Flights to Munich (MUC)

Flights to Munich will please theatre and art lovers, while the city’s stunning architecture and party scene entertain everyone else.
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What to do in Munich

Go wild at Tierpark Hellabrunn

This wildlife park, also known as Munich Zoo or Hellabrunn Zoo, is among the best family-friendly attractions in the city. When it opened, it was one of the first natural zoological parks in the world, and today it houses more than 5,000 animals. The highlights are the animal shows – children will love the sea lion performances.

Tierparkstr 30
81543
+49 89 625 080
hellabrunn.de/en/munich-zoo

Celebrate Oktoberfest

Tourists come from all over the world to take part in this celebration of Bavarian culture. Festivities last around two weeks and take place across a large showground called Theresienwiese. When planning your trip, note that the celebrations actually take place in September, not October, to take advantage of the warmer weather.

Theresienwiese
80339
+49 89 2339 6500
oktoberfest.de/en

Soak up some park life

New York has Central Park, London has Hyde Park – Munich has the Englischer Garten (English Garden). When the sun comes out, the entire city seems to converge on this green spot for walking, jogging or soaking up some rays. Olympiapark is also a popular choice.

English Garden
Schwabing-Freimann
+49 89 3866 6390
muenchen.de/int/en/sights/parks/english-garden.html

Surf on Eisbach River

When you picture surfing capitals of the world, Munich probably doesn’t spring to mind. However, the Bavarian city is the birthplace of the unusual sport of river surfing. Head to Eisbach, a small manmade river in the English Garden, to see the wetsuit-clad adrenaline junkies do their thing.

Eisbach Wave
Prinzregentenstraße
80538
+49 89 2339 6500
muenchen.de/rathaus/home_en/Tourist-Office/Themes/JM/Eisbach_Sufer

Take a walking tour

One of the best ways to explore an unfamiliar city is by foot. InMunich runs free walking tours that last three hours and cover all the highlights, including the Royal Palace, Peterkirche, Frauenkirche and Hofbrauhaus. It’s a great way to learn more about Munich’s history.

Marienplatz
Main Central Square
80331
+49 176 8469 1346
inmunichtours.com

Admire art at The Alte Pinakothek

Home to Munich’s best collection of artwork, this beautiful 19th century building houses works by Raphael, Da Vinci, Titian, Rubens and Rembrandt, to name a few. On Sundays entry costs just one euro, making it the perfect attraction for travellers on a budget. There’s a pleasant cafe for a spot of lunch once you're done browsing.

Barer Straße 27
80333
+49 89 2380 5216
pinakothek.de/en/home

Where to eat in Munich

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Spatenhaus an der Oper (Local)

For hearty Bavarian food in a great location, look no further. Spatenhaus serves up all the favourites, from knödel (potato dumplings) to various roasted meats. On sunny days, sit out on the terrace that looks on to Max-Joseph Square. The Munich National Theatre is just a stone’s throw away.

Spatenhaus an der Oper
Residenzstraße 12
80333
+49 89 290 7060
kuffler.de/en/spatenhaus.php

Tantris (Asian fusion)

This stylish two Michelin-starred restaurant is one of Munich’s most famous eateries. It serves up Asian fusion cuisine, a theme that’s continued with the bright reds, oriental sculptures and bamboo of the decor. Yves Saint Laurent is among the famous people to have passed through these doors. Be sure to book ahead.

Johann-Fichte-Straße 7
80805
+49 89 361 9590
tantris.de

Taverna Naxos (Greek)

This popular Greek restaurant in Munich has everything you could want: tasty, authentic cuisine, friendly staff and a warm, festive atmosphere. The portions are generous – think big plates of roasted vegetables, baked feta cheese and crisp salads – but the prices won’t make much of a dent in your budget.

Verdistraße 33
81247
+49 89 8579 3920
naxos-muenchen.de

Viktualienmarkt (Food market)

Also known as Victuals Market, this Munich institution is the perfect place to sample local food. Check out the stall from Schlemmermeyer, a popular chain that serves tasty cooked and smoked produce, or Schmalznudel for a tooth-achingly sweet Bavarian doughnut.

Viktualienmarkt 3
80331
+49 89 8906 8205
muenchen.de/int/en/sights/attractions/viktualienmarkt.html

Limoni Ristorante (Italian)

Munich’s close proximity to Italy means you can find plenty of restaurants serving its neighbour's cuisine, and one of the best Italian restaurants in the city is Limoni. The stylish but cosy atmosphere is perfect for a romantic evening, and the bright patio is the place to be during the summer months.

Amalienstraße 38
80799
+49 89 2880 6029
limoni-ristorante.com

Restaurant 181 (International)

For dinner with a view of Munich, head to this Michelin-starred restaurant in Olympic Tower. Located 600 feet above the city streets, the floor-to-ceiling windows provide panoramic views. It’s one of the pricier, more exclusive restaurants in Munich, but well worth the splurge.

Spiridon-Louis-Ring 7
80809
+49 89 350948181
drehrestaurant.de/181/en

Places to stay in Munich

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Euro Youth Hostel Munich

The Euro Youth Hostel is for travellers who want budget accommodation near the train station that’s also close to all the action of the Hofbrauhaus, Alto Pinakothek art gallery and Oktoberfest festivities. The rooms are clean and bright, and the multilingual staff are always happy to offer you advice on the best that the city has to offer.

Senefelderstraße 5
80336
+49 89 599 0880
euro-youth-hotel.de

Hotel Anna

A sleek and sophisticated boutique hotel in Munich, Hotel Anna is just a short walk from the central train station. It’s also close to the Karlstor, Munich’s historical district. Many of the rooms boast private balconies and if you feel like splashing out, opt for the sixth floor suite, which has floor-to-ceiling windows offering good views.

Schützenstraße 1
80335
+49 89 599 940
annahotel.de

Hotel Laimer Hof

If you’re travelling on a budget and looking for somewhere cheaper to stay, it’s worth looking outside the city centre. Hotel Laimer Hof is a charming 19th century bed and breakfast with bright, airy rooms. The enviable location in the heart of Nymphenburg is perfect for exploring nearby Nymphenburg Castle and its surrounding parks and gardens.

Laimer Straße 40
80639
+49 89 178 0380
laimerhof.de

Hotel Torbräu

This mid-range hotel in Munich has been open in one form or another – it used to be an inn once – for nearly five centuries. Today it's something of a Munich institution and caters well to families with young children – cribs, high chairs and babysitting services are all available. In the mornings, you can tuck into a tasty breakfast with balcony views of the city.

Tal 41
80331
+49 89 242 340
torbraeu.de

Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski

If time is of the essence and you need to be close to the airport, then your best bet is the Kempinski. This five-star establishment is directly linked to the airport, but it nevertheless remains peaceful and calm. Be sure to book in a jetlag-soothing treatment at the spa.

Maximilianstraße 17
80539
+49 89 21250
kempinski.com/en/munich/hotel-vier-jahreszeiten/welcome

Mandarin Oriental

This luxury hotel provides just what you’d expect from the Mandarin Oriental name: lavish, well-appointed rooms and impeccable service. Located near the ever-fashionable Maximilianstraße Boulevard, this is a stylish choice if you want to explore the city.

Neuturmstraße 1
80331
+49 89 290 980
mandarinoriental.com/munich
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Articles from Open Skies

Underground Art, MunichThanks to an ambitious public art project, The Munich U-Bahn is about much more than getting from A to B. In the mid 1980s, the Munich government made the decision to begin using public spaces for artistic expression. Rolf Schirmer, from the subway planning council, felt that the stations should “radiate a positive mood” and that “the use of artistic elements should help make a passenger’s wait more pleasant, something that cannot generally be said of subterranean spaces”