Munich is the city of Lederhosen and laptops where tradition and modern life weave interchangeably much to the amazement of visitors. During Oktoberfest, many locals even wear the traditional Lederhosen or Dirndls to the office.
When to Go
Many visitors come in summer or for Oktoberfest, which actually starts in September, but this is also when hotel rates are at the highest. Instead, consider April through June, or the latter half of October. It may be slightly rainier then but temperatures are generally mild. December is also a great time to check out the city's many Christmas markets.
Oktoberfest, the world's largest festival attracts more than 6 million visitors a year from all over the world. Despite its namesake it actually starts the third week in September and finishes the first week in October. Live music gets visitors up on their feet dancing on benches. Most locals will be wearing Lederhosen or a Dirndl.
What to Eat
Don't leave without trying a Weisswurst Frühstück. The traditional Bavarian breakfast consists of boiled white sausages served with sweet mustard, freshly baked pretzels and a refreshing Weissbier (beer). It's a long standing tradition that still takes place today in some companies on Fridays. The German afternoon tradition of coffee and cake is also not to be missed. Bakeries are on almost every street corner offering you a variety of scrumptious homemade treats to choose from.
Souvenir to Take Home
Don't leave without gingerbread hearts, or Lebkuchenherzen in German. These cookies date back to the 13th century when gingerbread was invented by monks. Unlike most cookies these aren't meant to be eaten, although they are edible.
Sustainable Travel Tip
You won't need a car in Munich. Munich's city-centre is compact enough to walk and if you want to venture out further, travel like the locals do—on bike. Bike rental is available directly at the Hauptbahnhof (main train station).
- Nat Geo Expeditions
Head to Olympic Park, home to the 1972 Summer Olympics. Either walk the short climb to the Olympiaberg, a hill offering views over Munich, or get even higher by visiting the observation platform at Olympia Tower at 623 feet. Go at sunset for the most dramatic views. On a clear day you'll even be able to see the Alps.