Staying in Munich
One of the best places to stay is the Munich Park Hostel, which offers a long list of amenities right outside the city center. You can go wild at the Munich Zoo, which is located just around the corner, or hop on the subway and hit the city. This hostel in Munich offers 366 beds in 62 rooms with two beds, 53 rooms with three or four beds, and six rooms with six beds, some with en-suite showers and toilets. Six rooms are suitable for disabled guests. Meeting/conference rooms are available, as well as common rooms, creativity rooms, and a party room.
Youth Hostel Munich Park
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Two other hostels in Munich are available through Hostelling International. The Munich City hostel is located directly in the heart of Munich, just a five-minute ride on the subway to the main train station. With 355 beds, mostly in four- to six-bed rooms, this is an ideal spot for those seeking inexpensive accommodation in a great location.
There's also the North Munich-Dachau hostel, which is a modern, light-flooded building set in the green suburbs. It's close to the Dachau concentration camp for those who want to learn more about the dark history of the Third Reich. Just a 20-minute ride by train to the city center, this hostel in Munich offers lots of fun and recreation.
Things to See and Do in Munich
Munich is a wonderful city for strolling and exploring. The city center is easily manageable on foot, and the efficient public transportation system will get you around to the sights. A bicycle tour of Munich is a great place to start and will take you through the major sights and provide you with a basic orientation of the city.
Viktualienmarkt - Foodies take note! The Viktualienmarkt in the city center is a busy hub of merchants selling fresh produce, oils, meats and all other sorts of delicious delicacies. Sample to your heart's content! Before heading back to your hostel in Munich, treat your taste buds with both traditional and international fare.
English Garden - Munich boasts a huge park laid out in English style, a more natural landscape that provides a more relaxed atmosphere compared with the formal palace gardens. Join the throngs of natives who head out onto the rolling greens to enjoy a "Brotzeit" picnic and soak up the sun. The beer gardens found throughout are popular watering holes.
German Museum - One of the largest and oldest museums of technology and science in the world, techies and tinkerers will revel at the displays and exhibits here. See everything from the first automobile to the laboratory bench where the first atom was split.
Hofbräuhaus - This classic Munich establishment was the royal brewing house, and to this day it offers traditional Bavarian fare and, of course, delightful local beer brewed according to recipes that are hundreds of years old.
Marienplatz - Named after the Virgin Mary - who has a gold statue atop a column in the central square of the city - this venerable place is lined with stunning architecture, including the old and new town hall. The Glockenspiel on the new town hall comes to life at 11am and noon each day, when 32 life-sized figures appear to the delight of the crowds.
Dachau Concentration Camp - Located just outside of Munich, this was one of the first Nazi concentration camps and served as a model for many others. Experience what life was like for prisoners in the barracks, baths and crematorium. Exhibits and displays discuss this dark era in German history.
Residence Palace - Once the home of Bavarian royals, this palace complex now holds one of Europe's best museums of interior decoration. With ten courtyards, lovely historical gardens, and 130 rooms with antique furniture, paintings, porcelain, tapestries and more, you can take in the lavish luxury before returning to your hostel in Munich.
Dining & Nightlife in Munich
Bavaria is well known for its hearty appetite for good food and drink. The beer halls located throughout the city often brew their own beers. Order yourself a plate of sausages, breads and sauerkraut and enjoy the oompah music to a cold glass of beer, which comes in glasses up to one liter. Of course, as a modern and cosmopolitan city, Munich offers an array of international cuisine to suit any budget. Steer away from the main tourist areas for lower prices and shorter lines.
When you set out from your Munich hostel in search of a party, then there's no shortage of options. The city has a number of bars and pubs if you want a place to gather among friends. For dancing, Kultfabrik is a popular destination that incorporates 25 stylish clubs into one location, so you're sure to find your scene.
Getting Around Munich
It's easy to get around and reach your hostel in Munich. The city's airport is located a short trip outside the city by bus, train or subway. The city itself boasts an efficient subway and commuter rail system that allows you to travel easily. If you're planning on doing a lot of riding in one day, a day ticket may be a cheaper alternative for you.