London Stansted to Munich Airport
Munich is capital of the Bavaria region and Germany's third largest city. It is home to a number of museums and some fine buildings of Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Munich is also famous for its annual beer festival, Oktoberfest, when the city's traditions and customs are
celebrated. The city was also the venue for the 1972 Olympics,
Visitors to the city can benefit from the purchase of a Munich Welcome Card which entitles holders to reduced admittance for many tourist attractions and also free travel on public transport within the city. The card is valid for three days and costs 28 euros.
Flights between London Stansted and Munich Franz Joseph Strauss Airport are operated by easyJet. The airport is 28km (17 miles) from Munich city centre. The S1 and S8 trains from the airport to Hauptbahnhof central station run regularly from 3.30am until 12 midnight. Journeys take around 40 minutes, single tickets cost 8 euros. Taxis to the city centre from the airport cost around 55 euros. Autobus Oberbayen runs a bus service
from the airport to Hauptbahnhof. Telephone (0)89 323040 for more information.
Places of interest in Munich include:
- Marienplatz. At the very centre of Munich is the Marienplatz square, the location of many of the city's historic buildings. The 19th century town hall with the famous Glockenspiel dominates the square. Four times a day the Glockenspiel's 43 bells ring out as clockwork figures carry out their moves. Other interesting features of the square include a statue of the Virgin Mary, the Frauenkirche and a toy museum.
- Frauenkirche. One of Munich's best known landmarks are the twin spires of the Church of our Lady. The 99-metre tall building of red brick offers stunning views of the city with the Alps in the far distance. This Gothic church, originally constructed in the 15th century, was almost toatally destroyed in the Second World War but has since been re-built.
- Nymphenburg Palace. A short tram or bus ride from the city centre is the Schloss Nymphenburg palace. Building work on the palace, which was originally a summer residence for Munich's aristocracy, was started in 1664. Over its history the palace has been added to and changed by succesive owners. The highlight of the palace is arguably a gallery of 36 paintings of beautiful women. The English-style gardens house some fascinating pavilions and there is also a porcelain museum worth visiting.
- BMW building. The architect K Schwanzer came up with the idea to build BMW's headquarters in the shape of four-cylinder engine. Constructed in 1973, this strange building comprises four towers with a large egg-cup shaped part at the end which houses the BMW museum. Exhibits here include some classic old models along with some state-of-the-art cars.
- The German Museum. This is one of the world's largest science museums arranged over eight floors. There are seemingly endless displays which include everything from musical instruments to sailing boats, and from windmills to space probes. Many displays are interactive and there are also regular demonstrations.