Palaces and parks, museums and churches, beer gardens and markets--all this and so much more defines the delightful Bavarian capital of Germany. A host of Munich cheap hotels can be found in the inner city, especially around Marienplatz, a large open square that serves as Munich's beating heart. From your Munich hotel, you can explore the surrounding Baroque-era architecture before strolling over to the Residenz palace complex on the edge of the Old Town, which also houses the Treasury and the splendid Cuvilliés Theatre. Among the hulking buildings are Neoclassical mansions such as Palais Porcia and Preysing as well as Alte Hof, a medieval castle and former residence of Munich dukes.
If you like beer and good times, there's no better time to visit Munich than during Octoberfest. The epicenter of this 176-year-old celebration lies southwest of the city center in Wiesn. From your Munich hotel, head straight to the beer tents, where the city's largest and oldest breweries serve up liters of golden goodness alongside traditional Bavarian food such as pretzels, roasted ox, and sausages galore. Live brass bands belting out traditional Bavarian music will keep you dancing and singing the hours away, and there are even family-friendly events, which include parades and carnival rides.
A Walk in the Park
Munich is famous for its parks, the most predominant of which is the 900-acre English Garden, Stretching from the center of the city near Odeonsplatz to the northeast, the park features ambling shaded paths, brooks and ponds, and four beer gardens. From your hotel in Munich, grab a picnic lunch at one of the many cafes or restaurants lining the edge of the park and take a feast in the sun or simply marvel in the many monuments and historic structures such as the Palladian-style Rumford-Saal and the Japanese Teahouse. Also look for the Kleinhesseloher See, a body of water with three distinct islands where you can rent a paddleboat.