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In Munich, it’s the mix that makes the message. Old meets new, past meets present and future, the modern blends harmoniously with the traditional, bits and bytes with beer, business and leisure. For the visitor, there is never any shortage of sights to see or activities to engage in.
The Bavarian Metropolis with its 1.5 million inhabitants lies virtually at the centre of Europe.
Munich’s origin goes back to an early settlement of monks from the Tegernsee Monastery which was called “ad Munichen” (the monks’ home).
The situation leading to its later growth was treated by an act of violence of Henry the Lion, Duke of Bavaria from the House of Guelph. At that time the salt transports coming from Reichenhall and Hallein had to go over a bridge spanning the Isar River at Föhring north of Munich. The bridge passage was accompanied by a toll, and this traffic brought considerable revenue to the Bishop of Freising in whose territory Föhring was located. Henry the Lion had this bridge destroyed forcing the salt transports to use his new bridge a few miles upstream in ducal territory. On June 14, 1158, the new bridge, the market, the customs office and the mint at “Munichen” were approved by imperial decree thus in one fell swoop the monastic settlement assumed a completely different function. The rapidly prospering town was selected by the ruling family of the Wittelsbach in the middle of the 13th century as its Residence due to a territorial split and in 1294 it was granted a new municipal charter. During the reign of Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian – of the Wittelsbach family – the city extended its walls six fold and in 1504 it finally became the capital of the reunited Duchy of Bavaria. Under the 700 years of Wittelsbach reign as dukes, electors and kings Munich attained increasingly the reputation of being a European centre of culture.
Year after year, Munich takes gold in German city rankings. When asked where they would prefer to live, most Germans say Munich. The reason is simple: a magic combination of a vigorous economy and top-notch leisure time activities and outstanding cultural offerings.
Welcome back to Munich! Since Pentecost holidays in Munich are finally possible again:
Hotels and guesthouses can welcome guests again, museums and galleries are open again,
Guided tours are again possible, and the catering trade can again entertain guests inside and outside.
We look forward to seeing you again in Munich!
Please continue to keep a safe distance of at least one and a half metres from other people. In addition, wearing a mouth-and-nose protector on public transport as well as in all shops, museums, galleries, exhibitions, etc. is prohibited. It is also compulsory within the catering trade. Non-observance will be prosecuted under criminal law.
Further information can be found at www.muenchen.de/int/en
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Munich has come to be associated with Oktoberfest, the Hofbräuhaus, the Olympic grounds, and the Fasching carnival. However, Munich also has an international reputation as a metropolis of both art and culture. Its music scene ranges from classical to jazz and pop, and the many museums display impressive collections.
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Perhaps most people associate Munich with beer, and there certainly are a lot of breweries and beer halls in the city. But don't miss Munich's classic high-calorie everyday cooking. Schweinshaxe is a roasted ham hock or "pork knuckle," and it goes well with sauerkraut and Knödel, which are boiled dumplings. We also recommend Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) and custard or a Dampfnudel (a kind of cream bun with chocolate or vanilla custard) for dessert.
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Football players, musicians, and media elite, Munich's nightlife is swarming with celebrities. The city offers a large selection of trendy bars & nightclubs, not to mention iconic beer halls and gardens, which you simply cannot leave the city without visiting.
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No city break is complete without a good long stroll through the shops. Munich offers absolutely ideal conditions for a great big splurge: haute couture in the Maximilianstrasse, Theatinerstrasse, Residenzstrasse and Brienner Strasse, department and chain stores in the pedestrian precinct, trendy and flamboyant clothes between many galleries in such town districts as the Gärtnerplatz and Glockenbach area, Haidhausen or Schwabing, Bavarian local costumes, handicrafts and souvenirs in specialist shops, delicacies from all over the world at Dallmayr’s or Käfer’s, the leading delicatessens in Europe, or at the Victuals Market in the heart of the city. Another typical feature of Munich is the number of small shops that concentrate on a few articles, for example, umbrellas, felt, gloves, candles or wood carvings, and which are still to be found in the centre of town.
Munich’s ultra-chic shopping area additionally covers Perusastrasse, Residenzstrasse, Brienner Strasse and Odeonsplatz. You will discover gems in the shop belonging to the Nymphenburg Porcelain factory (Odeonsplatz 1), which has been based in Munich for over 250 years. In the district of purveyors to the court, where not only the Bavarian king was a customer, you can go on a regal shopping expedition – from porcelain, jewellery and select delicacies to high-quality shoes and clothing.
The recently opened “Maximilianshöfe” – Maximilian’s court yards - will also carry you off into the world of international design. You can take a break from shopping in the columned hall of the former “Marstall” – the royal stables, as a new restaurant has been established in the classified historical building.
Outside the old town centre, for example in Schwabing, Haidhausen, around the Gärtnerplatz and in the Glockenbach area, the shops – and the customers – are quite obviously more unconventional. The Gärtnerplatz and the Glockenbach district are also ideal shopping areas for gays and lesbians. Shop ateliers, boutiques and concept stores, with many cafés and bars in between that are open during the day, invite you to go shopping, to look and enjoy yourself.
Bargain-hunters are in their element at flea markets and designer outlets, or they amuse themselves in search of curiosities and crockery, junk and antiques at an old Munich institution, the street market-cum-funfair called the Auer Dult (in May, July/August and October).
Munich Airport (MUC) is about 40 kilometres north of the city. The quickest way to get there is by commuter train (S8 or S1), which take respectively 41 and 35 minutes from Hauptbahnhof. S1 starts running at 03.45 and there is one train every twenty minutes until 23.25. S8 starts its first journey at 03.18 and runs every twenty minutes until 00.38.
The Airport-City bus runs every twenty minutes from Hauptbahnhof (Busbahnhof, Arnulfstr.) and takes just over 40 minutes. Please notice, as the bus route goes via the Autobahn, there is heavy traffic every afternoon and it may take up to 2 hours to get to and from the airport. The first bus from the city centre leaves at 05.10 and the last one is at 19.50. Departures commence from MUC at 06.20 (start Terminal 2) and operates until 21.40.
You can find more information at www.munich-airport.de
Address: Nordallee 25, 85356 Freising
Phone: +49 89 97500
Coffee to fall in love with, that is the heart of Coffee Fellows. Latte Macchiato in all imaginable variations, classic coffee drinks such as espresso, cappuccino and café latte is a lived coffee passion for the Internet Café. The seasonally changing specials ensure more taste and variety.
Address: Schützenstrasse 14, 80335 München
Phone: +49 89 59946818
M-WLAN: Free WiFi at Munich open spaces
M-WLAN is for residents and tourists - or simply for anyone with a mobile internet device. It's for free and it's fairly easy to use at many well-visited places - for example Marienplatz, Odeonsplatz, Stachus or Münchner Freiheit. Just accept the terms of service (TOS) and go. You don't even have to register. You can simple surf the internet for one hour before you're automatically logged off. If you want to browse a couple of more pages - no problem. Just log right back into M-WLAN.
The tourist information offices in the town hall and at the main railway station arrange hotel rooms, book city tours and guided tours or provide city maps.
Address: Marienplatz 8 or Bahnhofsplatz 2
Phone: +49 89 233 96500
For 8 cents / minute you can discover Munich by bicycle. 1200 bicycles are available at central locations. To use them, you have to download the cost-free app "MVG more" and register once.
You can find more detailed information at www.mvg.de/services/mobile-services/mvg-rad.html
Phone: +49 800 344226622
There are testing stations all over Munich. If you want to get tested for your journey home or for other reasons, you can do so at the stations listed.
More Information: You can find more information at: www.muenchen.de/aktuell/2021/corona-schnelltest-muenchen-orte.html
There is a large network of underground, commuter trains and buses centered around Marienplatz and Karlsplatz/Stachus. It functions excellently in the inner city and is considerably easier than trying to get around by car.
You can find more information on purchasing tickets at www.mvv-muenchen.de/tickets/tickets-tageskarten/index.html
Phone: +49 89 41424344
All registered taxi drivers have a numbered identity card on display for passengers.
Taxi München eG.
+49 89 216 10
+49 89 45 05 40
In addition to the transport of letters and parcels, the larger post offices also offer service and advice. As a special service, most have a small shop with postal and writing articles attached. At the same time, the larger branches also offer all Postbank services. The numerous small post offices with a letterbox and a stamp machine also ensure a nationwide service throughout the city.
Address: Bahnhofplatz 1, 80335 München
Phone: +49 228 43 33 112
There is a pharmacy emergency service throughout Germany. The telephone number of the pharmacist on duty is displayed at the entrance door of every pharmacy.
You can find more information at www.aponet.de/service/notdienstapotheke-finden
Country code: +49
Area code: (0)89
Stadtwerke München (SWM) is firmly rooted in the city of Munich as a regional electricity provider. For more than 100 years, Germany's largest municipal energy supply company has been ensuring a secure, economical and environmentally friendly supply of electricity to Munich.
In comparison to other suppliers, SWM offers a favourable tariff for green electricity. By 2025 they want to produce so much green electricity in their own plants that they can cover the consumption of the whole of Munich. Munich will thus be the first city in the world to reach this goal. This is why SWM is actively promoting the expansion of renewable energy plants.