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Backpacking in Munich
Backpacking is one of the cheapest ways of travelling, and Munich has plenty of cheap accommodation on offer. During a backpacking holiday in Munich, visitors have a choice of hostels with one the favorites being the Wombats City Hostel, voted as one of the world's best hostels, known for its cleanliness, its charming style, and its friendly staff. It is not the least expensive of the numerous hostels in offer, but is located only 10 minutes away from the 17-day Oktoberfest if visiting Munich in September.
For those who want to get closer to nature during a backpacking holiday in Munich, and brave the elements, the German city has an abundance of campsites. One of the most visited, especially during the Oktoberfest is Campingplatz Thalkirchen, located four kilometres south west of the city centre, on the Isar River. Prices start from €2.80 to €3.60 per person per night for a tent, which goes up to €8 during the Oktoberfest.
Camping in Munich
A camping holiday in Munich is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and get closer to the spectacular scenery which Munich and the wider Bavaria region has to offer. There are numerous campsites for a Munich camping holiday, and therefore it is worth checking how far they are from the city centre for those who wish to enjoy city life. A Munich camping holiday is also one of the most cost effective ways of visiting the Bavarian capital, and holidaymakers should expect to pay from €3 per person per tent up to €8 during the annual beer festival where the most popular campsite for the Oktoberfest is Campingplatz Thalkirchen, thanks to its proximity to Munich’s city centre.
Couples Holiday in Munich
For the ultimate romantic break, a couples holiday in Munich will not disappoint. For those who want to relax, visitors can take a stroll in one of the city’s parks or take in the buzzing atmosphere of the city. There are plenty of places to go shopping, with designer outlets lining the central pedestrian zone at Alstadt. For the more cultured visit, museums and art galleries are in abundance. Couples will be entertained all day long in Munich, and there is little reason for the fun to stop when the sun goes down; restaurants and clubs are aplenty, and couples can party the night away until the early hours. A Munich couples holiday promises to be a truly memorable experience.
Culture and Arts in Munich
There are a number of attractions in all parts of Munich, and the city is renowned for its large selection of museums and art galleries, and is therefore a prime destination for a culture and arts holiday. Munich is renowned for its cultural attractions including museums and art galleries.
Some of the most popular galleries during a Munich culture and arts holiday can be found on Barer Strasse and include the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek and also the relatively new Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich Museum of Modern Art). Other museums include the BMW Museum, displaying a wide range of cars, planes and motorbikes, and the German Theatre Museum, which remain very popular with tourists.
Cycling Activity Holiday in Munich
One of the best ways to take in what Munich has to offer is on a cycling holiday. Munich has 700 kilometres of bike paths, and the city itself boasts 18 cycle routes alone. Visitors can request a copy of these from the tourist information office. The ADFC, Germany’s association for cyclists, offers cycle holidays on the Euro Bike Bus and cycle tours across Greater Munich at the weekends or on weekday evenings. The club also offers valuable advice on bike maintenance at its headquarters on Platenstraße.
For those who have not brought their own pedal power for a Munich cycling holiday, between May to October, Radius Touristik hires out bicycles for €3 per hour or from €14 per day, where a €50 deposit is required. Discover Bavaria, located on the corner of Brauhausstrasse and Hochbrukensstrasse also rents out bikes for €7.70 for a half day, and €12.80 for a full day.
Disabled Needs in Munich
Thanks to Munich being a popular tourist destination, the city is well prepared for disabled visitors. Prior to any holiday to Munich, those travelling with the disabled should inform the relevant airline of any special needs and assistance required, prior to travel. On arrival at Munich’s airport, wheelchairs are available free of charge from the information desks in areas A to D and Z departures hall. There are wheelchair-accessible toilets and lifts throughout the airport. Disabled parking is available in all underground and multi-storey car parks. Once in the city, local tourist offices can often issue permits for drivers to allow visitors to access especially allocated handicapped areas.
Corporate Weekend in Munich
Munich is a very popular destination for group team building exercises, in addition to corporate and conference events. AM-Berg Alpines Managertraining organises and plans activities for businesses which involve staff performing tasks together in an alpine environment in order to improve interpersonal relations and group dynamics.
For a corporate weekend holiday in Munich, training is combined with climbing, high-rope, skiing or mountaineering activities which means that staff will come away fully motivated with greater knowledge of the skills of others. Other incentive activities on offer in and around Munich include ice hockey, balloon trips, jeep rallies, a water-skiing park, and golf. A Munich corporate weekend holiday will not disappoint.
Gay and Lesbian in Munich
Munich is one of the most popular destinations for a gay and lesbian holiday thanks to its extensive facilities. Homosexuality is accepted, but outside of Munich in the Bavarian countryside, residents may be less tolerant due to the area being predominantly Catholic. For a gay and lesbian holiday in Munich, hotels that cater exclusively for gays and lesbians are limited in Munich, but there are two venues situated at Gartnerplatzviertel which are Deutsche Eiche (a single room costs from €64 to €74) and the Pension Eulenspiegel guesthouse which is located near to the city’s nightlife in the so-called ‘Bermuda Triangle,’ formed by Sendlinger Tor, Gartnerplatz and the Isartor.
Golf Activity Holiday in Munich
Munich is the perfect destination for a golf holiday thanks to a large choice of excellent golf courses near to Munich which boast extensive facilities. Those located in Eichenried (which is hosting the 2009 BMW International Open), and Feldafing are amongst the best for a golf holiday in Munich. It is worth bearing in mind that some courses are closed during the winter, and are only open from April to mid-November. Depending on the day of the week, expect to pay around €56 for 18 holes on weekdays and €70 on weekends and holidays. For a Munich golf holiday, golfers can usually turn up and without a reservation between Monday to Friday (for those with a handicap of 34 or less), but on a Saturday and Sunday, visitors will need be accompanied by a club member.
Hen Destination in Munich
With Munich being a renowned tourist destination, there is plenty to do to pamper the hen before her big day, and Munich is a popular venue for a hen celebration. There are endless shopping opportunities in the winding cobbled streets which are lined with numerous cafes, restaurants, bars and bakeries. The fun at night continues for a hen party in Munich, and with over six thousand licensed establishments, there certainly is no shortage of places to party during a hen celebration in Munich, and there is entertainment around the clock. Hens can relax after an evening out at one of the city’s public baths where there are baths for men and women, or for the more luxurious experience, there are spas at many of Munich’s upmarket resorts which offers body scrubs and massages. A Munich hen party will not disappoint.
Hiking Activity Holiday in Munich
There are numerous routes for walking enthusiasts whilst on a hiking holiday in Munich, with trails suited to all levels, from relaxing to challenging. Because of its close proximity (70 miles) to the Alps, Munich offers numerous hiking possibilities. Castles and monasteries dot the surrounding countryside, and one of the most popular mountain climbs is Rotwand which stands 1884m high.
The cabin rope way (Taubensteinbahn) is used for hiking as a family. One of the other family favorites is the “Jochberg”, which stands 1565 metres tall. It takes between 50 minutes and two and half hours depending on fitness levels, and trekkers are rewarded with a nice Alm (mountain hut with drinks and food) about 15 minutes from the summit. It is worth bearing in mind that for those who want to sample the spectacular views from the top during a Munich hiking holiday, most hiking trails leading all the way to a summit are only snow free between May and late September, and tend to become crowded during sunny week-ends.
Honeymoon in Munich
A vibrant city, culture and history, Munich provides a truly romantic backdrop for a honeymoon holiday. Newlyweds can unwind after the big day, and there is plenty to do, whether it is a relaxing honeymoon holiday in Munich, meandering around the city’s many shops, or enjoying a spa at one of the luxury resorts, a honeymoon holiday in Munich simply has it all.
If culture is a must on the honeymoon agenda, there are numerous sites to visit in addition to the city’s spectacular museums and art galleries. For the more active couple, a round of golf and lunch at one of the renowned golf courses, sailing or fishing on the River Isar, or skiing at one of the nearby resorts in the Alps are just some of the options available. A honeymoon package at a 4-star hotel will cost around €450 to €550 and includes accommodation and use of the fitness facilities.
Naturism in Munich
For a naturism holiday in Munich, nudity is acceptable in Munich in areas named as FKK ("Freiekörperkultur" or “Free body culture”) along the Isar River and on the nudist meadow in the English Garden, along the stream on the far side of the bridge near the little waterfall. The English Garden (Englischen Garten) is one of many clothing optional bathing locations in the city where locals tend to spend the day sunbathing nude in a section of the park. For those who like outdoor swimming pools, during a Munich naturist holiday, Ungererbad is one of the big outdoor swimming pools in Munich, (located in the northern part of Schwabing, near Leopoldstrasse) with several pools and a nudist area for ladies as well as one for families, which is separate from the clothed bathing area.
Family Holiday in Munich
Munich is an ideal destination for a family holiday, as it offers numerous attractions which will keep the family entertained for hours. The Cosima Pool and Hellabrunn Wildlife Park are just some of the highlights, and the Bavarian city is very child friendly which means that there is plenty to stave off any boredom. One of the children’s favourites is Münchner Stadtmuseum, which displays a large range of puppets from around the world. Alternatively for a Munich family holiday, there is also the Spielzeugmuseum, a historical toy collection. Many hotels in the city have family rooms, and therefore this is worth asking for before making a reservation.
Party Holiday - Singles Life in Munich
Partying from dusk until dawn is the norm in Munich, and the nightlife is second to none for a party holiday in Munich or for singles who want to meet likeminded people. There is a large range of bars and clubs to suit most tastes for a party holiday in Munich, but it is worth bearing in mind that the prices of drinks and admission can be high. Feierabend (after work discos), which open between 1800 to 2200 on weeknights are increasingly popular with the older tourists. The area around Münchener Freiheit in Schwabing is the best-known nightlife district, with numerous bars, cafes, restaurants, jazz venues, and dance clubs with additional choice on the streets around Gärtnerplatz. Munich singles life will not disappoint.
Shopping Holiday in Munich
Shopaholics will not want to leave Munich, such is the selection of shopping opportunities which range from the bustling local markets to department stores. The ‘must do’ is the central pedestrian zone at Alstadt, comprised of Kaufinger Strasse, Neuhauser Strasse and Marienplatz. Shoppers can find department stores and some of the most-well known brands including Kenzo and Armani.
During a Munich shopping holiday, the city also has several flea markets, which is a cheaper alternative to conventional stores and offers visitors the opportunity to try a spot of bargaining. Viktualienmarkt, the bustling, colorful food market at the eastern end of the Marienplatz pedestrian zone, is one of the city’s major attractions.
Stag Destination in Munich
Munich is a city which never sleeps which makes this location perfect for a stag party or celebration, and an ideal place to spend the stag’s last night of freedom. With the city boasting a large student population, there are plenty of bars and night clubs to carry on the Munich stag party until the early hours, with paintballing, go karting, just some of the activities to entertain the group in the day. The Oktoberfest is one of the most popular times of the year for groups to visit the city for a stag celebration in Munich, an annual 17-day festival, starting in September when visitors can sample beers from 100 different stalls. A stag party in Munich promises to be a truly memorable experience.
Touring - Driving holiday in Munich
There is no better way to explore what Munich and the surrounding province has to offer, than by car. A touring and driving holiday in Munich offers visitors maximum freedom, and is ideal for those who want to visit the surrounding Bavarian villages or other cities in Germany. For those that have their own car or have chosen to hire one, it is worth bearing in mind that when visiting Munich, traffic can be heavy, especially during rush hour (between 07:00 to 09:00 and 16:00 to 18:00), and parking can often problematic.
Drivers should note that trams always have priority in the city, although driving on their tracks is permissible and usually unavoidable. Buses have priority when leaving stops. For those on a Munich touring and driving holiday, the city is well connected thanks to the numerous autobahns. Visitors can take the A9 to Nuremberg, and the A8 to Salzburg and Stuttgart.
Well-being and Spa in Munich
Everyone deserves a break, and there are plenty of opportunities for a well-being and spa holiday in Munich. Visitors can relax in one of many spas at the city’s five star hotels (Expect to pay around €15 for a day pass as a non-resident), or share the experience with others at one of the public baths, with the Mullersches Volksbad being one of the most popular. There are separate pools for men and women, and there are also individual pools for those who want something a bit more private. It is worth shopping around before making a reservation, as costs and facilities do vary for a Munich well-being and spa holiday.
Sailing Activity Holiday in Munich
For a sailing holiday in Munich, visitors can sit back and enjoy the beauty of the Englischer Garten by hiring a rowing boat on the lakes found in this park. There is a kiosk located at the edge of the Kleinhesselcher for rentals during periods of good weather. There are also rowing boat rentals on the southern bank of the Olympiasee, in the Olympiapark for a Munich sailing holiday. For holidaymakers who want something a bit more adventurous during a sailing holiday in Munich, there are raft trips on the Isar River, between the town of Wolfrathausen and Munich, which last from early May and last until late September. A raft may contain up to 60 other passengers, and therefore this is not for visitors who want the more individual experience.Munich is an ideal destination for a skiing holiday, being so close to the Alps. There are numerous resorts within only one hour’s drive of Munich, which include Achenkirch, Schliersee, and Kramsach. With a Munich skiing holiday being very popular either for a holiday, mini-break or weekend, there are a number of travel options with accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, and therefore a skiing holiday in Munich does not have to be expensive. For those who do not have their own skiing equipment, this can be hired on arrival at the resort. To get the most time on the ski slopes, it is worth travelling during the off-peak periods away from the school holidays.
City Breaks in Munich
Munich, the Global City with a heart, is one of the most beautiful, culture-rich destinations for a city break. Located on the River Isar, north of the Bavarian Alps, the city itself dates back to the 11th century. With so much to see and do, Munich has grown in popularity as a city break destination over the last decade and ranks amongst the top ten cities in the world for quality of life. The city has a thriving economy, and it is a major cultural centre with numerous museums and galleries to visit. It is also a vibrant cosmopolitan melting pot that has given the world one of the most exhilarating annual festivals - the incomparable Oktoberfest.
Begin your Munich city break by visiting the city square “Marienplatz”, where the old and new town halls are situated. It is the ideal spot for those looking to shop and people-watch and once you are feeling relaxed and refreshed, a visit to Maximillianstrasse is a must. Expect traditional German fare throughout the Altstadt (Old Town), and casual bistros in the trendy Schwabing district, near the University of Munich. Lunch at least once at Munich's Viktualienmarkt on your city break. Buy some cheese and bread, then order a beer and eat with the locals at a picnic table.
After wandering Munich's Altstadt, continue your Munich city break at the world-class Alte Pinakothek art museum to see the beautiful work of early Dutch artists. Or take in the scientific masterpieces at the Deutsches Museum. Unearth automotive history at the BMW Museum and brewing at Munich's Beer and Oktoberfest Museum. If your kids are with you on your weekend break, then take them to see the Indian elephants at Hellabrunn Zoo.