Munich Tourism

Munich is the capital of Bavaria, Germany’s most popular tourist destination. Once the hosts of the Olympic Games, Munich also welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors to its famous beer festival, the Oktoberfest, every year. An affluent, sophisticated city with a wealth of museums, historic monuments, art collections and great shopping opportunities.

Munich is well connected to all of Germany’s major cities, by road, air and by an extensive rail network. Munich airport serves millions of passengers every year to fly to domestic and international destinations in Europe and the rest of the world. Bavarians are quite different from the rest of Germany’s inhabitants. Famous for their boisterous dancing in leather shorts and their drinking songs, Bavarians love to celebrate life and the art of brewing beer. The city is also home to some of the beautiful edifices from the past that have survived the ravages of World wars that twice shook the city. From Gothic to Neo classical, from contemporary to postmodern, this city will exhibit architecture in all its forms as well as movement.

Munich can be a bit of a tourist trap and very expensive. Avoid the expensive restaurants and cafes around Marienplatz and head for Irish pubs, catering for English speaking visitors, or for student hang-outs, which serve excellent value for money meals and a refreshing glass of lager for far less than the Hofbrauhaus or the Ratskeller. Each one of you should visit Munich at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Munich.

Essential travel information and Munich tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: Munich Time Zone, UTC/GMT + 02:00hours. Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes do not necessarily occur on the same date every year.
  • Currency: Currency used in Munich is Euro.
  • Electricity: Voltage: 220-240 Volts. Primary Socket Type: Europlug, Schuko. Electrical sockets (outlets) in Germany (Deutschland) are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" Europlug and the "Type E" and "Type F" Schuko. 
  • Internet: 3G and 4G connections are available in almost all the hotels in the city.
  • Languages: Language spoken in Munich is German.
  • Security: Police 110, Fire Brigade 112, Emergency Medical Services 112.
  • Tipping: Tipping is generally not expected in Munich.
  • When in Rome do as the Romans do, and when in Munich get an authentic Bavarian outfit. We have put together a complete guide to help you better understand the elements of a traditional outfit and where the best places to shop are.
  • Don't expect anyone outside of international hotels to speak English. Many people do, but a lot of restaurant staff, bierkeller staff and so on don't.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Munich

  • Know the pollution level of Munich before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25.45 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 16 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 37.38 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 15.89 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 14.76 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 17.4 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 17.92 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 15.14 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Munich for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Munich.

    • Burglary and Theft 16.05 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 12.65 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 10.74 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 14.7 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 9.75 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 14.54 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 19.36 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 20.19 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 90.65 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 77.05 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 22.01 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 13.19 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 22.85 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Munich is 180.94 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 82.36 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 75.98 (High)
    • Pollution Index 24.92 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33.14 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 69.84 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 78.17 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 16.44 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 99.42 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Munich

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13.09 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 36.26 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 89.56 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 83.17 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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