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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.”
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.
Munich Travel Weather
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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.
- U-Bahn, S-Bahn, Bus, Tram – (operated by MVV — mvv-muenchen.de) Use the company’s Journey Planner to find the best routes and prices combining all forms of public transportation, including the S-Bahn, between point A and B. Be sure to download the MVV app to use on your Android or iPhone. If you are going to be in Munich for more than a couple of days and using public transit, the so-called IsarCard, which is not listed under the “For Munich Visitors” section, is perhaps your least expensive option. Although the shortest one you can buy is a week, even if you are in town for four or five days, it usually pays for itself and may be a better deal than the Multi-Day passes for visitors (three days). So compare options based on your needs. There are a lot! Did we say to ask an agent for help? Please do it rather than pull out your hair in utter confusion.
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.
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.
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.
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.read more
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.read more
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.read more
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.”read more
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