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Located just north of the Bavarian Alps, the German city of Munich is a striking testament to country’s heritage in the arts and sciences. Packed with an eclectic blend of modern and ancient architecture, its location in central Europe makes it the perfect place for a city break.
As one of the largest cities in Europe, Munich offers something special all year round.
From spring to late summer, the city is well trodden by tourists. It is also popular at Christmas when traditional German markets attract visitors in their thousands. In the autumn, Munich’s most famous festival, Oktoberfest, is a magnet for beer-lovers.
The best time to find cheap flights is usually early in the year, before the spring season begins. However, book far enough in advance and you should be able find cheap flights to Munich, even during peak season.
Finding cheap flights to Munich is not dependant on the time of year that you visit. When searching for flights with Expedia, there are a few tips you can use to help find more affordable deals.
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Direct flights from London to Munich take approximately two hours. Both London Heathrow and London Gatwick have frequent and direct flights to the Bavarian capital. From some other UK airports, direct flights are not available. In these instances, where a connection is required, the journey time will be longer.
However, as a guide:
Munich International Airport is the second busiest airport in Germany after the financial capital, Frankfurt. It the main destination for international flights – both to the city and the wider Bavarian region. Both premium and budget airlines offer regularly scheduled flights to Munich from the UK.
Munich Airport is located about 18 miles northeast of the city. While regular trains and buses run between the two, depending on the length of your stay you may wish to consider hiring a car to explore the region. Car hire in Munich, when booked with Expedia, is convenient, affordable and will add an extra dimension your holiday. The motorway from the airport connects cleanly to Munich's ring road (A 99) before entering into the city. The route is very direct and shouldn’t pose a challenge.
As for Munich itself, the city has a very efficient u-bahn, bus and tram system for getting around.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest attractions to Munich is Oktoberfest, which takes place – you guessed it – annually in October. Drawing huge crowds to the city, this world-renowned beer festival was first held over 200 years ago and is now a popular event with locals and tourists alike. Don’t miss your chance to don a pair of lederhosen and enjoy the local tipples!
In the likely event that you pass by the old Town Hall, also be sure to observe its unique clock. This mechanical timepiece is comprised of 43 bells and 32 life-sized figurines, which come to life twice a day to celebrate scenes from Bavarian history. A true feat of German engineering!
Within Germany, Bavaria is a unique region with its own set of customs and traditions. Around beer in particular there are some special rules. For instance, you should always make eye contact when saying ‘cheers’ and only ever chink glasses or bottles from the bottom. This is because the thin glasses can easily break if chinked at the top.