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Born to British parents in Canada, Michael Hodgson had been schlepped back and forth across the pond since he was a toddler. In college, he took the big leap and spent a few months in Kenya – and never looked back. His biology major somehow led him into a writing career, focusing on the outdoors, hiking and gear testing. Building on his lifetime of travel with travel writing was a natural, although he still loves to seek out the wilder side of a mountain – or a city -- for a good story. Michael also is a partner in a consulting business (www.NewNormalConsulting.com) built on a passion to help specialty businesses and brands succeed both domestically and internationally.
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Yes, Munich is famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) for its annual beer festival and drunken Oktoberfest gathering. But if that is all you know about Munich, then you are missing out on a most beautiful city full of architectural and historical gems. There is something for everyone in and around Munich: Don’t miss the historic city center, Marienplatz city square, old and new City Halls, and Munich’s famous clock tower with its hourly “Glockenspiel” with charming dancing figures. There is the Englischer Garten (English Garden) – one of the largest urban parks in the world and ideal for wandering, walking, running, sitting, sipping and, yes, surfing (as in, on surfboards, on a faux wave). A walk, cycle or run along the Isar River is also a must. Whether you are visiting for one day, two days, a week or more, the best way to begin your quest to find what to do in Munich is right here. Our resource guide, and links, map, as well as numerous articles highlighting insider travel tips for you will ensure your visit to Munich is memorable.

What to do in Munich planning map

On the map, below, pins mark the exact location of the sites and places to see mentioned in our articles and travel tips on Munich, Germany. Zoom in or out on the map using the controls. Switch easily from map to satellite view. Click on each pin to pull up a tooltip with the name of the destination or location as well as any additional information, including links to stories and articles. This map is the perfect place to begin planning what to do in Munich for one, two, three or more days.

Sophie Scholl Memorial

Easily missed, the Sophie Scholl memorial looks like loose pieces of paper scattered on the ground in front of the university building. In actuality, they are attached permanently to the ground in front of the main entrance on the so-called “Geschwister Scholl Platz.”

Marienklaus Chapel

It’s easy when traveling through big European cities to follow the throngs to the large churches or cathedrals in town. Huge European cathedrals can be very impressive, of course. But the Marienklause Chapel, about 3-4 miles south of the city center of Munich, Germany, is certainly worth a close look.

Kleinhesselhoer See, Englischer Garten

Created at the behest of Prince Carl Theodor in 1789, the Englischer Garten in Munich, Germany, is one of the largest city parks in the world. And, we can attest, it provides for a magical and wondrous escape from the clamor and bustle of Munich’s busy urban streets.

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Getting to and from Munich

  • By Train – It is easy to get to Munich on either the fast train (InterCity-Express) or the other lines (InterCity, EuroCity, and InterRegio). For booking information, go to the Deutsche Bahn website here. Trains to all over Germany will depart or arrive primarily from the Munich Hauptbahnhof (Munich’s central train station).
  • By Plane – All flights will arrive and depart from Munich International Airport (MUC). Getting to and from the airport from almost anywhere in Munich is quite easy. S-Bahn lines 1 and 8 serve the Munich Airport train station. Many airlines will offer a “Ride + Fly” ticket for arrivals and departures in Munich. This allows you to travel to and from the airport using public transportation for no additional charge. Be sure to inquire when booking your flight. There is also a airport express bus operated by Lufthansa with departures and arrivals to and from the airport every 15 minutes, with two convenient stops (main train station and north Munich). This bus can be more convenient and much more comfortable than dealing with public transit (Our tip: Buy a less-expensive roundtrip immediately if you plan to use the bus service twice since tickets do not expire.)

Getting Around In Munich

The official Munich tourism website offers detailed information regarding transportation, including ticket, fare and tarif structure information. This is also the clearest way to understand Munich’s various tariff zones and rings. Believe us, even locals who have been living in Munich for years find it complicated at best so do not hesitate to ask an agent for help. Do not go ticketless; they do patrol and you will fined on-the-spot, no exceptions.

Managing Money

The Euro is the currency in Germany. Use the calculator from Oanda below to help you manage your money exchanges and know how much something selling in Euro would cost in dollars.

Currency Converter by OANDA

Munich CityTourCard

One price offers discounted admission to museums and attractions, and, depending one what level of ticket you purchase, includes on and off access to selected parts of the MVV public transportation network. Click here to read more information.

Language basics

Learning at least a few key phrases of the local language will be helpful and appreciated, even if many Germans (especially the younger generation) do speak English quite well. Be sure to read A German language cheat sheet for travelers and A traveler’s guide to dining and shopping in Germany before you go. Both have downloadable PDF’s you can take with you.

Looking for more Germany travel ideas?

In addition to our own Germany travel resource page as well as our What to do in Berlin travel page, you will enjoy reading this article from our friends at Experience Plus bike tours, 36 hours in Munich, Germany.

What to do in Munich — travel tips and articles

Kleinhesseloher See Englischer Garten watercolor

It was on a very warm summer afternoon in Munich’s Englischer Garten that I found an open bench, just across the Kleinhesseloher See from the bustling restaurant where I sat to create the Englischer Garten watercolor of colorful boats, umbrellas and the beer garden.

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Small historic Munich chapel worth a side trip

Bigger is not always better. Sometime small, like a historic Munich chapel, can be a travel must-see. It’s easy when traveling through big European cities to follow the throngs to the large churches or cathedrals in town. Huge European cathedrals can be very impressive, of course. But the Marienklause Chapel, about 3-4 miles south of the city center of Munich, Germany, is certainly worth a close look.

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Englischer Garten in Munich: a magical urban escape

Created at the behest of Prince Carl Theodor in 1789, the Englischer Garten in Munich, Germany, is one of the largest city parks in the world. And, we can attest, it provides for a magical and wondrous escape from the clamor and bustle of Munich’s busy urban streets.

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Postcard Munich: Sophie Scholl memorial

Easily missed, the Sophie Scholl memorial looks like loose pieces of paper scattered on the ground in front of the university building. In actuality, they are attached permanently to the ground in front of the main entrance on the so-called “Geschwister Scholl Platz.”

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