There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Munich each year.
The main ones are listed below.
Carnival season in Munich begins on the day after Epiphany and ends on Shrove Tuesday. Munich thus pulls out the stops for a month or more each year, celebrating this period with a series of costume parades as well as fancy dress parties and elegant masked balls.March/April: Good Friday (national holiday) March/April: Easter Monday (national holiday) May 1: Labour Day (national holiday) Late June–late July: Munich Opera Festival (local event)
An annual highlight since 1875, this festival organized by the Bavarian State Opera attracts visitors from around the world for its top-flight productions, featuring today's leading artists in over 30 opera performances, along with song recitals, symphonic and chamber music concerts, and dance performances, at various venues throughout the city.Late June-early July: Filmfest München (local event) Mid-September–first Sunday in October: Oktoberfest (local event)
This is Munich's legendary folk festival, featuring huge and smaller tents for enjoying a variety of beers and gourmet specialities, with traditional music and dancing, and a fun fair with wild rides, games and food stalls. It takes place on the Theresienwiese, a gravelly open space near the centre of the city, and attracts some 6 million visitors each year!October 3: German Unity Day (national holiday)
Commemorates the anniversary of Germany's reunification in 1990.November 27–December 22: Christmas Market (local event)
Munich's Christmas market is consistently one of the most impressive in Europe. It is held every year on the beautiful Marienplatz.December 25: Christmas (national holiday)
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Munich's Franz Josef Strauss Airport is located about 28 kilometres (17 miles) north-east of the city centre.
Munich has an efficient public transport system covering all areas of the city. It is by far the best option for getting around.
The entire system, which is both modern and highly efficient, is managed by MVV (Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund). The three types of transport (underground, buses and trams) complement each other:
Upon your arrival in Munich, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.München Tourismus
Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, public transport, sightseeing and tours) as well as brochures and maps.
At various locations throughout the city, München Tourismus operates information centres, where you can obtain recommendations for visiting Munich and its surrounding area:
Main train station (Hauptbahnhof):
City hall (Rathaus) :
See your doctor before you travel. Taking out travel health insurance to cover any emergency medical expenses or hospital stays during your time in Munich is also recommended.Vaccinations
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Germany.
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
Tap water is safe to drink in Munich.
As a French citizen, you do not need to obtain a visa if you will be staying in Germany for less than three months. For stays longer than three months, you will need to apply for a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) from the Immigration Office (Ausländeramt). You will need to provide proof of sufficient financial resources to fund your proposed stay and proof of accommodation in Germany (Wohnungsbescheinigung). You will also need to be in possession of a valid national identity card or passport.
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Munich and Germany, be sure to check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country for the latest travel information and recommendations. Comprehensive information that may be helpful for international visitors is also provided on the Germany page of the U.S. State Department’s travel Website: view information for travellers to Germany
Here are a few basic German phrases that will make your stay in Munich a little easier:
Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Guten Morgen (morning) / Guten Tag (during the day)
Good evening: Guten Abend
Goodbye: Auf Wiedersehen
No, thank you: Nein, Danke
Thank you very much: Vielen Dank
I don't understand: Ich verstehe nicht
Could you repeat ?: Können Sie bitte wiederholen?
What time is it ?: Wie spät ist es?
Airport: der Flughafen
Train station: der Bahnhof
Taxi: das Taxi
Hotel: das Hotel
Hospital: das Krankenhaus
Bank: die Bank
Telephone: das Telefon
I'm (…): Ich bin (…)
I'm looking for (…): Ich suche (…)
How much is (…)?: Wie viel kostet es?
Do you have (…)?: Haben Sie (…)?
Where can I find (…)?: Wo kann ich (…) finden?
Where can I buy (…)?: Wo kann ich (…) kaufen?
I'd like (…): Ich hätte gerne (…)
And what about tipping?
In Germany, as is also the case in France and Italy, when the service is especially friendly and attentive, leaving a tip is recommended and always appreciated. An appropriate tip in this case is anywhere between 5 and 10 percent of the bill at restaurants or bars. Do not leave the tip on the table. It is better to hand it to the server when paying the bill.