Helpful Visitor Tips For Munich:
Although Munich’s city center is quite compact, planning out your visit can be a little confusing. We go to Munich on an annual basis and have found a few things you just need to know ahead of time. In addition to knowing a few helpful phrases in German, knowing how to divide your time is probably the most important advice. Having a good suggested itinerary for Munich to help start your planning is a great start. Our other planning tips for Munich include where to stay (especially during Oktoberfest), what the better times of year to visit are, and how to navigate the festivals. You can thank us later for our top ten Munich visitor tips.
1. Planning Your Time In Munich :
Beyond just the beer halls, there is surprisingly a ton of amazing things to do both in and around Munich that could easily keep you busy for weeks. This diverse set of experiences helps to make Munich our favorite large city in Germany. It can be hard to prioritize what are the most important things to see and how to maximize your time, so we decided to do the work for you. Whether you are only in town for 1-4 days over more than a week we’ve come up with the best plan of action to get you started.
Read More: Suggested Itineraries for Munich
2. How To Get To/From The Munich Airport :
Munich’s main airport, called Flughafen München in German, sits 22 miles North of town in the German countryside. It is very easy to reach Munich by metro as a special Airport line connects you to Munich’s main train station within 45 minutes. If you have more than 1 person in your group make sure to buy the 19.60 € group ticket from the ticket machine to save money. It covers a group up to 5 not only to get to central Munich, but also for all of the inner city buses, trams, and subway lines for the rest of the day.
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3. Getting Around In Munich :
With how compact Munich’s main pedestrian-only tourist area is you won’t need to use the metro very much during your visit. The Metro is great with numerous modern lines crisscrossing the city and even a tram line that connects the cities main park, the English Garden. For the most part, you’ll probably only need to Metro if connecting to either of the train stations or the airport for connecting to other cities.
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4. German Language Tips :
Munich in German is München (Mew-Chin)
Hello is Hallo (Ha-Low)
Good Morning is Guten Morgen (Goo-ten Morgen)
Good Day is Guten Tag (Goo-ten Tahg)
Good Afternoon is Guten Abend (Goo-ten Ah-bent)
Good Night is Gute Nacht (Goo-te Nah-cht), remember it’s not Guten
Goodbye in person is Auf Wiedersehen (Owf Vee-da-zane)
Informal Goodbye is Tschüss (Ja-oose), can also use Tschau (Chow)
Goodbye On The Phone is Auf Wiederhören (Owf Vee-da-hur-run)
Thank You is Danke (Dunk-ah)
Do You Speak English? is Sprechen Sie Englisch (Spa-wreck-ins Zee Ing-Lisch)?
Cheers for drinking is Prost (Pro-st)
Zum Wohl (sum voil), meaning To Your Health, can be added at the end of any cheers, but is most commonly used when toasting with wine.
At Oktoberfest you will also hear Ein Prosit (Eyn Proz-it) which means I Salute and is usually followed by Der Gemütlichkeit (Dar Gay-mute-lish-kite) meaning I Salute Our Friendship & Good Time. The most popular song at Oktoberfest, Ein Proist, will repeat this theme every 15 minutes you are in the tents.
What’s Your Name? is Wie heißen Sie (Vee Hi-sin Zee)?
My Name is… Ich heiße (Eek Hi-sa) …
How Are You is Wie Geht Es Dir (Vee Gates Deer)
I’m Doing Well is Ich bin gut (Eek Ben Goot)
Bathroom Signs Herren (Hair-in) is men and Damen (Dom-in) is women
5. Getting A Table At Oktoberfest :
One of the highlights of all of Europe is attending Munich’s Oktoberfest celebration, but if you don’t plan ahead to get a seat you won’t get a beer. This planning can including either working to get a table reservation or knowing how to get in without a reservation.
6. How To Dress For Oktoberfest :
When in Rome do as the Romans do, and when in Munich get an authentic Bavarian outfit. We have put together a complete guide to help you better understand the elements of a traditional outfit and where the best places to shop are.
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