Munich Germany Virtual Tour and Travel Guide

by Ed Prifogle and Dr. Thomas Ruzicka
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  1. Take a German Beginners Language Course
  2. Watch these video travel clips about Munich and other German cities
  3. See these Munich Live Cams
  4. View this MAPQUEST map for location information.
  5. View these panoramic views with sound
  6. See this 32 minute movie by the Intrepid Berkeley Explorer about Munich and other German cities, including Cologne, Dresden, Hamburg. and Berlin.
  7. Never get lost in Munich again
  8. See these  Oktobetfest clips
  9. Look at these  web cams.
  10. See this multimedia slide show
  11. See these Videos about Munich and Oktoberfest
  12. Watch these Videos about Ludwigs castle and Munich
  13. View this Oktoberest article
  14. Listen to these Audio tapes about Munich
  15. Check out the Munich interactive Map
  16. Listen to German folk and popular music
  17. Watch German TV
  18. Check the Current Room Rates
  19. See this Munich Stars and Stripes Article
  20. Read these 41 visitor's comments about Munich.
Description

INTRODUCTION

I was assisted with the Munich description by Dr. Thomas Ruzicka of the Department of Veteran Affairs.


MUNICH (MUENCHEN) GERMANY
by Ed Prifogle and Dr. Thomas Ruzicka


 When to Go: Go anytime; the city almost always has something to offer. When the weather is warm, Munich life takes place outside, in the cafés and beer gardens and in the city’s parks. Late September and early October, Oktoberfest time, are also nice. From the last weekend in November until Christmas, Munich is in the holiday spirit, with numerous Christmas markets throughout the city. During the Carnival season, known as Fasching in Munich, the city parties, especially on Fat Tuesday with the dance of the market women at the Viktualienmarkt.

Getting there: You can reach Munich easily by car. Autobahn 8 coming from west (Stuttgart) and southeast (Italy) ends in Munich, as does Autobahn 9 from the north (Vilseck, Hohenfels) and Autobahn 95 from the south (Garmisch). From Kaiserslautern and Mannheim, take A6 to A7 to A8, and from Würzburg take A7 to A8. There is little free parking in Munich, so be prepared to pay for parking, which can become expensive.

Coming by train, you arrive at the city's main train station, the Hauptbahnhof. Trains arrive here from all directions, including connections from Italy. The train station is centrally located, and from here it is a short walk downtown and to the Oktoberfest on the Theresienwiese.

By Air-Munich’s Franz-Josef-Strauss airport is northeast of the city near Erding, about 40 minutes away by public transportation. Flights from throughout Europe and the United States arrive here.

More info: Check out the Munich City Website. The city has two tourist information offices, one at the main train station and one in the city hall on Marienplatz, phone: (+49) (0) 89-2333032.

octoberfestSprawling Munich (Muenchen), home of some 1.3 million people, is the capital of southern Catholic Bavaria, and one of Germany's major cultural centers.  Only Berlin outranks it in terms of museums and theaters. It's also one of Germany's most festive cities, and its location, at the foot of the Alps, is idyllic. It's a beer lovers paradise with many outstanding beer halls and restaurants. Oktoberfest is a world renown event.

Munich is an enchantingly sophisticated city with a baroque spirit and with inhabitants possessing an unusual sense of humor. This is the capital of "gemutlichkeit", the untranslatable tongue-twister that refers to a supremely cozy state of well-being. Travelers, of course, are drawn like a magnet to the city's fairy tale charm, superb museums and annual Oktoberfest. Munich has sometimes been referred to, by other Germans, as the "City with Heart".
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glokenspeil Originally named after the group of settler monks who set up shop by the crystal waters of the Isar River, Munich has at its core a huge pedestrian zone delineated at its far corners by gigantic gates or "Tors". The city's wide boulevards and tempting side streets spell paradise for historians, sigh gazers, shoppers and gourmands. The colorful Marienplatz, in Munich's heart, is site of the magnificent gothic Rathaus, crowned with a working Glockenspiel of jousting, dancing figures. Just around the corner are the tantalizing aromas of the Viktualienmarkt (food market).

mun11Fasching is the pre-Lenten carnival season, which is played out VERY BIG in Muenchen with costume and comedy balls, dances, parties, both private and public that go on until morning almost every day of the week in various venues such as the famous Deutsches Theater on the Schwanthalerstrasse not far from the Oktoberfest fairgrounds on the west side of the city. The center of Fasching celebration in downtown Munich is the Viktualienmarkt, where on certain days the lady food vendors (famous in their own right) "let it all hang out" and do a little wild street dance in some pretty amusing costumes.

The 19th century architectural treasures that ring the Marienplatz were commissioned by the beloved but somewhat unusual Wittelsbach Royal Family. They left behind a legacy of lovely palaces, wide boulevards, soaring statues and nearby fantasy Alpine castles - whose admission tickets, by the way, add substantially to state revenues.

The Marienplatz (city square) is historic heart of Munich with many cobbled streets, cultural monuments, shops, cafes, restaurants and plus the Glockckenspiel that chimes daily, 11am- 5pm & 9pm in summer. Its also the place to be during the annual Oktoberfest celebration and the winter festivals such as Fasching.

GETTING AROUND 

towerThe taxi fare from the Franz Joseph Strauss Airport costs around $55.00 USD. Try other means to get to town such as the subway (S-BAHN) or Airport Van. Read this article on how to get to town from the airport. Munich has a marvelous subway system known as the U-Bahn; it covers the inner-city efficiently and soundlessly. A single ticket or Einzelkarte, valid for both the U-Bahn and S-Bahn (which covers the outer suburban areas) costs $1.50. Like most European subways, the U-Bahn offers discount passes such as the 24-hour Tageskarte ticket which costs $5 or a Mehrfahrkarte - a strip ticket good for 10 rides at $8. Click here for a map of the  Munich U-Bahn and S-Bahn.

MUNICH HOTELS

The Hotels in Munich are very reasonable in the off seasons and tend to be a bit pricey during Oktoberfest and Fasching. A good 3 star hotel costs between 70 to 100 Euros, while a 4 star hotel costs between 110 to 140 Euros. The Exchange rate is about 85 Euros to $100.00 USD Click to locate the Munich City Hotel Map.







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