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4 Days Exploring Munich

4 Days Exploring Munich

This is my third time to Munich and this time around I have decided to go on a couple of day trips from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Dachau using public transportation. In terms of the city I’m planning on the 1Day Hop on Hop off tour, and then visiting the Pinakothek Museum before I fly back home to London.

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Day1: Hop On - Hop Off Bus Tour
Day2:
Day trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Day3:
Day trip to Dachau
Day4:
Visit Pinokothek, Off to flughafen (Airport)

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Day 1
Munich City Hop On-Hop Off Tour

I cannot deny the fact that I love a bus tour. The hop on hop off Munich sightseeing tour is a great way explore Munich. It gets you to the sights quickly and with little fuss. It is great in the summer when it is warm and brilliant in the winter when it is freezing cold. Wherever I go I try to go on at least one sightseeing tour to see the city quickly especially if I have limited time.
Even after visiting Munich three times before I jumped at the chance to go on the Grayline Munich Bus Tour. There is always something new to see in a city like Munich and after the sightseeing tour had ended I realised just how much of Munich I had totally missed. Thank you, Grayline hop on hop off Munich Bus Tour!

I met my bus for the day at Haptanbarnhof which was just down from the amazing Airbnb I stayed in. Straight away I was impressed that the bus was already there waiting to start. Next, to the bus the guides were chatting to people about what the plan for the day, the time it went for, how long the stops at each place where and what route that it would be taking on that day.

1. Bahnofplatz/Train Station: The tour starts at the Central Train Station of Munich. The bus stop is in front of the department store Karstadt.

2. Pinakotheken: This art museum houses a fabulous collection of “Old Masters”. Works by many of the greatest Dutch, Flemish, German and Italian artists of the 14th to 18th centuries are found here; indeed the museum boasts the largest Rubens collection in the world.

3. Odeonsplatz: A large pedestrian square on the north side of Munich’s old town. Every year in July, an open-air classical concert is held here.

4. Max-Joseph-Platz: Named after the first king of Bavaria, King Max I. Joseph, this square was laid out when Bavaria became a kingdom in 1806. Stop here for the National Theater, Opera House, and Residence Museum with Treasure Chamber.

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5. Marienplatz / Tal: In the Middle Ages, this square was a market place where tournaments and festivities took place. Hop off here for: New City Hall with famous Chimes, Old City Hall with Toy Museum, Cathedral, Church St. Peter, New Jewish Cultural Centre, Beer Hall.

6. Karlsplatz: (Known as Stachus): Entrance to historic city and pedestrian precinct. Great place to start a shopping trip along Neuhauser and Kaufinger Straße. This square has a big fountain in the summer and an open-air ice rink in winter. There is also an underground shopping center.

7. Palace of Nymphenburg: This Baroque palace was the main summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. See the famous carriage museum (Marstallmuseum), the porcelain collection, the Royal Gardens and the Rococo Amalienburg (18th century hunting lodge).

8. BMW Welt & Museum: This is an automobile museum of BMW history located near the Olympiapark in Munich, Germany.

9. Olympic Park: The Park constructed for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Stop here for the Olympic Stadium, Olympic Tower, Sea Life Aquarium, BMW Museum / BMW World / BMW World Headquarters.

10. Schwabing / Siegestor: Trendy area known as the ‘Artists’ District’. Full of excellent restaurants and open-air cafes. Also, the stop for the ‘Walking Man’ – a giant sculpture, and for the ‘English Garden’ – a huge public park.

If you are planning to get around Munich on your own using the public transport system, which is like most european cities, well connected. Let me help you with some information.

Getting around Munich:

Munich has an extensive public transportation system. It consists of a network of underground (U-Bahn), suburban trains (S-Bahn), trams and buses. … Tickets can be purchased at the blue vending machines, found at U- and S-Bahn-stations, at many tram and bus stops and newspaper kiosks. Munich Airport is 36km north of the city, and the easiest way to get between the two is by train. The S8 and (slightly slower) S1 routes link the airport with city centre stops like the Hauptbahnhof (main station) and Marienplatz. A single ticket costs €11.60, or if you’re planning on using the trains again the same day it’s better value to get a day pass for €13. There’s also a group airport day ticket for €24.30 which covers up to five people travelling together.

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There are different types of tickets: Single Tickets (called “Einzelfahrkarte”), Stripe Tickets (called “Streifenkarte”) and Day Tickets (called “Tageskarte”). A day ticket for the inner district costs €6.70 per person (or €12.80 for a group ticket). Before first embarking, the ticket must be validated – insert the ticket into the small stamping machines posted at the entrances to U- and S-Bahn tracks or on trams and buses. It’s a € 60 fine if you are caught riding without a valid ticket.



The Munich City Tour Card allows free use of public transport, plus discount and free admission to some of the best Munich sights. 

Another alternative for tourists is to buy a pass for the Munich Hop on hop off bus which takes you to all the sites in the city.

Where to stay in Munich:

Munich has accommodation options for every budget from Hostels, to apartments and hotels rooms. Hostels in Munich can start from as little as 20 euros a night for a shared dorm room.

You can search Airbnb for their Munich accommodation offerings. If you have never used Airbnb before get yourself £34 credit by signing and booking a stay right here.

Day 2
Day trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

This itinerary will give you the peaks and some countryside and some views of the pretty town, a nice combination for one day.  "Garmich Classic" isn't a peak but rather a collection of peaks; it is a skiing area. The peaks in the Garmisch Classic skiing area are the Hausberg, the Kreuzeck, and the Alpspitze. If you don't go to the Zugspitze, a good alternative would be the Alpspitze, where there is a viewing platform built off the side of the mountain with spectacular views.

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To get the best out of your day, start at least as early as 8 am, especially in autumn. To check the timetable select Garmisch-Partenkirchen as your destination. If you plan ahead, you can purchase the Bayern-Ticket right away. The ticket gets you to Garmisch-Partenkirchen from Munich in 90 minutes. It is the cheapest ticket

Take the cogwheel train from Garmisch up to the Zugspitze (about 1h15), then the cable car for 42.50 Euro up to the summit. After your time there, take the cable car down to the Eibsee to see the spectacular views over the lake. Walk around the Eibsee (about 90 minutes) or have cofee and cake at the hotel restaurant at the lake's edge. Then take the Eibsee bus from the Eibsee back to Garmisch (runs about 1x every hour, takes about 45 minutes); get off at the Marienplatz and walk down the pedestrian zone through town. Then walk to the train station to return to Munich.

Day 3
Day trip to Dachau

The Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial site is located on the outskirts of Munich, Germany. Getting from Munich to Dachau is easy. No visit to Munich is complete without a day trip to Dachau. Dachau was the very first concentration camp opened on German soil. In 1933 the camp was opened by Heinrich Himmler. In the first instance, the camp was designed to hold political prisoners. The type who did not agree with what Hitler and the Nazi party stood for

The Gates to hell at Dachau carry the famous words “Arbeit Macht Frei” ( “Work makes free” ). These famous words also adorn the gates at Auschwitz Birkenau. During the lifespan Of the Dachau camp, they were 32,000 documented deaths and thousands more that are undocumented. Dachau was the longest running of the concentration camps closing in 1945 after 12 years.

The Train Munich to Dachau Memorial Camp
Munchen Hauptbahnhof railway station is known as Munich Central Station. The train to Dachau to Munich will either start here or pass through here on its journey. Taking the train from Munich is the simplest way to reach the Dachau memorial is by public transportation. To get to Dachau take the S2 train from Munich in the direction of Dachau/Petershausen until you reach the Dachau station.

The S2 train from Munich to Dachau can be boarded at the following Munich stations

  • Donnersbergerbrucke

  • Hackerbrucke

  • Munich HBF ( Central Station )

  • Karlsplatz

  • Marienplatz

  • Isartor

  • Rosemheimer Platz

  • Munich East

  • Hirschgarten

Once you have arrived at the Dachau train station, you will need to transfer to a local bus to reach the memorial site. Catch the bus 726 towards “Saubachsiedlung” to the entrance of the memorial site (“KZ-Gedenkstätte”) .The Munich Dachau train ride takes around 25 minutes from Munich’s Central Station (Hauptbahnhof).


Opening Hours of Dachau
The Dachau Memorial site is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The memorial site is closed on December 24th.

Day 4
VISIT THE CITY’S ART MUSEUMS

Before the end of this trip, It’s time to visit some arty stuff around in Munich. Munich is a great city for art lovers with it’s own art museum district known as the Kunstareal. It’s home to museums covering Greek, Roman and Egyptian art. But best-known are the three Pinakothek art museums – the Alte Pinakothek for Old Masters, the Neue Pinakothek for 18th- and 19th-century European art, and the Pinakothek der Moderne for contemporary art. So you can choose your favourite period and dip into their wide-ranging collections. I’m off to the Neue.

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