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There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Munich each year.
The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (Neujahrstag - national holiday)

From Epiphany to Shrove Tuesday: Munich carnival (Fasching -local event)

Carnival season in Munich begins on the day after Epiphany and ends on Shrove Tuesday. Munich thus pulls out the stops for a month or more each year, celebrating this period with a series of costume parades as well as fancy dress parties and elegant masked balls.

March/April: Good Friday (Karfreitag - local event)

March/April: Easter Monday (Ostermontag - national holiday)

May 1: Labour Day (Tag der Arbeit - national holiday)

Late June–late July: Munich Opera Festival (Münchner Opernfestspiele - local event)

An annual highlight since 1875, this festival organized by the Bavarian State Opera attracts visitors from around the world for its top-flight productions, featuring today's leading artists in over 30 opera performances, along with song recitals, symphonic and chamber music concerts, and dance performances, at various venues throughout the city.

Mid-September–first Sunday in October: Oktoberfest (local event)

This is Munich's legendary folk festival, featuring huge and smaller tents for enjoying a variety of beers and gourmet specialities, with traditional music and dancing, and a fun fair with wild rides, games and food stalls. It takes place on the Theresienwiese, a gravelly open space near the centre of the city, and attracts some 6 million visitors each year!

October 3: German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit - national holiday)

Commemorates the anniversary of Germany's reunification in 1990.

November 27–December 24: Christmas Market (Christkindlmarkt - local event)

Munich's Christmas market is consistently one of the most impressive in Europe. It is held every year on the beautiful Marienplatz.

December 25: Christmas (Weihnachtstag - national holiday)

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Munich straddles two climate regions: humid Atlantic and dry continental. For this reason, the weather can be quite changeable and unpredictable. Winters are cold, with some snow due to the proximity of the Alps, whereas summers are relatively hot and humid. Thunderstorms occur frequently in the summer. Spring is the ideal time to visit the city, with its clear and sunny blue skies.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January -5/23 1/34 54/2.1 Good period to go Good period to go
February -4/25 2/36 45/1.8 Good period to go Good period to go
March 0/32 8/46 60/2.4 Good period to go Good period to go
April 3/37 13/55 70/2.8 Good period to go Good period to go
May 7/45 18/64 93/3.7 Good period to go Good period to go
June 10/50 21/70 124/4.9 Not the best period to go
July 12/54 24/75 118/4.6 Not the best period to go
August 12/54 23/73 115/4.5 Not the best period to go
September 9/48 19/66 90/3.5 Not the best period to go
October 4/39 14/57 69/2.7 Not the best period to go
November 0/32 6/43 71/2.8 Not the best period to go
December -4/25 2/36 58/2.3 Good period to go Good period to go
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Munich Franz-Josef-Strauß International Airport

Munich's Franz-Josef-Strauß Airport is located about 28 kilometres (17 miles) north-east of the city centre.

  • Two terminals:
    • Terminal 1 (Air France)
    • Terminal 2

Getting from the airport to Munich and back
  • By car
    • Accessible via the A99 ring road, the A9 and the A92. The trip to or from central Munich takes about 45 minutes.
    • The airport offers several parking facilities opposite or adjacent to the terminals for long-term parking (P41, P80 and P81) including free bus transfers to the terminals (between EUR 2 and EUR 5 depending on the facility).
    • Several car rental companies have counters in hall C of Terminal 1.
  • By bus
    • MVV Bus has routes connecting the airport with Freising, Erding and Markt Schwaben.
    • Lufthansa Express Bus connects the airport with Munich's main train station every 15 minutes.
  • By rail
    • Two S-bahn commuter rail lines (S1 and S8) connect the airport with central Munich every 10 minutes.
  • By taxi
    • Taxis are available at the ranks just outside the arrivals halls. The trip to central Munich costs around EUR 70.

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Munich has an efficient public transport system covering all areas of the city. It is by far the best option for getting around.

By public transport

The entire system, which is both modern and highly efficient, is managed by MVV (Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund). The three types of transport (underground, buses and trams) complement each other:

  • Underground: The U-Bahn has both north-south and east-west lines, with trains running very frequently.
  • Train: The S-Bahn commuter rail line is the most important transportation network in and around Munich. The Stammstrecke (central line) covers the city centre.
  • Buses: Munich has many bus routes, making it possible to reach any point in the city. Express buses run on the main thoroughfares, providing convenient links with the other forms of transport.
  • Trams: Munich's Straßenbahn offers more than a dozen tram lines covering a total network of about 80 kilometres (50 miles) and used daily by some 280,000 passengers. Trams generally run from 6 a.m. to midnight. Several lines offer night trams operating outside these hours, at longer intervals.


Public transport fares in Munich are based on the number of zones crossed. For a single trip within one zone on any public transport operated by MVV the fare is EUR 2.90 (EUR 1.40 for children aged 6 to 14). For a single trip passing through three zones, the adult fare is EUR 8.70.

Useful tip: If you will be using public transport frequently during your stay, you may want to consider the unlimited 1-day pass offered by MVV.
  • One-day individual pass: from EUR 6.70 to EUR 13 (depending on the number of zones)
  • One-day group pass (up to five adults): from EUR 12.80 to EUR 24.30 (depending on the number of zones)

By taxi

With an average of 2.5 taxis per 100,000 inhabitants, Munich is well-provided. This means of transportation can be very useful, as you can find a taxi on every street corner. Hail one or call one of the numerous local cab companies. EUR 1.70 per kilometre.

By bicycle

Riding a bike is an excellent way to get around Munich. With 1,200 kilometres of bike lanes, the city offers the largest rideable area of all German cities. You will find numerous bike rental agencies around (about EUR 18 for one day).

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Munich, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

München Tourismus

Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, public transport, sightseeing and tours) as well as brochures and maps.

  • Address: Sendlinger Str. 1, 80331 München
  • Opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Telephone: +49 (0)89 233 96 500
  • Website: https://www.muenchen.de/int/en.html

Tourist information centres

At various locations throughout the city, München Tourismus operates information centres, where you can obtain recommendations for visiting Munich and its surrounding area:

Main train station (Hauptbahnhof):

  • Address: Bahnhofsplatz 2, 80335 München
  • Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and holidays

City hall (Rathaus) :

  • Address: Marienplatz 8, 80331 München
  • Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and holidays

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Medical information

In order to travel in the best conditions and for your health and safety, we invite you to check all information regarding preventive measures and best practices to be respected, available on the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/

Your comfort, well-being and health are at the heart of Air France's concerns, and we want to help you prepare for your trip in the best way possible. Find out more about the measures taken to ensure safe travelling on our website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/coronavirus.htm#notre-engagement-sanitaire

See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Munich counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.

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Administrative formalities

Entry requirements for Germany

For stays of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, need only be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay.

As a general rule, all other travellers are subject to visa requirements, although citizens of some countries may enter Germany for a short stay of up to 90 days without a visa.

For further information, visit the website of the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees:

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To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Munich, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic German phrases that will make your stay in Munich a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Guten Morgen (morning) / Guten Tag (during the day) Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>Guten Morgen (morning) / Guten Tag (during the day)</em>

Good evening: Guten Abend Good evening: <em>Guten Abend</em>

Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen Goodbye: <em>Auf Wiedersehen</em>

Yes: Ja Yes: <em>Ja</em>

No: Nein No: <em>Nein</em>

No, thank you: Nein, Danke No, thank you: <em>Nein, Danke</em>

Thank you very much: Vielen Dank Thank you very much: <em>Vielen Dank</em>

Please: Bitte Please: <em>Bitte</em>

I don't understand: Ich verstehe nicht I don't understand: <em>Ich verstehe nicht</em>

Could you repeat ?: Können Sie bitte wiederholen? Could you repeat ?: <em>Können Sie bitte wiederholen?</em>

What time is it ?: Wie spät ist es? What time is it ?: <em>Wie spät ist es?</em>

Sorry: Entschuldigung Sorry: <em>Entschuldigung</em>

Airport: der Flughafen Airport: <em>der Flughafen</em>

Train station: der Bahnhof Train station: <em>der Bahnhof</em>

Taxi: das Taxi Taxi: <em>das Taxi</em>

Hotel: das Hotel Hotel: <em>das Hotel</em>

Hospital: das Krankenhaus Hospital: <em>das Krankenhaus</em>

Bank: die Bank Bank: <em>die Bank</em>

Telephone: das Telefon Telephone: <em>das Telefon</em>

I'm (…): Ich bin (…) I'm (…): <em>Ich bin (…)</em>

I'm looking for (…): Ich suche (…) I'm looking for (…): <em>Ich suche (…)</em>

How much is (…)?: Wie viel kostet es? How much is (…)?: <em>Wie viel kostet es?</em>

Do you have (…)?: Haben Sie (…)? Do you have (…)?: <em>Haben Sie (…)?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: Wo kann ich (…) finden? Where can I find (…)?: <em>Wo kann ich (…) finden?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: Wo kann ich (…) kaufen? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>Wo kann ich (…) kaufen?</em>

I'd like (…): Ich hätte gern (…) I'd like (…): <em>Ich hätte gern (…)</em>

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Start of daylight saving time: last Sunday in March
End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October


Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Government offices

Usually open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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In Germany, as is also the case in France and Italy, when the service is especially friendly and attentive, leaving a tip is recommended and always appreciated. An appropriate tip in this case is anywhere between 5 and 10% of the bill at restaurants or bars. Do not leave the tip on the table. It is better to hand it to the server when paying the bill.

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