Germany, Europe

  • Munich View 1

    Where frothy beer is served with thigh-slapping hospitality

  • Munich View 2

    Where frothy beer is served with thigh-slapping hospitality

How to enjoy Munich

Every October, locals dressed in lederhosen and dirndls party with tourists in huge tents on the Theresienwiese fairground, swinging steins of lager while swaying and singing along to an oompah band

  • Visit the futuristic steel and glass BMW Museum located at the headquarters of the performance car manufacturer
  • Head out of town to see the fairytale towers of Bavaria’s many castles including Disney’s inspiration, Neuschwanstein, near Füssen
  • To source your own lederhosen or dirndl, head to the designer label fashion house, Lodenfrey, or the traditional costumier Angermaier

The, at times, raucous nature of the Oktoberfest belies the fact that Munich considers itself to be the Music Metropolis of the World. It has good cause for such a claim. The city is home to three opera houses, four major philharmonic and several chamber orchestras. The ornate Rococo Cuvilliés Theatre, which dates back to 1755, hosted Mozart’s first opera and the Olympia park is one of many local venues popular with international rock and pop acts.

The city center is marked by the grand square, the Marienplatz, which itself is dominated by the New Town Hall and the Glockenspiel Tower. At 11am and noon every day (as well as 5pm during the summer), the Glockenspiel’s 43 bells chime into life and play an accompaniment to a show by life-sized figures. Escape the crowds that the Glockenspiel draws by heading to the city’s vast park, the English Garden, where boating, cycling and even clothing are optional.

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    When to visit Munich

    The Oktoberfest usually takes place over two weeks at the end of September and beginning of October. It is one of the world’s largest fairs and includes fairgrounds, parades of locals in national dress and the beer tents, where locals and visitors alike sample the wares of Munich-based brewers.

Hotels we adore in Munich

Here are the hotels that we love in Munich. We've shared our insight about what makes each one special to help you select the perfect place to stay

  • Gourmet Guide

    While you’re in Munich, visit one of our favourite restaurants. Choose from any of these two- and three-Michelin starred restaurants:

    Dallmayr enjoy a whole world of delights, and to experience them is always a unique experience.

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