Things to know about Munich
- Munich is the second busiest airport in Germany. It served 43 million passengers in 2018.
- The airport is clean, modern and boasts some very surprising features. Eleven bee colonies can be found in the grounds and the airport even has a brewery, where almost a million beers are served each year.
- Munich is the capital city of the Free State of Bavaria, a landlocked state of Germany with a unique and varied culture. There is a great deal to see and do within driving distance.
- You can hire a car on arrival but booking in advance has great advantages. You’ll have a much better choice on the type of vehicle, and you will save money.
- Close to Munich airport you’ll find the motorway (Bundesautobahn 9) on which you can reach Munich city centre in around 40 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. You can also reach Berlin via this route, in approximately 5 hours.
Car Hire in Munich Airport (MUC)
Munich Airport (MUC)
As a major international hub, with airlines travelling to over 60 countries, Munich airport has a wide range of services and facilities available. Several car hire companies operate out of the airport, with many more located close by.
Car Hire Companies in MUC
Not only will you save money by booking your car hire in advance, but you will also have a much better choice of vehicles available. When choosing to rent via Enjoy Car Hire you can be confident you will be hiring from one of our carefully selected partners and that you will have the security of our Fair Fuel Policy.
You can search our site to find the car, company and deal best suited to your needs. In Munich we recommend the following partners.
- Alamo – A large international car hire company. Part of the Enterprise group.
- Inter Rent - Operating in 40 countries, specialising in low-cost car hire
- Keddy - Part of the Europcar group, respected international hire company
Guide to Munich
A Brief History of the Bavarian Capital.
The name Munich (München) means ‘by the monks,’ reflecting the fact that the old town of Munich grew out of the area Benadictine monks ran a monastery, to this day a monk is featured on the Munich coat of arms.
In 1806 Munich became capital of the Kingdom of Bavaria. During the following decades many of the finest architectural gems were first built, under the reign of King Ludwig I (1825 – 1848). By 1871 Bavaria was part of the growing German Empire, though the region maintained much of its own culture and tradition. Today the region is known as the Free State of Bavaria, and although part of the German nation, it is a region proud of its unique heritage and traditions.
In the first half of the 20th Century, Munich’s history is heavily connected to war. The city was bombed heavily, particularly during the second world war, resulting in the need for much repair and rebuilding in the post-war years.
A number of well-known people have connections with Munich and the surrounding areas, including composer Richard Strauss, and Pope Benedict XVI, who as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was Archbishop of Munich.
A modern, thriving city, Munich is the capital of Bavaria and has the third biggest population in Germany, 1.4 million. The city has some stunning architecture, not to be missed, including the magnificent New Town Hall. There is a wide range of galleries, museums, bars and restaurants to explore and enjoy. The city has two universities often at the cutting edge of technological and scientific discoveries. Munich is home to the Bundesliga football team Bayern Munich. The most successful football team in German history, they have won 29 national titles.
The Home of Oktoberfest
Every year from late September to the first Sunday of October, Munich plays host to the world’s largest beer festival. Known locally as Wiesn, Oktoberfest draws an international crowd of millions eager to join in the festivities. Find out the dates for the next Oktoberfest here.
Things to do in and around Munich
A City of Arts and Culture
The Alte Pinakothek (old picture gallery) is one of the world’s oldest art galleries and is ‘must see’ attraction in Munich. With magnificent works on display from many of the Old Masters, including Rubens, Raphael and Albrecht Dürer, whose famous Self-Portrait at 28 is housed here.
The Deutches Museum is a day out in itself. It explores the development of science in Germany and offers a day of discovery for visitors of all ages. Themes include electricity, mining and power stations, an exhibition on the technology of coffee has even been shown here.
Sleeping Beauty’s castle has nothing on King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle. Just over an hour and a half drive from Munich, this majestic masterpiece sums up the romance and extravagance of Ludwig’s reign. He paid for the construction out of his own money, and personal borrowing. It was opened to the public shortly after his death in 1886.
Dive into Something Different
Swimming may not be the first thing you think of doing when visiting a new city, but when you see what Munich has to offer you may be tempted. Pay a visit to the Müller'sches Volksbad and check out the stunning architecture of what must be one of the most beautiful swimming pools in the world.
Surf the Eisbach, or maybe just watch someone else do it. This small section of the Isor River has become somewhat of a surfer’s paradise in a landlocked city. Even world champion surfer Mick Fanning has given it a go. Not recommended for inexperienced surfers, this is not for everyone, but it can still be fun to go and watch.
A City of Food and Drink
From traditional Bavarian Bratwurst to fine Italian food, from gorgeous German beers to superb French red wines, Munich has it all. Enjoy exploring the many restaurants and bars within walking distance from the popular Marienplatz. For a wonderful beer experience check out the Beer Garden at Viktualienmarkt, a daily food and farmers market in Munich.
Eating out in the Munich
Café Luitpold is a fantastic patisserie style café and restaurant where you can choose from a wide selection of delicious pastries. Perfect for an afternoon ‘pick-me-up’ coffee moment. Address: Brienner Str. 11, 80333 Munich Tel: +49-89-242875-0 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bratwurst-Glöckl am Dom is very close to the popular square, Marienplatz and offers the traditional Bavarian Bratwurst experience. In wood-panelled surroundings you can enjoy a wide range of sausages, steaks and snacks. Address: Frauenplatz 9, 80331 Munich Tel: +49-89-291945-0
Saffer’s Fattoria is a nice, family friendly Italian restaurant in the Giesing area of Munich. Offering an excellent selection of traditional and contemporary dishes, using the finest seasonal ingredients. Address: Deisenhofener Str. 80, 81539 Munich Tel: +44-89-69797464
How much is car hire from Munich airport?
This varies from vehicle to vehicle and the time of year you’re hiring. A Fiat Panda size car can start from as little as £11 per day. A VW Golf Estate from £16 per day.
How much is it to hire a Mercedes C Class size car for a week?
It would cost around £245 (£35 per day) to hire a Mercedes C Class. An alternative similar size car could be the Skoda Superb Saloon version at £131 (approx £18 per day)
Can I drive from Munich to Berlin?
Yes. The Autobahn 9 is located very close to Munich airport. You can drive to Berlin in around 5 and a half hours on this road.
What are motorways called in Germany?
Motorways in Germany are called Autobahns and are signed as ‘A’ roads. For example the A9 is the motorway which links Munich and Berlin.
What is the weather like in Munich?
In the summer months, June-Sept, temperatures are comfortable at around 19-21 degrees Celsius. Winter can get quite cold with temperatures dropping to -5 degrees Celsius.
What is Oktoberfest?
Munich is famous for Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival and funfair. It takes place every year from late September to early October and attracts millions of visitors.
Do I need an international driving license in Munich?
For European and American drivers, in most circumstances you do not need anything more than your own national driver’s license. However, if you plan to drive into neighbouring European countries, such as Austria, you may need further documentation.
How far is Munich Airport from Munich City Centre?
Munich city centre is around 38km from the airport. On the A9 this is around a 30-40-minute drive depending on traffic conditions.
Do hire cars come with Sat-Nav?
Not all hire cars come with Sat-Nav but you can add this when you make a booking through Enjoy Car Hire. You may also wish to consider adding other items such as baby, toddler and child seats.
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