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Flights to Munich

image of MunichThe capital of Bavaria in Germany is the city of Munich. Nestled in the Bavarian Alps this city has long been popular for its architecture and great surrounding scenery, and for the annual Oktoberfest.

Munich has the second largest airport in Germany, the Franz Josef Strauss International Airport (airport code: MUC), which is 30 kilometres outside of the city centre. There is a rail line connecting the airport to the city, with a journey time of 45 minutes. You have two options for non-stop flights to Munich from South Africa. Both South African Airways and Lufthansa offer direct service, with flights taking about 11 hours. For a one-stop trip, you can book a flight to Munich with Air Berlin or Iberia, flying from Johannesburg. They transfer in Cape Town and Madrid, respectively.

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The Tourist Attractions of Munich:


For many visitors the first thing to spring to mind about Munich is the Oktoberfest. This is one of the world’s best known festivals and though many imitations have begun around the world, this one here in Munich is still the most famous. As the name suggests, the festival takes place in October, and as well as being an excuse to drink lots of beer it’s an opportunity to sample traditional Bavarian cuisine, and to enjoy the amusements!

Munich’s Architecture

The architecture of Munich is another popular attraction of the city. It’s full of grand and ornate historical buildings and squares. Marienplatz is right at the heart of the city and it’s been here since 1158. The large square was used for tournaments and markets during the Middle Ages, and is now full of tourists! The square is dominated by several historical buildings including the New City Hall with its famous Glockenspiel, and the Old City Hall.

Munich has many old churches of which Frauenkirche is the most famous. This large church is also the symbol of the city and has stood here since completion in 1494. The huge cathedral features two prominent towers, one of which can be climbed for fantastic Munich views.

Amongst the many other impressive buildings in Munich is Schloss Nymphenburg (Palace). It’s considered one of the most beautiful royal palaces in Europe and was the summer home to the Bavarian rulers. It’s now one of Munich’s top attractions.

Munich Parks

Munich is not short of expansive parks. The park-like grounds of Nymphenburg Palace are popular, but the city has several others to enjoy too. There’s the English Garden, which is one of the world’s largest urban parks, plus a popular one is Olympiapark, built for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Here you can travel to the top of the towering Olympiaturm which has an observation deck and revolving restaurant.

When Should You Visit?:

Being situated on the edge of the Alps Munich’s weather is influenced by this mountain range, experiencing cool winters and mild summers. July is the warmest month, with an average high of 23C (74F), though unfortunately this is also the wettest month of the year. Rainfall is possible year round though, so bring an umbrella with out whenever you plan to visit, and be prepared for a little snowfall if coming in the winter.

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