Cheap Flights to Munich
- Area City : 310.43 km² (119.86 sq mi)
- Calling Code : +49 89
- Currency : Euro (€)
- Population City (2013) : 1,407,836
- Official Language : German
- Time Zone : CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
- Airport s : Munich International Airport
Visitors flying to Munich have a good choice of excellent airlines to choose from. After searching for the best airfares with flight bookings websites such as ours you will be rest assured of savings both in money and time.
Airlines touching down at Munich International Airport include:
- South African Airways
- British Airways
- Air France
- Air Europa
- Air Malta
Reasons to Visit Munich
- Munich, the largest city in the state of Bavaria became its capital in 1506. Its an amazing picturesque city that has the River Isar flowing through and dividing it. Dripping in history Munich has numerous historical buildings that include landmarks, churches, castles, palaces, splendid royal avenues and gates that are all dramatic in their impressive architecture that includes gothic, baroque, rococo, neoclassical, Italian renaissance and art nouveau.
- Munich has a superb public transport system and travellers landing at its airport with cheap flights to Munich have the convenience of taking the S-Bhan trains, departing every 20 minutes for a pleasurable 45-minute journey into the city. There are hundreds of hotels, both inexpensive and luxurious with many located close to top attractions as well as comfortable B&B’s, apartments, hostels and backpacker facilities.
- The city offers visitors a choice of marvelous activities with striking gardens and parks, tranquil picnic spots, boating, swimming and sunbathing along the river and a plethora of museums, art galleries and theatres for wonderful shows of music, dance, comedy and opera plus four top cinemas that screen films in English. In addition there are superb eateries, pubs and beer halls, nightclubs, salsa, jazz and dance clubs where visitors, locals and friends are guaranteed a fabulous time.
Places to Visit Munich
- Marienplatz, a bustling central square in the heart of Munich is home to the Mariensäule, (Marian Column) with its golden statue of the Virgin Mary and the Old and New Town Hall of Munich. In the tower of the New Town Hall is the Glockenspiel, over 100 years old that provides visitors much pleasure from its suite of musical bells at 11h00 or midday including an historical re-enactment of Bavarian events with 32 life-size figures.
- Near to Marienplatz is the Peterskirche, the oldest church in the city, first constructed during the Romanesque era that was the heart of early monastic settlements prior to Munich’s official base in 1158.
- A prominent landmark of the city is the Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady that accommodates up to 20,000 people. Climb the stairs of its twin towers for spectacular views of the city and the awesome Bavarian Alps. In close proximity to Marienplatz is the popular and vibrant Viktualienmarkt with over 100 booths that sell flowers, fresh produce, regional food, spices cheeses honey and pastries.
- North-west of Munich is the Dachau Concentration Camp, one of the first in Nazi Germany that served as a model for all ensuing camps of the Third Reich. Visitors walk the path of prisoners, viewing original barracks, prisoner baths, the crematorium including numerous memorials and an extensive exhibition.
- Bordering Munich’s Old Town is the magnificent Residence Palace of Munich, former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs that today is home to one of the finest European museums of interior embellishment. The initial buildings of The Residence, constructed in 1385 comprise gorgeous historical gardens and ten courtyards while the museum itself showcases 130 rooms with porcelain, art, antique furniture and tapestries that span periods of the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and the neoclassical.
- North-west of the city is the baroque Nymphenburg Palace built from 1664 and encircled by an arresting park that’s deemed one of Europe’s most beautiful royal residences.
- South-west of Munich is Schloss Fürstenried, similar in structure to Nymphenburg, just much smaller that was erected between 1715 and 1717.
- Located in the suburb of Oberschleissheim is Schleissheim Palace, the second largest baroque residence with three separate palaces that comprise Altes Schloss Schleissheim, Neues Schloss Schleissheim and Schloss Lustheim, once the hunting palace of Maximilian Emanuel. Most areas of the palace now function as art galleries and museums. Additional palaces are Schloss Dachau, Linderhof Palace, the gothic Burg Grünwald and the Schloss Blutenburg, the latter two being castles.
- Created by Sir Benjamin Thompson in 1789 is the beautiful English Garden. Its one of Europe’’s largest public parks comprising 910 hectare with its name stemming from the informal landscape that was popular in Britain from the mid-18th to early 19th Besides its natural beauty, the garden has loads of attractions comprising historical structures including artificial streams of which one is well known for surfing. The wooden 25m high Chinese Tower, built between 1789 and 1790 was burnt down due to heavy bombing on 13th July 1944 but was rebuilt to detail from photographs and old drawings and completed in 1952. The Monopteros, a round 16m high Greek type temple was completed in 1836, replacing the original Apollo temple that fell into disrepair. At the south end of the garden on a small island is the Japanese Teahouse and Garden, built in celebration of the 1972 Summer Olympics. Lying between the Japanese Tea Garden and the Monopteros is Schönfeld Meadow that permits nude sun tanning.
- West of the city is Hirschgarten, built during the 19th century as a royal deer park, it affords visitors a lush area of 67 acres for picnics and walking and also has one of the world’s biggest beer gardens, capable of serving 8,000 customers.
- Just west of the English Garden is a group of three fabulous museums, each emphasising different periods of European art. The Alte Pinakothek is one of the oldest galleries globally and home to more than 800 European masterpieces that cover the Middle Ages to the end of Rococo. The gallery also showcases the largest Rubens collection. The Neue Pinakothek displays late 18th to early 20th century art and sculpture comprising a marvellous collection of French impressionists and paintings from Caspar David Friedrich. The Pinakothek der Moderne is Germanys largest museum of modern art and highlights 20th century art that includes videos and photography.
- Located on one of the River Isar islands is the German Museum, one of the oldest and largest in the world that covers science and technology and features a notable compilation of historic artefacts, the first automobile and electric dynamo as well as astronomy, mining, photography, printing and transportation exhibitions.
- The Munich National Museum that opened in 1818, is a beautiful building of neoclassicism architecture and home of the Bavarian State Opera and Ballet. Located in Max-Joseph-Platz it leaves patrons enthralled with superb performances of opera and ballet.
- English visitors in the mood for a movie can choose between the Cinema MÃ¼nchen located at Nymphenburger StraÃŸe 31 thats the most popular and largest English language cinema in the city or the very small Museum Lichtspiele comprising four theatres, each seating around 30 people, located at LilienstraÃŸe 2. The Neues Arena at Hans-Sachs-StraÃŸe 7, seats approximately 110 people and lastly the MathÃ¤ser Filmpalast located at Bayerstrasse 3-5 that has 14 screens showing Hollywood movies dubbed into German with two or three theatres screening movies in original versions.
- A must for beer lovers is the 16th century Hofbräuhaus Munchen with three floors, mouth-watering Bavarian food, one-litre steins of homebrewed beer, waitresses in customary Dirndls and oompah bands, its situated at Am Platzl 9.
- The Fraunhofer Wirtshaus is relaxed and informal and dates back to 1874. Attracting a wide range of all sorts, it serves up delicious Bavarian specialities like knuckle of pork, potato dumplings and offers super vegetarian options. Its located at 9.
- Tantris, one of Munichs most celebrated restaurants received two Michelin star awards and was voted within 50 of the best restaurants globally. An exotic twist is added to a scrumptious German cuisine by Chef Hans Haas. Located at Johann Fichtestr. 7, reservations are a must.
Getting Around Munich
The best way to explore many attractions is by walking, and in the Altstadt you have no option as it’s a car-free zone.
Munich has an excellent public transport network that comprises the subway (U-Bahn), light-rail (S-Bahn), trams (Strassenbahn) and buses allowing visitors to easily get around the city with the added advantage of one ticket being valid for all four modes of transport. Tickets can be purchased and validated in trams, buses or from vending machines (with English instructions) located in U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations and once validated can be used for up to two hours with as many transfers as needed, for travel in the same direction.
To save money visitors can purchase day tickets (Tageskarte) for inner city travel, a Partner (Tageskarte) ticket or a Partner 3-day ticket (3-Tageskarte) both valid for up to five people travelling together or a 3-day ticket (3-Tageskarte).
Taxis in Munich are abundant, but expensive. Cream in colour, they can be hailed down in the street provided their rooftop light is on or you can find one at ranks situated all over the city. Ordering a taxi by phone incurs an extra 1.20€ charge.
As Munich is a bike-friendly city, there are numerous outlets to rent a bike with some offering student discounts.
Motor Vehicle Hire:
Visitors can rent vehicles in Munich or at Munich Airport from Sixt, Europcar, AV Prestige Cars, Avis and many others.