Founded in 1158, Munich has been the capital of Bavaria since 1503. Next to Berlin, it is Germany’s most popular city, yet small enough to be explored in one visit. It enjoys the added advantage of a great setting, with the mountains and the alpine lakes just an hour’s drive away. Like Berlin, it is vibrant with life and fast coming into its own as a trendy European capital. The best time to visit is from June through October, when the beer gardens, street cafes and bars are in full swing. The famous Oktoberfest is held on the Theresienwiese fairground starting on the second-to-last Saturday in September and lasting for the next 16 days (September 20 – October 5, 2014). Our centrally located hotel enjoys a picturesque among cafes and restaurants, just a train stop away from Marienplatz, Munich’s central square.
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DAY 1: Depart U.S. / Fly overnight to Munich
Depart the U.S. for Germany. The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight itinerary and airline tickets.
DAY 2: Arrive in Munich / Begin your Trip Extension
Arrive at the Munich airport, where a VBT representative will meet you and help you transfer (approximately 40 minutes) to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore and dine on your own, using the VBT City Information included in your Final Travel Booklet as your guide. The area is full of options for dinner.
If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be available until 2:00 pm. You may store your luggage with the reception desk.
Please note: VBT transfer times and departure points are finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you fly in earlier than the scheduled program dates, transportation from the airport will be at your own expense.
DAY 3: Independent exploration of Munich
Our VBT representative will be available at the hotel from 9:00 am until 10:00 am to answer your questions and help you organize your time in Munich. Around 10:00 am, you might join a short excursion with our representative to help you get acquainted with the public transportation system—taking the subway to the Marienplatz. There is a small cost for the daily or three-day transportation pass. Your VBT representative will leave you to explore at the Marienplatz.
At 11:00 am and noon, the Marienplatz fills with onlookers as the carillon in the Rathaus tower clangs into action. Close by, the Peterskirche, the oldest church in Munich is notable for its grisly relics of St Munditia, patron saint of single women, and for the view from its tower (up several hundred steps, but worth the climb on a clear day!). The Munchener Stadtmuseum is an excellent local history museum which includes a photo and film exhibit and a puppet display. North of Marienplatz is the posh end of the city center. And from the fashionable Maximilianstrasse, the little Kosttor road leads straight to the Hofbrauhaus, Munich's largest and most famous drinking hall.
The English Garden is Munich's largest natural area. Located north of the city, its vistas draw thousands of visitors for walks and picnics. Swimming in the rivers that run through the area is also an option. The garden houses several popular beer gardens that provide a lovely rest stop after a day of exploring.
DAY 4: Independent exploration of Munich / Begin Main Tour
Air Package guests will be arriving throughout the day. You'll have time to explore more of Munich and its surroundings on your own.
You may visit the interesting BMW Automotive Museum, which displays the history of the company in relation to the development of the modern automobile. Exhibits, videos, slide collections, and films are highlights of the museum. Nearby, visit the neighboring Olympic Park, the site of the 1972 Olympic Games. Walk through the lovely park, visit the modern and mesmerizing stadium, and see great views from the Olympic Tower.
Or you may wish to venture out of Munich. The Dachau Concentration Camp and memorial site is on the northern edge of Munich and was the home of Germany's first concentration camp. Today, Dachau Memorial Site is a place of memory and pilgrimage and makes for an educational and sobering day trip.
Or visit the enchanting old-world town of Fussen, in the foothills of the Alps and surrounded by one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the world. You'll see the ethereal Neuschwanstein Castle, the nearby lake, and a postcard-perfect aerial view of the equally beautiful Hohenschwangau Castle and the waterfall gorge.
VBT travelers have recommended day tours organized by New Europe’s Munich Tours (www.newmunichtours.com). You can reserve all these tours online. Your hotel in Munich can also help you book these tours when you arrive.