Travelling to any international destination requires a little forward planning, but these Munich travel tips will help you prepare for your stay. Munich is very clean and easy to navigate, from the historical landmarks to the beautiful parklands. Pack your passport and your euros and get ready to experience an amazing city.
As one of Germany’s biggest cities, Munich’s official language is, of course, German. However, many people also speak English, which makes it easy to navigate the city and experience all it has to offer. The Munich travel advice included below will help you prepare for (and enjoy!) your trip.
Australian citizens travelling to Munich for less than 90 days are not required to apply for a German visa, as Germany forms part of the Schengen zone. Australians can travel within the Schengen zone for tourist purposes for up to 90 days without a visa.
The currency in Germany is the euro (€), which is the official currency of the European Union. The denominations of the euro are similar to the breakdown of the Australian dollar, divided into one hundred cents. Banknotes begin at €5, while coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent denominations, as well as 1 and 2 euro coins.
Food in Munich varies from traditional German fare to international cuisine. Dining varies from cafe culture to casual restaurants, food trucks to high-end dining. Be sure to try some of the delicious baked goods and traditional Bavarian treats such as franzbrotchen. There are also many delis dotted around the city, offering rich cheeses and delicious smallgoods.
Tipping in Munich
Wondering whether you’re supposed to leave a tip? Like most parts of Germany, tipping is included in the service price for restaurants and bars. Still, rounding the figure up to the nearest euro is common. If you wish to tip a tour guide, common practice is to tip 10% of the tour cost.
German Electrical Plugs and Voltage
The plugs and voltage used in Munich are different to those in Australia. Electrical current used in Germany is the same as most European countries: alternating current, 220V. The outlets require wall plugs with two round pins, so a universal adapter may be required to use your electrical appliances.
Language in Munich
While German is the main language of Munich, many locals also speak English, particularly in popular tourist destinations. You’ll also find that many German words are also quite recognisable in English, which can make it easier to find your way around the city.
The main airport serving Munich is Franz Josef Strauss Airport, which is located approximately 40km from the city centre. Direct flights from most European capitals, as well as many international destinations, arrive at Munich Airport each day. Transport to and from the airport is available by private transfer, S-Bahn (train), bus, and taxi.