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Apr 15th, 2006, 11:21 PM
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6 hours in munich

in september I"ll have 6 hours between flights in Munich.is it possible to see a little bit of Munich? if yes,what way the best?(excluding taxi) thank you!
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Apr 18th, 2006, 01:01 PM
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Unfortunately, the airport is far away from town. You can take the S-Bahn from the airport. It takes about 45 minutes one way. So, you have roughly 3 to 4 hours in town. What to do depends on your interests. You can simply go to Marienplatz and walk a little around the historical city center, maybe even having a beer in the Hofbräuhaus or at Augustiners (more elegant but still traditional). You may visit one of the three famous art galleries. Or, if you are interested in technology, you may visit Deutsches Museum.
For further information, see:
http://www.muenchen.de/home/60093/Homepage.html
On this site, you will find all information you need on public transportation.
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Apr 18th, 2006, 01:31 PM
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I agree with Traveller1959. Stay at airport ! Unfortunately, You have not enough time to go to the city and visit something.
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Apr 18th, 2006, 01:49 PM
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I had this exact layover last summer and chose to go into Munich for a little sightseeing. Turned out to be a good idea, as the chance to walk around a bit between flights was a life saver!

Following is a post from fellow Fodorite 'treplow' whose advice I followed for a very enjoyable time:

"Take the S-Bahn (which becomes an U-Bahn (subway) as it enters the city) from the airpor to the Marienplatz."

NOTE: make sure you have your camera ready as you take the escalator from the train station into the square--very camery-worthy moment

"From there walk east in the Nauhauserstrasse pedestrian zone as far as the Neuhauser Tor (gate). Turn right at the gate. Go to the corner where the streetcar makes a right turn (Pacellistrasse). Go past the hotel Bayerischer Hof (Munich's top hotel). From there you can't miss the cathedral. Visit it. If you are up to it, go to the top of the tower. Then return to the Promenadenplatz (where the hoterl is) and continue west. When you come to the north sout pedestrian zone (Theatinerstrasse), turn left. Walk as far as the start of a wide blvd. (Ludwigstrasse). Turn right, past the Feldherrenhalle (the mosnumemnt to various bavarian fieldmarshalls), and turn right again, on to the Residenzstrasse. ( If you are into history: Right there, on the side of the Feldherrnhalle is where Hitler's putsch ended. After Hitler came to power, Germans, when they passed that spot, had to give the Hitler salute. But right behind the Feldherrnhalle is small parallel east - west alley, people took it when they didn't want to give that salute. It used to be called the 'Drueckeberger Gasse" - shirker's alley). Walk down the Residenstrasse, on your left is the royal palace. You come to the square in front of the opera. Continue on the street. It becomes Dienerstrasse and takes you back to the Marienplatz. This little circle will give some of the highlights of Munich.

"While in the Dienerstrasse, don't miss to take a look at the Dahlmeyer food emporium!

"If you still feel like walking, turn at te Marienplatz a bit toward the left and to the market square. There is the Alte Peter church, another of Munich's famous landmarks.

"To eat, go down the steps at the right side of the City Hall to the Ratskeller.

Then take your train back to the airport."

Alternativley, if you choose to stay at the airport, it is chock full of shops and restaruants, even a grocery store! And between the train station and the airport is an outdoor area where you can relax and enjoy the weather.

Hope this helps!

Melissa
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Apr 18th, 2006, 01:49 PM
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If you are going to the US from Munich, you need to take into account that security for US bound flights is very strict. Usually it does not take long, but you must allow time.

Also, the S-Bahn and the Lufthansa bus take about the same length of time.
But, you need to commute from the arrival point to the departure point.
That can be a long walk.

Of the 6, I think you would have only 3 hours or less in town.
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Apr 18th, 2006, 03:44 PM
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I've only been to Munich a couple of times, but if you have the chance to spend three hours just walking around the area near Marienplatz, take it! It's really nice in the Altstadt, and you can go to the Hofbrauhaus, or to the open air market - Victualienmarkt. There are also a couple of really nice churches near there, like Frauenkirche and Asamkirche. It would be so much nicer than sitting in the airport.
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Apr 21st, 2006, 07:19 AM
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A word of warning. Although the S-bahn is underground through downtown Munich, it does not "become" an U-bahn (that is a separate train system). Below Marienplatz there are both S-bahn and U-bahn stations. You want the S-bahn.
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Apr 21st, 2006, 07:43 AM
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If you've never been to Munich, 3 hours is better than no hours. Take the S bahn to Marienplatz and spend your three hours around that area. I'll bet it will be just enough to make you want to go back soon. Enjoy!
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Feb 15th, 2009, 01:15 PM
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I'm in the same boat this spring. Any other advice/suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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Feb 15th, 2009, 01:40 PM
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As already mentioned, take the S-Bahn to Marienplatz.

Walk around the City Center, get a taste of the city, visit the Frauenkirche (St. Mary's church). It will take one hour.

Visit one museum, according to your taste. The most spectacular museum is Deutsches Museum, a museum of science and technology. Other options are the art museums. Takes another hour (although you would need half a day to explore the Deutsches Museum halways).

And have a rustic lunch and a beer in one of the beer (the third hour).

Take the S-Bahn back to the airport.
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Feb 15th, 2009, 01:51 PM
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Hi; Bob Brown is right. You will have no more than three hours. Remember, you don't know exactly what time you can catch a train. Then it will take time to get to the Marienplatz from the train station. Then you will have to go back thru security. BUT GO. With three hours you should just sit or walk in the town square, You could have something to eat, admiring the Marienplatz/town hall. ENJOY Iris
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Feb 15th, 2009, 05:27 PM
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Since this was posted in April 06, I hope you had a nice trip.
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Feb 15th, 2009, 05:37 PM
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Hi Asile Seat; No excuses here----dumb = dumb and dumber. Iris
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Feb 15th, 2009, 09:40 PM
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My memory is fuzzy - but you don't take the S-bahn from the airport to Marienplatz. You have to make a change at the Hauptbanhof and then take the U-bahn to the Marienplatz.
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Feb 15th, 2009, 10:26 PM
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Nope, both S-Bahn lines which start at the airport call at Marienplatz without any changes involved.

An alternative to visiting Munich could be Freising, just 5km from the airport. It's a "typical" Bavarian town with a huge Cathedral towering over the city. There is a direct bus from the airport, but even a taxi won't break the bank.
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Feb 18th, 2009, 11:11 AM
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Hi to get some impressions of munich have a look at the pictures here and click on play for the slideshow:

http://www.germanplaces.com/germany/munich.html

everything is in the city center

- Koenigsplatz
- Town Hall
- Residenz
- Odeonsplatz
- Hofgarten a typical beer garden (near Odeonsplatz)
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Seven of the nine S-Bahn lines go through a single tunnel under downtown Munich from the Hauptbahnhof to the Ostbahnhof. Marienplatz is a station in this tunnel. The U-Bahns that go through the Marienplatz station do not go through the Hbf; you would have to change U-Bahns somewhere (Sendlinger Tor or Scheidplatz).

Although both the eastbound S-8 and the westbound S-1 go through Marienplatz, they go through in different directions, on different levels, so you would have to check the schedule to see which one was coming next and go to that level. Or, just go to the eastbound platform and wait for the S-8. It's the next train over half the time, anyway.
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May 3rd, 2009, 03:48 PM
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Just wanted to follow up. A quick visit was very easy to accomplish! The S-8 left directly from the airport around 11:am, and brought us straight into the Marienplatz at appx 11:45. We came up, looked around, watched the Glockenspiel for about 20 minutes, ate an early lunch, and browsed for about a half hour. Took the S-8 directly back the way we came, went through security, and were at our gate before 2m. If anyone else considers the same diversion during a long lay-over, it was very, very easy, and well-worth the little extra effort!
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May 3rd, 2009, 04:52 PM
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The Deutsches Museum is wonderful! I love Munich, but you can't explore it properly in 3 hours, while you could get at least a good overview of the Deutches Museum in the same amount of time. IMO, having a beer and a stroll in the old city center is not comparable to visiting this great museum.
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