Munich, the city that hosts Oktoberfest, is the capital of the region of Bavaria and the third-largest city in Germany. It is located in the south of the country, with Nuremburg to the north and the Austrian border to the south. Visitors can travel by train to Munich from Frankfurt in 6h18mins, and a train journey to Munich from Berlin takes 6h12mins. The station has good connections to other cities in Germany, as well as other European destinations, and the station is served by the Deutsche Bahn Inter-City Express service. Visitors arriving in Munich by train will find themselves in the city centre, close to Marienplatz, in one of Germany’s largest railway stations.
To start with the famous Glockenspiel in Marienplatz, visitors should head east on foot from Munich train station, walking for 15 minutes. Here, they can admire the famous performance of colourful figurines dancing, jousting and twirling. The 12-minute performance, representing Munich’s history, takes place daily at 11am and noon. The New Town Hall is also in Marienplatz, but many mistake it for the Old Town Hall because it is an intricate and ornate Gothic building, dating back to the 19th century. The Old Town Hall is a more colourful and picturesque structure, built in the late 15th century. Visitors can take a trip to the top of the tower for great views over the city.
Munich’s museum district is another must-visit for those wanting to explore the city. All it takes is a 20-minute walk north-west from the station. The Kunstareal (art) district includes the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek, and the Pinakothek der Moderne, covering classical, Impressionist, modern and contemporary collections of art, amongst others. As if that wasn’t enough art and culture for one day, the cluster includes even more museums!
There are plenty of places to eat in Munich, whether visitors are looking for a quick bite or a sophisticated sit-down dinner. But, for atmosphere and tradition, heading back towards Marienplatz is a popular option. Here, there are lots of chances to sample the city’s emblematic Weisswurst (white sausage), which should, of course, be accompanied by Weissbier Bavarian wheat beer! Visitors who are in the city for the legendary Oktoberfest will, undoubtedly, have endless opportunities to sample more of the 40 types and 4,000 brands of Bavarian beer.