Main information

Area

120 sq. mi.

Elevation

1738 above sea level

Geographic location

48 degrees 8’23” northern latitude; 11 degrees 34’28” eastern longitude.

Time Zone

Greenwich Mean Time plus one hour (two hours in summer): Time in Munich is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in New York. (7 hours ahead of central time in Chicago, etc.) Munich uses the 24 hour clock, so the numeral 1 on a US watch would be read as 1 in the early morning or 13 in the afternoon, etc. Transportation timetables and schedules will use this method of representation of time. (designations of am and pm are unnecessary)

International Dialing Code

The country code for Germany is 49. There is no need to use this prefix when calling within the country. To call Germany from the United States or Canada, omit the first 0 from the German number and add the prefix 011 49.

Emergency numbers

Police 110 Fire 112 Ambulance 110. Emergency calls are free from phone booths.

Average Temperatures (in Fahrenheit):

High Low
January – March 46 25
April – June 68 36
July – September 72 50
October – December 55 27

The German climate is variable so it is best to be prepared for all types of weather throughout the year. The most pleasant and predictable weather is from May to October. This coincides, of course, with the standard tourist season (except for skiing). The interim periods can bring fewer tourists and surprisingly pleasant weather. There is no special rainy season.

Useful measurements

Equivalent Weights And Measures
1 cm 0.39 inches
1 meter 3.28 feet / 1.09 yards
1 km 0.62 miles
1 liter 0.26 gallons
1 inch 2.54 cm
1 foot 0.39 meters
1 yard 0.91 meters
1 mile 1.60 km
1 gallon 3.78 liters

Visas

US travelers just need a valid passport (no visa).

Electricity

220V, 50 Hz Electrical sockets take plugs with two round prongs or sometimes three. American appliances will need a plug adapter and will require a transformer if they do not have a dual voltage capability. Most hotels will supply guests with an ironing board and iron if requested.

Travelers with special needs

Information is available from Hilfe für Behinderte, Kirchfeldstrasse 149, D-39606 Düsseldorf 1. tel. 0211 310 060.
For the blind: the Bayerischer Blindungsbund EV in Munich is at Arnulfstrasse, near the main railway station) and is open Mon-Thurs 8:30-noon and 1-3:30 Fri. 8:30-noon and 1-2.

Culture and education in Munich

10 Universities with 98.202 Students
136 public libraries with 47 city libraries
46 museums and collections
2 opera houses and 58 theatres

Currency

Currency is the Euro (EUR). The notes are in denominations of 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, and 5 euro. The denominations of coins are 2 euro, 1 euro, 50 euro cent, 20 euro cent, 10 euro cent, 5 euro cent, 2 euro cent, and 1 euro cent.

Credit Cards

All the major international brands of bank cards – MasterCard, Visa and American Express – are recognized but not yet widely accepted, except at major hotels, gas stations and department stores. Don’t assume that you’ll be able to use your card to pay for meals at restaurants. ATMs are numerous throughout Germany and there should be no problem accessing credit or debit accounts in this way. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks and special exchange shops in Munich.

Tipping

Tips are not normally given or expected, but a customer can tip for excellent service. The usual tip would be 10%.

Airport

Munich’s new airport, Franz Josef Strauss Flughafen, is 19 miles north of the city center and is connected to the train station (Hauptbahnhof) by S-Bahn #1 or #8. S-Bahn trains run 24 hours a day to the main railroad station.

Bus

The bus station is close to the train station.

U-Bahn

(Subway) runs daily from 5am-1am.

S-Bahn

(suburban train network) covers the city center and beyond as does the U-Bahn. Service is efficient and on time.

Day Tickets

Day tickets and weekly passes covering the centre and most of Schwabing are available. Note that these passes are valid from Monday to Monday, so buying midweek means losing money. Tickets for a week or more require ID and two photos; all others can be bought from the automatic machines in all U-Bahn stations, at some bus and tram stops, and inside trams.

Car

A car is unnecessary in Munich and the surrounding area. The transportation network is amazing in its efficiency and extent. Public transportation via bus, subway and train is available throughout the city and into all of the surrounding area. There are numerous connections to cities throughout Germany and the rest of Europe.

Events

January:
6 January Festival of the Three Kings is celebrated in Bavaria with children dressing the part and walking through the streets singing songs.
Fasching (Carnival) is also held at this time with celebrations, parties and fancy dress balls. This pre-Lenten revelry begins on  Sunday, January 7 and lasts for about 4-6 weeks, ending with Shrove Tuesday celebrations the day before Lent begins.

February:
Mardi Gras (the Tuesday before the beginning of Lent) opens with the Market Women’s Dance on Virtualienmarkt followed by celebrations throughout Munich.
February 12-14 Munich fashion Week
CBR holiday trade fair attracts thousands at the ICM fairgrounds.

March:
19 March St. Joseph’s Day is the start of the Starkbierzeit (Strong Beer season).
Politicians gather at the Nockherberg Paulaner Brewery to drink freshly tapped dark beer.
The International Crafts Fair is held with every type of craft represented.

April:
Munich Biennale (held in odd years: 2001; 2003, etc.) presents new offerings in musical theater. Spring Festival begins on the Theresienweise. this is a Spring mini Oktoberfest.

May:
1 May Auer Maidult, an 8 day celebration on Mariahilfplatz is a festival that features flea market treasures, antiques, and a wide variety of baked goods.
Thursday after Whitsun (8th Sunday after Easter): Feast of Corpus Christi begins at 8AM with a religious service on Marienplatz followed by a procession through the decorated streets.
BMW Open Bavarian Tennis championship matches.
Union Move is a techno demonstration that is held on a Saturday afternoon on Leopoldstrasse.

June:
2nd weekend: Tollwood, an international festival of dance, theater, circus and cuisine which is held in the Olympiapark. Goes through second weekend in July.
end of June: International Film Festival

July:
Munich’s Open Festival is held throughout the month. It includes ballet, concerts, and recitals.
Art Open Air presents performances on Königsplatz throughout the month.
The Jakobidult summer market is held on Mariahilfplatz for 8 days.

August:
Summer Festival is held in the Olympiapark with a fair and music ranging from classical to pop on the Olympia Lake Theatron stage.

September:
www.oktoberfest.de begins on the third weekend in September and lasts until the first Sunday of October. (Sept. 22- Oct. 7, 2001). It began as a horserace just outside the city gates celebrating the marriage of Bavarian crown prince Ludwig and Princess Theresa von Sachsen-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. The race was repeated in 1811 and an agricultural fair was added to the festivities. On both occasions the prince served beer to the attendees and a tradition was born. The meadow where the race took place was named Theresienwiese after the Princess. It is now usually shortened to “Wies’n” The huge folk festival begins on the last Saturday in September after a variety of parades and ceremonies and after weeks of preparation. Huge beer hall tents are in place, rides and carnival attractions have been installed,. and finally the Mayor of Munich taps the first barrel of beer in front of the crowd. He announces: “O zapt is!” (It’s been tapped) and another Oktoberfest has begun. The festivities last for 15 days. During this time 6 million participants consume over one million gallons of beer.

October:
The Herbstdult, the third market 8 day market festival of the year is held on Mariahilfplatz.

November:
Christkindlmarkt: Starting at the end of November after the 1st Sunday in Advent, every evening at 5:30 classic Christmas music is played as a backdrop to the Christmas market on Marienplatz. St. Nick visits also.
Six day bicycle races are held in the Olympic Hall.

December:
Christkindl markets continue throughout the city until Christmas.
Tollwood: The winter Tollwood festival is held near Hacker Bridge, behind the main train station.

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