There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Munich each year.
The main ones are listed below.
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 (Karfreitag - local event) March/April: Easter Monday (Ostermontag - national holiday) May 1: Labour Day (Tag der Arbeit - national holiday) Late June–late July: Munich Opera Festival (Münchner Opernfestspiele - 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.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 (Tag der Deutschen Einheit - national holiday)
Commemorates the anniversary of Germany's reunification in 1990.November 27–December 24: Christmas Market (Christkindlmarkt - 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 (Weihnachtstag - national holiday)
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Munich's Franz-Josef-Strauß Airport is located about 28 kilometres (17 miles) north-east of the city centre.
Munich has an efficient public transport system covering all areas of the city. It is by far the best option for getting around.
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:
With an average of 2.5 taxis per 100,000 inhabitants, Munich is well-provided. This means of transportation can be very useful, as you can find a taxi on every street corner. Hail one or call one of the numerous local cab companies. EUR 1.70 per kilometre.
Riding a bike is an excellent way to get around Munich. With 1,200 kilometres of bike lanes, the city offers the largest rideable area of all German cities. You will find numerous bike rental agencies around (about EUR 18 for one day).
Upon your arrival in Munich, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.München Tourismus
Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, public transport, sightseeing and tours) as well as brochures and maps.
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):
City hall (Rathaus) :
See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Munich counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.Vaccinations
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Germany.
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
There are no food safety risks in Munich.Water
Tap water is safe to drink in Munich.
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:
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Munich, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are a few basic German phrases that will make your stay in Munich a little easier:
Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Guten Morgen (morning) / Guten Tag (during the day)
Good evening: Guten Abend
Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen
No, thank you: Nein, Danke
Thank you very much: Vielen Dank
I don't understand: Ich verstehe nicht
Could you repeat ?: Können Sie bitte wiederholen?
What time is it ?: Wie spät ist es?
Airport: der Flughafen
Train station: der Bahnhof
Taxi: das Taxi
Hotel: das Hotel
Hospital: das Krankenhaus
Bank: die Bank
Telephone: das Telefon
I'm (…): Ich bin (…)
I'm looking for (…): Ich suche (…)
How much is (…)?: 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 (…)
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% 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.