Munich is the biggest city, in the biggest state in Germany, Bavaria and has a population of 1.4 million. During the late 19th century the city had an economical and cultural upswing having had many famous artists and creatives living in the city at that time. In the centuries that followed, Munich grew quickly. In 1957, it reached the population of one million. Today, Munich is considered one of the financial capitals of Germany with the likes of BMW, Allianz and Siemens headquartered there.
Must Know: The public transport in Munich is well established and is used by 500 million people per year.
Must See: Visit Neuschwanstein, the castle that inspired Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Must Do: Visit Marienplatz, the central square in the city, home to the town hall, with a popular glockenspiel show.
Did You Know: Munich is the formal capital of the country and the word is a derivative of the word ‘monk’.
An average meal in a restaurant in Munich costs 19.7% more than in the rest of the country.
Prices in Munich are on average 5.3% higher than in the other cities in Germany.
Public transport in Munich costs around 2% more than national average.
A night in a hotel in Munich is about 26% less expensive on average than in the rest of Germany.
Munich Airport was opened in 1992 as a replacement of the old airport, Riem, which was located near the city centre. Today, it is the second largest airport in Germany and 7th busiest in Europe, used by almost 40 million passengers per year. The fastest way to get to the centre from the airport is the S-Bahn (overground train). There are 2 lines, the S1 and S8, that connect the airport with the city in 40 minutes and the service departs every 20 minutes. An ExpressBus is also available that stops at the airport, taking just under an hour.
Munich Hauptbahnhof is one of the main train stations in Germany and together with Hamburg it is the most frequented station in the country with 450,000 passengers per day. There are 7 S-Bahn lines stopping at the station: the S1-S4, S6-S8. These lines come from all directions and have their own platforms inside the station. The U-Bahn (underground) also connects the city with the central station. The Hauptbahnhof has 6 U-Bahn lines including the U1, U2, U4, U5, U7 and U8. Furthermore, the station also offers several tram lines and buses that stop in front and beside the station.
Munich Ostbahnhof is the second biggest train station in Munich. Located 2.4 km from the city centre, there is a great deal of travel options that connect Ostbahnhof to the city centre. 7 S-Bahn lines stop here; S 1-8, except the S5. Located just underneath the station, the U5 also offers direct services to the centre as well as the number 19 tram and several city bus lines.
Munich is one the most popular destinations in Germany, so there are many bus providers, serving routes to and from Munich. The most important one being Flixbus, as the company has its headquarter in Munich. Other important providers are MeinFernbus, ADAC Postbus and IC Bus. The Bus station is located next to the Hauptbahnhof, therefore all the connections to the city centre apply from ZOB with just a small walk to the central train station.
MVG (Münchner Verkehrsgesellschaft) serves the buses, trams and the U-Bahn, while the S-Bahn is serviced by Deutsche Bahn. The public transport by MVG is used by more than 500 million people per year and it is made up of 11 tram lines, 67 bus lines and 8 U-Bahn lines. There are many different zones around Munich but for the city itself, the inner ring is the main zone of importance. It consists of 4 zones and the more zones you cross, the more expensive the ticket gets.
Cycling is great way to get around Munich and there are well maintained cycle lanes on almost all main roads in the city, as well as many in parks and gardens around the city. In addition to the municipal bike service, which has stations littered all over the city, there are also private bike rental shops - however, they can often be slightly more expensive.
German roads in general are very well maintained, however seeing as Munich is one of Germany's biggest cities, there is a tendency for the centre to be extremely busy during rush hours. These periods of extreme traffic tend to be during the morning and evening commutes.
Munich is a pedestrian-friendly city. There are lots of well kept pavements and in the centre you can find many pedestrian zones, for example Marienplatz and along Kaufingerstraße. Walking around the whole city on foot is possible, though will require a good pair of shoes.
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