City of Munich

Munich is the capital city of the German state of Bavaria and lies only 50 km north of the Bavarian Alps. With its 1.5 million residents it is the third largest city in Germany.

Munich, located at the river Isar in the south of Bavaria, is known for its architecture, fine culture, the annual Oktoberfest, its vibrant cultural scene and its museums. Although the city was heavily damaged during World War II, many of its historic buildings in the old city center have been rebuilt including its largest church, the Frauenkirche, and the New Town Hall.

Munich is a major international center of business, engineering, research and medicine exemplified by the presence of two research universities, a multitude of smaller colleges, headquarters of several multinational companies and world-class technology and science museums like the Deutsches Museum and BMW Museum.

Getting there

By Plane

Munich International Airport the second busiest airport in Germany ranks seventh in Europe, handling 38 million passengers per year. Munich airport, which has been named for former Bavarian prime minister Franz Josef Strauß, is a major hub for Lufthansa and the Star Alliance.

Munich International Airport is located 30 km north-east of Munich, close to the town of Freising. Originally, the airport was closer to the city center in Riem. However, in 1992, it was moved to its current location to meet the demand for more capacity and modern facilities. 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.

The airport connects to central Munich by suburban train (S-Bahn) on the S1 and S8 line. 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.

By train

Munich Central Station is conveniently located in the center 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. The main station has a traveller-friendly infrastructure including several restaurants, shops, a tourist bureau, and a Deutsche Bahn ticket and travel agency office.

Deutsche Bahn uses Munich as one of its main German hubs and offers regional and long-distance connections to many German cities.

By Car

A 8 connects Munich with Augsburg, Ulm, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe in the west and Rosenheim and Salzburg in the south-east
A 9 leads to Ingolstadt, Nürnberg, Leipzig and Berlin in the north
A 92 connects Munich with Landshut and Deggendorf in the north-east
A 94 has only been partially completed so far and will lead to Passau in the east
A 95 connects Munich with Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps in the south
A 96 connects Munich with Lindau at Lake Constance in the south-west

You can find out more about Munich at the Munich tourism website.