When to fly
May through September is the peak tourist season and flights to Munich are likely to be more expensive. September/October are also very busy with the world renowned Oktoberfest crowds. The pre-Lenten celebration of Fasching (Carnival) is also very popular.
April through May and September through October are good times to visit and grab cheap flights to Munich. November to March is cold and overcast, but there are few, if any, tourists in town.
Tollwood Festival takes place around November to December. It offers something for everyone, including, theatre, music performances, art and culinary delights. To get you into the festive spirit, the Winter Festival also has a charming Christmas market.
Find a cheap flight to Munich and you will visit an ancient centre of the arts and science, but the city is perhaps best known for its Oktoberfest. The beer festival that was first held in 1810 to mark the union of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese, is world famous but there is so much more to Bavaria's capital city than tankards of beer.
Bombed during the Second World War, Munich was rebuilt meticulously. Top tourist sites include the Englischer Garten, one of the world's largest public parks. The city centre, found within the traffic loop of the Altstadtring, has many iconic attractions such as the Rathaus-Glockenspiel and the Frauenkirche cathedral, the height of which no central building is allowed to exceed. Heading north of the centre along the Isar river is the splendid Englischer Garten, a long, wonderfully-maintained and peaceful park. West of here, Schwabing is a trendier area with many coffee places, exotic restaurants and bars, and some the city’s best art galleries and museums. Further west, the picturesque area where the 1972 Olympic Games were held has a tower with excellent views of the city. The eccentric BMW buildings are also here: a museum which looks like the BMW logo from above, and the company’s headquarters in the shape of four giant engine cylinders.
Marienplatz, in the city centre, with its gilded statue of the Virgin Mary, is dominated by two town halls - old and new. In the tower of the New Town Hall, the Glockenspiel (or carillion) depicts two events from Munich's history (a royal wedding and the Coopers' dance) each day while its 43 bells sound out folk tunes. The birthplace of Ludwig II (1845-1886) is the splendid Nymphenburg Palace, and the grand Ludwigstrasse is one of Munich's four royal avenues.