Munich Basic Information
Did you know - the Englischer Garten (English Garden), Munich’s largest public park, is bigger in area than New York’s Central Park and contains two beer gardens and a legal nudist area? For more need-to-know info before you go to Munich, read on.
As Germany is one of the Schengen Convention countries, Australian passport holders going to Germany on holiday for less than a total of 90 days within a 180-day period do not need a visa to enter the country. Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Please be aware that this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Germany.
Germany is part of the European Union and uses the Euro as currency. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Euro changes constantly so keep an eye on the exchange rate and purchase Euros when the rate is at its best. For safe spending while overseas, consider using a credit or debit card.
Munich is the home of hearty, meat-based Bavarian cuisine. Think brezen (pretzels), eisbein (roasted pork knuckles), roast chicken, knödeln (dumplings), spätzle (egg pasta), wurst (particularly Münchner weisswurst – a veal sausage), leberkäse (a sliced meatloaf) and weissbier (wheat beer). Another local specialty includes delicious Bavarian cakes, tortes, pies and other sweet and savoury bakery items. As a multicultural city, you also find a wide range of international cuisines on offer in Munich including Middle Eastern, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Mediterranean and fast food options. Beer culture is ingrained in the city and a visit to a beer hall in winter or beer garden in summer is a must. Every Münchner has their favourite local with six major local breweries to sample your way through.
Forget the oompah bands (except during Oktoberfest), Munich has a buzzing nightlife outside of the beer halls and gardens. The main clubbing districts include Haidhausen, Maxvorstadt and Schwabing with Ludwigvorstadt-Isarvorstadt the city’s gay precinct. There’s also plenty of bars from cheap to upmarket in the city centre. Kultfabrik, a former Haidhausen factory, is Europe’s largest party spot with 22 clubs, several concert stages and eateries onsite where the music runs the gamut from house to R’n’B and pop to schweinerock (metal). Also in the area, you’ll find another massive party-central venue called Optimolwerke with 8 clubs, beer gardens, cocktail terraces and shops. To get to both clubbing complexes, take the S-Bahn or U-Bahn to Ostbahnhof.