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Oktoberfest city with year-round appeal

Historic and forward-facing, capricious and captivating, Munich is where tech’ meets tradition. Opera and beer halls rub against the wizardry of BMW and digitally immersive virtual tours. Museums stuffed with regalia sit by glitzy glass-fronted nightclubs, but this isn’t just a city for indoors. Join its community of surfers on the Eisbach River, walk one of the world’s biggest city parks or cycle its impressive network of bike routes.

For a wallet-friendly experience, head to the student area, Maxvorstadt. Once the hangout of Munich’s writers and artists, it’s home to the uni and museums. Come here for the Pinakothek gallery and Brandhorst and Lenbachhaus museums, as well as loads of cafes. Book your flights to Munich today and start exploring.

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The bright and airy Hilton Munich City hotel is in the heart of the city, meaning its perfectly placed for exploring Munich.

A short walk from the site of Oktoberfest and plenty of shops and restaurants is the charming K+K Hotel am Harras. Offering a classy take on mid-century styling, it's in the historic and interesting area of Sendling and is close to the Harras underground for easy journeys to the city centre and airport.

Just next to the English Garden park is the large and luxurious The Westin Grand Munich. It’s well connected to the centre and boasts a spa, pool, three saunas and more.

If you’re heading here around Christmas time, a must visit is The Charles Hotel (Rocco Forte), is close to the King’s Square (Konigsplatz) and offers a wonderful run to the big day with advent lunches, chestnuts baking, and cookie making for kids.

The Westend Hotel – just steps from the site of Oktoberfest and underground stations – is an ideal choice for budget-conscious travellers.

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Make the most of your Munich holiday

Munich is home to historic Bavarian beer halls, tiny craft breweries and the world’s biggest beer festival. Add a dazzling night life, an active arts and culture scene, and history and heritage and you have a city for all moods.

What are the best things to do in Munich?

  1. There’s one thing dominating the conversation as soon as autumn arrives and that’s Oktoberfest (note – it actually starts in September). As the world’s biggest Volksfest and beer festival, you’ll find Bavarian tradition, rides, food, and traditional costumes (trachten). It all kicks off with a rifle salute.
  2. For starters, try Munich’s busiest and perhaps best known beer garden, the Chinese-themed Chinesischer Turm. Grab a bite to eat at the Viktualienmarkt and join the locals, students and tourists who come here... For rooftop vistas head to Deutsches Museum or in the LGBTQ+ area of Glockenbachviertel, where you’ll find Flushing Meadows Bar. For atmosphere head under the vaulted ceilings of Augustiner-Keller.
  3. Munich offers 750 miles of well-used bike lanes. They’re positioned on the side of roads or pavements, and with e-bikes being normal, you can get around town quickly. For the uninitiated it’s a chance to try out one of the many cycle tours on offer.
    Take a guided tech tour, design a car and maybe even see motorbikes do stunts at BMW Welt. Or visit the Deutschers Museum, packed with interactive science – if you’re here on a Saturday you can discover 7,000 years of Bavarian history aboard a giant virtual-reality peacock chariot.
  4. Take a stroll in the vast English Garden (Englischer Garten) – one of the world’s biggest urban parks at more than 900 acres. At its southern entrance, you’ll find the Eisbach River’s community of surfers riding its manufactured waves. Further north, you’ll find people swimming as well as the Chinesischer Turm beer garden.
    For something a little different, head to Dantebad in the north for some waterborne activities in an impressive art nouveau-style complex complete with an outdoor pool, saunas and a Roman bath. It might come as no surprise you’ll find a beer garden here too. One to keep in mind – German-style saunas are nude.
  5. Check out Pinakothek der Moderne, Germany's largest modern-art museum, which also houses architectural designs by the likes of Le Corbusier and Eames. For contemporary modern art try Haus der Kunst, meanwhile Marienplatz – where you’ll find a life sized cuckoo clock – is for a treasure trove of street art. Alte Pinakothek is for old European masters while you can see royal regalia at Residenz.
  6. Munich’s public transport is among the best in the world. There are no ticket barriers – just strict spot checks at stations and on buses, trams, and trains, and without a ticket you’ll be fined. Remember to validate tickets before travelling.
  7. Munich’s array of music offers anything from orchestras to grime. Muffatwerk is in an old power station that hosts DJ nights. Checkout Backstage for more edgy rock music but for something more tonal, head for the Gasteig concert hall, home to the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Jazzclub Unterfahrt is for, as the name suggests, jazz. For opera, it’s the National Theatre or plan a summer visit for its opera festival.

Where are the best places to see in Munich?

A wallet-friendly tip is to take Tram 19 which passes the city’s key sights. A single ticket is valid for two hours if you keep travelling in the same direction.

Munich’s museums and galleries also reduce their entry fees significantly on Sundays, meanwhile Haus der Kunst is free on the first Thursday of each month.

On the opposite end of the scale, those seeking the finer things should head to Bogenhausen. Here you’ll find decadent dining and the grand Prinzregententheater. The theatre here is the birthplace of Munich’s opera festival and serves as its playhouse. You’ll find boutiques and noble villas around here, too.

The cool in Munich head to the Westend district closest to where Okroberfest is held. A former workers’ district now hosts cafes and restaurants with kudos. Another hip spot is often coveted by locals is the once-bohemian area of Schwabing (to the north of Maxvorstadt) and was once home to the likes of Wassily Kandinsky and Thomas Mann.

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