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Munich

Oktoberfest hearts, Munich

Practical Info about Munich

Getting around the city

Munich's city centre is a pedestrian zone, so many of its attractions can be reached on foot, which is also the most pleasant way to explore certain parts of the city. The city's efficient and integrated public transport system is excellent for getting around beyond the centre; it consists of buses, trams, the U-bahn (subway) and the S-bahn (suburban train) that operate from about 5am to 1am, with hourly buses and trams servicing main routes throughout the night. Tickets must be validated on entering stations or on boarding, and are transferable between all forms of transport, and valid for two hours after being stamped as long as one travels in the same direction. Fares are zone based and the system is well-organised and easy to understand. There are various day passes available as well as the München Welcome Card, which covers all transport within the city and includes discounts to the main attractions. Taxis are safe and convenient, but expensive. You can hire a car easily but it is often better to use public transport in the big European cities to avoid frustration and confusion. You can also hire bicycles at very little cost and this is a lovely way to get around.

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).

Electricity

220 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. ATMs and exchange bureaux are widely available. The major credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in large shops, hotels and restaurants, although Germans themselves prefer to carry cash. The quickest and most convenient way to change money is to obtain cash from one of the ATM machines that are ubiquitous features on all German streets. Banks are closed on weekends, but exchange bureaux at airports and main railway stations are open daily.

Communication

The international access code for Germany is +49. Telephone numbers in Germany can range from four to nine digits. There are surcharges on international calls made from hotels; it is often cheaper to use public telephone boxes in post offices, which use phone cards. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 110 (Police); 112 (Ambulance/Fire)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2015 2016
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Epiphany (some states) 6 Jan 6 Jan
Good Friday 3 Apr 25 Mar
Easter Monday 6 Apr 28 Mar
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
Ascension Day 14 May 5 May
Whit Monday 25 May 16 May
Corpus Christi 4 Jun 26 May
Day of German Unity 3 Oct 3 Oct
Day of Reformation 31 Oct 31 Oct
All Saints Day 1 Nov 1 Nov
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec
St Stephens Day 26 Dec 26 Dec

Climate

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Munich's weather can be unpredictable. In general summers are fairly warm and very wet, characterised by sunny weather interspersed by dramatic thunderstorms, while winters are cold with light snowfalls. In summer (June to August) average temperatures range between 50°F (10°C) and 73°F (23°C), and in winter (December to February) average temperatures range between 25°F (-4°C) and 39°F (4°C). The Alps cause two unique aberrations in Munich weather: southwesterly winds crossing the Alps can push up temperatures markedly even in winter; and northwesterly winds blowing from the mountains bring unseasonably low temperatures, rain and even snow on odd days. You can easily end up experiencing quite a variety of weather on a stay in Munich. The most popular time to visit is in September, for Oktoberfest, but summer is the peak tourism season. Munich is really a year-round holiday destination because so many of the city's attractions can be enjoyed regardless of the weather.

Munich International Airport

www.munich-airport.de

Getting to the city

Frequent commuter trains run by day and most of the night to various Munich stations, including the main stations for connections to major European cities. Taxis are available, as are buses to many regional destinations and the main train station. It takes about 20 minutes by train and about 45 minutes by road to reach the city centre.

Car rental

Car hire companies represented include Avis, Europcar, Hertz, National and Sixt.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available from both terminals. The journey time to the city centre is approximately 45 minutes and taxis cost around €35 to €55.

Transfer between terminals

The Airport Shuttle Bus travels between the two terminals.

Facilities

The airport has several restaurants and bars, duty-free and other shops, shower facilities and a pharmacy. ATMs and currency exchange desks are available in Arrivals and Departures.

Parking

Parking in lots P1-5, P7, P8, P20, P26 and P35 is €4 for the first hour, up to €29 per day. Long-term parking is cheapest in lots P41, P80 and P81, at €19 per day.

Internet

Free wifi is available in both terminals.