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Practical information for your stay in Munich

To help you with the planning of your trip to Munich, you will find here all the practical information you need, such as airports and public transport, useful web links and general information about Munich and Germany.
Photos: © München Tourismus - Tommy Loesch / © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung

Welcome to Munich: Airports and travel by train Public transport and visit Munich by bike Travelling in Germany: Useful information Munich and Germany by numbers Useful web links to Munich and Bavaria

Welcome to Munich - Airports and transfers

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Munich airport

At 15 minutes by train from Munich's main train station, with 48 million passengers, is the 2nd largest airport in Germany. Lines S1 and S8 of the Munich S-Bahn serve the airport in about 40 minutes from Munich Central Station (every 20 minutes during the day). By car, take exit no. 6 of the A92 motorway. Photo: © Flughafen München GmbH
The airport of Munich : www.munich-airport.de
Nuremberg Airport

Nuremberg Airport

An alternative to Munich airport is Nürnberg airport, ideal for visiting other beautiful Bavarian cities such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Regensburg and Nuremberg. There are regular flights without changes to Paris, Madrid, Malaga, London, Pisa, Amsterdam or Kopenhagen. The underground line U2 takes you to the city centre in 12 minutes. Photo: © Nürnberg Airport
The Airport of Nuremberg: www.airport-nuernberg.de
Munich panorama main railway station

Travelling by train

A very good alternative to flying to Munich is to travel by train, so you can enjoy the beautiful German landscape and reduce your impact on the environment. The German railways (DB) and companies in your country offer attractive packages, often including hotel accommodation. Here are some examples of trips: Paris-Munich by TGV or DB in 5h30. Basel-Munich in 5 hours. From Berlin or Vienna in 4 hours. A new central station is under construction. Photo: © München Tourismus - Rudolf Sterflinger

Weblinks - Aviation

  • www.lufthansa.com
  • www.airfrance.fr
  • www.swiss.com
  • www.britishairways.com
  • www.americanairlines.de

Weblinks - By train

  • www.bahn.de
  • www.sncf.com
  • www.sbb.ch
  • www.belgiantrain.be
  • Munich Main Station
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Public transport network

Munich has a very good public transport network by tram, bus, underground (U-Bahn) and S-Bahn (S-Bahn). There are different fares depending on the length of the journey (zones). Since December 2019, the system is simpler with zone M for a large part of the city. A trip to Munich (valid for 1 hour) costs €3.30 (6-14 year olds €1.50), a day ticket costs €7.80 (6-14 year olds €3.20) and is valid until 6am the next day. There is also a group day ticket for 5 people at € 14.80 (a child aged 6-12 years counts as half). Also available is a multi-ride or short-distance ticket in Munich at €1.70 for 2 (S-/U-Bahn/X-Bus) or 4 stations (Tram or Bus). ATTENTION you have to stamp the ticket just before use (except for a purchase on a bus or tram). From the airport a one-way ticket is 11,50 € better to take the group day ticket at 24,30 € or individual day ticket at 14 €. More information on www.mvv-muenchen.de. Photo: © 2017 MVV GmbH

The Munich Card, the all-rounder for tourists

The München Card is the official guest card of the city of Munich for your sightseeing tours. It includes an MVV day ticket in the chosen area of validity and discounts of up to 70% at many sights, attractions, tours, shopping and gastronomic partners. The Munich Card is available as an individual or children's card and as a group card for a group of 2 persons up to 5 persons - two children between 6 and 14 years of age are considered as one person.
You can buy it online here www.turbopass.com or anywhere in Munich (KVB automat, hotels, tourist office, etc.).

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Bike rental

There are many bike rental points in Munich and many hotels can provide you with bikes, you can also use the bikes for free rental all over the city but beware of the relatively high prices over time (you have to download the app and give a credit card number. Simpler :
  • Our local partner for guided tours also offers bike tours on request. Please contact us by e-mail at e-mail here.

Travelling in Germany : Useful Information

Foreign currencies and credit cards

Like most EU member states Germany introduced the euro (€) in January 2002
   • At Main Bahnhof (ReiseBank AG) from 7am to 8-9pm

Off course, you can also change in banks, but the exchange rate usually is better here. Credit cards are accepted in many places (VISA, Mastercard). But you should ask in advance whether it is possible to pay by card, just to make sure. Tip are not obligatory, but the standard is up to 10 maximum. Just round up the bill when paying.

Identity documents

Citizens of EU member states and several other countries only need a normal ID card. For many other nationalities a passport valid three months beyond the length of stay is sufficient. In any case, when planning your trip, you should ask at your local German consulate or embassy or at a travel agency about the visa requirements. Munich still is rather safe, compared to other European cities. Anyway, one should always keep money, credit and ID card in separate places.
Tip: Take a photo of your identity cards with your mobile phone. Take special care of pick pockets in tourist areas such as train stations and airports. Ignore the people who want you to sign a "petition", of course it's all about money. The "Shell game" is not a game, but a fraudulent method of collaborative perpetrators, in which only the perpetrators win! Never stop at them.

Insurance

When staying in Europe, EU citizens (and Swiss) must have the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Citizens of other countries should thoroughly inquire at their health insurance about the necessary conditions to get their expenses for medical treatment in Germany reimbursed. If you are planning a long-term stay, you should consider an additional private insurance.

Important telephone numbers

   • Germany's international access code: +49
   • Ambulance/Fire Brigade: 112
   • Police : 110
   • Medical emergency service: 116 117
   • Poisoning Emergency Line: (089) 19240
   • Dentist Emergency Line: (089) 30005515

Embassies in Berlin

   • United States America: Pariser Platz, (030) 8 30 50
   • British Embassy: Wilhelmstraße 70, (030) 20 45 70
   • Embassy Canada: Leipziger Platz 17, (030) 20 31 20
   • Embassy France: Pariser Platz 5, (030) 590 03 90 00
   • Embassy Suisse: Otto-von Bismarck-Allee 4a, (030) 390 40 00
   • Embassy Belgium: Jägerstr. 52-53, (030) 206 420
   • Botschaft Österreich: Stauffenbergstrasse 1, (030) 20 28 7-0

Munich, Baviara and Germany by numbers

Munich by Numbers

City :

München / Munich

Country :

Federal Republic of Germany

Federal State :

Free State of Bavaria

Foundation:

1158 (Munich)

Area :

310,43 km²

Elevation :

482-579 m.

Postal Codes :

80000-81929

Population :

1.471.508 (31.12.2018)

Lord Mayor :

Dieter Reiter (SPD) since 2014

City council :
SPD 25 - CSU 24 - Grüne 14 - FDP 5 BP 5 - Linke 2 - ödp 2 - ALFA 2 - LKR 2 - BIA 1 - FW 1 Total: 81 (May 2014)

Official Website :

www.muenchen.de



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The Federal State of Baviara

Federal State :

Free State of Bavaria - Since 1918

State Capital :

Munich

languages:

German - Bavarian - Franconian (≈ 3 m.) - Swabian (≈ 2 m.)

Population :

13.076.721

Area :

70 552 km²

Density :

185 hab/km²

GDP Per capita :

47.946 € (Germany 40.851 €)

Unemployment :

2,7 % (11.2019)

The largest cities :
Munich (1.471.508 inhabitants) - Nuremberg (518.365) - Augsbourg (295.135) - Ratisbonne (152.610) - Ingolstadt (136.987)

Minister-President :

Markus Söder (CSU)

Parlement (Land) :
CSU 85 - Grüne 38 - FW 27 - SPD 22 - AFD 20 - FDP 11 - Other 2 / Total 205 (2018)

Official Website :

www.bayern.de

The Federal Republic of Germany by numbers

Country :

Federal Republic of Germany (23. Mai 1949)

Capital :

Berlin since 3 october 1990

Area :

357 578 km²

Elevation :

0-2962 meter (Zugspitze)

Population :

83.000.000

Density :

232 inhabitants/km²

GDP Per capita :

39.477 € (Lux. 92.000 - Fr. 34.100 - Bul. 7.100 €)

unemployment :

4,9% (Bremen 9,7% - Bayern 2,8% - Berlin 7,7%)

Federal President :

Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) since 2017

Chancellor :

Angela MERKEL (CDU) since november 2005

Governing parties :

Coalition CDU-CSU/SPD

19. Bundestag (September 2017):
CDU/CSU 246 - SPD 152 - AFD 91 - FDP 80 - Die Linke 69 - Die Grünen 67 - Fraktionslos 4 / Total 709

Official website :

www.deutschland.de

www.bundestag.de

Germany by numbers

16 Federal States : (Inhabitants x 1000 & ranking largest states) :

   • North Rhine-Westphalia (17,91 inhab. / 4.)
   • Bavaria (12,99 / 1.)
   • Baden-Würtemberg (11,02 / 3.)
   • Lower Saxony (7,96 / 2.)
   • Hesse (6,24 / 7.)
   • Saxony (4,08 / 10.)
   • Rhineland-Palatinate (4,07 / 9.)
   • Berlin (3,61 / 14.)
   • Schleswig-Holstein (2,88 / 12.)
   • Brandenburg (2,50 / 5.)
   • Saxony-Anhalt (2,22 / 8.)
   • Thuringia (2,15 / 11.)
   • Hamburg (1,83 / 15.)
   • Mecklemburg-Vorpommern (1,61 / 6.)
   • Saarland (0,99 / 13.)
   • Bremen (0,68 / 16.)

The largest cities :

   • Berlin 3,77 million inhabitants
   • Hamburg 1,89 million inhabitants
   • Munich 1,47 million inhabitants
   • Cologne 1,08 million inhabitants
   • Frankfurt 0,74 million inhabitants

Useful web links to Munich and Bavaria

Munich & Tourism

   • Wikipédia - The Free encyclopedia - Page of Munich
   • Wikipédia - Page of Bavaria
   • www.muenchen.de - City of Munich
   • www.munich.travel - Munich Tourism Service
   • www.munich.travel - Tourist Office of Bavaria
   • www.museen-in-muenchen.de - Website about Munich museums
   • germany.travel - German Tourist Office

Politics & Administration

   • www.muenchen.de - Official website of the city of Munich
   • www.bayern.de - Website of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia
   • bundesregierung.de - Official website of the German government
   • bundestag.de - Official website of the German Parliament

Transport - Railway and airlines

   • MVV - Public transport in Munich
   • DB - Deutsche Bahn
   • SNCF - The French State Railways
   • CFF/SBB - Swiss Federal Railways
   • SNCB - The Belgian Railway
   • Lufthansa - Best Airline in Europe (Awards 2019)
   • britishairways.com - British Airways
   • americanairlines.de - American Airlines

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You will find other links and practical information on the pages : Culture and Agenda 2021 - Monuments - Museums - Hotels and Restaurants - City guided tours in Munich

The city guided tours of Munich in English with your guide Valérie Kieffer

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Thematic or tailor-made guided tours with your private guide

A guided tour is the best way to understand and appreciate a city like Munich with its long and fascinating history as well as its historical monuments.

Have you ever tried a private guided tour? Even if you pay a little more than a group visit on a fixed date, the great advantages are that you can visit at your own pace, according to your interests and, above all, you save time with all the good advice your guide will give you during the guided tour.

Information here and booking your guided tour :

By e-mail to valerie.kieffer@wunder-der-stadt.de or +49/ (0)170 437 89 48