Munich is a beautiful city in southern Germany, rich with history and modern technology. Where to stay in Munich comes down to what your plans are. There are lots of things to see and do in Munich, but there are also many things to see on day trips from Munich.
Staying close to the city centre in Munich allows you to walk the Altstadt (Old Town) and see things like Marienplatz and Vitualienmarkt. Stay more in the suburbs gives you that advantage of getting out of the city quickly to enjoy some day trips from Munich. There are quite a few day trips from Munich you can take that are only two hours away by car. Munich's central train station gives you access to the whole city and trains linking the rest of Bavaria.
Munich has one of the best public transit systems in Germany, so everywhere is accessible. Don't forget to get your CityTourCard for Munich before you go. You can get them for a single day, multiple days, groups of people, and it gives you discounts on lots of things in Munich.
I've done my best to include affordable places whose prices don't fluctuate too much. The cost of accommodations can fluctuate quite a bit, especially for hotels. The best times to travel to Europe on a budget are in the shoulder seasons, May to June and September to October. July and August will always be the most expensive.
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If you are first time visitors to Munich, and wondering where to stay in Munich for the first time, then staying close to the old town is always a safe bet. Staying right in the old town can be expensive. Look for the areas surrounding it like Schwabing West, Maxvorstadt, and Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt. These areas are great if you are exploring Munich by foot or public transit. In this post, you'll find accommodations in all these areas and more.
If you are planning to do some exploring outside of Munich also, then consider a place in the suburbs close to Autobahn access or public transport. The Deutsch Bahn and Autobahn systems will get you to some fantastic day trips from Munich.
If you have been to Munich before or are staying longer, then a stay around the Olympic Park is a great area too.
Very much so! If you are looking for ideas on what to do in Munich, then check out this post. It includes a self-guided walking tour of Altstadt Munich. The self-guided tour includes Marienplatz, the Hofbrauhaus beer garden, ending in the Englischer Garten. If you are looking for a guided walking tour, this one by Sandeman is great.
Other things to do in Munich include the Deutsches Museum, Sendlinger Tor, and Isartor, all of which can be walked or accessed with a short ride on public transit.
In German, it's called Altstadt for short. Old town. Altstadt-Lehel is the official area.
It depends on what you plan on doing. Getting the CityTourCard for Munich will help save money on public transport within the city, along with other great discounts. It is easy to explore Munich's Altstadt by foot, and duck in and out of the churches along the way.
Travelling in July and August will be the most expensive time. Oktoberfest can be a more expensive time to visit Munich, especially for accommodations. Late May and September are great times to go. Fewer crowds, the weather is still good, and the prices are lower.
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Best Aparthotels & Airbnbs in Munich
Munich is a more expensive city when it comes to accommodation. I've put together some great vacation homes that aren't going to break the bank but have tons of value.
The idea with all these places is that you have access to a kitchen or kitchenette. Airbnb has become a threat to the hotel industry. So now the hotel industry is starting to give people what they want. Kitchens. I've included two Aparthotels here. You notice that this is a growing trend now in Europe.
The advantage of Aparthotels is that you get the consistent service and availability of a hotel, including the benefits of a vacation home.
Look for Airbnb Superhosts.
Superhosts are highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Joyn Munich Olympic Park Aparthotel
Near Munich's Olympic Park - affordable family aparthotel
The Joyn Munich Olympic is part of the new trend of Aparthotels in Europe. This Aparthotel is affordable, especially for a family. You may have to get two suites depending on the size of your group, which can still cheaper than most hotels.
The trade-off is that you are not in the heart of Munich. That doesn't mean you are far away from things to do in Munich. The Olympic Park and BMW Welt 10 minutes away with public transport. Nymphenburg Palace and Marienplatz are also only 20 minutes away with public transport.
You'll also save money by preparing some meals by having a kitchen or kitchenette. There's even a mall close by for anything you need from groceries to a pharmacy.
If you are travelling with a friend or work colleague, you can even get a room with two single beds. The free wifi will keep you connected.
Vi Vadi Aparthotel in the Munich City Centre
In the heart of the action, with easy access to the city
2019 Top Choice of Agoda travellers
This Aparthotel is in the heart of the city, beside the Munich central station. This location makes arriving here by train or from the airport easy. The city is also at your convenience with the Munich Hbf, the central train station getting you everywhere.
You are a 15-minute walk to Marienplatz or eight minutes by subway.
This place has it all for everyone. Whether you are a solo traveller, couple, or family, Vi Vadi has a wide variety of choices of rooms. You can get one or two-bedroom apartments that feature kitchenettes. Don't feel like cooking? Some rooms can have a free breakfast included, or you can visit their restaurant.
Luxury Apartment with Whirlpool
Affordable family apartment in a great neighbourhood
photo courtesy of Airbnb
If you are wonder where to stay in Munich with a family, then this is your place.
Although not central, this great Airbnb in Munich is only 20 minutes by subway to the city centre. With free parking on-premise, it means you can rent a car and are minutes from the Autobahn, making this location for day trips all around southern Bavaria.
There are lots of great conveniences around like supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants. Feel like saving money? Then you have a kitchen to save money on your meals for the family.
Bonus is the hot tub to relax at the end of your day exploring!
Apartment with Everything
Fantastic small apartment for couples in the southwest of the city
photo courtesy of Airbnb
This spacious apartment is about 30 minutes by public transport from the city centre. While it is not right in the heart of the action, it makes up for with its incredible host, full kitchen, washer and dryer and all the comforts of home.
People rave about the host and this place. Reviews refer to it being exceptionally clean and an incredible value for a city like Munich.
A bus stop is close by for access to the city. If you have rented a car, you are close to the A96 getting you out of the Munich quickly to places like the Romantic Road and Neuschwanstein.
Beautiful Suite with Great City Access
Great location with amenities all around
photo courtesy of Airbnb
This apartment is just 20 minutes by subway north of Munich's Altstadt. Grocery shopping and gas station is nearby if you need. The pictures show it has a washer and dry, but the listing does not indicate that. That would be a question for the host, who, according to the reviews, has good communication.
This spacious apartment makes for a great home base to explore Munich. Public transit is nearby, getting you around the city quickly. Relax on your balcony at night, or walk in the quiet neighbourhood.
This apartment is another fantastic value for Munich, especially for its location. Jump on it if you get a chance.
Best Hostels in Munich
Hostels are a great social environment for solo travellers to meet people from around the world. Hostels aren't only for young solo travellers! Many hostels now accommodate families, groups and couples. All these hostels listed have the option of private rooms, which are much cheaper than a hotel.
I've picked some great hostels in Munich, two of which are a hostel/hotel hybrid. You can get private rooms for larger groups or families. It's a great alternative to a hotel, especially if you are on a budget.
Each hostel here as something different to offer, but all are fantastic choices. Check them all out. You'll find the one perfect for you.
Euro Youth Hostel
Award for 2020 Munich's most popular hostel!
Won awards in 2020 (2), 2015, 2012 (2)
Euro Youth Hostel is an awarding winning hostel, located in the heart of Munich right beside Munich's Hbf. You are also a five-minute walk to Munich's Altstadt. If you are looking where to stay Munich for Oktoberfest, the Euro Youth Hostel 1.5 km crawling/walking distance to the Theresienwiese Oktoberfest site. Just make sure you book and reserve well in advance.
The staff here get rave reviews, and they have a super cheap continental breakfast to start your day right.
Wombats City Hostel
Walking distance to Munich Hbf and the Oktoberfest site
Wombats City Hostel is a beautiful hostel right beside the Euro Youth Hostel. It's right beside Munich's central train station and a 5-minute walk to Marienplatz and one and a half kilometres to the Oktoberfest grounds.
It has a bar, the womBar, and its beautiful glass-domed courtyard is a great place to hang out and get to know fellow travellers.
If you are planning on visiting Munich during Oktoberfest, make sure to book early. The Munich's accommodations book up fast, especially places this close to the grounds.
Relaxed hostel amongst the green space of Munich
HI Munich-Park is a different experience. It's not a downtown party hostel. This hostel is away from the city centre and amongst the green space of south Munich. You are walking distance from Flaucher Park and the Hellabrun Zoo.
This hostel is only a one minute walk to the U3 subway, which gets you to Marienplatz in Altstadt Munich in just 8 minutes.
This hostel does require a Hosteling International Membership. HI Munich-Park is one of the few hostels that welcomes families too.
They also include a free all you can eat breakfast!
Meininger Munich Olympiapark
Between the Olympic Park and Schloss Nymphenburg
If you are looking to explore Munich away from the city centre, then the Meininger Munich OlympiaPark is a different option.
You are an 8-minute walk to Munich's Olympic Park, a 10-minute transit ride to BMW Welt and a beautiful 25-minute streetcar trip to Nymphenburg Palace.
They even have some unique services for a small charge, like a packed lunch, late check out, tickets for public transport and tours, and they even allow pets!
a&o München Laim Hostel/Hotel
Family-friendly budget price hostel with a great facility
Won award in 2012
a&o München Laim is a unique hostel in that it welcomes families, which could be a great alternative to a hotel. Private rooms are available and much cheaper than most hotels.
This hostel is close to the Nymphenburg Palace and is five-minute walking distance to the public transport, getting you to Marienplatz in nine-minutes.
If you have a car, parking is available. Within a minute, you are on the A96, which is the main Autobahn that takes you to Neuschwanstein Castle for a great day trip from Munich.
Best Hotels in Munich
Living Hotel Das Viktualienmarkt overlooking Munich's 200 year old farmer's market
Prices fluctuate in Europe with the travel seasons, especially in the hotel market. I've seen hotels in Munich go from $70 a night in October to $250 a night in July. And yes, that is for the same hotel, the same room.
I've included one luxury hotel for those looking for that step up. Its location makes it ideal for the business traveller, with the Altstadt right out your front door.If you missed the new hybrid/hostel idea above, it's worth a view. It's could be a perfect fit if you are on a budget. I've added a hybrid/hostel below also. It's an option that you could consider.
Great location right by Munich's central train station
Hotel Amba is located right beside the Munich Hbf (central train station), which makes it super convenient for getting around the city and taking the train outside of Munich. It is also only 15-minute walk to Marienplatz and many tourist spots in the heart of Munich's Altstadt.
There is an organic grocery store just around the corner. Hotel Amba also serves a great American style breakfast which you can include as an extra at the time of booking.
Rooms available for 1-4 guests (kids under six free).
An award winning hotel in the heart of Munich
Awarded top choice of Agoda travellers 2019
Hotel Dolomit is located a short walk from Munich central train station making the city and surrounding areas easily accessible by public transit.
You'll find a grocery store across the street, along with a bank, pharmacy, and several take-out restaurants less than half a block away. Walking to the Altstadt is only 15 minutes away.
People rave about the excellent service. You can add a continental breakfast (vegetarian & gluten-free options available also) at the time of booking.
The 4You Hotel/Hostel
A great budget friendly hybrid hotel/hostel with lots of options
The 4You Hostel and Hotel in Munich is a perfect choice for those on a budget. It has a variety of options. If you are a solo traveller, you could stay on the hostel side for as low as €12* a night.
A family of four could stay on the hotel side (two rooms) for as low as €79* in a private room with a bath or private room with shared bath, for as low as €59*.
*prices vary depending on time of year
Are you travelling with a group of friends or a large family? There are rooms (shared bath) with bunks for up to 6 adults.
It is another perfect location being beside the Munich Hbf (north side) and walking distance to all the sites in the Altstadt within 15-minutes. An organic grocery store is 180m away.
Living Hotel Das Viktualienmarkt
Four and half star hotel in the Munich city center
Awarded top choice of Agoda travellers 2018
If you are looking for luxury with all the conveniences, then the Living Hotel Das Viktualienmarkt is it. Munich's famous Viktualienmarkt (farmers market from the 1800s) in Munich's Aldstadt is out your front door.
The hotel also has many restaurants and lots of shopping surrounding it. It's also an ideal hotel for business travellers allowing you see Munich easily in your free time as you are staying in the middle of the action.
They also have an airport shuttle available to get you to and from the Munich Airport. There are lots of luxuries in the hotel which is the reason for the four and a half star rating.
Hampton Inn Munich
Great affordable family hotel with lots of perks
The Hampton Inn Munich (also called Hampton by Hilton Munich City West) is the perfect hotel with a balance between convenience and cost.
If you are a family travelling to Munich, this is the hotel for you. It has lots of amenities, is close to public transport, getting you to the heart of the Altstadt. It is close to the roads that will take you out of the city for some great day trips from Munich to go explore places like Neuschwanstein and Berchtesgaden.
With free airport pick-up, you are saving €80 alone on a taxi, or €11 per person for the train. You can also often find deals with free breakfast included.
If you find an availability, book it.