Munich is the capital and most populated city of the state of Bavaria, with over 1.5 million people living there in July 2020. Running along the banks of the River Isar, Munich is a global hub for art, science and culture, and is home to two prestigious universities.
Before visiting any town or city make sure you know the basics. General details and important information.
- Emergency Services: 112
- Language: German
- Currency: Euro
- Country Code: GER
- Travel Visa: None required
- Population: 1,558,395
Researching various official sources, we perceive the risk to holiday makers and travellers are as follows;
Top travel advice and interesting tip bits of information from experienced travellers.
- Don't feel the need to rent a car for your trip to Munich - the city has great public transport, and many of the city's central attractions are within walking distance of each other.
- Munich has some incredible shops, but keep in mind that they will be closed on Sundays - be sure to stock up on essentials beforehand to avoid getting caught out.
- Even if you've learnt some German beforehand, even native speakers can have a hard time understanding the Bavarian dialect. Don't be put out if you're having trouble understanding the locals at first.
For the Emergency services just dial 112 from any phone.
Where can I keep up with local news?
What common crimes occur in Munich?
Munich is a very safe city for its residents and travellers: it is one of the safest German cities overall and violent crime is extremely rare. Take the usual precautions such as don’t leave your camera unattended and other valuables.
Do you have any safety tips for my trip?
Munich is a large city and like all large cities, Munich can have some potential hazards for visitors. Petty crime does exist and it is highly recommended that you pay attention to your surroundings and do not take any unnecessary risk. Try not to carry large amounts of cash and avoid wearing expensive jewellery. Keep an eye on all belongings and if necessary leave in hotels.
What areas should I avoid?
Avoid walking alone at nights, if necessary stay in highly populated areas, avoid the English Garden at night, also if necessary stay within a group and keep in contact if separated with group members.
Annual events allow a city come together for some amazing experiences. If visiting at this time, make sure you have your accommodation booked and are always aware of your surroundings when travelling around.
Oktoberfest – You know all about Oktoberfest already: good beer, good food and celebrations all around Germany. Be advised that if you visit during the Oktoberfest period, be prepared for places to be extremely busy.
Tollwood Festival – Tollwood is a festival that has summer and winter variants. Expect to see lots of foodstalls, handicrafts and live music in both, with an added Christmas market during the winter festival.
Is there anywhere else that is great to visit?
Bavarian State Opera (Bayerische Staatsoper) – Classical opera house with an impressive exterior and a magnificent interior. The theater’s ensemble has a long-standing tradition of excellence. The State Opera seats 2,100 people. Five rows of stalls and the royal box overlook the circular auditorium.
Wiener Platz– East side of the river Isar, there is a plaque commemorating the murder of 12 people during the Bavarian revolution of 1918/1919. Echoes of the city’s history are never more than a street away. Next door, the 1892-built Hofbräukeller is typical of Munich’s ubiquitous, and on the whole superb, beer gardens.
A 20-minute bummel from the city centre, including wonderful views of the river Isar and the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace) from the Maximiliansbrücke, is worth the trip alone. The knowledge that what awaits is an extensive beer garden and a cool Weißbier makes the lingering walk on a summer’s day even better.
Nymphenburg Palace – The baroque palace in the west part of Munich was the summer residence of the Bavarian monarchs. Five generations of Wittelsbach rulers were involved in the construction of this stately ensemble, which houses several outstanding collections. With its lavishly decorated interior and the famous “Gallery of Beauties” commissioned by Ludwig I, the palace is one of Munich’s favorite attractions. Among the highlights are the former bedroom of King Ludwig II and the impressive banquet hall with fine ceiling frescoes by Johann Baptist Zimmermann.