Munich, one of the top 10 Business Travel Destinations for 2019 is seen as one of the top places to conduct business.
Being the third largest city in Germany, and home to 1.5million people, Munich is a global centre of art, science, technology, finance, publishing, culture, innovation, education, business.
Top Industries: Technology, Automobiles, creative industries, IT, biotechnology, engineering and electronics.
Munich International Airport is the second-busiest airport in Germany in terms of passenger traffic after Frankfurt Airport, and is also the eighth-busiest airport in Europe, handling 46.3 million passengers in 2018.
Business travellers can expect a fantastic range of hotels, restaurants and sights in Munich. In this guide, we provide corporate travellers with all the information they will need when spending time travelling for business as well as some of our favourite places we have visited, weather forecasts, transport links, what to see, where to eat and much more…
Travelling to Munich
It’s always good to check what VISA requirements need to be in place prior to booking travel. If using a Travel Management Company, they will be able to guide you on this. For Germany, (at the time of writing) the GOV.uk website states that there is a 90-day visa-free period.
Germany is known for the efficiency, speed, and reliability of its transport systems, and Munich is no exception.
Munich's public transport system is made up of buses, trams, the U-Bahn (metro) and the S-Bahn. The U-Bahn and S-Bahn run almost round the clock with a break between around 1.30-2am and 4am. Night buses and trams also operate in the city centre, meaning the transport facilities Munich has to offer satisfies the needs of both tourists and Business Travellers alike.
App-based transportation services Uber operates in Munich so you can arrange a ride via your smartphone as you would do in any major UK city.
Bicycle hire is becoming increasingly popular in Munich and you can rent one from Donkey Republic and the first hour is free with every rental. There are docking stations around the city and it’s a great way of seeing Munich in all of its glory (whilst keeping fit and healthy)
Buses / Metro & Tram Network
Munich’s MVV system runs throughout the city and is a great way to get around cross-town routes making for a convenient and inexpensive way to soak in the city (7 Euros 80 for a day ticket). More than 40 transport companies within the MVV form one connected network, in which passengers can move freely in the larger Munich area using the S- and U-Bahn (urban rail and underground), buses and trams.
Most bus stops have a roof overhang for protection from the elements and tickets can be purchased on-board or via the app.
Whilst you can plan out your journey on the MVV website or via Google Maps, its recommended travellers download the MVV app to a phone. The app comes with a navigation service and connects directly to the credit card of your choice.
Where to stay:
Munich is home to baroque artistic culture and the architect of the city doesn’t disappoint, so staying in the city centre will not only be comfortable but picturesque too. From the Altstadt to the Maxvorstadt these cultural hotspots have plenty to see and do.
TripAdvisor has a comprehensive list of hotels best for business travellers along with the top 10 budget hotels.
Top things to see and do:
Whether you're spending free time in between meetings or adding on some “Bleisure” time to the end of your stay, a trip to Munich isn't complete without a visit to the following areas.
The Marienplatz is a central square in the city centre, it has been the city's main square since 1158 and is home to an array of shops including MAC Cosmetics and other well-known high street brands brands.
Hofbräuhaus München is a 3-floor beer hall dating back to the 16th Century. Its home to a traditional Bavarian restaurant providing shows and keeping an upbeat vibe – it’s a real fun place to visit when travelling for business and can be enjoyed either with a colleague or solo.
The Viktualienmarkt is a daily food market and a square in the centre of Munich, developed from an original farmers' market now into a popular market for gourmets it is a great place to try new cuisines and purchase items to take back home.
The English Garden (The Englischer Garten) is a large public park in the centre of Munich stretching from the city centre to the north-eastern city limits. It was created in 1789 by Sir Benjamin Thompson, for Prince Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria. Its a lovely picturesque spot to spend time.
Where to eat:
When it comes to food, Munich does not disappoint! Here are some of our favourites:
#1 Zum Franziskaner
Zum Franziskaner is a family run Bavarian restaurant serving speciality beers, traditional fayre alongside modern/fresh dishes to suit any visitor’s pallet.
Check out their Menu HERE.
DinnerHopping is an extraordinary experience, guest sit on a converted traditional Yellow American School bus and treated to a tour of the city whilst experiencing beautiful cuisine. The experience is available to book online HERE and with regular entertainment is definitely one not to be missed.
#3 The Bull Steak Expert
For a spot of fine dining, the EssZimmer is situated on the third floor of BMW Welt and is Munich’s latest gourmet restaurant which appeals to all the senses. The atmosphere in the restaurant is as cosy and luxurious, teamed with an open fire. The menu is classic French cuisine teamed with Mediterranean and regional influences making for an enjoyable meal.
As a special treat for all guests, an exclusive, complimentary chauffeur service is available to take diners home anywhere in the city providing a stylish conclusion to a wonderful visit.
#4 Thai Fresh Cuisine
Thai Fresh Cuisine is a Thai street food eatery serving fresh authentic Thai Dishes to tantalise any Business Travellers taste buds. It is reasonably priced also, meaning it won’t break the bank on your corporate card.
Munich Best Practice
It can be really difficult adjusting to a new culture when travelling for business. The GOV.UK website has some really useful information on best practice when visiting Munich from various laws and customs to health, terrorism and everything in between, it's essential to be prepared before you travel.
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