Munich, in the state of Bavaria, is the largest city in the south of Germany. It is famous for its annual beer festival in October, the ‘Oktoberfest’. During that festival, huge crowds of drunken residents and visitors roam the streets. But there is a lot more to do and see in Munich except drinking beer out of big steins. The city has a beautiful historic city center, extended parks and gardens, solid, healthy German food and yes, beer halls and -gardens with friendly patrons. Munich is also known for its clock, its art collection, the palace and its English garden. The city escaped the allied bombing during World War II, so the history of the city is well-preserved. Munich is a good starting point for people who want to visit more of Bavaria. Munich is not so high-strung like Berlin, but it is still a fantastic city to explore. Don’t miss out!
Hostels – The cost of a bed in a dorm is between €15 to €30 per night, with prices dropping during winter (low season). Private hostels charge around €60 and up, so you might be better off with a hotel or Airbnb. You get WiFi normally for free, and some hostels also provide you with a free breakfast. Self-catering is not that common in hostels in Munich, so if you want a kitchen during your stay, better check before you book. During the Oktoberfest prices double or even triple easily, so book timely to have a good time. ‘The Tent’, outside the city center, is a popular place with travelers. Outside the city, there are also a few camping sites with basic facilities. Prices there vary from €5 to €10 per night.
Budget hotels – The price for a budget hotel begins at €60 per night for a double room. Generally, WiFi is included in the price, and so is breakfast. You can find the stylish boutique Moxy Hotel at Munich Airport, suiting a limited budget. If you want to book the hotel during the Oktoberfest, you need to book months in advance as all the hotels will sell out. There are a lot of Airbnb listings in and around the city. They are more expensive than the offers in other parts of the country. Shared accommodation through Airbnb starts at €35 per night. An entire home or apartment starts at €80 per night.
Average cost of food – You can eat for less than €18 for a meal, unless you like to dine in real style. The food in beer halls is good; real value for your money. One of them is Augustiner Bräustuben, which serves really enjoyable food. Many restaurants have a ‘Mittagsmenu’ during business days or a special price for a lunch plate. You pay €6 to €9 for a good hearty meal. Fast food restaurants cost you around €7. Hot dogs and sausages (Bratwurst) are sold by street vendors for €2 to €4. A week’s worth of groceries will cost you €45 to €55, if you want to cook meals yourself.
Transportation – The city of Munich boasts an excellent public transportation system. A one-day pass cost you €8.60, for a three-day pass you pay €16. Exploring the city on a bicycle is good fun. A day’s rent will cost you around €15. You can also hop on an intercity bus or train, but the fare may be very costly. Traveling from Munich to Berlin will cost you €24 to €34 for a bus ticket. A train ride to Berlin costs €100 to €140. Munich to Cologne costs you €30 to €50 by bus and €95 to €140 if you prefer to travel by train. Try to book your tickets as early as possible; they cost less when you book them in advance!
Suggested daily budget – Assuming you stay in a hostel, use local transportation, eat out a little and cook most of your food yourself, the daily budget will be €50 to €60 ($52 to $62). If you prefer to stay in a fancier accommodation and eat out a lot, that budget rises of course.