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Lisa Mackinnon, Senior Short Break Specialist

"Explore the bustling pedestrianized square of Marienplatz in the centre of Munich where you will find an abundance of cosy cafes, tempting restaurants and an excellent choice of shops all in the midst of some of Munich’s most stunning architecture. After soaking up the atmosphere of its vibrant heart, retreat to the historic elegance of Munich’s Residenz, the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs, showcasing some of the best of historic interior décor in Europe."

Munich at a glance

Munich is a friendly city, both festive in atmosphere and charming in tradition. With its flair for folklore and all things Bavarian, Munich is a conventionally German city. But there is much more to this Bavarian capital than lederhosen, oompah-pah music, sausage and beer steins. With a wealth of historic sites, grand public parks, theatres, museums and a world famous annual beer festival – Oktoberfest, there is plenty to see and do in this city.

Benedictine monks were the first to settle the area that would later become Munich. The cities name - a derivative of the world Munichen, meaning ‘monks’- as well as its coat of arms, a black robed monk, is a lasting reminder of the city’s origins. 

Given city status in 1175, Munich went on to become the capital of Bavaria in 1506 and was an important centre for Renaissance and Baroque life. During the 19th century a dramatic increase in monument building nearly bankrupt the city, but in turn left the region with exceptional iconic sites such as Neuschwanstein Castle and the city’s four royal avenues.

Today Munich is a thriving centre for education, business and research. Many international companies such as BMW have built their headquarters in Munich, attesting to the city’s viability as a thriving centre for commerce. Ranked as one of the fastest growing cities in Germany and one of the most liveable cities in the world, Munich is a unique blend of cosmopolitan chic and old fashion tradition, making it a popular short break destination. 

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Historic attractions
  • Art and culture
  • Stunning Architecture

Getting around

Munich boasts one of the most punctual and efficient public transportation systems in the world. The city’s extensive network of subway (U-Bahn), urban trains (S-Bahn), tram and bus lines make it easy to navigate the city.


From traditional dirndl dresses, outdoor markets and Hummel figurines to sophisticated fashion brands, chic textiles and one of a kind antiques, Munich’s shopping atmosphere is very much a reflection of its innovative, trendy culture and love for all things traditionally German.

Many of Munich’s popular shopping streets such as the area between Marienplatz and Kalsplatz, are pedestrian only, making it easy to navigate the huge selection of shops on offer.

Dining in Munich

To say that the food in Munich is hearty could easily be considered an understatement. From the popular variety of pork based dishes and creamy Bavarian cheeses to massive pretzels, thick dumplings and sweet strudels laden generously with fruit – the cuisine in Munich is not for the weak of appetite.

Must-try local dishes:

  • Weißwurst – white sausage, often served with mustard and traditionally eaten before 12:00pm
  • Leberknödel soup – a soup containing bread dumplings that is flavoured with liver and onions
  • Apfelstrudel – apple strudel, often served with a vanilla sauce

Osprey Holidays top tips

Don't miss the Hofbrauhaus, arguably the world's most famous beer hall as well as the beautiful baroque Nymophenburg Palace and the tranquil 'English Garden' - Munich's largest urban park.

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Munich designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Munich hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 1,388,308
Languages German
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for UK citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

Climb the 300 steps to the top of Peterskirche Tower for a stunning view over the city.

Distance from airports
Munich 32 km
Railway stations
Munich Hauptbahnhof

Things to do in Munich

  • Marienplatz: This impressive square is the focal point of the city, both architecturally and socially.
  • Englischer Garten: This is one of Europe’s largest parks and is popular with locals and visitors.
  • Viktualienmarkt: A historic gourmet market with a feast of produce and flavours.
  • Nymphenburg Palace: This fabulous palace, set in beautiful gardens, was formerly the Royal Family’s summer residence.
  • Deutsches Museum: This large museum of science and technology takes you on a fascinating journey of discovery.

Tours and Excursions

Old Town Walking Tour

Explore Munich’s Old Town with your local expert guide; a perfect introduction for first-time visitors. The charming town centre is home to Munich’s most famous landmarks, including the Old Town Hall, St Peter’s Church, Viktualienmarkt food market, Odeonsplatz, the Munich Residenz and Hofbräuhaus beer hall. As you stroll through the medieval streets you will hear about the city’s long and eventful history and your guide will give you tips on shopping, restaurants and events in the city.

City Tour and Allianz Arena

This great overview of Munich takes you by coach across Konigsplatz and through the former artists’ quarter, Schwabing. You will travel along the grand Ludwig and Prinzregentstrasse, lined with magnificent buildings such as the Theatinerkirche, House of Arts, Bavarian National Museum, and the Angel of Peace monument. You will then be taken to the Allianz Arena, home of Bayern Munich and TSV 1860, for a tour of the stadium. This impressive football arena was constructed for the 2006 World Cup and has hosted many international games and the 2012 Champions League final.

The Royal Castles: Neuschwanstein and Linderhof

In the heart of the Bavarian Alps approximately two hours from Munich, King Ludwig II built two castles; the fairytale Neuschwanstein, an inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle, and Linderhof Palace, an extravagant residence modelled on Versailles. This tour takes you by coach from Munich and includes guided tours of both residences plus free time to explore the picturesque town of Oberammergau, known for its productions of the Passion Play. 

Please note that when visiting Neuschwanstein and Linderhof entrance fees are not included in the tour and must be paid separately to the guide on the day.


We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.