Where do I start?

By Traveller August 18, 2016
Munich

Where do I start?

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By Paige Traveller August 18, 2016

I'm planning a 2.5 day trip to Munich next October. I have a few questions as to where the best place to stay would be, attractions/tours/transportation, etc.

What is the best way to travel around the city without a car? train/bus/tram, etc. I don't speak German so I'm a little nervous I wont understand the transportation systems.

Do you recommend doing Airbnb or staying in a hotel? I've done some research and with my price range, there aren't many houses on airbnb directly in "center city Munich". Instead they are about 5-10 min away. Would it be easier to stay a little outside and take a tram or bus in?


With a two day stay, would you recommend using one day to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle? Is it worth it? Or would you suggest more walking tours/ eating/ brewery's for two days.

Any insight would be great.

Thanks!!
Paige

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Hey! Just short answers for your questions:
1. Best way to travel is to use public transport - U-Bahn (underground), S-Bahn (city trains), Bus, Trams. For your 2.5 day trip buy a 3 day Inner Area ticket for 16 euro if you're travelling alone, or 3 day group Inner Area ticket if you're travelling up to 5 adults (always together)

2. Don't be nervous about not knowing German, English is enough for such a short stay

3. Use google maps if you have internet or MAPS.ME app which allows you to download maps and use them offline. Very helpful!

4. In my opinion, it's better not to stay "right in the center". You can go by feet or use public transport, it's very fast. Moreover, some center areas are a little bit dirty in Munich, that can make a wrong impression if you live there)

5. I would advice to rent something via Airbnb, if you're financially limited. Hotel is always more expensive

6. I wouldn't recommend to visit Neuschwanstein during such a short trip. You will be in a hurry, you will spend a whole day for it. It's better to do it during a longer trip, next time.
Local August 23, 2016
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Munich has a very good public transport system, buy a 3 day ticket of the inner circle, this ticket would be valid on local trains, underground, bus, trams.

Do not worry, over last few years, Munich has transformed itself into a cosmopolitan city, many speak English and at quite few important places the information is available in English. But just like any new city, it would be all new for you, take some time to understand the transportation system, read maps etc, you will be fine.

Do you recommend doing Airbnb or staying in a hotel? Whatever fits your budget.

5-10 mins away shouldn't be a problem. as long as you are within the inner circle of public transport system, you will be fine. If you need a stay, just to spend the night, then taking far away from the city shouldn't be a problem, just check, you might end up paying little extra on travelling to the city.

The beauty of Neuschwanstein Castle is not inside the castle, it is from the outside, from different angles from far away, which in my opinion is only possible if you can go there by road. Anyway, would not recommend spending 1d for it in a 2.5d trip, instead spend walking/cycling/bus tour, enjoy the food and the beer.

If you decide not to do hop-on hop-off bus tour, then try doing - bus 100 its called Museum Line(runs between Munich Central Stn North Side(München Hbf Nord) and Munich East Stn(München Ostbahnhof).
And tram19 runs between Munich Central and Munich East Station.

Cheers!!


S
Local August 19, 2016
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Thanks for the advice!!
Thanks for the advice!!
Hi Paige,

stay in the city, lots of things to see and do in Munich.

Get an accomodation near a subway station (U-Bahn), so you can easily reach every place in town. Just make sure to buy a day pass for the public transport system, it's quite cheap and you don't have to bother about which ticket to buy.

If you like to, do a hop on hop off tour to get an overview, make sure it includes Nymphenburg Castle.
A great walk through the city center would be: Sendlinger Tor - Sendlinger Strasse (have a look inside Assam Church) - sebastiansplatz - Viktualienmarkt - Marienplatz - Theatinerstrasse - Hofgarten - Prinzregentenstrasse (river surfers at the first bridge right of the "Haus der Kunst").

If you like to have a traditional local beer experience, avoid the big beer halls and go to Andechser am Dom.

For the rest: like a local guide ;-)

Have fun, Chris

C
Local August 19, 2016
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Thank you so much!!!
For a two day stay I recommend you stay in Munich, a lot of things to do and visit. Do not miss the pedestrian area in Center Munich, there are interesting hopon hopoff bus tours for half or full day. You need two days if you want to keep a good memory of munich. Local brewerys are also interesting, no need to advertise their beer ! Try the weizbeer, which is made of wheat. Have a nice stay.
Rachid
Local August 18, 2016
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Thanks for the advice!!
Hey Paige,
not sure if you got my answer, on my phone it doesn't show it...anyway, here's my phone number +4915233682071 - just send me a whatsapp or imessage and we'll try to figure out something for you. it's a bit complicated and i need more infos so it's more convenient for me if you send me a message on my phone.
Toby
Local Guru August 18, 2016
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Hello Paige,

Don't worry about not having a car. A lot of people who live in the city don't own a car anymore as the transportation system is really great and rather self explanatory when it comes to getting from point A to B. The only thing that might be a bit challenging is buying a ticket, but you can always ask the person next to you at the machine to help you out.

It is really no problem if you don't speak any German. Pretty much everyone under 50 speaks English well enough. Really don't be nervous about asking people in English. It is probably harder to find someone who doesn't speak English.

Since you are coming in October I'd make sure that you are not coming in the beginning of October as the Oktoberfest ends first weekend in October and hotels, hostels and Airbnb prices are frankly insane. Everything gets better towards the middle of the month and there is a better chance to find something at a reasonable price.

It is probably hard to find some place to stay if you are looking for a flat that is located directly at city centre since that area is mainly shops and office buildings. 5-10 min away is still very central and sounds like a good

In my opinion Neuschwanstein is a bit overrated. Since you have only 2.5 days I'd rather visit Castle Nymphenburg which is located in the city and was the birthplace of king Ludwig II who later built Neuschwanstein. I also recommend the Residenz which used to be the city palace of the dukes and kings of bavaria.
Local March 27, 2018
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Hi Paige,

I hope your stay in Munich was awesome! What did you end up doing?

A very good to get to know some beer culture and to know more about Munich's nightlife is Munich's Original Pubcrawl. It takes place every Friday at 20:30 and they meet next to the Mariensäule at Marienplatz. I hope that helps!

Here's a Link for further info: https://bartourz.de/English/Pubcrawl/

Cheers
Tom
T
Local November 21, 2017
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For a two day stay I recommend you stay in Munich, a lot of things to do and visit. Do not miss the pedestrian area in Center Munich, there are interesting hopon hopoff bus tours for half or full day. You need two days if you want to keep a good memory of munich. Local brewerys are also interesting, no need to advertise their beer ! Try the weizbeer, which is made of wheat. Have a nice stay.
Rachid
Local August 18, 2016
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