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Munich is one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in Germany and one of the most popular destinations here on the blog. And as you asked, I made a post with a summary with tips from Munich for you to organize your trip.

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As well as being a perfect destination in its own right, chances are you’ll want to visit other destinations in Germany. And in fact, Munich is also a great starting point to do itineraries like the Romantic Route or meet the castles of fussen.


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How to get to Munich

There are currently no direct flights from Brazil to Munich, however, Lufthansa will resume the route between Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo and Munich-Franz Josef Strauss Airport from December 2019.

The most common option to arrive in Munich is to fly to Frankfurt, approximately 400 kilometers from Munich. Although Frankfurt is not relatively close to Munich, the trip can be done in about 3 hours by train.

There are direct flights to Frankfurt from São Paulo (Lufthansa and Latam), Rio de Janeiro (Lufthansa), Recife (Condor) and Fortaleza (Condor).

Another option to get to Munich is to fly to the main European capitals that offer daily connections to Munich. Like London, Paris, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Rome, Madrid or Zurich.

Tip: if you choose to arrive via Frankfurt, you can stay overnight in the city. Frankfurt doesn’t have much to do, but it’s a nice destination for a day.

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visa and immigration

Brazilians do not need a visa to enter Europe and can stay on the continent for up to 90 days every 6 months. Just have a valid passport and meet all the requirements that may be requested at immigration. Here on the blog there are several posts with tips to help you with immigration in Europe, I recommend reading.

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munich airport


When to go

You can easily visit Munich at any time of the year, but there are great variations in weather throughout the year. The best months are the hottest, from May to the end of August (spring and summer). In autumn, mainly between the second half of October and December, rains can occur. From December to February it is very cold, and it can snow constantly.

If you are looking for days with mild temperatures and blue skies, May, June and July are the best months. If you want to visit Munich during the famous Octoberfest, know that the party does not take place in October, but in September. This year Octoberfest runs from September 21st to October 6th.

In the height of summer, the temperature in Munich can easily reach 35 degrees and in the peak of summer to 40 degrees. While in the middle of winter the temperature can always be below zero.

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Octoberfest


What currency to take to Germany

The official currency of Germany is the Euro, so there is no mystery. Here in Brazil we can already get an acceptable quote. If your credit card allows international withdrawals without excessive fees, it may be a good idea to avoid exchange fees. However, in times of a lot of exchange variation it is not a good idea.

If you plan to use a credit card, be aware that not all establishments accept cards. Mainly in small businesses. Something very different from Brazil, where even the street vendors accept credit cards.

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The official currency is the Euro (image: Unplash)


Travel insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory to enter Europe. Failure to carry a travel insurance policy at the time of immigration may result in denial and the visitor being deported on the spot. To prevent this from happening, I recommend that you never leave Brazil without travel insurance, even for your protection in countries where insurance is not mandatory.

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How many days to stay in Munich

First it will depend on how much time you have available, however, I recommend staying between 3 and 4 days in Munich. This is the time you need to get to know the essentials of Munich. If you go to Munich with the purpose of getting to know the city and still enjoy the Octoberfest, it is interesting to stay at least 5 days in the city.


Munich Tips: What to do

Munich has a lot to do and places to see, such as the beautiful Residenz Palace and Marienplatz. Admiring the carousel of figures dancing to the tolling of the bells of the City Hall Tower is a major tourist attraction. Discover the Englisher Garten, the biggest park in Munich. There are kilometers of green area in the heart of the city and it is there that we find the famous Munich surfers. Just to name a few highlights of Munich.

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Munich tips


Füssen and the Romantic Road

If you are going to Munich, I highly recommend the day trip to Füssen. The city is close to Munich, it is one of the gateways to the Romantic Road and is also where Neuschwanstein Castle is. One of Germany’s most famous postcards.

However, I recommend including Fussen in your itinerary and staying at least one night in the city, to get to know Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau Castle, Hohes Schloss and the historic city center.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Munich is also very popular for those who want to take the famous Romantic Road, being a great starting point. You can see everything on the route in this script that I already wrote.

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Romantic Route


Munich tips: where to stay

Munich has a good range of accommodation, from friendly hostels to luxury hotels. Staying in the historic center of Munich can be quite expensive, the ideal for those who save a little is to stay close to the historic center. Preferably close to a metro station, which works very well in Munich.

Check out our post here with all the tips on where to stay in Munich on a budget

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Munich hotel suggestions:
Hotel Muller
Euro Youth Hotel Munich
Hotel Wallis
Centro Hotel Mondial

Check out our list of accommodation suggestions in Munich here

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Where to stay in Munich


how to get around

If you are staying in or around the historic center, you will be able to do most of the tours on foot. However, the Munich metro is excellent and has a huge network that serves a good part of the city. Therefore, it is an excellent option for getting around the city.

Taxi and Uber work very well, however they are much more expensive than the subway and depending on the distance to be covered, it is not worth it.

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Munich metro


Safety

As I always say, we need to be just as careful walking around downtown São Paulo or downtown Seoul. For without a doubt there are people with bad intentions everywhere in the world. But Munich is a safe city, safer than Frankfurt or Berlin.

However, it is necessary to keep an eye out for pickpockets who may eventually roam Marienplatz, even with all the security apparatus of the German police.

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Well, guys, I hope I helped you with this Munich tips post. Any questions you can consult the page with all posts about Munich here. Or you can post your questions in the comments and I will respond as soon as possible.


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