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FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Munich

There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Munich each year.
The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

January 7–Shrove Tuesday: Fasching (local event)

Carnival season in Munich begins on the day after Epiphany and ends on Shrove Tuesday. Munich thus pulls out the stops for a month or more each year, celebrating this period with a series of costume parades as well as fancy dress parties and elegant masked balls.

March/April: Good Friday (national holiday)

March/April: Easter Monday (national holiday)

May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)

Late June–late July: Munich Opera Festival (local event)

An annual highlight since 1875, this festival organized by the Bavarian State Opera attracts visitors from around the world for its top-flight productions, featuring today's leading artists in over 30 opera performances, along with song recitals, symphonic and chamber music concerts, and dance performances, at various venues throughout the city.

Late June-early July: Filmfest München (local event)

Mid-September–first Sunday in October: Oktoberfest (local event)

This is Munich's legendary folk festival, featuring huge and smaller tents for enjoying a variety of beers and gourmet specialities, with traditional music and dancing, and a fun fair with wild rides, games and food stalls. It takes place on the Theresienwiese, a gravelly open space near the centre of the city, and attracts some 6 million visitors each year!

October 3: German Unity Day (national holiday)

Commemorates the anniversary of Germany's reunification in 1990.

November 27–December 22: Christmas Market (local event)

Munich's Christmas market is consistently one of the most impressive in Europe. It is held every year on the beautiful Marienplatz.

December 25: Christmas (national holiday)

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN Munich

Munich straddles two climate regions: humid Atlantic and dry continental. For this reason, the weather can be quite changeable and unpredictable. Winters are cold, with some snow due to the proximity of the Alps, whereas summers are relatively hot and humid. Thunderstorms occur frequently in the summer. Spring is the ideal time to visit the city, with its clear and sunny blue skies.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January -5/23 1/34 54/2.1 Good period to go Good period to go
February -4/25 2/36 45/1.8 Good period to go Good period to go
March 0/32 8/46 60/2.4 Good period to go Good period to go
April 3/37 13/55 70/2.8 Good period to go Good period to go
May 7/45 18/64 93/3.7 Good period to go Good period to go
June 10/50 21/70 124/4.9 Not the best period to go
July 12/54 24/75 118/4.6 Not the best period to go
August 12/54 23/73 115/4.5 Not the best period to go
September 9/48 19/66 90/3.5 Not the best period to go
October 4/39 14/57 69/2.7 Not the best period to go
November 0/32 6/43 71/2.8 Not the best period to go
December -4/25 2/36 58/2.3 Good period to go Good period to go
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Munich Franz Josef Strauss International Airport

Munich's Franz Josef Strauss Airport is located about 28 kilometres (17 miles) north-east of the city centre.

  • Two terminals:
    • Terminal 1 (Air France)
    • Terminal 2

Getting from the airport to Munich and back
  • By car
    • Accessible via the A99 ring road, the A9 and the A92. The trip to or from central Munich takes about 45 minutes.
    • The airport offers several parking facilities opposite or adjacent to the terminals for both short- and long-term parking (P1–P4, P5, P7, P8, P20, P26 and P35; EUR 4.00 for up to 1 hour and EUR 30.00 for 1 day), plus three more distant lots (P41, P80 and P81) specifically for longer stays, which offer lower rates (EUR 20.00 for 1 day and EUR 59.00 for 1 week), including free bus transfers to the terminals. Parking is free for the first 10 minutes at the Check-In Zone in both terminals (EUR 3.50 for each 30 minutes or portion thereof).
    • Several car rental companies have counters in hall C of Terminal 1.
  • By bus
    • MVV Bus has routes connecting the airport with Freising, Erding and Markt Schwaben.
    • Autobus Oberbayern connects the airport with Munich's main train station.
  • By rail
    • Two S-bahn commuter rail lines (S1 and S8) connect the airport with Marienplatz in central Munich, with departures every 10 minutes and a travel time of 38–48 minutes (EUR 10.80 each way).
    • MVV Bus 635 connects the airport with the Freising train station (departures every 20 minutes, travel time of about 20 minutes), where passengers can transfer to regional trains, with connections to Munich, Nuremberg, Regensburg and Prague.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks just outside the arrivals halls. The trip to central Munich costs around EUR 50.
  • Services: shops, bars and restaurants, Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
  • Telephone: +49 (0)89 97500
  • Website: http://www.munich-airport.de

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GETTING AROUND Munich

Munich has an efficient public transport system covering all areas of the city. It is by far the best option for getting around.

By public transport

The entire system, which is both modern and highly efficient, is managed by MVV (Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund). The three types of transport (underground, buses and trams) complement each other:

  • Underground: The U-Bahn has both north-south and east-west lines, with trains running very frequently.
  • Buses: Munich has many bus routes, making it possible to reach any point in the city. Express buses run on the main thoroughfares, providing convenient links with the other forms of transport.
  • Trams: Munich's Straßenbahn offers more than a dozen tram lines covering a total network of about 80 kilometres (50 miles) and used daily by some 250,000 passengers. Trams generally run from 6 a.m. to midnight. Several lines offer night trams operating outside these hours, at longer intervals.

Ils circulent en règle générale de 6h à minuit. Des lignes de nuit prennent le relais en dehors de ces horaires avec une moindre fréquence.

Fares:

Public transport fares in Munich are based on the number of zones crossed. For a single trip within one zone on any public transport operated by MVV the fare is EUR 2.70 (EUR 1.30 for children aged 6 to 14). For a single trip passing through two, three or four zones, the adult fares are EUR 5.40, EUR 8.10 and EUR 10.80, respectively.

Useful tip: If you will be using public transport frequently during your stay, you may want to consider the unlimited 1-day or 3-day passes offered by MVV. These passes are priced according to the specific zones included, not the number of zones crossed.
  • Individual passes: Adult day tickets cost EUR 6.20 for either the Inner District (white zone) or the Outer District (green, yellow and red zones) alone, EUR 8.30 for Munich XXL (white and green zones), or EUR 12.00 for the entire network. A 3-day ticket, available for the Inner District only, costs EUR 15.50.
  • Group passes (up to five adults): Day tickets cost EUR 11.70 for either the Inner District (white zone) or the Outer District (green, yellow and red zones) alone, EUR 14.80 for Munich XXL (white and green zones), or EUR 22.30 for the entire network. A 3-day ticket, available for the Inner District only, costs EUR 27.10.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Munich, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.

München Tourismus

Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, public transport, sightseeing and tours) as well as brochures and maps.

Tourist information centres

At various locations throughout the city, München Tourismus operates information centres, where you can obtain recommendations for visiting Munich and its surrounding area:

Main train station (Hauptbahnhof):

  • Address: Bahnhofsplatz 2, 80335 München
  • Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and holidays

City hall (Rathaus) :

  • Address: Marienplatz 8, 80331 München
  • Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and holidays

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Medical information

See your doctor before you travel. Taking out travel health insurance to cover any emergency medical expenses or hospital stays during your time in Munich is also recommended.

Vaccinations

There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Germany.

For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:

Water

Tap water is safe to drink in Munich.

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Administrative formalities

For stays of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay.

As a general rule, all other travellers are subject to visa requirements, although citizens of some countries may enter Germany for a short stay of up to 90 days without a visa.

For further information, visit the website of the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees:
http://www.bamf.de/EN/Migration/Einreisebestimmungen/einreisebestimmungen-node.html

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic German phrases that will make your stay in Munich a little easier:

Hello / How do you do?: Guten Tag

Good morning: Guten Morgen

Good evening: Guten Abend (there is no equivalent of “Good afternoon” in German)

Good-bye: Auf Wiedersehen

Yes: Ja

No: Nein

No, thank you: Nein, Danke

Thank you very much: Vielen Dank

I don't understand: Ich verstehe nicht

Could you repeat that: Können Sie bitte wiederholen?

Please: Bitte

What time is it: Wie spät ist es?

Excuse me: Entschuldigung.

Airport: Der Flughafen

Train station: Der Bahnhof

Taxi: Das Taxi

Hotel: Das Hotel

Hôpital: Das Krankenhaus

Bank: Die Bank

Telephone: Das Telefon

I'm (…): Ich bin (…).

I'm looking for (…): Ich suche (…).

How much is this: Wie viel kostet es?

Do you have (…): Haben Sie (…)?

Where can I find (…): Wo kann ich (…) finden?

Where can I buy (…): Wo kann ich (…) kaufen?

I'd like (…): Ich hätte gerne.

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Good to know

00 49
+ phone number without the 0 (calls to Munich)
1 : 00
of time difference with
Dublin
Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March
End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October

Banks

Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Government offices

Usually open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

And what about tipping?
In Germany, as is also the case in France and Italy, when the service is especially friendly and attentive, leaving a tip is recommended and always appreciated. An appropriate tip in this case is anywhere between 5 and 10 percent of the bill at restaurants or bars. Do not leave the tip on the table. It is better to hand it to the server when paying the bill.