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If you’re looking for a base from which to explore the Alps, the scenic village of Mittenwald is worth considering. It takes less than two hours to get here from Munich by train, and the trains run frequently. Mittenwald has decoratively painted houses, surrounded by the mountains, and covered with the wide Bavarian sky.

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Things to Do

Where to Stay

Basic Facts

Population: 7,400

Climate: Generally the same as Munich’s, only a bit chillier and with a bit more precipitaion.

How to Get Here: Regional trains leave from Munich’s main train station (Hauptbahnhof) once an hour.

Things to Do


Geigenbaumuseum Mittenwald (Violin Making Museum): Mittenwald has a tradition of making violins dating back to the 17th century. This museum chronicles its history and is housed in a tradtional Bavarian workshop.

Ballenhausgasse 3, 82481 Mittenwald

Where to Stay

Mid-Range Hotels

Post Hotel: A 4-star hotel which is a short walk from Mittenwald train station and close to skiing and hiking trails.

Karwendelstrasse 14, 82481 Mittenwald

Holiday Apartments/Flats

Romantische 5-Sterne Ferienwohnungen (Romatic 5-Star Holiday Apartments): These holiday apartments are a short walk from the town center and offer mountain views and a free pick-up from Mittenwald train station.

Tiefkarstrasse 19, 82481 Mittenwald

Why the Winter is a Good Time to Visit Europe

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Most people associate traveling to Europe with the warmer seasons of the year. However, the winter is well worth considering for a number of reasons. Hotels and airlines often have much lower off-season rates during this time. Also, many of the tourist attractions aren’t so crowded. Some places in Europe have nicer weather during the winter. It’s fairly mild in Mediterranean destinations, unlike during the boiling summer.

Some of the winter events in Europe are the Christmas markets and the Mardi Gras celebrations. The Christmas markets in Germany usually start on the Friday before the first Sunday of Advent, and continue until around 1 pm on Christmas Eve.


The main Christmas market in Munich features a Christmas tree which is as tall, or taller, than the four-storey City Hall behind it. It’s surrounded by wooden huts offering goods like wooden and glass Christmas tree ornaments, nativity scenes, and snacks ranging from roasted almonds to glazed fruit to bratwurst rolls. The scent of warm mulled wine hovers in the air.

Although it’s not as major as Christmas, Mardi Gras is another notable season. Many cities host parades in the days leading up to it. Two of the major ones are in Mainz and in Venice. If you come during this season, be prepared to see a lot of costumed people in the streets.

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One has to pack a bit more clothing for a winter visit than a summer one. Although Europe hasn’t been getting as much snow these past few years as it used to, a pair of shoes with thick rubber soles with a good grip is advisable. Even if you’re going to a milder part of Europe, a winter jacket will probably also be needed. Winter temperatures can go down below freezing in Madrid, and to 13° C (44° F) in Athens. An umbrella and some warm sweaters and heavy woolen socks would also be good to pack.


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Beale Street, Graceland, and Sun Studios are some of the attractions from Memphis’ musical history which are visited by people from around the world. Memphis also has a number of museums and a riverboat ride which make it a good idea for a weekend getaway.

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Things to Do

Where to Stay


Basic Facts

Population: 647,000

Climate: The summers are usually very hot, with temperatures regularly going above 90° F (32° C). Unless you’re an Elvis fan who must be there for Elvis Week in August, I would advise against visiting Memphis between mid-May to mid-September for this reason. The best seasons for Memphis are the spring and the fall. The winter is worth considering as a time to visit. Although it gets cold, snow and ice are rare.

Airports: Memphis International Airport is the main airport. It’s in the southern part of the city itself, and about a ten-minute drive from Graceland. Unlike most major airports, this one isn’t miles away from the city it serves. General DeWitt Spain is a general aviation airport located in downtown Memphis near the Mississippi river.

Getting around in Memphis: Although Memphis has a public transportation system, it’s hard to get around without a car. There aren’t a lot of taxi stands, and if you call a taxi company, it can take hours to turn up, if it turns up at all. Ironically, the same taxi companies have been fighting a battle to stop companies like Uber from offering services in Memphis.

Things to Do

Graceland: Memphis’ main tourist attraction which attracts visitors from around the world is the one must-see sight in the city. The Southern colonial mansion is still decorated with the furnishings from when Elvis lived there. The tickets are sold across the street from the house, and the visitors are driven to the mansion in shuttle buses. An audio tour first leads you past Elvis’ living and dining rooms, before taking you into a mirrored TV room and then past the jungle room.
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Once you leave the house, you’re shown a number of other buildings on the property, one of which houses a biographical exhibit , and another one which houses an indoor racquetball court. The tour ends in the garden where Elvis and a number of his relatives are buried.

There are numerous Elvis atttractions across the street from Graceland. Two of his private jets are on display, along with a large new entertainment complex with more exhibits.

3734 Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, TN 38116

Sun Studio, Memphis
Sun Studio: Elvis made his first record and was discovered here. Many other famous musicians also recorded here in the 50s, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Roy Orbison. If you travel between downtown Memphis and Graceland, you’ll go past Sun Studio on the way.

706 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103

Memphis Rock N Soul Museum
Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum: Located in the FedEx Forum stadium in downtown Memphis, this museum chronicles the history of Memphis music from the 1930s to the 1970s.

191 Beale Street, Memphis, TN

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Pink Palace Museum: This science and history museum in midtown Memphis is housed in a mansion which once belonged to the man who invented supermarkets. One of the exhibits is a replica of the first self-serve supermarket. Some of the other exhibits are about the yellow fever epidemic that hit Memphis in the 19th century, circuses, and dinosaurs. The museum also has a planetarium and an Imax theater.

3050 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art: The largest art museum in Tennessee features works from the Renaissance to the 20th century. It has over 7,000 works by both European and American artists. As it’s located in Overton Park, it might be an idea to also plan a visit to this museum if you’re visiting the zoo.

1934 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 39804

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Dixon Gallery & Gardens: This museum combines Impressionist paintings with 17 acres of surrounding formal gardens containing a collection of outdoor sculptures.

4339 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117

Where to Stay

The new Guest House at Graceland is the closest hotel to Graceland, being literally next door. However, there was a health scare there in the summer of 2017, and one of the people who fell ill died. The other hotels which are within walking distance of Graceland are the motel-style Memory Lane Inn and Suites and the aparthotel Inland Suites.


Mid-Range Hotels

The Peabody Hotel: The Peabody Hotel is a Memphis classic. Known for the Mallard ducks which make a daily march through the lobby, the Peabody is the hotel which normally hosts notable guests from out of town. The Peabody has both a French restaurant and an American one, and has a rooftop ballroom which offers panoramic views of downtown Memphis. It’s also within walking distance of Beale Street and most of the other attractions downtown.
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149 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103

Sheraton Memphis Downtown: This hotel is located right next to the Memphis Convention Center, and the historic trolley stops right outside the door. Some of the rooms come with river views.

250 North Main Street, Memphis, TN 38103
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The Westin Memphis Beale Street: This comfortable and well-reviewed 4-star hotel is just around the corner from Beale Street and within easy walking distance of most of the attractions in downtown Memphis. If you’re coming to Memphis for a sporting event, the FedEx Forum is right across the street.

170 Lt. George W Lee Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103

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Paris is a romantic and scenic city filled with historic palaces, cathedrals, museums, and gardens. It’s also a fashion capital with a number of famous shopping streets. For these reasons and numerous others, Paris is a dream destination for many people around the world.Seine and Eiffel Tower from Tour Saint Jacques 2013-08

Basic Facts

Things to Do 

Where to Stay

Population: 2.2 million

Climate: The climate is relatively mild. However, there can be heat waves during the summer.

Currency: Euro

Airports: The main airports are Charles de Gaulle Airport, which is approximately 45 minutes by train or taxi into downtown, and Orly Airport, The travel options from Orly to Paris are somewhat more complicated. Le Bourget is the general aviation airport.

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Sacré-Cœur: The architecture of this cathedral was inspired by basilicas like the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, and its white stone facade is a prominent site on the Montmartre. The top of the dome offers views over Paris up to 40 km (24 miles) away.

Metro station: Anvers

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Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile: As one of Paris’ most famous monuments, the Arc de Triomphe towers over the Champs-Elysees. The Arc de Triomphe was built by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate his victory over the Austrian and Russian armies at the Battle of Austerlitz. It also serves as the gravesite of an unknown soldier from World War I, along with an eternal flame in his honor.

Metro station: Charles de Gaulle – Étoile


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Saint-Jacques Tower: This 51 meter tower which dates back to the 16th century is the last remaining part of a Gothic church from the 12th century.

Metro station: Chatelet






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Musee Cernuschi: This museum’s exhibits consist of art from the Far East. Although it’s not as famous as some of Paris’ other museums, the Musee Cernuschi contains one of the largest collections of Chinese art in Europe.

Metro station: Villiers






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Musee du Louvre: The Louvre is probably the most famous museum in Paris and is one of the most widely-visited in the world. The museum is housed in a palace which served as the king’s main residence in the 16th and 17th centuries before Louis XIV moved it to Versailles.
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Although da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is the most well-known attraction at the Louvre, it’s also home to many other art exhibits from around the globe which date from antiquity to the mid-19th century. The works include the Venus de Milo and fragments from the Code of Hammurabi. Like the British Museum in London, it’s difficult to see all of the museum in one visit.

Metro station: Palais Royal – Musee Louvre


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Musee d’Orsay: Housed in a former train station, this unusual art museum contains works dating from around 1848 to 1914. The glass roof illuminates scupltures, paintings, photographs, furniture, and other artifacts. Some of the artists featured include van Gogh, Monet, and Renoir.Chemin montant dans les hautes herbes - Pierre Auguste Renoir

1 rue de la Legion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris

Metro station: Solferino





Musee de l’Orangerie: Located 2011-12-Musee de lorangeriein a former greenhouse in the Jardin des Tuileries, the Musee de l’Orangerie exhibits works from impressionism, postimpressionism, and the ecole de Paris. Monet’s work ”Water Lilies” is displayed here, along with works by Gauguin, Renoir, Picasso, and Matisse.

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Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris

Metro station: Concorde



Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume

The Musee du Jeu de Paume exhibits contemporary photography and video. It’s located just across the Jardin des Tuileries from the Musee de l’Orangerie.

1 place de la Concorde

75008 Paris

Metro station: Concorde

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Palais Garnier's grand salon, 12 February 2008 Palais Garnier: Better known as the Paris Opera, this 19th century neo-Baroque theater offers tours of the auditorium and other parts of its elaborate interior, which features the Grand Staircase and Grand Foyer, along with a Library-Museum that chronicles the theater’s history.

Metro station: Opera


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Petit Palais (Musee des Beaux-Arts): Originally built as an exhibition hall for the Exposition Universelle of 1900, the Petit Palais now houses an art museum with collections from antiquity to 1900, along with a courtyard garden featuring outdoor sculptures.
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Avenue Winston Churchill, 75008 Paris

Metro station: Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau
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Bois du Boulogne: The Bois du Boulogne is located in the Paris neighborhood of Neuilly-sur-Seine and is one of the largest city parks in the world. It’s home to numerous formal gardens, lakes, and walking paths. It’s best to visit during the day, as it has a reputation for being haunted by prostitutes at night.
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Cimetiere de Montmatre: This is the main cemetery in northern Paris. Amongst the historic figures who are buried here are Heinrich Heine, Emile Zola, Alexandre Dumas, and Edgar Degas.

Metro station: Place de Clichy
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Le Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise: The largest cemetery in Paris dates from the early 19th century and contains numerous notable graves, amongst them Frederic Chopin, Jim Morrison, Honore de Balzac, Edith Piaf, Georges Bizet, and Joseph Igance Gullotin.

Metro station: Pere Lachaise


Jardin des Tuileries: If you visit the Musee de l’Orangerie or the Musee du Jeu de Palme, you’ll be surrounded by the Jardin des Tuileries, a Baroque garden built for Catherine de Medici in the 16th century. The Place de la Concorde is located on westernmost end of the garden, and the Louvre is located on the opposite end.
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Metro stations: Concorde or Tuileries
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Parc de Belleville: Set on a high hill, this park has numerous platforms which allow for panoramic views of Paris.

Metro station: Belleville




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Parc Monceau: An 18th-century park which was the subject of five paintings by Claude Monet. A stroll through this park will bring you past copies of the pyramids, classical colonades, and Dutch windmills, along with statues of French historical figures like Guy de Maupassant and Frederic Chopin.
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Metro station: Monceau



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Galeries Lafayette Paris Hausmann: As one of the largest department stores in Paris, Galeries Lafayette offers 70,000 m² of brands that include Chanel, Bulgari, Montblanc, Louis Vuitton, and many others. It also offers several restaurants offering eventhing from pizza to seafood to hamburgers and dessert. There’s also a Starbucks location. The main branch of the Printemps store chain is also nearby.

Metro station: Havre – Caumartin (Lines 3 and 9)


Place Vendome: The Place Vendome is one of Paris’ premier shopping areas, featuring watch and jewelry brands like Cartier and Bulgari, and boutiques like Chanel and Dior. Париж - panoramio (150)

Metro station: Tuileries

Where to Stay

Luxury Hotels in Paris – A list of Paris’ 5-star hotels, arranged by district.

Hotels in the La Defense Business District

Hotels at Charles de Gaulle Airport


Mid-Range Hotels

AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget by Marriott: This 4-star hotel is right next door to Le Bourget Airport, and is approximately a half an hour drive from downtown Paris.

2 Rue de la Haye, 93440 Le Bourget

Hotel Saint Germain: A boutique hotel with traditional room decor, the Hotel Saint Germain is a short walk from the Rue du Bac metro station in the 7th arrondissement , and within walking distance of the Musee d’Orsay and the Rodin Museum.

88 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris
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CitizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle: The CitizenM is next door to Charles de Gaulle. It has 24-hour reception and food service, along with self-serve check-in and check-out. This hotel might be worth considering if you have a very early or late flight.

7 Rue de Rome, Tremblay-en-France Roissypole, Terminal 3 Paris Charles de Gaulle, 93290 Roissy-en-France
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Paris Marriott Charles de Gaulle: This Marriott location is 2 km (1.2 miles) from Charles de Gaulle and offers a free shuttle to the airport terminal and the train station which serves the airport.

Zone Hoteliere Allee Des Vergers, 95700 Roissy-en-France

Hong Kong

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The semi-autonomous region of Hong Kong is the most frequently-visited city in the world. Located on a southern peninsula in China and surrounded by over 200 islands, Hong Kong is a major financial center and tourist destination.

Basic Facts

Population: 7.2 million

Languages: Cantonese, English

Climate: Generally warm to hot, with temperatures ranging from lows of 15° C (48° F) in January to highs of 31° C (89° F) in July.

Currency: Hong Kong Dollar

Airport: Hong Kong International Airport

Things to Do

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Hong Kong Museum of History: This museum chronicles Hong Kong’s history and culture dating from prehistoric times to the reunification with China.

100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Metro station: Hung Hom
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Hong Kong Science Museum: The Hong Kong Science Museum is popular with children as it offers a wide variety of interactive exhibits on numerous areas of science.

Metro Station: Hung Hom

2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon


As one of the most popular cities in Germany, Munich has a lot to offer travelers. Whether you come for a seasonal event, like the Oktoberfest or the Christmas market, or for the year-round attractions like the numerous museums and gardens, a trip to Munich is sure to be an event which will provide nice memories for years to come.Charles Johann Palmié Marienplatz München 1907

Basic Facts

Things to Do

Where to Eat

Where to Stay

Side Trips from Munich

Public Holidays

Basic Facts

Population: 1.3 million

Languages: German, although many locals speak English as a second language.

Climate: Generally mild, however, winters can be very cold and snowy, while the summer normally has a number of periodic days which are very hot. These heat waves normally don’t last longer than a few days before being cooled down by rain. Fall and spring have the most moderate temperatures. Sunny autumn days are often referred to as a Goldener Herbst (golden autumn).

Currency: Euro

Airports: Franz-Josef Strauss International Airport in Erding, which is about a 45 minute train ride from downtown. A private airport is located in Oberpfaffenhofen, which is a suburb to the south of Munich.Aéroport de Munich - 2012-09-22 - IMG 6868

Getting around in Munich: Munich has an extensive and reliable public transportation system, consisting of the U-Bahn (subway), S-Bahn (suburban trains), buses, and trams. There are also many taxi stands scattered throughout the city, and next to all of the major train and subway stations. Munich - S-Bahn - Flughafen München - 2012 - IMG 6873

If you arrive in Munich by air, the airport is served by two S-Bahn lines, both of which lead downtown and stop at the major U- and S-Bahn stations Marienplatz, Königsplatz, Hauptbahnhof, and Isartor, which are considered part of the Stammstrecke (main stretch) going through downtown Munich. The trains leave the airport about once every 10 minutes and the trip takes about 40 to 45 minutes.

Up-to-date information on tickets, fares, and timetables for Munich’s public transit system is available here.

Rail: München Hauptbahnhof (Munich Central Station) is the main rail station in the city, and Ostbahnhof (East Station) is also a major rail station. Local and long-distance rail connections to just about anywhere is Europe are possible from these stations.

Amongst the trains from Munich are a daily TGV train to Paris which takes about six hours and an Austrian high-speed train to Vienna that gets there in four hours. The Deutsche Bahn (German Railways) recently opened a high-speed ICE stretch that makes it possible to travel from Munich to Berlin in four hours.
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Flights to Munich: Munich is served by most of the major airlines in Europe, North America, and Asia.

Things to Do


Deutsches Museum: This museum is devoted to science and technology. It contains exhibits on subjects ranging from astronomy and oceanography to transportation and kids’ exhibits.
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Museuminsel 1, 80538 Munich

S-Bahn station: Isartor



Bavarian National Museum: One of this art museum’s most popular attractions is its collection of nativity scenes. There’s also a collection of medieval suits of armor which is worth a visit. The art is mostly traditional Bavarian, with a lot of religious themes. The Englischer Garten is right behind this museum.
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Prinzregentenstrasse 3, 80538 München

S-Bahn station: Isartor

Website: (in German)


Alte Pinakothek: An art museum which contains works from the 14th to the 18th centuries. A large number of great artists have works displayed here, including Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, van Dyck, and Albrect Dürer. There are other Pinakothek museums nearby. The Neue Pinakothek has a large collection of art from the 19th century, and the Pinakothek der Moderne has exhibits modern art. 
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Barer Strasse 27 (Entry on Theresienstrasse), 80333 Munich

U-Bahn station: Königsplatz

Tram stop: Pinakotheken

Website (for all Pinakothek museums):


Glyptothek: Collections of ancient Greek and Roman art dating from 700 BC to 550 AD. glyptothek

Katharina-von-Bora-Strasse 10, 80333 Munich

U-Bahn station: Königsplatz

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Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus (City Gallery in the Lenbach Villa): This art museum was built by the painter Franz von Lenbach in the late 19th century and displays nearly 30,000 works dating from that time to the mid-20th century. It’s located a stone’s throw from the Glyptothek.

U-Bahn station: Königsplatz
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Münchner Residenz: The Residenz used to be a palace for the Bavarian royal family.
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It has 130 rooms which are mostly decorated in a Baroque or Rococo style, along with 10 courtyards. Some of the main features include the 18th-century multi-tiered Cuvillies-Theater, a throne room, and treasury containing royal artifacts dating from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.


U-Bahn station: Odeonsplatz


Schloss Nymphenburg (Nymphenburg Palace): Nymphenburg Palace was once the summer home of the Bavarian royal family. The Baroque-era palace is surrounded by extensive formal gardens. The neighbouring Marstall Museum is located in the former stables and features a collection of carriages and sleighs. The Museum Mensch und Natur (Museum of Mankind and Nature) is also located on the grounds of Nymphenburg Palace, containing exhibits on the origins of the solar system, the earth, and life.Нимфенбург 250

Schloss Nymphenburg, 80638 Munich

Tram stop: Schloss Nymphenburg (Buses also stop here.)



BMW Welt: Munich is the world headquarters of BMW, and the BMW Museumsurrounding area offers a number of tourist attractions. The BMW museum chronicles the history of automobiles, while the BMW Welt across the road showcases today’s BMWs. BMW Welt is located right next to the Olympiapark and its attractions.

Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 Munich

U-Bahn station: Olympiazentrum or Petuelring


Museum Fünf Kontinente (Five Continents Museum. Formerly known as the State Museum of Ethnology): Although this museum isn’t as widely known as some of the other museums in Munich, it’s still worth a visit. It’s devoted to exhibits about cultures from outside of Europe, containing artifacts from the religious and cultural histories of pre-Columbian America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania.

Maximilianstr. 42, 80538 Munich

S-Bahn station: Isartor



Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum): Brass chimes greet you as you walk past the Spielzeugmuseum, which contains the history of toys going back to the year 1800. This quaint museum is located in a tower next to City Hall and consists of four stories of stuffed animals, model railroads, dolls, and toys made of tin.Antique tin toy jockey on rocking horse (25868118450)

Marienplatz 15, 80331 Munich

S- and U-Bahn station: Marienplatz

Website: (in German)


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Olympiapark: Located right next door to BMW Welt, the Olympiapark is where the summer olympics were held in 1972. It has a lot of walking paths, some of which lead up steep hills which offer a panoramic view of the park or the city. If you don’t feel like walking up a hill, the panoramic views which can include the Alps can be seen from the Olympiaturm. The Sea Life aquarium is also at the Olympiapark. Concerts and sporting events are often held here.
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U-Bahn station: Olympiazentrum



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Botanischer Garten: The Munich Botanic Garden is next door to Nymphenburg Palace. Plants from climates around the world are featured in greenhouses which emulate their natural habitats. The orchid collection is so large that it has a special greenhouse of its own, while the other greenhouses are devoted to the tropics and the desert. You might encouter lizards and turtles amongst the plants as well. The large outdoor gardens are also worth exploring, with paths leading through seasonal plants like roses and rhododendrons, along with the arboretum exhibiting trees and shrubs from around the world.
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Menzingerstrasse 65, 80638 Munich

Tram stop: Botanischer Garten


Hofgarten: Located right next to the Residenz Palace, the Hofgarten is a Baroque-era formal garden arranged around a pavilion. If you walk across this garden starting from Odeonsplatz (also the name of the nearest U-Bahn station), and then turn left and go down the stairs and under the bridge, it leads to the Englischer Garten.
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Englischer Garten: The largest park in Munich is a piece of the countryside in the middle of the city. The gravel and sand walking paths lead past brooks and lakes, fields, and under the shade of mature trees. There are often a couple of swans wading nearby, and there are always geese hanging around. Some of the highlights are the Monopterous pavilion, which is up on a hill offering views of the city. There’s also the Chinese Tower, which is somtimes surrounded by a biergarten or a Christmas market. Another biergarten is on the shores of a large lake.
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Tierpark Hellabrun: Munich’s main zoo was the first zoo in the world to organize their animals based on what part of the world they come from. Some of the animals are displayed so that you’re only separated from them by a small canal which is just wide enough to prevent them from crossing. There’s also a petting zoo where you’ll be greeted by sheep and goats.

Tierparkstrasse 30, 81543 Munich

U-Bahn station: Thalkirchen (Tierpark) A parade of animals on the walls leads to the zoo.


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Frauenkirche: The 15th-century Frauenkirche is one of Munich’s most recognizable symbols and its main cathedral. It’s the church with two towers with round ornaments on top which is visible from Marienplatz and most other parts of the pedestrian zone.

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Asamkirche: Although the 18th-century Asamkirche is a lot smaller than most churches, its elaborate late-Baroque décor makes it worth a visit.
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Sendlinger Strasse 32, 80331 Munich


The main shopping area in Munich is the Neuhäuserstrasse leading into the Käufingerstrasse, or the pedestrian zone which leads from the Karlsplatz S- and U-Bahn station to Marienplatz. This area contains numerous large department stores, perfume and cosmetics stores, clothing stores, a large electronics store, and bookstores. Munich’s pedestrian zone is one of the most frequently-visited shopping areas in Europe. Some of the highlights along the pedestrian zone are:

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Oberpollinger: This large department store next to Karlsplatz houses a number of luxury boutiques on the ground floor, including Dior, Burberry, Fendi, Prada, and Louis Vuitton. Oberpollinger’s other offerings are a large fashion assortment, perfumes and cosmetics, home furnishings, and toys. Oberpollinger also has a cafe on the 2nd floor (3rd floor if you count the ground floor as the 1st), and a restaurant on the top floor with a roof terrace offering views over Munich.

Hugendubel: If you’re looking for a German book as a souvenir, this major bookstore chain has outlets on Karlsplatz, Marienplatz, and in the Fünf Hofe shopping center. There’s a wide assortment of books to learn German as a foreign language, a lot of magazines and children’s books, and also a limited selection of books in English.
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Maxilimilianstrasse: One of Munich’s prime shopping streets, the Maximilianstrasse contains Chanel, Dior, and Gucci amongst its boutiques and the five star Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski.
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Olympia-Einkaufszentrum, München – Architekten (Erweiterung, Modernisierung 1994) Hans Baumgarten, Curt O. Schaller
Olympia-Einkaufszentrum (Olympia Shopping Mall): One of the largest malls in Bavaria, the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum has over 130 shops.

Riesstrasse 59, 80993 Munich

U-Bahn station: Olympia-Einkaufszentrum (Served by both the U1 and U3 lines.)
Munich subway station Olympia-Einkaufszentrum

The shops in Munich have varying opening hours. Some open as early as 7:00 or as late as 9:30 am from Monday to Saturday. Almost all of them close at 8:00 pm. More information on this subject is in the section on public holidays below.

Where to Eat

Viktualienmarkt: The Viktualienmarkt is located just off of Marienplatz, and has an assortment of food stands and small gourmet shops and produce stands. The food stands offer a chance to try traditional German foods like a Schnitzelsemmel (a breaded pork chop on a crusty roll), or a Leberkässemmel (a crusty roll filled with a hearty pork lunch meat.) There’s also a Biergarten where you can enjoy your drink in the shade of chestnut trees. Liesl Karlstadt statue on Viktualienmarkt

S- and U-Bahn station: Marienplatz. Look for where the tower with the toy museum is at the end of the pedestrian zone, and the Viktualienmarkt is just around the corner.


Department Stores: Some department stores in Munich have a restaurant on the top floor, including the Karstadt location next to the main train station (Hauptbahnhof), and the Galleria Kaufhof locations at Karlsplatz and Marienplatz. These restaurants are a good place to go if you’re looking for a full meal or just coffee and a piece of European pastry.

Where to Stay

Many people who are considering which part of Munich to stay in are also wondering which areas they should stay out of. I’ve lived in Munich for 13 years, and can tell you that there’s nowhere in the city that can truly be called dangerous. The main central area of the city is around Marienplatz, which is within walking distance of most of the tourist attractions, and is also easily accessible by public transportation to just about anywhere in Munich where you might want to go.


Luxury Hotels

Luxury Hotels in Munich: A list of Munich’s five star hotels.

Mid-Range Hotels

Arthotel Ana im Olympiapark: A comfortable hotel in Olympic Village, which is a complex of shops and apartment buildings right next to the Olympiapark and BMW Welt. The Olympiazentrum U-Bahn station is also nearby. The trains run every five minutes during the morning and evening rush hours and every ten minutes at other times, and the ride into downtown Munich takes around 15 minutes.Wzwz olympia 29e



Hotel Torbräu: The location of this 4-star hotel is hard to beat. It’s right next to the Isartor S-Bahn station and about a 5-minute walk from Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt.Tal 41 Muenchen-1

Tal 41, 80331 Munich


Platzl Hotel: Although it’s tucked away on a quiet side street, the 4-star Platzl Hotel has excellent reviews and is just around the corner from the Hofbräuhaus, Marienplatz, and the Viktualienmarkt. The rooms are soundproofed in case it gets a bit rowdy at the Hofbräuhaus.

Sparkassenstrasse 10, 80331 Munich

Hilton Munich City: This Hilton location is a short walk from the Deutsches Museum and right next to the Rosenheimer Platz S-Bahn station, which is directly on both S-Bahn lines which go to the airport. Marienplatz is only two S-bahn stops away. There’s also a shopping center at Rosenheimer Platz, which contains a drug store and two grocery stores. The Gasteig Cultural Centre is also right next door.

Rosenheimer Strasse 15, 81667 Munich

Gasteig - panoramio (1)

Holiday Inn Munich City Centre: This Holiday Inn is right across the street from Hilton mentioned above.

Hochstrasse 3, 81669 Munich

Four Points Sheraton Munich Central: This Four Points location is located right around the corner from the Theresienwiese where the Oktoberfest is held.

Schwantaler Strasse 111, 80339 Munich

Leonardo Hotel Munich City Olympiapark: The 4-star Leonardo Hotel is located a five-minute walk from the Olympiapark.

Dachauer Strasse 169, 80637 Munich


The closest hotels to Munich Airport

Side Trips from Munich

Mittenwald: A picturesque Bavarian village on the Austrian border.

Public Holidays

Public holidays in Germany often vary based on your location in Germany. Some holidays are only observed in places in which the population is either majority Catholic or Protestant. There’s even a holiday that’s only observed in one city: August 8 is Peace Day in Augsburg. The only stores which are allowed to be open on German public holidays are those located in transport areas like large train stations and airports. Restaurants are generally open. These are the public holidays which will be observed in Munich in 2018.


 January 1: New Year’s Day

January 6: Epiphany

February 13: Mardi Gras (Stores may be closed, or only be open until the early to mid -afternoon.)

March 30: Good Friday

April 2: Easter Monday

May 1: Labor Day

May 10: Ascension of Christ

May 21: Pentecost Monday

May 31: Corpus Christi

August 15: Assumption of Mary

October 3: German Unity Day

November 1: All Saints’ Day

December 24: Christmas Eve (This is a half-day holiday, and most of the stores will close around 1 or 2 pm.)

December 25 and 26: Christmas

December 31: New Year’s Eve (This is a half-day holiday, and most of the stores will close around 1 or 2 pm.)