All you need to know about flights to Munich
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.
When’s best to fly to Munich?
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.
Where can I get return flights to Munich from?
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.
Getting from Munich Airport to Munich city centre
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 wonders of Munich
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.
Munich When to Go
Summer in Munich is high season and comes with a wealth of outdoor events. However, summer is also the season with the most rain showers, so always be prepared by packing an umbrella along with your Ray-Bans. Weissbier, or wheat beer, served in tall glasses is the signature summer beer. Sample it at a pub or during a festival, such as the two-week-long Sommerfest at Olympiapark (the park built for the ill-fated 1972 Summer Olympics).
The shoulder seasons are autumn (September and October) and spring (April and May). During these sweater-weather months, Munich is at its driest and most temperate, and the sunlight often has a special golden glow. The most famous event is Oktoberfest, which—despite the name—happens mostly in late September and involves about five million visitors packing the Theresienwiese district for 16 days of drinking. Meanwhile, in the spring, the same Theresienwiese district hosts the Münchner Frühlingsfest (Munich Spring Festival) for about two weeks in late April to early May; this funfair entertains children with a pop-up theme park and market stalls. Adults will be eager to know that the spring beer of choice is maibock, a relatively light, golden-hued beer.
Except during Christmastime, winter is a low point for visitors to Munich because of the overcast skies and chill in the air. Given its high altitude, it’s as cold as more northerly (and more sea-level) cities like Berlin, London, and Seattle, though snowfall is similarly light. That said, December is a fantastic time to visit because this über-Catholic city (whose name means "monk") goes all-out in its celebration of Christmas. An equally fun time is the period from January 7 to Shrove Tuesday , when this Alpine city holds Fasching, its pre-Lenten Carnival, with about 2,000 costume balls and parades. The hallmark winter beer is doppelbock, a high-alcohol, dark, almost syrupy beer.
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