Munich, located on the banks of the Isar River in southern Germany, is the third largest German city by population, after Berlin and Hamburg. Versatile and chameleonic city, it plays the role of both a metropolis and a provincial city, with its artistic districts, the churches in Baroque and Rococo style, its parks and its old breweries. Attracting tourists from all over the world, Munich is the city where the world famous "Oktoberfest" festival takes place.
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1 - Morning: Marienplatz, Altes Rathaus, Neues Rathaus, Pfarrkirche Sankt Peter, Frauenkirche
Breakfast at Cafè Rischart, a modern café on Marienplatz: from Sacher cake to traditional apple strudel, from cappuccinos to espresso or savory breakfasts based on salmon, potatoes and pretzels (cappuccino + a slice of apple strudel € 8,90). We continue the morning with a visit to the Marienplatz square, which takes its name from the Virgin Mary, represented by a statue placed on top of a column, erected in 1638, which dominates the entire square. On the sides of Marienplatz is located the old Town Hall (Alten Rathaus - 10:00 - 17:30 / € 4,00), almost completely rebuilt during the postwar period. The Alten Rathaus, with its three hundred and six steps to reach the top, also offers the possibility of a breathtaking view over the city. Always in the square it is found the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus), whose clock (the famous Carillon) placed on the main facade of the Gothic-style structure, is one of the most beautiful attractions in Munich. Every day at 11:00, at 12:00 and at 17:00 (the latter time is valid only for the summer season) it proposes with mechanical figures the traditional dance of the coopers to ward off the plague, and a wedding that was celebrated precisely in the square in 1568.
From Marienplatz you can also see the church of San Pietro (to which we head), one of the oldest churches in Munich, in Renaissance style on the outside and with touches of Baroque inside. Admission is free.
During the second part of our morning, we head towards the Frauenkirche, the Munich cathedral, built between 1468 and 1488 on the remains of a Roman basilica. The cathedral is in Gothic style and is characterized by two twin bell towers, 99 m high. Once you cross the threshold, one of the floor tiles has a footprint, e an old legend tells that that is precisely the footprint of the Devil. Here too, admission is free.
2 - Afternoon: Englischer Garten
Lunch at Viktualienmarkt, a real temple of gourmets: a colorful market just a few steps from Marienplatz to immerse yourself in the exquisite flavors of German cuisine, including cheeses, preserves and pickled sausages.
It's time to head to Englischer Garten, the most famous public park in Munich, which extends for about five kilometers and was designed in the 1837th century. In this "English Garden", it will be possible to stroll among the tree-lined avenues, admire the Monopteros: a small temple in Greek-Roman style, built in 1972; an additional Japanese-style artistic structure, which was donated by the Tokyo government on the occasion of the Olympics; a cubic sculpture in black granite, which recalls the members of the anti-Nazi Resistance, on which the inscription: Zum Erinnern Zum Gedenken (Remember to remember) is engraved.
The garden also offers the possibility of watching a very particular sport: the "River surfer", a type of surfing practiced on the river waters.
3 - Evening: Dinner, Schwabing, the artists' quarter
We spend the first evening in the Schwabing district, the artists' quarter, illuminated for the first time with electric current by Hermann Einstein, father of the Nobel laureate Albert Einstein. We reach it via the U6 line in the direction of "Garching" from Marienplatz. Schwabing is famous for the presence of breweries and night clubs. We stop to eat "sauerkraut and stew" at the Oeins Restaurant, whose affordable prices range from € 20,00 to € 35,00 per person.
- Distance traveled: 6 km / 1h 14 min
- Places visited: Marienplatz (free), Altes Rathaus (€ 4,00), Neues Rathaus (external - free), Pfarrkirche Sankt Peter (free), Frauenkirche (free), Englischer Garten (free), Schwabing (free).
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- Breakfast at Cafe Rischart (Get directions), Lunch at Viktualienmarkt (Get directions), Dinner at Oeins Restaurant (Get directions)
1 - Morning: Neuschwanstein Castle
At the train station we buy the Bayern Ticket, a ticket valid for one day (9:00 - 3:00), which will allow us to take a regional train to head to Fussen, a German town in the district of Swabia, on the border with Austria, where we will go to the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau (expected duration about three hours, ticket cost € 25,00 1 person + € 7,00 for each additional person up to a maximum of 5. Over 10,60, you can buy a cumulative ticket for € per person).
Once in Fussen, breakfast at Beim Ditsch, a quaint little place (prices from € 2,00 to € 12,00). Next, we take a bus (whose ticket is already included in our Bayern ticket) e we head to Neuschwanstein Castle, a fairytale castle that belonged to Ludwig II, built in 1868 and inspired by the works of Wagner, to whom it is dedicated. Open from 9:00 to 18:00 from April until 15 October, from 10:00 to 16:00 from 16 October until March. The cost of the ticket is € 13,00 per person, free under 18. The climb to the castle can be done on foot or by carriage. For the latter option the cost is € 6,00 per person for the ascent, € 3,00 per person for the descent.
2 - Afternoon: Hohenschwangau Castle, St. Magno Abbey and Fussen City Museum
Lunch in one of the small wooden "Souvenirs Schnellimbiss" huts located in the streets of the city. Typically German street food based on wurstel and potatoes, with very low prices (from € 3,50 to € 4,50).
We head to Hohenschwangau Castle (a five minute walk from the previous one). This castle also belonged to Ludwig II, but it predates Neuschwanstein. For admission, a cumulative ticket at a cost of € 18,00 per person is recommended, which will allow us to visit (where there is enough time) also the museum of Fussen, located inside the Abbey of San Magno, where can see aancient collection of musical instruments (Fussen is in fact the ancient city of luthiers), a sumptuous library and the famous "Danza Macabra" by the painter Jacob Hiebeler.
3 - Evening: Dinner, Augustiner Keller
Back in Munich, dinner at Augustiner Keller, an old brewery that has been in operation for over two hundred years, where we choose to taste the Augustiner's special dish, consisting of pork, sausages, potato dumplings, sauerkraut and vegetables of the day, at a cost of € 20,80 per person. We drink excellent Weiss beer, toast with the other diners, to the sound of folkloric songs.
- Distance traveled: 11,2 km / 2h 48 min
- Places visited: Neuschwanstein Castle (€ 13,00), Hohenschwangau Castle (cumulative € 18,00), Abbey of San Magno (included in the cumulative) and Museum of the city of Fussen (included in the cumulative).
- Neuschwanstein Castle: full-day tour from Munich
- Breakfast at Beim Ditsch (Get directions), Lunch at Souvenirs Schnellimbiss (Get directions), Dinner at Augustiner Keller (Get directions)
1 - Morning: Dachau Concentration Camp
Breakfast at the "Schmalznudel Cafè Frischhut" based on apricot krapfen, cappuccino and orange juice (€ 19,00).
We reach the Munchen Central Station where we will take the S2 S-Bahn train towards Dachau / Petershausen (about 25 minutes), arriving at the Dachau Bahnhof station we will then take the 726 bus, which will leave us at the Gedenkstatte station, about 230 m from theentrance to the concentration camp. We recommend purchasing the Munchen XXL ticket at a cost of € 8,60 per person (€ 15,40 for a group of five people), which allows you to travel outside Munich and is valid for one day, valid for both S-Bahn trains for both bus 726 (available for purchase at train stations or online).
The memorial is open every day except December 24, from 9:00 to 17:00, admission is free but you will need a small fee if you want to opt for a guide or an audio guide (€ 4,00). The visit includes: camp, memorial and Braunes Haus, former headquarters of the National Socialist party (1930 to 1945), inaugurated in 2015 as Documentation Center on Nazism.
As an alternative to this "do it yourself" option, it is possible to book private tours from Munich to the Dachau Memorial, which include bus and pick-up at the appointed location + guided tour, starting from € 26,00 per person (book online).
2 - Afternoon: Nymphenburg Castle
Back in Munich, lunch at Caffè San Pietro, a café-restaurant with excellent value for money. In the afternoon we dedicate ourselves to visit of Nymphenburg castle, a summer residence of the court, dating back to the th century. The castle represents one of the most important wonders of Bavaria and it houses one of the most beautiful art collections in Europe: from the Neoclassical period to the Baroque. Open from 9:00 to 18:00 from April to mid-October, from 10:00 to 16:00 from mid-October to the end of March. The cost of the ticket in the summer period is € 11,50 adult, € 9,00 over 65, disabled, students, groups, in the winter € 6,00 adult, € 5,00 over 65, disabled, stupid, groups; always free for young people under eighteen. The castle can be reached by tram 17, from the "Hauptbahnhof Nord" bus station, getting off at the "Schloss Nymphenburg" stop.
3 - Evening: Dinner, Kultfabrik
Last German dinner at the "Ratskeller Munchen" (prices from € 10,00 to € 48,00). Afterwards, we move to the Kultfabrik neighborhood: former industrial area and night meeting place for the many clubs and discos. Entrance to various discos is free. It is possible to reach the Kultfabrik district from Marienplatz by: S8 train, towards Munchen Flughafen Terminal; S4 towards Ebersberg (Oberbay); S1 towards Munchen Ost; S3 towards Holzkirchen. All these lines lead to the Munchen Ost stop, where you have to get off and walk on Grafinger str.
- Distance traveled: 35,1 km / 7 h 24 min
- Places visited: Dachau Concentration Camp (free without guide, € 4,00 audio guide cost), Nymphenburg Castle (€ 6,00 - 11,50)
- Dachau Memorial: half day tour from Munich
- Breakfast at Schmalznudel Cafè Frischhut (Get directions), Lunch at Caffè San Pietro (Get directions), Dinner at Ratskeller Munchen (Get directions)
How much does a weekend in Munich cost
The economic aspect of a holiday in Munich is not the most affordable. However, making the right calculations allows us to still remain within a contained expense. We now propose a detailed estimate of the costs to be incurred:
- Costs to eat: about € 42,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Costs for museums and attractions: about € 79,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
- Transportation: about € 70,00 per person
- Hotels, accommodation and b & b: from € 60,00 per room -
- Fun: from € 30,00 per day per person (including aperitifs, drinks, local entrance, ...)
- Total cost of a weekend in Munich: from € 550,00 per person (including flight or other means of transport to reach Munich).
Before leaving: useful tips
- When to visit Munich: the best period is between April and October (the latter for the famous "Oktoberfest" festival), in which the temperature becomes milder, reaching peaks of about 25 ° in the months of July and August - find out more
- by plane. The international airport "Franz Josef Strauss" is approximately 28 km north-east of the city. It is connected to the center by the S-Bahn regional underground (lines S1 and S8), which take about forty minutes to reach the Hauptbahnhof and Marienplatz stations respectively. Departure is every twenty minutes and the cost of the ticket is € 10,80 per person - Compare flights to Munich - from € 64,00
- the recommended area is Marienplatz, the real historical center. It is possible to stay in 4-star hotels starting from € 60,00 per night (€ 40,00 double single use) -
- Getting around: many points of interest are far from the center, so the advice is to move by public transport. The average cost is € 2,70 single ride zone 1, € 5,40 zone 2, € 8,10 zone 3, € 10,80 zone 4 (airport) and beyond
- Other: the "CityTourCard" allows an unlimited and combined number of rides and vehicles (metro, tram, bus). Validity in the versions: 24 hours (€ 12,90), 48 hours (€ 18,90), 72 hours (€ 21,90). This pass also guarantees numerous discounts on entrance tickets to museums or other places of attraction