Munich's tourist rush is on for one and all between May and September, when the weather is at its finest. The shoulder seasons - April-May, September-October - are great times to visit, with fewer visitors and plenty of sunshine.
Munich is chock-full of great events and festivals all year round, so if it's not so much fun outside, there's bound to be some visit-worthy event happening inside.
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This luxurious hotel is centrally located to many popular Munich attractions including museums, beer gardens and restaurants.
Munich's airport is easy to navigate and - within Germany - second in importance only to Frankfurt for international and domestic flights. The main carrier is Lufthansa, but many other international airlines serve Munich.
There are rapid train connections to all major German cities, and frequent services to European cities like Vienna, Prague, Zürich, Rome and Paris.
Central Munich is compact enough to explore on foot. To get to the outlying suburbs make use of the public transport network, which is extensive and efficient. The system is zone-based and most places of interest are within the inner-city white zone. The underground will get you to most of the sights, with buses filling in the gaps. You can also cycle your way around the city.
Consult the German consulate for the most up-to-date entry requirements.
The Föhn is a weather-related annoyance peculiar to southern Germany. Static-charged wind from the south brings exquisite views clear to the Alps and an area of dense pressure that sits on the city. Visiting film-maker Ingmar Bergman wrote that the Föhn makes 'nice dogs bite, and cats spew lightning'. Müncheners claim that it simply makes them cranky.
Munich is riddled with bike paths, and Bavaria's speeding cyclists don't expect you to be walking on them. Tangling with a twowheeler is both embarrassing and potentially dangerous, so watch where you tread.
Practical information to assist you before and during your trip.
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