Munich Airport is located about 18 miles from the center of the city. It's Germany's second-busiest hub and among the top 10 in Europe. More than 38 million people pass through its doors every year, being delivered by carriers such as Lufthansa and Star Alliance - the facility's two largest airlines. In 2011, the airport was named the best airport in Europe by the World Airport Awards. It's renowned for being easy to navigate and having a wide multitude of amenities. In fact, the facility contains the Munich Airport Center, a recreation area between the hub's two terminals that contains a mall, medical and conference centers, a variety of restaurants and the MAC-Forum, an outdoor arena used for ice skating, festivals and other events.
There are a plethora of Munich Airport hotels that offer easy access to the downtown area as well as an array of amenities. The Holiday Inn Express is only 2.5 miles from the airport, while the Holiday Inn is 20 miles away in the heart of the city and is accessible via public transit. Guests can also choose to stay at the luxurious Marriott, one of the top-rated hotels in the city, which offers amenities such as a swimming pool, fitness center and lounge.
Welcome to Munich
As the capital of Bavaria, Munich is an energetic city with a friendly atmosphere. Business travelers often come for the city's role as a hub for trade, research, engineering and medicine, but many of the 70 million people that visit each year are here on vacation. The metropolis is a cultural utopia, combining the contemporary with the historic - walk the streets to find modern skyscrapers laid out alongside exquisite architecture that recalls the pre-World War II era - many of the buildings were destroyed during bombings but were restored to their original beauty afterward.
The downtown area, called the City Center, is the throbbing pulse of the destination with a majority of the top attractions and plenty of shopping and dining opportunities. But there are also many other neighborhoods throughout the metropolis that offer delightful travel experiences. Dachau, for example, is older than Munich itself and was erected on a hill so visitors can see the Alps in the horizon. Schwabing and Maxvorstadt contain some of the city's best museums, while Ammersee is a rustic stretch of land where hikers, boaters and other outdoor adventurers gather to take advantage of the waterfront and diverse terrain.
Things to Do in Munich
During your trip to Munich, there are some attractions that simply must be seen. Head downtown to explore some of the top sites, including New City Hall, which features the iconic Glockenspiel, and the Residenz where Bavarian kings once lived. You can also see three of the historic gates that were erected when the city was established, a handful of magnificent churches and the Nationaltheater opera house.
One of the city's claims to fame is its annual Oktoberfest, and those that come during this time of year can take part in the refreshing festivities. The city introduced Oktoberfest to the world in 1810, and every year it attracts nearly 7 million people with its delicious food and authentic Bavarian brew. But you can also have a rich ale experience any time of year - it is, after all, the Beer Capital of the World. The city is home to the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, the most renowned beer hall in the world, where you can enjoy a locally produced beverage. Or sign up for a tasting tour with Size Matters to check out some of the best breweries in the city and learn about the drink's deep roots in Munich.