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Munich’s famous Hofbräu beer once saved the city from being destroyed during the Thirty Years war. It was used as a bargaining chip, 344 buckets of Hofbräu were exchanged as part of Sweden’s promise not to burn down the city.
Munich is on the Central European Time Zone (CET). It’s GMT +1 hour, meaning that it’s 5 hours ahead of New York and 1 hour ahead of London (Not calculating for Day Lights Savings).
If you are a citizen of a country that is a member state of the EU, you do not need a visa to travel to Munich. All you need is documentation that identifies you, either a valid passport or an ID card.
For non-EU travelers, you will need:
- A passport or travel document. Must have been issued within the last 10 years and valid for at least three more months beyond the date you plan to leave Germany.
- Valid visa. If require.
- Proof of adequate funds for the entire stay in Germany. Travelers must be in possession of at least 45€ per each day they plan on spending in German territory.
- A round-trip ticket to Germany and back. You will present these documents to German border police upon arrival.
In 1985, the government of Germany signed the Schengen Agreement, meaning that it became part of the European border free area.
You must apply for a Schengen Visa if you are:
- Citizens of a third-world country that has not reached a visa liberalization agreement with the EU.
- A citizen of a third-world country that has reached a visa liberalization agreement with the Schengen states, but you were rejected from entering Belgium or any other Schengen country visa-free.
For more detailed info, check out Schengen Visa Info.
Before traveling to Germany, visitors from China must present a rapid antigen test no more than 48 hours old. Travelers who were in a virus variant area prior to entry must isolate for fourteen days in a home quarantine. Masks are required while riding long-distance public transport.
The most convenient airport for travelers heading to Munich is the international airport of Munich.
- Munich Airport (MUC). This airport is much smaller and less hectic than other German airports, the downside of this is that sometimes this airport does not have non-stop flights to your home city.
The easiest way to get around in Munich is via the U-Bahn underground trains or S-Bahn regional.
- Fares for this underground rail system range from 1.70 to 3.40 EUR (around $1.90 to $3.80).
- The city also offers a variety of bus and tram lines to choose from that can take you to most places in the city, though it is notably slower than the rail system.
- Driving is discouraged in Munich due to heavy traffic and scarce parking. If you don’t want to use the public transport, there are always bikes nearby for you to rent and you can peddle around the city.
- Taxis are also available around the city.
Munich is generally a very safe place to travel. There are a few pickpockets, so it is important to guard your stuff especially in the cities at night. Every place you travel you could encounter a local who will try to take advantage of a foreigner but if you trust your gut you should be perfectly fine.
But just in case, the emergency number in Munich is 112.
The best time to visit Munich is from March to May. If you are heading to Munich to party at Oktoberfest make sure you bring a coat, average temperatures will range between the 40s and 50s Fahrenheit. As for summer, you will experience relative warmth, prepare for rain, just in case.
The official language in Munich is German, however you can easily get around using English since Munich is a tourist destination.
Yes: Ja (yah)
No: Nein (nine)
Hello/Good day: Guten Tag (GOOT-en tahk)
Excuse me: Entschuldigen Sie (ent-SHOOL-degen see)
Thank you: Danke (DAHN-kuh)
I’m sorry: Es Tut mir leid (ehs toot meer lite)
I don’t understand: Ich verstehen nicht (Ish VARE-stahe nisht)
How much does that cost?: Wieviel kostet das? (Vee-veal cost-it Das?)
Where is the restroom?: Wo ist die Toilette (vo ist dee toy-LET-uh)
Do: be polite, say please and thank you, try to be on time as much as possible, use a fork and knife when eating and shake hands when greeting people and be clean and dress well.
Do not: compare people to Nazis, stare at naked people; nudism in Germany is known as Freikoerperkultur (FKK) in essence they are a lot freer with their bodies then other countries so just try to be respectful of it.
Remind yourself that you are in another culture and be open to understanding.
Tipping is expected in Munich but at a much lower rate the U.S, the general custom is a nominal tip (Trinkgeld is the German word for tip, it translates to money for a drink).
- Restaurant: 5% to 10% is appreciated while 15% is considered generous.
- Taxis: anywhere between 50 cents and 2 EUR depending on the amount of the fare.
- Hotels: tipping the porter 1-2 EUR per bag is average. Tip the maid/housekeeper around 4 EUR for every night you are staying.
- Spas: you do not need to tip but if you want to 5% is appreciated.
- Tour Guides: 10% is the general rule especially if the tour is free.
In Munich, the power plugs and sockets are type C and F (two-prong). Both types also work with plug E. You cannot use your electronics in Germany without a voltage converter, because the standard voltage is 230 V — higher than the US standard of 120 V.
Your converter should look like this:
Tap water is very safe to drink in Munich it is their most controlled beverage product!
When you are a restaurant in Germany however and you ask for water, they will bring you a bottled water, it is considered bad etiquette to request tap water.
Pocket WI-FI is considered one of the best Wi-Fi hotspots for travelers in Munich, especially if you want to avoid data roaming. This portable Wi-Fi solution makes it cheap and easy to access Wi-fi anywhere in Germany. You can even connect up to 10 devices to the same pocket Wi-Fi Egg.
A SIM card costs €9.95 ($11.81) and will give you 2.5GB of data.
Taxis tend to be expensive in Germany and are not usually recommended, the base rate starts at 3.70 EUR ($4.20 USD) an additional 1.90 EUR ($2.15 USD) must be paid as well per kilometer. Taxi and Uber are not very popular when it comes to transport. If you do want to order a taxi, the MyTaxi app is a great place to find a taxi near you.
Natives of Munich consider their home to be a liberal city and pride themselves on their LGBTQ+ tolerance, making it a popular destination for LGBTQ+ travelers.
- A lot of Munich’s gay scene is centered around Glockenbachviertel neighborhood, but you can find gay bars and clubs scattered across the city.
- If you are looking to party, I would recommend visiting Munich either during the summer so you can experience the Pride Festival there or visit during the fall and witness the raunchy Gay Oktoberfest celebrations.
From the eco-friendly metropolis to the Black forest, Munich is full of eco-conscious activities and locations to enjoy. As of today, Munich has invested around 9 million euros into clean energy projects.
- Munich is known for Englischer Garten, a public green space that can be found in the heart of the bustling city. It is one of the largest parks in the world.
- Outside the city of Munich in the region of Bavaria you will find forests, streams, lakes as well as some ancient castles.