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Augustiner Keller The traditional Augustiner Keller provides an indoor beer hall as well as the second largest beer garden in Munich up to 7, guests. Here, the atmosphere on a summer evening is without equal. The Chinese Tower garden in the English Garden is almost as iconic as the Hofbrau House— only a tad smaller than the Augustiner Keller, on some days a brass band plays from the tower. Our favorite brewery restaurant is Der Pschorr, just off the Viktualienmarkt. Prticy, but the food is locally sourced and the beer is always from the wood except very late at night.

Anna im Lehel is the first rococo church in Bavaria. Lukas is the largest Protestant Church in Munich. Four grand royal avenues of the 19th century with official buildings connect Munich's inner city with its then-suburbs:. Boniface's Abbey was erected. Louis church , the Bavarian State Library and numerous state ministries and palaces.

The southern part of the avenue was constructed in Italian renaissance style, while the north is strongly influenced by Italian Romanesque architecture. The avenue is framed by elaborately structured neo-Gothic buildings which house, among others, the Schauspielhaus , the Building of the district government of Upper Bavaria and the Museum of Ethnology. After crossing the river Isar, the avenue circles the Maximilianeum , which houses the state parliament. The avenue crosses the Isar and circles the Friedensengel monument , then passing the Villa Stuck and Hitler's old apartment.

The Prinzregententheater is at Prinzregentenplatz further to the east. Numerous tiny alleys and shady lanes connect the larger streets and little plazas of the area, conveying the legendary artist's quarter's flair and atmosphere convincingly like it was at the turn of the 20th century. One of Bogenhausen's most beautiful buildings is Villa Stuck , famed residence of painter Franz von Stuck. Two large baroque palaces in Nymphenburg and Oberschleissheim are reminders of Bavaria's royal past. The second large baroque residence is Schloss Schleissheim Schleissheim Palace , located in the suburb of Oberschleissheim , a palace complex encompassing three separate residences: Altes Schloss Schleissheim the old palace , Neues Schloss Schleissheim the new palace and Schloss Lustheim Lustheim Palace.

Most parts of the palace complex serve as museums and art galleries. The Bavaria statue before the neo-classical Ruhmeshalle is a monumental, bronze sand-cast 19th-century statue at Theresienwiese. St Michael in Berg am Laim might be the most remarkable church in the suburbs. Most of the boroughs have parish churches which originate from the Middle Ages like the most famous church of pilgrimage in Munich St Mary in Ramersdorf.

Especially in its suburbs, Munich features a wide and diverse array of modern architecture, although strict culturally sensitive height limitations for buildings have limited the construction of skyscrapers to avoid a loss of views to the distant Bavarian Alps. Several other high-rise buildings are located near the city centre and on the Siemens campus in southern Munich.

A landmark of modern Munich is also the architecture of the sport stadiums as described below. Munich is a densely-built city but still offers numerous public parks. The Englischer Garten , close to the city centre and covering an area of 3. It contains a naturist nudist area, numerous bicycle and jogging tracks as well as bridle-paths. It is considered the "green lung" of Munich and one of the city's best-loved features.

It was designed and laid out by Benjamin Thompson , Count of Rumford, for both pleasure and as a work area for the city's vagrants and homeless. Nowadays it is entirely a park, its southern half being dominated by wide and extremely well-kept open areas, hills, monuments and beach-like stretches along the streams Eisbach and Schwabinger Bach , which get crowded in summer.

In contrast, its less-frequented northern part is much more quiet, idyllic and natural-seeming, at times resembling a natural preserve more than an urban public park: it has lots of old trees, thick undergrowth, winding streams, hidden meadows and is pervaded by numerous romantic pathways.

Multiple Biergartens can be found in both parts of the Englischer Garten, the most well known being located at the Chinese Pagoda. The city's oldest park is the Hofgarten , near the Residenz, dating back to the 16th century. Best known for the largest beergarden in town is the former royal Hirschgarten , founded in for deer, which still live there. The city's zoo is the Tierpark Hellabrunn near the Flaucher Island in the Isar in the south of the city.

Another notable park is Ostpark located in the Ramersdorf-Perlach borough which also houses the Michaelibad , the largest waterpark in Munich. Other notable clubs include Munich , who were long time their rivals on a somewhat equal footing, but currently play in the 3rd Division 3. Liga along with another former Bundesliga club SpVgg Unterhaching. The city's ice hockey club is EHC Munich. It was one of the host cities for the Football World Cup , which was not held in Munich's Olympic Stadium , but in a new football specific stadium , the Allianz Arena.

Munich bid to host the Winter Olympic Games , but lost to Pyeongchang. Public sporting facilities in Munich include ten indoor swimming pools [36] and eight outdoor swimming pools, [37] which are operated by the Munich City Utilities SWM communal company. Further, swimming within Munich's city limits is also possible in several artificial lakes such as for example the Riemer See or the Langwieder lake district. Munich has a reputation as a surfing hotspot, offering the world's best known river surfing spot, the Eisbach wave, which is located at the southern edge of the Englischer Garten park and used by surfers day and night and throughout the year.

The Deutsches Museum or German Museum, located on an island in the River Isar, is the largest and one of the oldest science museums in the world. Three redundant exhibition buildings that are under a protection order were converted to house the Verkehrsmuseum , which houses the land transport collections of the Deutsches Museum.

The city has several important art galleries , most of which can be found in the Kunstareal , including the Alte Pinakothek , the Neue Pinakothek , the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Museum Brandhorst. The Alte Pinakothek contains a treasure trove of the works of European masters between the 14th and 18th centuries. The collection reflects the eclectic tastes of the Wittelsbachs over four centuries, and is sorted by schools over two floors. The gallery houses one of the world's most comprehensive Rubens collections.

Another important museum in the Kunstareal is the Egyptian Museum. The gothic Morris dancers of Erasmus Grasser are exhibited in the Munich City Museum in the old gothic arsenal building in the inner city. The nearby Schackgalerie is an important gallery of German 19th-century paintings. Munich is a major international cultural centre and has played host to many prominent composers including Orlando di Lasso , W. Some of classical music's best-known pieces have been created in and around Munich by composers born in the area, for example Richard Strauss's tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra or Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Many operas were staged there, including the premiere of Mozart's Idomeneo in The modern Gasteig centre houses the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. The third orchestra in Munich with international importance is the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Its primary concert venue is the Herkulessaal in the former city royal residence, the Munich Residenz. A stage for shows, big events and musicals is the Deutsche Theater.

It is Germany's largest theatre for guest performances. Munich's contributions to modern popular music are often overlooked in favour of its strong association with classical music, but they are numerous: the city has had a strong music scene in the s and s, with many internationally renowned bands and musicians frequently performing in its clubs. In the s, the Musicland Studios developed into one of the most prominent recording studios in the world, with bands such as the Rolling Stones , Led Zeppelin , Deep Purple and Queen recording albums there.

Munich also played a significant role in the development of electronic music, with genre pioneer Giorgio Moroder , who invented synth disco and electronic dance music , and Donna Summer , one of disco music's most important performers, both living and working in the city. In the late s, Electroclash was substantially co-invented if not even invented in Munich, when DJ Hell introduced and assembled international pioneers of this musical genre through his International DeeJay Gigolo Records label here.

Music is so important in the Bavarian capital that the city hall gives permissions every day to 10 musicians for performing in the streets around Marienplatz. This is how performers such as Olga Kholodnaya and Alex Jacobowitz are entertaining the locals and the tourists every day. Next to the Bavarian Staatsschauspiel in the Residenz Theatre Residenztheater , the Munich Kammerspiele in the Schauspielhaus is one of the most important German language theatres in the world.


The city is known as the second largest publishing centre in the world around publishing houses have offices in the city , and many national and international publications are published in Munich, such as Arts in Munich, LAXMag and Prinz. At the turn of the 20th century, Munich, and especially its suburb of Schwabing , was the preeminent cultural metropolis of Germany. Its importance as a centre for both literature and the fine arts was second to none in Europe, with numerous German and non-German artists moving there.

Prominent literary figures worked in Munich especially during the final decades of the Kingdom of Bavaria, the so-called Prinzregentenzeit literally "prince regent's time" under the reign of Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria , a period often described as a cultural Golden Age for both Munich and Bavaria as a whole. Its strikingly modern caricatures and biting satirical attacks on Wilhelmine German society were the result of countless of collaborative efforts by many of the best visual artists and writers from Munich and elsewhere.

The period immediately before World War I saw continued economic and cultural prominence for the city. Karl Valentin was Germany's most important cabaret performer and comedian and is to this day well-remembered and beloved as a cultural icon of his hometown. Between and , he wrote and performed in many absurdist sketches and short films that were highly influential, earning him the nickname of "Charlie Chaplin of Germany". Many of Valentin's works wouldn't be imaginable without his congenial female partner Liesl Karlstadt , who often played male characters to hilarious effect in their sketches.

Kandinsky's first abstract painting was created in Schwabing. In , the Filmverlag der Autoren was founded, cementing the city's role in the movement's history. New German Cinema is considered by far the most important artistic movement in German cinema history since the era of German Expressionism in the s. In , the Bavaria Film Studios were founded, which developed into one of Europe's largest film studios. Munich remains one of the centres of the German film and entertainment industry. May, August, and October, Mariahilfplatz : [44] Auer Dult is Europe's largest jumble sale , with fairs of its kind dating back to the 14th century.

It has taken place over nine days each, three times a year. July and December, Olympia Park : [50] For three weeks in July, and then three weeks in December, Tollwood showcases fine and performing arts with live music, circus acts , and several lanes of booths selling handmade crafts, as well as organic international cuisine. September and October, Theresienwiese : [44] The largest beer festival in the world, Munich's Oktoberfest runs for 16—18 days from the end of September through early October.

Oktoberfest hosts caterers and employees 13, people. The Munich cuisine contributes to the Bavarian cuisine. It is a Munich speciality. Traditionally eaten only before noon — a tradition dating to a time before refrigerators — these morsels are often served with sweet mustard and freshly baked pretzels. Helles , a pale lager with a translucent gold colour is the most popular Munich beer today, although it's not old only introduced in and is the result of a change in beer tastes. Helles has largely replaced Munich's dark beer, Dunkles , which gets its colour from roasted malt.

It was the typical beer in Munich in the 19th century, but it is now more of a speciality. It is dark amber in colour and has a heavy malty taste. It is available and is sold particularly during the Lenten Starkbierzeit strong beer season , which begins on or before St. Joseph's Day 19 March.

They are central to the city's culture and serve as a kind of melting pot for members of all walks of life, for locals, expatriates and tourists alike. It is allowed to bring one's own food to a beer garden, however, it is forbidden to bring one's own drinks. There are many smaller beer gardens and around twenty major ones, providing at least one thousand seats, with four of the most famous and popular in the Englischer Garten : Chinesischer Turm Munich's second largest beer garden with 7, seats , Seehaus , Hirschau and Aumeister.

Hirschgarten is the largest beer garden in the world, with 8, seats. Also much consumed, though not from Munich and thus without the right to have a tent at the Oktoberfest, are especially Tegernseer and Schneider Weisse , the latter of which has a major beer hall in Munich just as the Munich breweries do. The Circus Krone based in Munich is one of the largest circuses in Europe. Between Sendlinger Tor and Maximiliansplatz lies the so-called Feierbanane party banana , a roughly banana-shaped unofficial party zone spanning 1. The Feierbanane has become the mainstream focus of Munich's nightlife and tends to become crowded, especially at weekends.

It has also been the subject of some debate among city officials because of alcohol-related security issues and the party zone's general impact on local residents as well as day-time businesses. Maxvorstadt has many smaller bars that are especially popular with university students, whereas Schwabing , once Munich's first and foremost party district with legendary clubs such as Big Apple, PN, Domicile, Hot Club, Piper Club, Tiffany, Germany's first large-scale disco Blow Up and the underwater nightclub Yellow Submarine, [43] as well as many bars such as Schwabinger 7 or Schwabinger Podium, has lost much of its nightlife activity in the last decades, mainly due to gentrification and the resulting high rents.

It has become the city's most coveted and expensive residential district, attracting affluent citizens with little interest in partying. Apart from the Kultfarbik and the smaller Optimolwerke, there is a wide variety of establishments in the urban parts of nearby Haidhausen. Before the Kunstpark Ost, there had already been an accumulation of internationally known nightclubs in the remains of the abandoned former Munich-Riem Airport. Munich nightlife tends to change dramatically and quickly. Establishments open and close every year, and some survive only a few months, while others last many years.

From to , Munich was also home to the Union Move , one of the largest technoparades in Germany. Munich has more than night clubs and thousands of bars and restaurants within city limits. Munich has become a spiritual centre already since the times of Emperor Louis IV when philosophers like Michael of Cesena , Marsilius of Padua and William of Ockham were protected at the emperor's court. Only the two Munich universities and the Technical University of Karlsruhe now part of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have held this honour, and the implied greater chances of attracting research funds, since the first evaluation round in The Max Planck Society , an independent German non-profit research organisation, has its administrative headquarters in Munich.

The following institutes are located in the Munich area:. The Fraunhofer Society , the German non-profit research organization for applied research, has its headquarters in Munich. Munich has the strongest economy of any German city [61] and the lowest unemployment rate 3. Munich topped the ranking of the magazine Capital in February for the economic prospects between and in 60 German cities.

Munich is a financial center and a global city and holds the headquarters of many companies. This includes more companies listed by the DAX than any other German city, as well as the German or European headquarters of many foreign companies such as McDonald's and Microsoft. One of the best known newly established Munich companies is Flixbus. The breakdown by cities proper not metropolitan areas of Global cities listed Munich in 8th position in Munich is also the home of the headquarters of many other large companies such as the aircraft engine manufacturer MTU Aero Engines , the injection moulding machine manufacturer Krauss-Maffei , the camera and lighting manufacturer Arri , the semiconductor firm Infineon Technologies headquartered in the suburban town of Neubiberg , lighting giant Osram , as well as the German or European headquarters of many foreign companies such as Microsoft.

Munich has significance as a financial centre second only to Frankfurt , being home of HypoVereinsbank and the Bayerische Landesbank. It outranks Frankfurt though as home of insurance companies such as Allianz insurance and Munich Re re-insurance. The headquarters of the German branch of Random House , the world's largest publishing house, and of Burda publishing group are also in Munich.

They are one of Europe's biggest and most famous film production studios. Munich has an extensive public transport system consisting of an underground metro, trams, buses and high-speed rail. In , the transport modal share in Munich was 38 percent public transport, 25 percent car, 23 percent walking, and 15 percent bicycle. For its urban population of 2. The Munich tramway is the oldest existing public transportation system in the city, which has been in operation since Munich also has an extensive network of bus lines.

The extensive network of subway and tram lines assist and complement pedestrian movement in the city centre. These major spines and many smaller streets cover an extensive area of the centre that can be enjoyed on foot and bike. The transformation of the historic area into a pedestrian priority zone enables and invites walking and biking by making these active modes of transport comfortable, safe and enjoyable.

These attributes result from applying the principle of "filtered permability" , which selectively restricts the number of roads that run through the centre. While certain streets are discontinuous for cars, they connect to a network of pedestrian and bike paths, which permeate the entire centre. In addition, these paths go through public squares and open spaces increasing the enjoyment of the trip see image. The logic of filtering a mode of transport is fully expressed in a comprehensive model for laying out neighbourhoods and districts — the Fused Grid. The average amount of time people spend commuting to and from work with public transit in Munich on a weekday is 56 min.

The average distance people usually ride in a single trip with public transit is 9. However, the influx of people from the rest of Germany and abroad has also led to some differences. While the rest of Bavaria is a stronghold of conservatism, Munich has been governed by a liberal coalition of Social-Democrats, Greens and the Rosa Liste a gay rights party and only A stereotypical group strongly associated by many Germans with Munich is the Schwabing Schickeria , characterized by their obsession for social status, luxury brands, expensive restaurants and champagne.

Of course, not all people living in Munich belong to the Schickeria. In fact, most of the people are quite normal. The official language in Munich is, of course, German. With many Munich residents coming from other German regions or from abroad, "Standard German" dominates as spoken language in Munich. Nevertheless, some residents will speak with a more or less strong Bavarian dialect, which can deviate substantially from the standard German.

Munich attracts many international tourists and has a large community of non-German speaking professionals working in international companies, universities, research institutions or at the European Patentoffice. Hence, it is not surprising that English is widely spoken and understood throughout the city in restaurants, cafes, tourist attractions, shops as well as by ordinary citizens. The exception are some of Munich's city administration offices where non-English speaking Germans seem to have found a last refuge from globalization. Munich has a continental climate, strongly modified by the proximity of the Alps.

The city's altitude and proximity to the northern edge of the Alps mean that precipitation is high. Rainstorms can come violently and unexpectedly. Winters last from December to March. Munich experiences cold winters, but heavy rainfall is rarely seen in the winter. Snow cover is seen for at least a couple of weeks during winter. The summers last from May until September. These winds are sometimes associated with illnesses ranging from migraines to psychosis. The first clinical review of these effects was published by the Austrian physician, Anton Czermak in the 19th century.

Originally, the airport was closer to the city center in Riem. However, in , it was moved to its current location to meet the demand for more capacity and modern facilities.

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Due to the constantly increasing number of flights, the airport has continued to expand since then and now offers connections to most airports in Germany and Europe, as well as many intercontinental destinations. In , Munich Airport has been ranked best airport in Europe and 3 globally in the World Airport Awards based on an worldwide survey of over thirteen million passengers.

Munich Airport has been named best airport in Europe 8 times over the last 10 years. All airlines which are not members of the Star Alliance are based in Terminal 1. Module F is used for high risk flights only - right now those are only flights to and from Israel. The Terminal has multiple levels: The train station is on level 2; the passenger transport system, which connects the modules, is on level 3; check-in counters, security checkpoints, arrival areas, customs and most restaurants are on level 4 ground floor ; level 5 is used by passengers with connecting flights. Terminal 2 hosts Lufthansa and its Star Alliance [45] partners, e.

It is also used by additional Lufthansa partners such as Qatar Airways, PrivatAir and some regional partner airlines. Terminal 2 consists of the central plaza, Pier North, and Pier South. Terminal 2 also has multiple levels: The arrival area and some check-in counters e.

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United and Turkish are on level 3; all other check-in counters, the security check-points and duty-free shops are on level 4; the visitor deck as well as restaurants and art exhibitions can be found on level 5. It includes a shopping mall, restaurants, a medical center, the conference center municon and the MAC-Forum. The MAC-Forum is Europe's largest roofed outdoor-area, which is used for various events like a christmas fair and ice-skating in winter and a beach volleyball tournament in summer. The S1 runs to Munich Central Station via the northern and western districts of Munich, while the S8 serves the eastern districts before arriving at Munich Central Station.

Please note that the S1 line splits at Neufahrn station. The first half of the train goes to Freising, whereas the rear continues onto the airport. Please make sure you're in the correct portion of the train if you take the S1 line. For more information see the get around section.

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If traveling from the airport, the latter ticket only has to be validated in Feldmoching station, which means that you can only travel using the S1 train. If traveling from downtown to the airport, you can just validate both tickets and the restriction does not apply anymore. If you are going to the airport from the city you buy a single ticket with the starting point wherever you start your journey.

This little tricks works because of the way the zones are laid out. It is a bit complicated but it is cheapest way to get to and from the airport. Nevertheless, it is marketed as "Munich West" by Ryanair. There are shuttle buses connecting the airport with Munich [48] with timetables aligned to Ryanair's flight schedule. Munich Central Station Hauptbahnhof [49] is conveniently located in the centre of Munich. The main station is west of Marienplatz two S-Bahn stations and only a short walk away from the city centre. It is well connected to Munich's dense public transport network.

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The main station has a traveler-friendly infrastructure including several restaurants, shops, a supermarket that is open on Sundays, too , a tourist bureau, and a Deutsche Bahn ticket and travel agency office. Deutsche Bahn [50] uses Munich as one of its main German hubs and offers regional and long-distance connections to many German cities. This includes several connections with ICE high-speed trains:.

Tickets for Croatian sleepers may be purchased in person at stations in Slovenia and Croatia, at Hauptbahnhof and online on Deutsche Bahn and Austrian Federal Railways. There is no online facility for international Slovenian and Croatian Railways. Two additional railway stations are located in the west Munich Pasing and the east Munich East of Munich.

Both stations are connected to the public transport system and serve as transport hubs for Deutsche Bahn's regional and long-distance trains. Munich is well connected with other cities in Germany and Austria by the German autobahn network. The A 99 is an autobahn ring around the city which connects the various autobahns. Munich has two inner ring roads in addition to the A Mittlerer Ring expressway and the Altstadtring. Traffic in Munich can be a challenge at peak times.

An inexpensive and surprisingly comfortable possibility to travel to Munich, especially from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, are long-haul buses. The best way to travel around Munich - without using your own feet - is the public transportation system consisting of suburban trains S-Bahn , underground trains U-Bahn , streetcars Tram , and buses. There is only one ticket system, called MVV, which means you can use all modes of transportation with the same ticket.

You can get individual, group, daily, weekly and monthly tickets. The underground stations, i. U-Bahn, are marked with a white capital "U" on blue quadratic ground. The suburban train stations, i. S-Bahn, are marked with a white "S" on green circular ground. The official MVV network map [53] is available at most stations and absolutely indispensable. A day ticket is worth buying if you plan to take more than two trips on the same day.

It is available for single persons and groups for up to 5 people and is valid until the next morning. The day ticket is available for four areas:. If you are staying longer than 3 days in Munich, a good option is to buy a weekly IsarCard ticket [54]. The first day of validity can now be chosen freely before 15 Dec , the weekly ticket was always valid from Monday to Monday.

The price of the weekly ticket depends on the number of rings you want to travel during the week starting from the center of the city. Almost all U-Bahn stations are within the rings For only a few journeys on different days the stripe ticket Streifenkarte , with 10 strips, is a better value than buying lots of individual tickets. You need to use two strips for each colored zone on the map. If you are making several trips a day, the day ticket is a better option. Children and people under the age of 21 only have to use half the number of stripes.

If you plan to explore Munich and see all the sights and tourist attractions, buy the Munich CityTourCard [55]. It is a ticket valid for all public transportation services in Munich and a discount card for many tourist attractions like museums, sights, shopping, and gastronomy. It is available in six versions single and group tickets and with validity for one or three days:.

A leaflet with information about the discount offers of the partners and a map of the city center and a plan of the public transportation network are included.

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Furthermore it can be purchased at the MVG customer center as well as in selected hotels and online. Stamping machines Entwerter - a blue machine with a black "E" on yellow ground - are found at every entrance to the S-Bahn or U-Bahn platforms, and inside buses and trams. In most other German cities, passengers can validate tickets on the train; however, this is not the case in Munich, so be sure to validate your ticket before entering any U-Bahn or S-Bahn platform.

Public transportation operates with limited service from to On Friday, Saturday and nights before public holidays, there is a single S-Bahn on each line between and So if you're staying out late, try to get the schedule of the so called Nachttram night tram in advance or do not leave the place before unless you want to take a taxi.

The Bayern Ticket is good on any weekday after and on any weekend day all day. There is also a Bayern Ticket Nacht for night trips, valid from to , for a discounted price. Guided tours, or for the independent-minded, rentals and maps are available at Munich Central Station Hauptbahnhof and many other places throughout the city. You need to call a number listed on the bikes from your mobile phone and register with the callabike.

The service is convenient, as you just spot an available bike throughout the city and just leave it at your destination. However, this is not an economical alternative if you are planning many trips in a single day. In that case, it is better to get a day or multiday rental from one of the rental services located throughout central Munich. Munich is generally a bike-friendly city with many designated bike paths especially along Isar river, in the parks and even in the city center.

However, rates of accidents involving bicycles are rising in Munich. Hence, the police enforces traffic rules for cyclists more rigorous, especially at the beginning of the bike season in spring. Helmets are not required for cyclists, but they are recommended. Like almost everywhere in Germany, Munich taxis can easily be recognized by their beige color and the yellow-black taxi sign on the roof.

Taxis can be found at taxi stands throughout the city, at train stations, and at the airport. It is also possible to stop a taxi if it is not occupied or to call one of the many taxi companies in Munich. There are also black or yellow-black taxi services which operate at the airport that offer fixed rates to and from the airport like [58] myDriver, [59] Transfers Germany or [60] Kiwitaxi services.

You will be able to get to your hotel or city center in no time. It is generally a bad idea to explore Munich by car. Traffic is heavy especially during rush hour. During rush hours these rings are, however, often congested too. Parking in the central districts inside the Mittlerer Ring tends to be close to impossible. Moreover, many landmarks and areas of touristic interest are located in the inner city which is mostly closed for car traffic.

Here parking space is particularly scarce and expensive.

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Driving may be an option for visiting some of the attractions in suburban Munich like the Bavaria Film Studios or for making day trips to cities and lakes outside of Munich. You will need it to be allowed to drive in most areas of the city the whole area within Mittlerer Ring. Car sharing has recently gained popularity in Munich and may be an option for visitors staying more than a few weeks. There are various providers such as Drive-Now, ZebraMobil, Flinkster and others, which have shared cars distributed across the city. Typically, you will have to sign-up online for the programs. Afterwards you will receive a coded card and a personal identification number, which you need to access and start the car.

Pricing varies between the car sharing companies and should be researched on the company websites. There may be additional restrictions, e. Throughout the city center there are "blue zones". Those familiar with the parking system in Italy will easily understand the Munich system.