EasyJet Holidays: Munich
As Germany’s third largest city, Munich is a hot bed of culture and holiday goers. In truth, Munich is one of Germany’s most interesting places to visit because it is a city of two halves. It is partly a haven for the arts and technology, and partly a place of great cultural history and significance. With these two worlds sitting side by side all the time, it can be tricky to figure out the perfect holiday in the city.
Munich was thought to be founded in 1158 and has since defined itself as a central part of Bavarian culture. Its medieval routes show throughout the older buildings of the city. In fact, Munich houses over 80 museums and galleries, including such cultural hotspots as the BMW museum and the Nymphenburg Palace. Its striking architecture helps to create part of the unique atmosphere of Munich. The other half is founded in its Mediterranean style cafes and Mitteleuropa beer halls, letting you know that it’s not all serious in Munich. Its town centre feels like a village but it houses some of the city’s most memorable sights, such as the Old City Hall and the wonderful Neues Rathaus (the New Town Hall). Finally, Munich is home to one of the largest beer festivals in the world, Oktoberfest. If you happen to be visiting Munich between late September and early October then definitely pay a visit.
With a vibrant and hearty nightlife, and the finest restaurants in Southern Germany, it is clear why so many travel here to take in the sites and then hit the town. Munich’s dual personality makes it the perfect destination for families and young travellers. In Munich, these polar opposites coexist as well. Is it any wonder that today it is known as the city of laptops and lederhosen?
Top Munich resorts
This is the place to come for easy access to ancient Bavarian culture and modern German partying. Located almost directly in the centre of Munich, just south of the main train station, hotels in Ludwigvorstadt are very close to the River Isar, which is perfect for a quiet midday stroll. At night, it becomes the central point of clubbing for the city. In Munich alone, there are over 6000 bars and clubs to choose from, so remember to do your research first.
Altstadt (The Old Town)
Welcome to Munich’s Old Town, the best place to do all of your sightseeing. It welcomes you in with its surrounding ring streets and offers you sites like the Neues Rathaus and the Glockenspiel. Although most of the hotels here will be quite pricey, it contains many of Munich’s and Bavaria’s best tourist attractions.
This is the trendy part of Munich’s bustling city, filled to the brim with quaint cafes, fashion outlets and galleries. In the east of this resort, sits The English Garden. It is a vast and beautiful park, covered in greenery, creeks, lakes and beer gardens. This is the perfect place to chill out and forget about the city for a minute.
Things to do in Munich
Part of the 2nd construction phase of the New Town Hall, it consists of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures. Every day it chimes and re-enacts two stories from 16th century Bavarian legend. The show lasts for around 15 minutes and is quite a feat of engineering to watch. Plus, it’s very entertaining for children as well.
The original home of Bavaria’s Royalty (the Wittelsbachs) in 1508, the Residenz is Munich’s number one attraction. Inside, you can see all of the amazing treasures that have been collected over the centuries. The treasures are so vast that they take up around half of the palace. Don’t forget to visit the incredible Antiquarian, built to house the enormous antique collection of the Wittelsbachs family.
This museum is a temple to science and technology. It is filled with state of the art interactive features, demonstrations and experiments. It even manages to entertain young children successfully in its custom built Kinderreich, hosting attractions like a kid-size mouse wheel and a water fun area.
A must in this part of Bavaria is a visit to an authentic beer hall. The traditional beer hall inside of Munich’s Augustiner brewery is a fantastic experience and is slightly more authentic when compared to its city-centre cousins. With fewer tourists frequenting the tables, it’s time to have a casual drink with the locals.
Food and drink in Munich…
As the home of Oktoberfest, Munich is renowned for its range of Bavarian style beers, with many local beers being brewed in the city itself. Despite the city’s love of beer, many in Munich will never refuse a slightly acidic sparkling glass of wine from the Rhineland. Traditionally German food is to be expected in Munich. Few cultures do sausages like the Bavarians. The ‘wurst’ has been a major part of the national diet for hundreds of years. Finally, Munich offers its very own speciality to wash all this heavy food and drink down called Kuchen, a sweet cake that is served all over town.
Restaurants in Munich
Restaurants vary quite drastically in Munich because of its intermingling cultures. As a central hub of European business, there are many places for fine dining dotted all over the city. However, these eateries might be quite pricey. The more affordable dining experiences are also the more authentic in Munich. But the Bavarians do enjoy eating a lot. So, whatever you do pay, expect to receive quite a lot of food.
Going to Munich with easyJet holidays…
It’s understandable to think that booking a holiday to Munich might be a bit of a financial struggle, but not with easyJet holidays. Flying with easyJet holidays is simple, affordable and flexible. We offer great deals on flights and give you a saving when you book your accommodation and travel together.