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Begin your trip to Munich with car rental from Online-Car-Hire. We offer online bookings providing discounted car rental at Munich airport. All of our car hire suppliers employ specialist telephone staff on hand waiting to answer any extra queries that might arise before or after completing your car hire booking. For your information the airport at Munich is approximately 40 km from the centre of town.

Marvellous Munich. The third largest city in Germany and the capital of the German Federal State of Bavaria, Munich is considered to be one of Europe's most prosperous destinations and one that requires a much larger holiday budget.

There is more culture here by way of historical and artistic institutions than anywhere in Germany (outside of Berlin) and is considered to be the country’s most ‘festive’ cities.

Munich is situated about 50 kilometres north of the Bavarian Alps in Upper Bavaria upon the River Isar. The climate here is dictated by the Alps with the occurrence of unexpected rainstorms with snowy winters and warm summers.

Founded in the twelfth century, many of Munich’s most elegant buildings were built in the early nineteenth century. It became the Nazi Party’s stronghold in 1933 when Munich was designated the ‘capital of the movement’. Despite heavy allied bombing where much of the city was devastated, the old city was quickly rebuilt in its previous pre-war layout.

One of the best places to visit in Germany for its wealth of landmarks and attractions, Munich is often hailed the ‘secret capital’ as it has much more to offer than even Berlin. With so much to see, it comes as a nice surprise to discover that savings can be made on admission charges if you purchase a multiple attraction card or a Munich Welcome Card. With it you will save a fortune on public transport with unlimited travel around the city as well as huge discounts on admission prices. The card costs 6.50 euros for a days visit.

It comes as a relief to find out that much of this city’s top attractions and landmarks can be easily reached on foot. This is the best way to enjoy the city as much of it is pedestrianised. For the attractions out of the city centre, you will b pleasantly surprised when you encounter the Munich public transport system. Its easy to use, incredibly efficient and flexible as one ticket will buy you travel on any of the trams, U-Bahns or S-Bahns. Marienplatz provides the main transport hub where you can transfer from U-Bahns to S-Bahns.

Marienplatz in the city centre is a very good place to begin a day’s sightseeing. Here you can’t miss the Town Halls, Old and New with their ornate clock demonstrating a medieval jousting scene called the ‘barrel makers dance’. Close by are the National Theatre, the Residenz Palace and Maximilianstrasse which is especially popular with the serious shoppers among us. Konigsplatz or King’s Square was where the Nazi Party rallies were famously held and it is here where Munich’s top galleries and museums are found. There is no shortage of museums and galleries either which are excellent such as the Bavarian National Museum, the Toy Museum and the Neue Pinakothek and Pinakothek der Moderne. The Alte Pinakothek is famed for its brilliant collections from the 14th to the 18th centuries with works that include Rubens, Durer and Raffael.

Lovers of old architecture are guaranteed to enjoy the Altstadt full of baroque and neo-classical buildings throughout. The oldest church in the city centre is that of the twelfth century Peterskirche while the Frauenkirche with its onion shaped domes is possibly the most famous of all buildings here having miraculously surviving the bombing of World War Two. Other stunning buildings to look out for in the city centre include the medieval castle, Alter Hof, the Mint Yard of the Renaissance and the 14th century Residenz Palace.

While in Munich don’t forget to take the family out for a treat at the nineteenth century Wilhelma Park and Zoo. It is well known for its orchid and magnolia park and for its thousand strength species.

Finally, you can’t pay a visit to Munich without taking refreshment at the Hofbrauhaus am Platzl, the famous beer hall. You can’t miss it for it is in the heart of the city centre and all you need to do is follow the crowds! Which brings us nicely onto the subject of the Oktoberfest, Munich’s excellent beer festival. Actually held every September, this world famous beer festival was first held in honour of the wedding of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1810.

Munich Airport

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The airport is situated 40 kilometres from Munich City Centre.

A shuttle bus runs from Munich Airport to the city centre every twenty minutes.

When travelling by train, the airport S-Bahn S1 travels via Neufahrn, Moosach, Laim, Hauptbahnhof main station, Marienplatz to the Ostbahnhof. At the Hauptbahnhof and Ostbahnhof, passengers are able to transfer to mainline and regional rail services.

If driving to and from the airport turn off the Munich Ring Road (A99) to join the A92 then the 388 from Munich to Erding and take the north turn off prior to reaching Erding. Once at the airport follow the signs for the correct terminal.

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