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Where to Stay in Munich?
Munich definitely has lodgings to suit every budget and every taste, but the fact that the city attracts over 6 million visitors a year and is a major trade and convention site, means that rooms are often booked months in advance. Most famous hotels are in Munich's city centre and close to the main train station. The city centre is also the most expensive area to stay but it also means that you are within walking distance to the main square, the Marienplatz, which is a perfect starting point for sightseeing and shopping. Be sure to book your acccommodation well in advance, especially during Oktoberfest-time as places book out quickly during the main tourist seasons. If you are traveling on a budget, it is possible to locate smaller bed and breakfast establishments (sometimes called "pensions") in the city centre. Look for the "I" sign in train stations and other public places. People here can find you a reasonably priced room for a nominal fee. Generally, a full breakfast is included.
Munich Accommodation Options
In the city centre you will find most luxury hotels with the best rates such as the Platzl, the Bayerischer Hof, Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten and the Mandarin Oriental which are all excellent locations for celebrity spotting. For those with a smaller budget, there are plenty of well-kept ands centrally located hostels around the city. The traditional Lehel area which is close to the English Garden, the Isar and the Maximilianstraße is also a good address for some nice within walking distance to the city centre. Around the main train station are you will find all major chains like the Mercure and the InterCity Hotel. The Nymphenburg area which is very picturesque has a lot of hotels just a short ride on the tram away from the city centre. Backpackers and young travelers may wish to take advantage of one of the city's youth hostels, all of which are well kept and centrally located. Try the friendly and well-located Jugendgästehaus.
Munich Hotel Recommendations?
Try the Hotel Splendid in the Lehel area which is nice and quiet. The Hotel Kriemhield Garni is a nice choice around the Nymphenburg area. Stay at the Drei Löwen Residenz or the Excelsior for two good choices close to the main train station.
Transport in Munich
The international airport is siuated north of the city. It takes about 1 hour on the metro (S-Bahn) to get into the city centre. To get around the city, public transportation is the best choice as traffic is very busy and parking extremely expensive in the city. Munich has a very good public transportation network consisting of the S-Bahn, the U-Bahn (subway), tram and bus. For day trips out of the city like to the Schloss Neuschwanstein, you can take the train or rent a car.