Munich is southern Germany’s unofficial capital, and like all the best European cities, it has its fair share of cultural eye-openers and night-time delights. Bavaria’s biggest town is famous for beer halls, opera houses and leather trousers, but its mix of Mediterranean-inspired cafés, highbrow art galleries and high-tech industry mean there’s something for everyone. A stroll through the grassy meadows of Englischer Garten is a summertime treat, while the city’s 4,000 cheery beer gardens can be enjoyed throughout the year. Flights to Munich are available from all over the UK and it’s an easy 40-minute hop from the airport to the magical, compact core of the city.
Whether it’s wandering along snow-covered cobbles through glittering Christmas markets, or savouring a thirst-quenching Weissbier in a sun-filled outdoor beer garden, Munich has a calendar full of wow-inducing experiences. May to September is peak tourist season, and delightful outdoor events and festivals spring up everywhere during the city’s long, warm summer. Despite the name, the world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival mostly takes place during late September, and as the tourist numbers balloon, so do prices in the city. June and October are the best months to find cheap flights to Munich, but there are year-round bargains with multiple daily flights from cities throughout the UK.
Munich’s spellbinding allure entices visitors from all corners of the UK, and with daily flights from Belfast, Edinburgh and London, the Bavarian capital is more accessible than ever. Most of the major British and German airlines have connections to the city. Both countries’ national carriers, British Airways and Lufthansa, have daily flights from London Heathrow. Low-cost carrier EasyJet leads the way for cheap tickets to Munich from a variety of airports, including both London Stansted and Gatwick. BMI will have you in Munich in 1 hour 45 minutes from Southampton, while Lufthansa offers connections from Manchester to Munich in under 2 hours.
An array of public transport options make getting from Munich Airport to the heart of the city a laid-back affair. Step off your flight to Munich, and sit back and watch the countryside roll by as you glide into the city centre on board the S-Bahn light rail that runs every 10 minutes from the airport. Thousands of commuters travel the 45 minutes to and from the city every day along two lines, S1 and S8. It costs roughly €10, as does the Lufthansa Airport Bus, which stops at the city’s main train station. Taxis from the airport will cost you around €50 and take about 40 minutes.
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The secret to Munich’s every-increasing popularity is in the city’s wondrous versatility. This central European gem caters for everything from museum-laden cultural staycations to feel-good forays into the frothy fun of Oktoberfest. Peruse the high-end boutiques of glitzy Maximilianstrasse, before sipping on a hoppy local beer at the world’s most famous beer hall, Hofbräuhaus am Platz.
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