Munich, Germany

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The city is big on both football and beer (the Allianz Arena was used in the 2006 World Cup), but there's a lot on offer here that's not so stereotypically masculine.

Take points of interest such as The Englischer Garten, which is bigger than New York's Central Park, and even offers pebbly riverside beaches. Christmas markets, museums, oompah bands and guided walking tours also offer plenty in the way of culture. The nearest airports are Augsberg and Munich International.

Why visit Munich?

  • The beer. Not only does the city host the Oktoberfest festivals each year, but its beer halls and beers gardens are always packed!
  • Marienplatz. This gorgeous square was the centre of life in Munich in the Middle Ages!
  • The hearty food. Think sausages, pretzels, and yummy cheese!
Euro, EUR, €.
Exchange Rate:
~1 ZAR: ~0.065 EUR
Time Zone:
UTC + 1 - There is no time difference between Munich and South Africa
Dialing Code
00 + 49 + 89 + Local Number
Drive on the right side of the road.
Munich International Airport Franz Josef Strauss Airport - MUC
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The Best Time to Visit Munich Average temperatures in the city centre can be very hot in July and August, so an early summer visit is better. The Altweibersommer or "Indian Summer" weather in September and October make the city perfect for visiting during Oktoberfest.

20% of the people in Munich speak a German dialect known as Central Bavarian, although English is widely spoken and understood in all urban centres in Germany. It's always better to make an effort with those tricky German compound words though: the word geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung means "speed limit".

  • Up to 6 million people visit the annual Oktoberfest, dwarfing the local population.
  • The Devil supposedly left his footprint outside the city's Frauenkirche.
  • A popular dish is white sausages, which are traditionally served with pretzels and mustard- but only before noon

From the delicious waft of freshly baked bread coming from the nearest bakery to the merriment of the Hofbrauhaus, Munich is a cosmopolitan city with around 1.4 million residents, with lots in the way of tradition and history. Get some high culture at the Alte Pinakothek, or take a sobering visit to Dachau, the first concentration camp buit by the Nazis.

As a large, multicultural city, the dining scene in Munich is varied with plenty of budget and higher-end options. From retro 50s cafes to chocolateries, organic fast food, macarons, vegan kebabs and the obligatory pretzels and sausages, most tastes will be catered for.

Germany is a tolerant modern European country, but public drunkenness is frowned upon. Germans also expect people to be punctual to meetings- it's considered very rude to be late.

Germany has harsh winter weather, so travellers will need to wrap up warmly in colder months (think hat, muffs, gloves, multiple layers). German police don't look kindly on tipsy foreigners urinating in public, and similarly you will be fined if you're caught trying to steal your drinking glass from an Oktoberfest tent.

A Nigerian Passport with a minimum period validity of 6 months beyond the intended period of stay is needed at the time of travel.

A Tourist Visa is required for Nigerians and can be obtained at German embassy 15, Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos.


Beer enthusiasts – get to Munich in September for the largest beer drinking festival in the world. The Munich Oktoberfest should be on every beer drinker’s calendar and its rollicking good fun for everyone. It lasts for 2 weeks and has become a steadfast event on the global calendar.

Go see Neuschwanstein Castle. Nestled in the Alps and not far from Munich, Neuschwanstein has appeared in many famous movies and was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty Castle’.

Aside from its own attractions, Munich provides a great base from which to travel Europe. When you’re in Munich you’re very close to Austria and Switzerland. Austria is just an hour away by train and makes an affordable and worthwhile day trip from Munich. Start searching for your Munich Oktoberfest flights with Travelstart today.

Munich Airport - MUC

Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss Airport is located approximately 28km northeast of the CBD. Munich Airport (code MUC), or ‘Flughafen München’ as it’s known to German locals, is the second busiest airport in Germany and the 27th busiest airport in the world.

Catch a train direct from the airport to town; just remember to buy your ticket before you board the train. Trains run frequently to a variety of stations including the main stations for connections to other European cities. It takes about 20 minutes by train and about 45 minutes by road to reach the city centre from Munich Airport.

The information on this page is correct as of November 2015. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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