Stay healthy: Ticks in Munich and Bavaria

The Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham)

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Adress: Landsberger Str. 270, 80687 Munich, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0) 89 558 983 70

Nearby Airports:

  • Munich International (MUC) – 40 km / 25 mi (ca. 30-45 min by car, 45-55 min by public transport)
  • Memmingen Airport (FMM) (aka Munich West) – 108 km / 67 mi (ca. 1 hour by car, 2 hrs. by public transport)

The Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham) is one of two Super 8 hotels in Munich. The hotel is not located in the inner city, but has  a very good connection to the city centre as well as to Munich International airport, as the urban rail station is around the corner. The hotel has double rooms, a rather small lounge with a coffeshop and a quite huge breakfast room. The Super 8 is located in Munich’s west, a mostly residential district. It’s clear this hotel is made for business travellers and travellers on a budget.

There are only double rooms available, which can be also used for single occupancy. The hotel is mid sized compared to the number of rooms. All rooms feature en suite baths with a shower, a hairdryer, and bath amenities (bulk).

The Super 8 Munich West Hotel doesn’t feature a full restaurant, but there is a small coffeeshop in the lobby, where you can order a beverage and a snack. Ideal for business travellers to meet after a day full of work and have a drink before going to bed.

 

The Super 8 Munich West is a well rated business/mid-range hotel. It gets good ratings in the different portals:

  • Trivago: 8.3 out of 10.0 (Very Good)
  • Tripadvisor: 4.0 out of 5.0 (Very Good)
  • Hotelscombined: 7.8 out of 10.0 (Good)

What people like:

  • The close proximity to the urban rail station Laim (good connections to the city centre and Munich International Airport)
  • The breakfast
  • The cleanliness of the rooms and the good work of the housekeeping staff

What people dislike:

  • the loud and sometimes crowded breakfast room
  • visitors sometimes indicate that the reception staff is not always 100% polite and courteous
  • The lack of parking possibilities (on-street metered parking; too few parking spots available)

What to know:

  • The Super 8 Munich West doesn’t have a full restaurant. But you can order drinks and snacks at the lobby coffeeshop/bar.
  • The district around the hotel is a residential district so there are not as many possibilities to go out dining around the hotel as you would get at a more centrally located hotel.
  • Bar/coffeeshop
  • Restaurant
  • 24/7 reception
  • Free WiFi in rooms and lobby
  • Breakfast available (ca. 9 EUR / 10 USD per person and day)
  • Bath amenities
  • Iron/Board
  • In-room safe
  • Free coffee/tea
  • Air conditioning & heating
  • Cable/Satellite TV

Laim district:

Laim is located in the western part of the city and mainly a residential district. Additionally there are some industrial/commercial areas (mainly car garages, car dealers) along Landsberger Street. This street (also named Bundesstraße 2 – Federal Road No. 2) is a major road for commuters. So expect lot’s of rush hour traffic during weekdays.

Dining out:

restaurants and bars are available but limited. Most of the restaurants and bars can be found in Fürstenrieder Street.

The best options for dining out in walking distance to the Super 8 Munich West are a steakhouse (Asado), an Italian restaurant (Il Cortile), a Greek restaurant (Tou Bakali), and a Chinese restaurant (Hakeyo House).
Fast food options are also avilable. Within walking distance you will find Mc Donalds, Döner Kebab (Beste Döner) and a bit further a Subway.
Coffeshops: There is a coffeeshop (San Francisco Coffee Company – SFCC) ca. 350 metres / 380 yards from the hotel.

Supermarkets:

There are supermarkets within walking distance. You will find a REWE (normal supermarket) and an ALDI (discount supermarket) ca. 700 metres / 770 yards from the hotel near the commuter station.

Is the area safe?

Yes, the area and quarter around the Super 8 Munich West is generally a safe area. Yet its is not a prosperous quarter with wealthy inhabitants. Further uptown Landsberger Street (approx. 700 metres / 770 yards) there is a brothel and a nightclub/table dance club. This area might not be suitable for children and families during the nighttime.

The Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham) is a good business/mid-range hotel. As it is located in Munich’s Laim district you can expect lower prices than for hotels in the inner city of Munich. Prices per double room start at ca. 55 USD per night in the low season and can reach approx. 150 USD in the high season. Of course there are some dates thoughout the year where Munich hotels are nearly fully booked (e.g. trade fairs). Prices can then rise to ca. 220 USD per room and night for the Super 8, too.

You can book directly via the official website:

Getting to the Super 8 Munich West is really easy. You can get there

  • By public transport
    The urban rail (S-Bahn) station “Laim” is literally just around the corner. From there you have direct connections to the Main Station and City Centre (Lines S1, S2, S4, S6, S7 and S8) and Munich International Airport (Lines S1 and S8)
  • By taxi/limousine service
    Choose your favourite transport service and the driver will bring you to the hotel.
  • By (rental) car
    The hotel is quite easy to reach. Be aware that the parking situation is quite bad. Only on-street-parking (metered), but often you won’t find any free space.

I had the opportunity to fully test a standard double room with breakfast. To see if I would recommend this hotel read my full review about the Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham).

The Best time to visit Munich – May?

The best time to visit Munich - March?

When is the best time to visit Munich? Whenever you go to a destination abroad where you’ve never been before, you will ask yourself: When should I go there? Are there “good” or “bad” months? Of course every city looks far better on a nice sunny day than in heavy rain. There are only a few places in the world where it doesn’t matter when to go, as the weather conditions are always perfect. Unfortunately, Munich is not such a place. Also hotel prices vary throughout the seasons. Here I will tell you about the best months of the year when you should visit Munich, and of course when you should avoid visiting Munich. This time I will tell you about the things you can expect throughout March in Munich.

March in Munich

During March, every citizen of Munich awaits spring. But often winter won’t go and it still stays cold, especially during the night. Snow can still fall in the first weeks of March, but it won’t stay long. After Fasching (carnival) the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season) begins in Munich. This brings the first boost to tourism in Munich, as the different brewery festivals, known as “Starkbierfest” get more and more popular with tourists from abroad. But March can also be the first month of spring, depending on the weather conditions. When there is a dry period or days with a warm wind from the south (called „Föhn“), you may have luck to enjoy a drink in a beer garden. The temperatures then may rise up to 15°C/59°F.

My recommendation: March can be an ideal month for a trip to Munich, but only if the weather conditions are good. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, especially the daily temperature and be quite spontaneus booking a flight and a hotel in Munich.

National Holidays and festivities during March in Munich

Learn about the National Holidays during this month as well as other festivities you will encounter when travelling to Munich in March.

Weather in Munich - March

March is is still a cold month in Munich. You can still have snow in the first weeks. But there are more and more sunny days and, nature slowly (really slowly) beginns to spring. but expect percipitation and very cold temperatures around 5°C / 41° F. But there also can be warm days with temperatures up to 15°C / 59° F. This is usually the case when specific weather conditions like the “Föhn” appear. Föhn is a warm downslope wind, similar to the “Chinook” in the USA. If you’re lucky enough to catch such a weather period, you can enjoy your first beer garden visit in Munich.

Average sunshine hours:
3 hours
Daylight maximum (hours):
11,1 - 12,8
Temperature:
quite cold
Outdoor activities (walking, hiking, cycling, beergardening, etc.):
possible
Tourist Density (tourists in the city):
quite low
Stress factor:
quite low
Hotel prices:
quite low

Would I recommend travelling to Munich in March?

The prices for hotel rooms are still quite low, but the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season) more and more brings tourists to the city. As Starkbierfest is (or was) usually a local thing in contrast to Oktoberfest, the last years show that it becomes more and more popular with foreign tourists. It is still an insider’s tip as you will meet way more locals than tourists. It is still possible to go skiing in the Alps. The Alps are just 1-2 hours away by train or car. In Munich, you can visit Museums, Art Galleries and enjoy Bavarian cuisine in the traditional restaurants. Outdoor activities are still limited due to the quite cold temperatures and weather conditions, but if you catch a period with sunny days and quite warm temperatures, you can enjoy a beer garden or sitting outside in the sun of a Café. I would definitely recommend visiting Munich during March, but keep a close eye on the weather. Don’t come if the weather forecast shows rain and cold temperatures. So March can be a good choice to come, but you have to be quite spontaneus.

4 Things that will dissapoint you when coming to Munich

The best time to visit Munich - March?

When is the best time to visit Munich? Whenever you go to a destination abroad where you’ve never been before, you will ask yourself: When should I go there? Are there “good” or “bad” months? Of course every city looks far better on a nice sunny day than in heavy rain. There are only a few places in the world where it doesn’t matter when to go, as the weather conditions are always perfect. Unfortunately, Munich is not such a place. Also hotel prices vary throughout the seasons. Here I will tell you about the best months of the year when you should visit Munich, and of course when you should avoid visiting Munich. This time I will tell you about the things you can expect throughout March in Munich.

March in Munich

During March, every citizen of Munich awaits spring. But often winter won’t go and it still stays cold, especially during the night. Snow can still fall in the first weeks of March, but it won’t stay long. After Fasching (carnival) the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season) begins in Munich. This brings the first boost to tourism in Munich, as the different brewery festivals, known as “Starkbierfest” get more and more popular with tourists from abroad. But March can also be the first month of spring, depending on the weather conditions. When there is a dry period or days with a warm wind from the south (called „Föhn“), you may have luck to enjoy a drink in a beer garden. The temperatures then may rise up to 15°C/59°F.

My recommendation: March can be an ideal month for a trip to Munich, but only if the weather conditions are good. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, especially the daily temperature and be quite spontaneus booking a flight and a hotel in Munich.

National Holidays and festivities during March in Munich

Learn about the National Holidays during this month as well as other festivities you will encounter when travelling to Munich in March.

Weather in Munich - March

March is is still a cold month in Munich. You can still have snow in the first weeks. But there are more and more sunny days and, nature slowly (really slowly) beginns to spring. but expect percipitation and very cold temperatures around 5°C / 41° F. But there also can be warm days with temperatures up to 15°C / 59° F. This is usually the case when specific weather conditions like the “Föhn” appear. Föhn is a warm downslope wind, similar to the “Chinook” in the USA. If you’re lucky enough to catch such a weather period, you can enjoy your first beer garden visit in Munich.

Average sunshine hours:
3 hours
Daylight maximum (hours):
11,1 - 12,8
Temperature:
quite cold
Outdoor activities (walking, hiking, cycling, beergardening, etc.):
possible
Tourist Density (tourists in the city):
quite low
Stress factor:
quite low
Hotel prices:
quite low

Would I recommend travelling to Munich in March?

The prices for hotel rooms are still quite low, but the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season) more and more brings tourists to the city. As Starkbierfest is (or was) usually a local thing in contrast to Oktoberfest, the last years show that it becomes more and more popular with foreign tourists. It is still an insider’s tip as you will meet way more locals than tourists. It is still possible to go skiing in the Alps. The Alps are just 1-2 hours away by train or car. In Munich, you can visit Museums, Art Galleries and enjoy Bavarian cuisine in the traditional restaurants. Outdoor activities are still limited due to the quite cold temperatures and weather conditions, but if you catch a period with sunny days and quite warm temperatures, you can enjoy a beer garden or sitting outside in the sun of a Café. I would definitely recommend visiting Munich during March, but keep a close eye on the weather. Don’t come if the weather forecast shows rain and cold temperatures. So March can be a good choice to come, but you have to be quite spontaneus.

The Best time to visit Munich – April?

The best time to visit Munich - March?

When is the best time to visit Munich? Whenever you go to a destination abroad where you’ve never been before, you will ask yourself: When should I go there? Are there “good” or “bad” months? Of course every city looks far better on a nice sunny day than in heavy rain. There are only a few places in the world where it doesn’t matter when to go, as the weather conditions are always perfect. Unfortunately, Munich is not such a place. Also hotel prices vary throughout the seasons. Here I will tell you about the best months of the year when you should visit Munich, and of course when you should avoid visiting Munich. This time I will tell you about the things you can expect throughout March in Munich.

March in Munich

During March, every citizen of Munich awaits spring. But often winter won’t go and it still stays cold, especially during the night. Snow can still fall in the first weeks of March, but it won’t stay long. After Fasching (carnival) the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season) begins in Munich. This brings the first boost to tourism in Munich, as the different brewery festivals, known as “Starkbierfest” get more and more popular with tourists from abroad. But March can also be the first month of spring, depending on the weather conditions. When there is a dry period or days with a warm wind from the south (called „Föhn“), you may have luck to enjoy a drink in a beer garden. The temperatures then may rise up to 15°C/59°F.

My recommendation: March can be an ideal month for a trip to Munich, but only if the weather conditions are good. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, especially the daily temperature and be quite spontaneus booking a flight and a hotel in Munich.

National Holidays and festivities during March in Munich

Learn about the National Holidays during this month as well as other festivities you will encounter when travelling to Munich in March.

Weather in Munich - March

March is is still a cold month in Munich. You can still have snow in the first weeks. But there are more and more sunny days and, nature slowly (really slowly) beginns to spring. but expect percipitation and very cold temperatures around 5°C / 41° F. But there also can be warm days with temperatures up to 15°C / 59° F. This is usually the case when specific weather conditions like the “Föhn” appear. Föhn is a warm downslope wind, similar to the “Chinook” in the USA. If you’re lucky enough to catch such a weather period, you can enjoy your first beer garden visit in Munich.

Average sunshine hours:
3 hours
Daylight maximum (hours):
11,1 - 12,8
Temperature:
quite cold
Outdoor activities (walking, hiking, cycling, beergardening, etc.):
possible
Tourist Density (tourists in the city):
quite low
Stress factor:
quite low
Hotel prices:
quite low

Would I recommend travelling to Munich in March?

The prices for hotel rooms are still quite low, but the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season) more and more brings tourists to the city. As Starkbierfest is (or was) usually a local thing in contrast to Oktoberfest, the last years show that it becomes more and more popular with foreign tourists. It is still an insider’s tip as you will meet way more locals than tourists. It is still possible to go skiing in the Alps. The Alps are just 1-2 hours away by train or car. In Munich, you can visit Museums, Art Galleries and enjoy Bavarian cuisine in the traditional restaurants. Outdoor activities are still limited due to the quite cold temperatures and weather conditions, but if you catch a period with sunny days and quite warm temperatures, you can enjoy a beer garden or sitting outside in the sun of a Café. I would definitely recommend visiting Munich during March, but keep a close eye on the weather. Don’t come if the weather forecast shows rain and cold temperatures. So March can be a good choice to come, but you have to be quite spontaneus.

COVID-19: Germany, Bavaria, Munich shutdown beginning March 17th 2020

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The public life in Munich and Germany in general is shutting down from March 17th 2020 due tom COVID-19

public life as we know it as travellers will change drastically from today, March 17th 2020.
Germany, and with it Munich, will severely restrict public life due to the growing spread of COVID-19. What this means for citizens but also for travellers, I have summarised for you in the following article.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50″][vc_single_image image=”1466″ img_size=”500×500″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″][vc_empty_space height=”50″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

What does a shutdown in Germany and Munich mean?

On Sunday evening, March 15, 2020, the Bavarian Minister President announced that Bavaria, and thus also Munich, is declaring a state of emergency (in German: Katastrophenfall, literally “catastrophe case” K-case).
The Federal Government followed this decision and decided to implement a complete shutdown for all of Germany.

If a disaster is declared, the government is authorized to restrict public life. In the present case, this has an impact on schools, restaurants, museums, leisure activities, but also on public transport and cross-border traffic.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50″][vc_single_image image=”656″ img_size=”500×500″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″][vc_empty_space height=”50″][vc_column_text]

What will change in Munich?

Below you can see the effects in Munich and Bavaria that the shutdown will have:

Educational institutions:

  • Schools and daycare centers are closed. Emergency care is guaranteed.
  • Universities and libraries are closed

Stores and Shops:

  • All shops are closed. Exceptions are: grocery stores, drugstores and supermarkets, beverage shops, banks, post offices, pharmacies and medical supply stores, opticians, pet shops, DIY- and hardware stores, gas stations, dry cleaners and of course online shops. Shopping malls are allowed to open shops mentioned above.

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In order to ensure the supply, the shop opening hours were adjusted and extended. The shop opening hours in Bavaria and Munich are as follows with immediate effect up to and including March 30th 2020:

weekdays: 6.00 AM to 10.00 PM
Sundays and public holidays: 12.00 AM to 6.00 PM

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50″][vc_column_text]Restaurants, bars and similar establishments:

May open, but only between 6 AM and 3 PM and only if it is ensured that a maximum of 30 people are in a room and that they are at least 1.5 metres (60 in.) apart.

Delivery services, takeaways and drive-in counters may remain open after 3 pm.

Hotel restaurants may continue to open, but only for the exclusive purpose of serving their own guests.

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All leisure facilities in Bavaria are closed until April 19. These are swimming pools, saunas, thermal baths, cinemas, conference and event rooms, clubs, bars and discotheques, gaming and gambling halls, theatres, museums, libraries, club rooms, brothels, sports halls, fitness studios, zoos, music and adult education centres and youth centres, sports- and playgrounds.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Restaurants, bars and similar establishments:

May open, but only between 6 AM and 3 PM and only if it is ensured that a maximum of 30 people are in a room and that they are at least 1.5 metres (60 in.) apart.

Delivery services, takeaways and drive-in counters may remain open after 3 pm.

Hotel restaurants may continue to open, but only for the exclusive purpose of serving their own guests.

Service companies and handicraft enterprises:
Can continue working as usual. This applies to craftsmen such as plumbers, and car repair shops, but also hairdressers/barber shops. Nevertheless, these businesses can open at their own discretion. Many of these businesses will not open to protect their own employees.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50″][vc_single_image image=”1469″ img_size=”500×500″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″][vc_empty_space height=”50″][vc_column_text]

Changes at national borders

The borders to the following countries are basically closed:

  • Denmark
  • France
  • Luxembourg
  • Switzerland
  • Austria

Still allowed to cross the border are vehicles/persons transporting goods, especially food, commuters and Germans returning home from abroad.

All other travellers, regardless of their nationality, who have no valid reason to enter Germany will be turned away at the border.

What are “valid reasons”?
Valid reasons include for example medical treatment, funeral of a family member, a required professional activity in Germany (e.g. commuters, seasonal workers, diplomats, etc.) or the delivery of goods.
The valid reason must be proven to the border officials by carrying suitable documents (employment contract, employer’s certificate, order documents, cross-border commuter card or similar).

Is transit through Germany permitted?
Persons who live in a third-party country and only travel through Germany for transit purposes (e.g. from Italy to the Netherlands) are generally allowed to pass through.

Each individual border official is responsible for deciding on entry. He or she decides at his or her dutiful discretion.

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Changes in flight and ship traffic

The German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community created a specific website for all such travel related questions. Information in English can be found under the following link:

https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/travel-restrictions-border-control/travel-restrictions-boarder-control-list.html[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Natural hazards you can encounter in Munich and southern Bavaria

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Every place you travel to, has specific natural hazards you can encounter during your visit. Some places on earth are safer than others and some natural hazards can really be a pain as they occur often. Here you will find out what to expect in Munich and southern Bavaria and what to do if you’re affected during your stay. But don’t worry. Munich and southern Bavaria are very safe regions concerning natural hazards like floodings, thunderstorms and severe downpour.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”80″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Storms and severe winds

Germany can encounter storms with wind speeds up to 64 knots (12 bft, 120 km/h, 75 mph). Fortunately, severe storms only occur every 5-10 years. The last severe storms that hit southern Germany were in 1990 (storms „Vivian“ and „Wiebke“), 1999 (storms „Lothar“ and „Martin“), 2007 (storm „Kyrill“), 2015 (storm “Niklas”) and 2020 (storm “Sabine”).[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50″][vc_column_text]

Different storm-names

Like Hurricanes, the European windstorms get names. The European windstorms usually appear during late winter (January – April) or autumn (September-November). An interesting fact is, that the different European weather services name the same storms differently. So if you travel across Europe and you watch the media in different countries while there is a storm going on, you’ll notice that the name changes from country to country. For example the 1999 December storm was called „Anatol“ in German speaking countries, but got the name „Adam“ in Denmark, „Carola“ in Sweden and „December hurricane“ in Great Britain.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”30″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”1478″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In contrast to Hurricanes in the USA, European windstorms (German: „Orkan“) usually appear without rain or thunderstorms. It is actually just extremely windy. Sometimes there can even be a clear sky. Usually, these storms last for one to four days and therefore not that long.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”30″][vc_column_text]

What to do?

Fortunately, severe European windstorms are rare, but there can still be mediocre storms that affect for example air or rail traffic.

There is actually not much you can do as a tourists when it’s stormy. Try to check the local media before travelling. If possible, try to rebook your flight to another destination near Munich like Milan or Zurich and take the train from there (if these airports are not affected).

When you’re about to travel to Munich or Bavaria or more destinations in Germany and Europe and you’re unsure about severe weather, get as much information as possible.

But how to get detailed information about the weather situation, when you’re not able to speak or read German? Just follow these few steps:

  1. Check Meteoalarm.eu. Meteoalarm is a website run by EUMETNET, a network grouping the different European National Meteorological Services – https://www.meteoalarm.eu/
  2. Check the official German Metereological Service (DWD) website for severe weather warnings: https://www.dwd.de/EN/
  3. If you’re a weather geek and need some in depth analysis of European severe weather, navigate to severe-weather.eu, where you can find lot’s of articles about ongoing and coming weather phenomenons.

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The Munich taxi system – The complete guide for travellers

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Learn how to use a taxi in Munich and find out about the costs

Getting around in Munich is easy. The most relaxed and convenient way is using a taxi. But how does the Munich taxi system work and is it expensive to ride in a cab? There are often questions like these popping up in traveller forums. Also there is a fear to get scammed by taxidrivers. So here is a complete guide on using taxis in Munich and Germany.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50″][dt_quote background=”fancy”]

  • how to get from and to the airport/station/my accomodation?
  • Are there “good” and “bad” taxi companies?
  • Do they all have the same prices?
  • How is the tariff calculated?
  • May I take every taxi, or are there differences between the companies?

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The different taxi companies in Munich

Actually there are more than 1.500 different taxi companies in Munich, but you usually won’t notice a thing, as most of them are consolidated in taxi offices. With about 4.000 Taxis Munich has the highest density of taxis per inhabitant in Germany (2.5 taxis per 1.000 citizens). Even the capital of Germany (Berlin) has a lower density (2.3 taxis per 1.000 citizens).

There are two taxi offices in Munich, which manage nearly all taxis in Munich.

Taxi-München: One of the oldest taxi offices in Germany, founded in 1917. It is a mutual company with about 3.000 members (taxis) and therefore the biggest taxi office in Germany.

IsarFunk: Another big taxi office with lots of members (taxis)

 

Taxis in Munich and Germany

Colour: All taxi cars have to be couloured in the same colour-scheme in Germany (exceptions in a few German states, but not in Bavaria). Every taxi has to be painted in „bright ivory“. Actually it looks like cream white or a very bright yellow.

Advertisements: Some taxis have advertisements on their doors. There is no difference between taxis with or without advertisements, so no worries about that.

Taxi signs: All taxis have a specific yellow/black taxi sign on their roof.

Car brands: taxis are often Mercedes-Benz’s but there is no rule that taxis must be Benz’s. You will also find VWs, BMWs, Chryslers, Toyotas and even Porsches or a Maybach.

As mentioned, there are many taxi companies in Munich and most of them are consolidated in the two taxi offices Taxi München e.G. and IsarFunk, but of course it is possible to call the taxi companies directly if you wish. To be honest this is something mostly residents do. As a tourist, I recommend hailing a taxi, or order a taxi through the taxi offices or mobile apps, which is much more convenient.
If you wish to contact the many taxi companies directly, you can search the web for those companies.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50″][vc_single_image image=”1397″ img_size=”500×500″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded”][vc_empty_space height=”80″][vc_column_text]

Finding a taxi in Munich

When you’re in the inner city, you usually won’t have a problem to find a taxi as there are many of them driving around and there are also taxi ranks (cab stands) near main attractions and areas where lot’s of pedestrians are (e.g. rail stations, subway stations and tourist hotspots). But when you’re a bit off in the outskirts, you will have a hard time finding a taxi. There, you usually have to call a taxi office or use a mobile app for ordering a taxi.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”30″][vc_tta_tabs][vc_tta_section i_position=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-hand-paper” add_icon=”true” title=”Hail a taxi in Munich” tab_id=”1582703698497-5bcfbb3a-48c8″][vc_column_text]When you’re in the inner city or a quite touristy area, you will see quite a lot of taxis passing by. If you like to use a taxi, you can hail one. If the taxi is free, the driver will stop for you (or will show you he/she will stop for you in a few meters, where the traffic allows stopping). During the night, you can see if a taxi is free or not, because every taxi that is free has to illuminate the yellow taxi sign on the roof of the car. Taxis without an illuminated sign will not stop for you, as they already have guests or are on their way to pick up guests who ordered a taxi.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”30″][vc_single_image image=”1364″ img_size=”500×500″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_rounded”][vc_empty_space height=”30″][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_position=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-walking” add_icon=”true” title=”Go to a taxi rank (cab stand)” tab_id=”1582703698542-b80c4ef5-f631″][vc_column_text]When you don’t see any taxis in the street, try walking to a taxi rank (cab stand). You can usually find cab stands in Munich near sights, bigger squares, subway stations and rail stations. It is also possible to call a taxi rank, as the most taxi ranks have a special telephone booth for the taxi drivers who will hop out of their car and answer the call when the booth rings.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_position=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-phone-volume” add_icon=”true” title=”Call a taxi office” tab_id=”1582704018324-78d3263a-c817″][vc_column_text]You can call the two taxi offices (Taxi München e.G. and IsarFunk). These taxi offices operate 24/7 and can send a taxi to you.

– Taxi München e.G. phone number is: +49 89 21 610
– IsarFunk phone number is: +49 89 450 540[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section i_position=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-globe” add_icon=”true” title=”Order a taxi online or with a mobile app” tab_id=”1582704019951-a504cc8d-b071″][vc_column_text]You can easily order a taxi online or through a mobile app on your mobile phone.

At the moment there are two major mobile phone apps for ordering a taxi in Munich:

Taxi.eu: With this mobile app it is not only to order a taxi in Munich, but in most European cities (about 100 cities in Europe). You can download the app for Android phones and for phones using IOS (Apple). Or order directly through the website itself. For more information check out the multilingual website www.taxi.eu.

FREE NOW (formerly known as mytaxi): Another big player in Munich concerning online or mobile taxi ordering. The app is available for android phones, apple phones and Blackberry phones. Check out the website www.mytaxi.com or www.free-now.com for more information.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][vc_column_text]

The taxi tariffs in Munich

The taxi tariffs in Munich are regulated and supervised by the City of Munich. The taxi tariff is set by a specific taxi tariff decree, therefore you can be sure that every taxi driver will charge you the same price for the same route. Here I will show you the taxi tariffs in Munich (as of Jan 1st 2020):[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”30″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″ css=”.vc_custom_1582705379406{border-top-width: 1px !important;border-right-width: 1px !important;border-bottom-width: 1px !important;border-left-width: 1px !important;border-left-color: #000000 !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #000000 !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #000000 !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #000000 !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}”][vc_column_text]

Type

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Price in EUR

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approx. price in USD

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approx. price in GBP

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Base fare

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3.70

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4.05

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3.10

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per kilometre (1-5 km)

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2.00

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2.20

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1.70

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per kilometre (6-10 km)

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1.80

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1.95

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1.50

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per kilometre (10+ km)

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1.70

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1.85

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1.40

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order fee

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1.40

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1.50

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1.17

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baggage fee (per bag)

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0.70

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0.75

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0.60

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waiting time (per hour)

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30.00

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32.60

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25.15

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][vc_column_text]These fares are programmed into the taximeters every taxi in Munich has. The tariff system seems quite easy, but most citizens will agree that the prices using a taxi are somehow not predictable. This because of the fare per kilometre is added to the waiting time fare. The waiting time fare always takes action, when the taxi doesn’t move. This is the case when the taxi is stopped by a traffic light, traffic jam or similar things. Every minute the taximeter will then add 0.50 EUR (approx. 0.60 USD, 0.40 GBP). Thats 1/60 of 30.00 EUR waiting time fee[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”50px”][vc_column_text]

Taxi prices for specific routes in Munich

Here you will find the approximate price for routes in Munich usually tourists will do. Please note these prices are approximate and change due to traffic density, baggage and order fees.

Munich International Airport to Munich Main Station: ~90 EUR (ca. 100 USD, ca. 80 GPB)

Munich International Airport to Munich Trade Fair (Riem): flat fee: 67 EUR (ca. 75 USD, ca. 60 GBP)

Munich International Airport to Oktoberfest Grounds: ~100 EUR (ca. 110 USD, ca. 87 GBP)

Munich Main Station to Munich East Station: ~20 EUR (ca. 22 USD, ca. 17 GBP)

Munich Main Station to Nymphenburg Castle: ~20 EUR (ca. 22 USD, ca. 17 GBP)

Munich Main Station to Munich Trade Fair (Riem): ~30 EUR (ca. 33 USD, ca. 26 GBP)

Munich Main Station Oktoberfest Grounds: ~20 EUR (ca. 22 USD, ca. 17 GBP)

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Learn how to tip in Germany – The ultimate guide for travellers

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One of the most asked questions in traveller forums is:

“How do I tip correctly in Germany?”

And it is not just a phenomenon that affects travellers who come to Germany or Munich. Since almost every country and culture has its own established rules and customs regarding the art of “tipping correctly”, at some point every traveller asks this question.
I would like to introduce you to the art of tipping in Munich and Germany. It differs to a large extent from the habits you may know from your home country.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”80″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Tipping in Germany, Bavaria and Munich

Let it be said in principle: In every part of Germany tips are always given, although not as extensively as in other countries like the USA. But especially in the gastronomy it is done as a nice gesture by almost everybody.

So who should you tip as a traveller in Germany and where should you rather not tip? Here is a simple list for you where to tip.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][icon_counter flip_type=”vertical_flip_bottom” border_size=”2″ border_color=”#a4a4a4″ icon=”icomoon-font-awesome-14×14-cutlery” icon_size=”30″ icon_style=”circle” icon_color_bg=”#81d742″ bg_color=”#ffffff” block_title_front=”Waitresses and waiters in restaurants” block_title_back=”Definitely YES!” height_type=”ifb-custom-height” box_height=”150″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][icon_counter flip_type=”vertical_flip_bottom” border_size=”2″ border_color=”#a4a4a4″ icon=”icomoon-font-awesome-14×14-glass” icon_size=”30″ icon_style=”circle” icon_color_bg=”#81d742″ bg_color=”#ffffff” block_title_front=”Bartenders in a bar or pub” block_title_back=”Sometimes!” block_desc_back=”Only if the bartender works like a waitress or waiter.” height_type=”ifb-custom-height” box_height=”150″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][icon_counter flip_type=”vertical_flip_bottom” border_size=”2″ border_color=”#a4a4a4″ icon=”fas fa-cut” icon_size=”30″ icon_style=”circle” icon_color_bg=”#81d742″ bg_color=”#ffffff” block_title_front=”Barber at the barbershop” block_title_back=”YES!” height_type=”ifb-custom-height” box_height=”150″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][icon_counter flip_type=”vertical_flip_bottom” border_size=”2″ border_color=”#a4a4a4″ icon=”fas fa-luggage-cart” icon_size=”30″ icon_style=”circle” icon_color_bg=”#81d742″ bg_color=”#ffffff” block_title_front=”Bellboy in a hotel” block_title_back=”Definitely YES!” height_type=”ifb-custom-height” box_height=”150″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][icon_counter flip_type=”vertical_flip_bottom” border_size=”2″ border_color=”#a4a4a4″ icon=”fas fa-taxi” icon_size=”30″ icon_style=”circle” icon_color_bg=”#81d742″ bg_color=”#ffffff” block_title_front=”Taxi / limousine driver” block_title_back=”YES!” height_type=”ifb-custom-height” box_height=”150″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][icon_counter flip_type=”vertical_flip_bottom” border_size=”2″ border_color=”#a4a4a4″ icon=”fas fa-door-open” icon_size=”30″ icon_style=”circle” icon_color_bg=”#81d742″ bg_color=”#ffffff” block_title_front=”Door greeters in a hotel” block_title_back=”Not necessary!” block_desc_back=”But you can do. They will be happy.” height_type=”ifb-custom-height” box_height=”150″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][icon_counter flip_type=”vertical_flip_bottom” border_size=”2″ border_color=”#a4a4a4″ icon=”icomoon-font-awesome-14×14-bullseye” icon_size=”30″ icon_style=”circle” icon_color_bg=”#81d742″ bg_color=”#ffffff” block_title_front=”Tour guides or drivers” block_title_back=”YES!” height_type=”ifb-custom-height” box_height=”150″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][icon_counter flip_type=”vertical_flip_bottom” border_size=”2″ border_color=”#a4a4a4″ icon=”icomoon-the7-font-the7-tag-05″ icon_size=”30″ icon_style=”circle” icon_color_bg=”#81d742″ bg_color=”#ffffff” block_title_front=”Cleaning staff in a hotel/accomodation” block_title_back=”YES!” height_type=”ifb-custom-height” box_height=”150″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][icon_counter flip_type=”vertical_flip_bottom” border_size=”2″ border_color=”#a4a4a4″ icon=”fas fa-restroom” icon_size=”30″ icon_style=”circle” icon_color_bg=”#81d742″ bg_color=”#ffffff” block_title_front=”Cleaning staff in a restroom (public/restaurant/etc.)” block_title_back=”Sometimes!” height_type=”ifb-custom-height” box_height=”150″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The tipping procedure

If you come from a Mediterranean country like Greece, Italy, or Spain or for example from the USA, the “German way” of tipping will confuse you at first and you will feel uncomfortable. This is where we tend to have a culture clash. Different points of view meet and often tourists will think that German waiters and waitresses are generally unfriendly. But this is not the case. It is just a different way of interacting with each other. I will now explain to you how tipping is done in Germany. Try to memorize the procedure so that you do not risk to experience a culture shock.[/vc_column_text][icon_timeline timeline_line_color=”#000000″ time_sep_bg_color=”#81d742″][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Step 1: You’re ready to pay your bill” icon_type=”selector” icon=”fas fa-hand-paper” icon_size=”30″ icon_color=”#81d742″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff”]There comes a time when the best meal is eaten or the best drink is drunk and you would like to pay. In Germany it is quite common to draw the attention of waiters and waitresses to you by discreetly signaling to them. And here the culture shock already begins. In some cultures, it is customary for waiters and waitresses to constantly inquire about the guests’ well-being. Thus, rule number one is: get yourself noticed as soon as you want to pay.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Step 2: The waiting staff arrives at your table” icon_type=”selector” icon=”icomoon-the7-font-the7-comment-02″ icon_size=”32″ icon_color=”#81d742″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff”]After the waitress has arrived at your table, you tell him/her you would like to pay. Please be aware in Germany it is common practice to pay separately or to split the bill, especially if you are in a group of friends.
So it may happen that the waitress will ask you whether you would like to pay the complete check or whether she should prepare separate checks.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Step 3: Paying & tipping” icon_type=”selector” icon=”fas fa-euro-sign” icon_size=”30″ icon_color=”#81d742″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff”]Now things are getting a bit hectic and the moment of the final culture shock has arrived. Paying the check with simultaneous tip calculation.
Germans are very effective when it comes to paying. The payment process consists of several interconnected actions. So we will slow down here a bit and separate the task.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Step 3a: Checking the bill” icon_type=”selector” icon=”dt-icon-the7-menu-007″ icon_size=”30″ icon_color=”#81d742″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff”]First the waitress will present you the bill. Look at the total amount you have to pay. Note that VAT is already included and that there is no “service charge”, “automated gratutity” or “recommended gratutity” in Germany. So you only pay what you see.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Step 3b: Calculating the tip” icon_type=”selector” icon=”icomoon-font-awesome-14×14-plus” icon_size=”30″ icon_color=”#81d742″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff”]Now things happen quickly: You must now calculate the desired tip in your head and add it to the total amount of the bill while the waitress waits next to you. You have read that correctly. The waitress will usually wait next to you and not as in other countries leave the table again, so that you can decide in a more relaxed way how much you want to tip.[/icon_timeline_item][icon_timeline_item time_title=”Step 3c: Finally paying (with tip)” icon_type=”selector” icon=”icomoon-font-awesome-14×14-credit-card” icon_size=”30″ icon_color=”#81d742″ icon_color_bg=”#ffffff”]After you know how much you want to pay including the tip, you tell the waitress the final amount. She will then usually give you the change for the specified amount. In case you are paying by card, she will usually enter the stated amount into the card payment terminal and you can pay as usual (PIN or signature).[/icon_timeline_item][/icon_timeline][vc_empty_space height=”50″][vc_single_image image=”1350″ img_size=”500×500″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle_2″][vc_empty_space height=”80″][vc_column_text]

How much tip should I give?

Now you know how tipping works in Germany. But the most important question is still unanswered. How much do you actually tip? Many travel books and also the internet often give the answer: 10% of the total amount.
But this is only a basic rule of thumb. Actually it is a little different, but not necessarily more difficult. As a traveler, you just have to get used to it. So in the following rules of thumb you will get the ultimate knowledge about how much you should tip in Munich, Bavaria and Germany.

 

Rules of thumb when tipping in a restaurant

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”30″][vc_message message_box_color=”danger” icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-exclamation-circle”]Keep in mind that tipping in Germany is not necessary, as tips are not used to top up low wages of the service staff. Tips are just a nice “add-on” for the waitresses and waiters, but this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tip.

Many travel books state you don’t have to tip in Germany. That is true… you don’t have to, but tipping is very common and considered as polite and nearly everyone does.[/vc_message][vc_message]Always add up to the next round amount. For example: 28,70 € is rounded to 30,00 €, but don’t let the tip fall under 1,00 €. A tip of 0,90 € or less is considered as impolite (unless you’re a backpacker or student on a budget, then a tip of 0,50 € is ok).[/vc_message][vc_message message_box_color=”danger” icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-exclamation-circle”]The more people you are and the higher the amount of the total bill, the higher should be the tip. A good amount is between one and two Euros per Person.

Example: 5 persons with a bill of 123,40 €. A total including tip of 125,00 € is good, 130,00 € is very polite and 135,00 € is quite generous.[/vc_message][vc_message]The more high class a restaurant is, the higher is the tip. While it is completely ok to add up to the next round amount in a regular restaurant or beer hall, you should be more generous when going out for fine dining. I would then recommend around 10% to 15% of the total bill and rounded to an even number.

Example: Two persons with a bill of 137,70 € in a high class restaurant. 150,00 € is good, 155,00 € is generous and 160,00 € is very generous.[/vc_message][vc_empty_space height=”80″][vc_column_text]

Rules of thumb when tipping other services

[/vc_column_text][vc_tta_accordion style=”modern” active_section=”1″ collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section i_position=”right” i_icon_fontawesome=”fas fa-restroom” add_icon=”true” title=”Cleaning staff in a restroom” tab_id=”1582652309679-4c494812-6b4f”][vc_column_text]In public restrooms, but also partly in the restrooms of larger restaurants, theatres and similar facilities, cleaning staff can be found. Often these staff have a table and a seat at the entrance of the restroom. On this table you can often find a plate or a bowl where you can leave coins – tip.

restroom entrance

Even if it may seem you have to pay a fee, you do not have to pay for the use of the toilet (unless it is indicated!). However, the cleaning staff will be happy for a small tip, which you can throw into the plate or bowl after leaving the restroom.

An amount of 0,20 € to 0,50 € is sufficient.
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taxi driver

After the driver has told you the price or shown it to you on the taximeter, you can pay either with cash or with a card.
If you pay cash, tipping works the same way as in a restaurant. You calculate the total amount including tip in your head and tell the driver the amount. The driver will give you the appropriate change. When paying by card, you specify the desired amount and simply pay with PIN or signature. For some trips you can pay in advance via a mobile app and add a tip to your bill if you like. It is ok to add up to the next round amount.

Example: Taxi ride for 23,80 €. Adding up to 25,00 € is good. Taxi ride from Munich International Airport to the city centre for 86,30 €. Adding up 90,00 € is good.

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Of course you may tip if you like, but you shouldn’t have a bad conscience if you decide not to do so.

If you decide to throw a little tip into the tip-jar, take some spare change. 0,50 € to 1,50 € is good.

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Munich, München or am I in Monaco?

Munich, München or am I in Monaco?

What does “Munich” actually mean? It can be quite confusing for tourists as there are several names in different languages for Munich. So here’s a comprehensive explanation of the term “Munich” and it’s meaning.

Munich Pronounciation

Munich is the term used in the English language, as well as in French and other languages. In German, Munich actually is called “München” [mʏnçən]. For native English speakers it is quite hard to pronounce the name of the city right. This because of the use of the so called German “soft ch” and then there’s an so called Umlaut (Ü) just in front of it. So pronouncing München right is really challenging if you never learned German. So usually you will call it “myn-shen” or “myn-cken”. No worries, everybody will get you want to say “München”. And you’re not alone. Even some guidebooks tell it’s spoken “myn-shen”. As mentioned it’s very hard to produce a sound that phonetically barely exists in your own language. Just think of Germans not being able to produce the “th”-sound and substituting it with “s” or “z”. Same here.  So to pronounce the “soft ch” correct, just think of the English word “Loch” but the ch more like a harsh “h” like in “huge” and not like “ck”.

In Italian, by the way, Munich is called “Monaco”. To avoid any confusion about “Monaco”, the small, wealthy state in France’s south, Italians often call Munich “Monaco di Baviere” (Monaco in Bavaria).

Augsburger_schied_01.jpg: Friedrich I. Barbarossa derivative work: Bjs [Public domain] - Original "decision" of Emperor Frederick naming Munich for the first time in history (red box), June, 14th 1158.

Munich - The origins

Now you know how to pronounce München, but what does this weird name actually mean? It’s now time to go back to the year 1158.

It’s the era of knights, maids, farmers and merchants. Bavaria consists of huge forests and medieval towns and cities. Emperor Frederick Barbarossa rules the Holy Roman Empire, an area consisting of what today is Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, nearly complete Belgium, half of Italy, and quite many parts of Poland and France.

A rather young relative of Frederick Barbarossa named “Henry the Lion” was Duke of Saxony, a dukedom in northern Germany. As he supported Frederick becoming Emperor, Frederick gave him the Duchy of Bavaria as present.

Henry found out, that there was a quite rich bishop, the bishop of Freising, who controlled the salt trading routes from the Alps to western and northern Germany. All salt traders had to pay a toll to the bishop to get over the bridge of River Isar in the town of Freising. So Henry built another bridge just a few miles south of Freising town, near to a Benedictine monastery and a small settlement. Then, Henry went to Freising, burnt down the bishop’s bridge and rerouted the trading route to the small settlement. So the traders had to pay a bridge toll to Henry. As you can imagine, the bishop was really upset and complained to the Emperor. The Emperor confirmed the trading rights for Henry’s settlement, but also forced Herny to pay an annual compensation to the bishop of Freising.

This decision of Emporer Frederick in the year 1158 is known to be the first official mention of Munich. At that time every text was written in ancient Latin language and the settlement was named “forum […] apud munichen” which can be translated to “market/settlement where monks live”. So “munichen” is actually an old latin word for monks. Over the years the word changed to “München”.

 

The Best time to visit Munich – March?

The best time to visit Munich - March?

When is the best time to visit Munich? Whenever you go to a destination abroad where you’ve never been before, you will ask yourself: When should I go there? Are there “good” or “bad” months? Of course every city looks far better on a nice sunny day than in heavy rain. There are only a few places in the world where it doesn’t matter when to go, as the weather conditions are always perfect. Unfortunately, Munich is not such a place. Also hotel prices vary throughout the seasons. Here I will tell you about the best months of the year when you should visit Munich, and of course when you should avoid visiting Munich. This time I will tell you about the things you can expect throughout March in Munich.

March in Munich

During March, every citizen of Munich awaits spring. But often winter won’t go and it still stays cold, especially during the night. Snow can still fall in the first weeks of March, but it won’t stay long. After Fasching (carnival) the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season) begins in Munich. This brings the first boost to tourism in Munich, as the different brewery festivals, known as “Starkbierfest” get more and more popular with tourists from abroad. But March can also be the first month of spring, depending on the weather conditions. When there is a dry period or days with a warm wind from the south (called „Föhn“), you may have luck to enjoy a drink in a beer garden. The temperatures then may rise up to 15°C/59°F.

My recommendation: March can be an ideal month for a trip to Munich, but only if the weather conditions are good. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, especially the daily temperature and be quite spontaneus booking a flight and a hotel in Munich.

National Holidays and festivities during March in Munich

Learn about the National Holidays during this month as well as other festivities you will encounter when travelling to Munich in March.

Weather in Munich - March

March is is still a cold month in Munich. You can still have snow in the first weeks. But there are more and more sunny days and, nature slowly (really slowly) beginns to spring. but expect percipitation and very cold temperatures around 5°C / 41° F. But there also can be warm days with temperatures up to 15°C / 59° F. This is usually the case when specific weather conditions like the “Föhn” appear. Föhn is a warm downslope wind, similar to the “Chinook” in the USA. If you’re lucky enough to catch such a weather period, you can enjoy your first beer garden visit in Munich.

Average sunshine hours:
3 hours
Daylight maximum (hours):
11,1 - 12,8
Temperature:
quite cold
Outdoor activities (walking, hiking, cycling, beergardening, etc.):
possible
Tourist Density (tourists in the city):
quite low
Stress factor:
quite low
Hotel prices:
quite low

Would I recommend travelling to Munich in March?

The prices for hotel rooms are still quite low, but the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season) more and more brings tourists to the city. As Starkbierfest is (or was) usually a local thing in contrast to Oktoberfest, the last years show that it becomes more and more popular with foreign tourists. It is still an insider’s tip as you will meet way more locals than tourists. It is still possible to go skiing in the Alps. The Alps are just 1-2 hours away by train or car. In Munich, you can visit Museums, Art Galleries and enjoy Bavarian cuisine in the traditional restaurants. Outdoor activities are still limited due to the quite cold temperatures and weather conditions, but if you catch a period with sunny days and quite warm temperatures, you can enjoy a beer garden or sitting outside in the sun of a Café. I would definitely recommend visiting Munich during March, but keep a close eye on the weather. Don’t come if the weather forecast shows rain and cold temperatures. So March can be a good choice to come, but you have to be quite spontaneus.