Arriving in #Munich:some useful tips!

Arriving in Munich, image©gunjanvirk

Arriving in Munich, image©gunjanvirk

It was the middle of May and my first ever break abroad after quitting my job. I flew Lufthansa as always reaching Munich airport in the early afternoon. I followed the signs at the airport to the Lufthansa Shuttle, an inexpensive and comfortable way to get to the center of Munich. One way ticket costs €10.50 but if you want to take the shuttle back, it is better to buy a return ticket at a reduced price of €17. You can either book the ticket online or get it on the bus itself. The bus leaves every 20 minutes and passing through Munich-Schwabing, it takes about 35 minutes to reach the main railway station or the Hauptbahnhof in the center of Munich. From the railway station you can either take the S Bahn or the U Bahn to wherever you want to go. However if you are in Munich for the first time and arriving after a long-haul flight, you might want to consider taking a cab which is easily available in front of the railway station. Cabs in Munich are expensive so you might want to budget it in your trip. For me, it would normally cost about €20-€25 to arrive at my hotel Concept Living Serviced Apartments in Gießing (pronounced as Geessing:)), Munich. I strongly recommend this nice, clean budget hotel located in a nice neighborhood within walking distance of the Gießing railway station with the S-Bahn and U-Bahn connections. Tip: If you enjoy silence, ask for a room facing the park. 

There are also many nice hotels conveniently located in walking distance of the railway station. I stayed once at the Ibis–the rooms were very small but it was a clean hotel and the breakfast was good! It suited my needs and budget perfectly at the time. The only thing that I had arrived after a long-haul flight and I was told that I could walk to the Ibis.  Tired and jet lagged, I couldn't find my way and it took me atleast 45 minutes dragging my luggage around the streets trying to locate the hotel. As I was almost about to give up my search and walk back to the Bahnhof for a cab, a lady approached me and asked me if I needed help giving me the right directions for the hotel. It would have been much better if I had taken a taxi instead and paid just €5 or €7! At this time I didn't speak German well and was so grateful for her help! Oh yes, it's always so convenient to know a little bit of the language of the country you are visiting! Another hotel I once stayed at was the Sheraton Four Points Munich Central. I got a great deal on this hotel and really enjoyed my stay there.

P.S.: These days we all have GPS on our phones but it's still good to remember that right in German is recht, left is links and straight is direkt!

Hugendubel, Karlsplatz, Munich, Germany. Image©gunjanvirk

Hugendubel, Karlsplatz, Munich, Germany. Image©gunjanvirk