beers and Franconian wines act as delightful digestives. Braten (roasts), schweinshaxe (shanks of pork), sauerbraten (marinated beef served with a sour-flavored sauce) and weisswurst (spiced veal sausages) are popular meats, usually accompanied by sauerkraut. Kasespaetzle (egg pasta served with melted cheese and butter) and dumplings, known as knodel and made of either grated potato (kartoffel) or bread crumbs (semmel), are also common side dishes. Leberknodelsuppe is a clear broth served with a liver dumpling. Leberkas, a loaf of minced pork and veal, is similar to hot dogs in flavor. We also think you will love the more than 300 konditoreien (pastry shops), many of which make their own chocolates.
Smoking is prohibited in all restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and beer tents.
Breakfast is generally served 7-11 am, lunch 11 am-3 pm and dinner 7-11 pm.
We hope the city guide information is helpful to you and your family while you visit Munich.