Munich Holidays & City Breaks 2019
Munich is a popular city in Germany that is home to old buildings and an abundance of museums. In contrast, the city has a lively side to it which comes out every October for its annual Oktoberfest celebrations. As a result, beer halls are easy to come across in the city, including the world-renowned Hofbrauhaus which was founded in 1589. Overall, it's clear to see that Munich is the city where traditional paths cross over into modern German society. This quirky destination is a wonderful choice for a city break thanks to its cutting edge contemporary outlook on technology and art, as well as its laid-back nightlife which is unique to Munich.
Things to do in Munich
Munich is the German city where the old meets the new. Visit museums and various landmarks to gain a true essence of this fantastic city. There are a number of Gothic influenced buildings, boasting stunning exteriors and picturesque interiors. On the other hand, technology is also put on a pedestal in Munich with even more museums showcasing it.
- Nymphenburg Palace – This regal palace is stunning on the inside and outside. Covering a 200-hectare area this palace includes late baroque décor and is surrounded by lovely baroque gardens.
- Marienplatz – This square is the heartbeat of Munich, with its vast transport hub in place, the stunning St. Peter’s church, town halls and the toy museum.
- Englischer Garten – A massive park which includes its very own beer garden located lakeside.
- BMW Museum – For those who love automobiles, the BMW Museum is a must, featuring designs, engines, old and new cars, and bikes.
- St. Peter’s Church – This is the city’s oldest church which houses the stunning relic of St. Mundita.
Places to eat
Munich’s Old Town has some wonderful places to grab a bite to eat and a famous German beer to drink. Whether you’re looking for lovely little cafes or Michelin star restaurants, you’ll find a huge selection in Munich. There is a wonderful range of traditional German dishes as well as international cuisine, so you’ll be sure to find something you fancy. Head over to Hofbrauhaus which is the oldest and most well-known beer hall in Munich. On your visit, order a plate full of typical German food along with a beer.
Top places to eat in Munich include:
- Café Luitpold
- Weisses Brauhaus
Munich is a popular hotspot for architecture and of course culture. Mixing the old with the new, there are a number of museums located in the city which highlight its cultural happenings. Art galleries and theatres alike can be found in the city. Beer and beer halls also play a huge part within Munich’s culture, hosting many cultural festivals throughout the year.
- Deutsches Museum – One of the oldest and largest museums in the world, this museum hosts objects and exhibitions related to science and technology.
- The Bavarian State Opera – Enjoy performances staged here at one of the internationally known opera houses.
- Hofbrauhaus am Platzl – This three-floor beer hall is world famous, built in the 16th century it hosts a Bavarian restaurant and has a lively atmosphere.
When to go
Munich weekend breaks are fantastic all year round, if you don’t mind the weather conditions of course. If sightseeing is on your agenda, the months of March through to May and even the summer time are perfect for exploring this German city. Temperatures will be pleasant and mild, with things heating up slightly in the summer. However, Oktoberfest is the main attraction in Munich and in order to enjoy this fun festival, you’ll have to head to Munich during late September and early October.
Average high and low temperatures (°C):
- January: 2° / -4°
- February: 3° / -5°
- March: 9° / 0°
- April: 12° / 2°
- May: 17° / 7°
- June: 20° / 10°
- July: 23° / 12°
- August: 23° / 12°
- September: 19° / 9°
- October: 14° / 5°
- November: 7° / 0°
- December: 3° / -2°
The Bavarian capital has a nightlife that anyone can enjoy. With a variety of music and venues to match, this energetic city will offer you a night you won’t forget. Bars and clubs can be found all around Munich, but perhaps the main attraction is Oktoberfest which is held in the city annually between September and October.
Top nightlife hotspots are:
- Schwabing – This area is situated at the University campus and is a lively spot that attracts many young people.
- Glockenbackviertel – Many alternative venues can be found in this area that is becoming increasingly popular.
- Kultfabrik – Quite an industrial area, there are many disco-pubs located here.
- Ostbahnhof – There is a wide range of nightlife venues in Ostbahnhof, from restaurants to pubs and clubs.
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival held each year in Munich at the end of September through to early October. This annual folk festival attracts over six million people every year from all around the world. Oktoberfest has become a significant part of Bavarian culture and has been a celebration since 1810. The Oktoberfest celebrations only include beer that meet a certain criteria, and you can expect large quantities of it to be served!