Munich holidays take you to a destination where historic palaces meet cutting-edge art galleries and chic fashion sits alongside much-loved traditions.
Explore the atmospheric Old Town, admiring the centuries-old architecture on show. Head to the iconic Marienplatz square to see the famous Rathaus-Glockenspiel, whose 32 hand-carved figurines pop out to re-enact key events from Bavaria’s past.
Munich’s unique sense of character sees millions flock here each year for Oktoberfest – the world’s largest folk festival. Food, music and dancing are at the heart of this incredible celebration of Bavarian culture.
Roam the tranquil English Garden and dive into the city's thriving art scene. Year-round markets provide colour and vibrancy, while restaurants and cafes serve up delicious regional cuisine.
Book your Munich holiday package with Etihad and prepare to be dazzled by Germany’s charming ‘village of a million people’.
A holiday to Munich offers plenty to do, whether you’re seeking enchanting views on a romantic getaway or fun-packed attractions for all the family.
Munich is full of fascinating Gothic churches, spectacular palaces and impressive castles – there’s a great photo to be taken around every corner.
Surrounded by serene lawns, water features and gardens, the grand Nymphenburg Palace has an especially opulent design. Perhaps that’s no surprise, given that it was originally built as the summer residence for the 17th-century rulers of Bavaria.
Don’t miss Frauenkirche either, a stunning cathedral and much-loved symbol of the city. It boasts imposing 300-foot high domed twin towers and a rich history that can be traced all the way back to medieval times.
Admire it from the outside before exploring the stained-glass windows, royal tombs and intriguing story of the ‘devil’s footprint’ within.
Munich holiday packages are also a gateway to some of the most splendid urban parks and green city spaces in all of Europe.
Take a stroll through the vast and peaceful English Garden, which combines the charm of traditional lawns and colourful flowerbeds with incredible internationally-inspired elements.
Explore everything from a small Greek temple offering captivating views over the city to an enchanting Japanese teahouse by the water.
For something a little more energetic, check out urban surfing on the Eisbach River, where skilled and experienced surfers brave the waves.
Football is a major part of life here. Bayern Munich is not only Germany’s most famous club, but also one of the biggest names in the beautiful game worldwide.
When the season is on, consider getting tickets for a match at the stunning Allianz Arena.
Guided tours of the stadium give you access to areas including the dressing rooms and the players’ tunnel.
Visit the on-site museum to learn all about the story of Bayern, complete with audio-visual highlights of their greatest achievements, famous shirts and insights from their most iconic players.
Munich has medieval roots stemming from the 12th century, and its eventful past can be explored through an array of fascinating artefacts at the Bavarian National Museum – as well as by wandering the historic streets.
The Deutsches Museum is Germany’s largest attraction dedicated to science and technology, while the Alte Pinakothek is one of the oldest art museums in the world.
Inside, you’ll have the opportunity to admire works by the likes of Rembrandt, Bosch and Giotto.
The Munich Residence was once a royal palace, and still houses many original pieces of furniture, as well as 16th-century bronze sculptures and a serene church.
Munich holidays offer plenty of delights for food lovers.
Start your day with a soft, warm and flaky pastry in the Old Town, where traditional cafes are loved by locals for their delectable baked pretzels, plum tarts and strudels.
If you have a taste for fresh local produce, visit the Viktualienmarkt – where dozens of stalls showcase the finest meat, fish, spices and fruit.
For a memorable evening meal, head to Tantris, a two Michelin-starred German restaurant which has been serving exquisite food for more than four decades.
The glamorous interior is matched by dishes such as roast lobster with lemon polenta and curry-coconut sauce.
Altstadt, Munich’s atmospheric Old Town, is the perfect place to stay for sightseeing breaks.
Home to Marienplatz, the city’s central square, you’ll find numerous restaurants and shops selling authentic bratwurst and crafts, as well as the looming spires of the New Town Hall.
The plush Mandarin Oriental hotel is well-placed to explore the historic streets and the ideal spot for luxury Munich holidays where comfort is key.
Stay in quiet and peaceful Maxvorstadt to be at the heart of culture in the city.
The Alte Pinakothek art museum is here, offering classical work by Rubens, while the Pinakothek der Moderne plays host to the designs of Leonardo da Vinci.
There are also plenty of independent book shops and trendy cafes to dip in and out of, adding to the local bohemian vibe.
Neo-classically inspired Konigsplatz square hosts concerts and movies in the summer. Rocco Forte’s The Charles Hotel is a superb 5-star option for Munich honeymooners.
If you’re looking for an active holiday in Munich, base yourself close to the colossal English Garden – one of the world's largest urban parks.
Locals and visitors alike head here to wander, cycle or simply relax in the peaceful surroundings. Take a paddle boat out on Kleinhesseloher Lake or try your hand at ice skating in the winter.
The Hilton Munich Park is close to the gardens and river. Alongside its prime location it also boasts a fitness centre and indoor pool.
The main language spoken in Munich is German. You'll find that many people also speak excellent English, particularly in the city’s tourist areas.
Munich has an efficient underground (U-Bahn) and overground (S-Bahn) train system, as well as trams and buses. Most of the Altstadt area can easily be explored on foot.
The currency in Munich and wider Germany is the euro. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are easy to find.
Public holidays in Munich include Labour Day (1 May) and German Unity Day (3 October). You might see traditional costume and celebrations on these occasions.
Munich is famous for its traditional Bavarian food. Think doughy pretzels and hearty schnitzel.
You’ll also often see ‘schorle’ on menus here – this is fruit juice mixed with sparkling water, a very popular drink in Munich.
Try authentic dishes at venues such as the Ratskeller Munchen, a wonderfully atmospheric 19th-century cellar restaurant specialising in local delicacies. In warm and cosy surroundings, tuck into saddle of deer or baked carp fillet in panko crumbs.
Munich is also a modern and multicultural city, so you’ll find a wide range of international cuisine on offer – ranging from South African to Italian and all points in between.
From humble beginnings, Munich rose to become a medieval stronghold and crucial province of the Holy Roman Empire.
The city's early story is one of pioneering Gothic architecture, powerful and ambitious nobles, and a grand vision for a city that would stand proudly for centuries.
It has certainly done just that, becoming the capital of Bavaria in the 1800s, and a renowned hub of culture and scientific endeavour.
Munich’s fascinating past can be experienced in the looming architecture of the Frauenkirche, the wide variety of relics and masterworks in the museum district and the regal avenue of Maximilianstraße.
Here you can shop for designer names while strolling among 19th-century monuments to rulers and philosophers.
Munich’s culture is one of hearty welcomes and proud Bavarian traditions. Though especially popular in the modern-day, Oktoberfest has origins dating back more than 200 years – and has grown to become the world’s largest folk festival.
Brass bands and folk musicians add to the extraordinary atmosphere, while colourful parades, juicy bratwurst sausages and Schuhplattler – a famous Bavarian dance – all add to the sense of occasion.
Traditional men’s clothing in Bavaria includes lederhosen – leather breeches generally paired with long socks and a feathered hat – while women wear a style of dress known as a ‘dirndl’.
Today, you will still see these classic garments being worn during festivals and at public celebrations.
Famed for its cultural and historic landmarks, visit the scenic wildlife of the mangroves and the gleaming Qasr Al Hosn fort in this vivid and endlessly enthralling city.
Abu Dhabi Holidays
A proud city with a distinct character, Manchester is home to compelling museums, a buzzing music scene and Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City FC.
Visit Thailand’s electric capital for the perfect combination of delicious street and restaurant food on Khaosan Road, atmospheric markets and incredible temple architecture.