Munich, the home to Oktoberfest, is a lively city filled with almost as many tourists as residents and a plethora of beer halls. A very walkable city with a major train station to get almost anywhere in Europe, Munich is a great stop to reach Bavaria, and other parts of Germany where you many want to hop to for a day trip. Although not known for its beautiful landscape, Munich is better known for the memories that you’ll make drinking with friends, eating giant pretzels and exploring historic sites.
Weather: The best time to travel to Munich is March- May with the peak rainy season being June, July and August. Headed to Munich for Oktoberfest? Although it’s one of their busiest seasons, bundle up! Temperatures can be in the 40’s and 50’s.
Basic Style Etiquette for Men and Women: A wide variety of styles are apparent in Munich. For women: yoga pants, capris or jeans with a short sleeve shirt and light rain jacket are recommended. Closed toe shoes are a must; whether you are going during the rainy season, taking a long walk/bike ride or if you go into a location where sandals are not appropriate. For men, jeans, short sleeve shirts and a light rain jacket with tennis shoes are recommended. This attire should cover you for visiting any type of location and pretty much doing anything in the city.
Culture: Even though Munich is a melting pot of age, race, and religion, do not expect anyone to know English- even the hotels we stayed in throughout Germany, besides basic hotel terms in English, they were at a loss to help us. Germans are typically not touchy feely, not super emotional and not into small talk. If there is one thing you should know before crossing that German border it’s how to say thank you – Danke. It’s said often and expressing gratitude is well received!
Shopping: A comfortable pair of flats for women and tennis shows for men are a must – you’ll live in these shoes in the city. Also having a passport pack under your clothing or a small cross body purse for women will be great to have as you are walking through the crowds and tourist attractions in Munich. Papilia will provide you with packing and shopping tips if you choose this itinerary.
Some Suggested Activities:
Dachau: A concentration camp from the Holocaust, Dachau is a short train ride from Berlin and is definitely worth the trip. The stories, the grounds and the history here are a lot to take in but if this part of history interests you even a little you are encouraged to spend a few hours here.
Mike’s Bike Tours/ Neuschwanstein : A great way to make it down to Bavaria and the Neuschwanstein castle from Berlin; Mike’s Bike Tours will show you an unforgettable time. Bike around the castle grounds and town, hike up to the castle and go inside the castle once you reach the top. Neuschwanstein is absolutely breathtaking and the view from Queen’s bridge is one you will never forget.
If you are a foodie: An iconic stop in Munich, the Hofbrauhaus does not disappoint. From the giant beer steins to traditional music and pretzels – this stop, even if only for a drink, is a must.
Safety Tip: Munich is known for drinking and fun, and although the city is safe, we encourage you to travel in groups or with your significant other.
The information about this destination is provided by Travel Expert, Catrina Vienrich. Find her @CatrinaVienrich on Twitter