Munich, Germany

Ideal for: History Buffs, Culture Cravers, Art Lovers

  • The grand capital of Bavaria, Munich offers a blend of royal heritage and modern ambiance, with a compelling mix of stately palaces and world-class museums.
  • Shop the city’s boutiques, dine in outdoor beer gardens, and stroll through the city’s renowned parks.
  • Munich is a popular jumping-off point to explore Bavarian castles such as Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, located 90 minutes south of the city by car.
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Upscale, cosmopolitan, and historic—three descriptors that apply to Munich, a cultural powerhouse in southern Germany. Visit the charming, open-air Viktualienmarkt for a tasty snack, ride bicycles through the tree-lined English Garden, and marvel at the European masterpieces hanging in the Alte Pinakothek, one of Bavaria’s most celebrated painting galleries. Be sure to visit an outdoor biergarten or massive beer hall (the original Hofbräuhaus is a good place to start), where you’ll be right at home with a frothy mug of beer and a warm pretzel, squeezing in next to locals at long communal tables.

Quick Facts

  • Suggested Airport
    Munich International Airport (MUC)
  • Currency
    Euro
  • Language
    German
  • Time Zone
    6 hours ahead of NYC
  • Average Temperature
    74℉ in summer; 34℉ in winter

Destination Highlights


  • Englischer Garten

    This 910-acre green space claims to be the largest city park on the European continent. Pack a picnic, nap in the shade, or go for a swim in the clear waters of the Isar River—a perfect spot to cool off on a warm summer day.

  • Marienplatz

    Dating back to 1158, Munich’s main square is a must-see, lined with shops and restaurants in the shadow of the New Town Hall. During the holidays, Marienplatz transforms into a charming Christkindlmarkt.

  • The Residenz

    Peek into Munich’s royal past at the Wittelsbachs’ family palace. Tour the ornate rooms, featuring intricate tapestries, paintings, and furniture, and visit the Residenz Treasury (home to the family crowns).

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Weather


  • Forecasting Your Munich Vacation

    Munich experiences all four seasons, with summer temperatures reaching the mid-70s and chilly winters that dip into the 20s. Spring and fall are mild, if a bit on the cooler side. Munich is relatively dry, with only a few inches of precipitation each month. July is the rainiest month, with an average of four inches.

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Map of Munich, Germany

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