A Single Girl’s Guide to Munich, Germany: Unique Things to Do, Eat, and Shop for Solo Travelers

In my years of solo travel, I’ve visited only a couple of destinations that are quite as perfect for the solo female traveler as Munich. If you’re considering Munich solo travel for your first trip alone, or even as a seasoned lone flyer, you won’t be let down.

The Great Hall, a rococo room at Nymphenburg Palace.

Munich is unbelievably safe and boasts stunning landmarks in the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo styles. The city’s central location lends itself to easily accessible day trips from Munich (no tedious group tour needed—the public transportation system does not disappoint on that front).

As someone who detests a tourist trap but loves digging into culture and history, Munich and I fit together like Carrie and Big (mostly a natural fit, save for the occasional hiccup. In this case, the culinary scene, but I’ll get to that later). I spent over four days in the city, and still feel like I only scratched the surface of everything it has to offer!

Visiting Munich during Oktoberfest, I fell in love with the beautiful city. Its rich cultural attractions and chilled-out crowds make it a beautiful German parallel to Washington DC.

If you’re considering Munich solo travel, keep reading for all the must-go things to do alone, restaurants, and places to stay that are actually worth going to (I solemnly swear to never push a cheesy group tour on you).

Munich solo travel.

Things to Do in Munich for Solo Travelers

Munich’s many museums, palaces, and landmarks make it easy for a solo traveler to wander for hours without feeling out of place or all too aware of being alone. For Munich solo travel, there’s no shortage of ways to stay entertained in the city.

Residenz museum in Munich.
Gilded painted ceiling at the Residenzmuseum in Munich.

Munich Residenz (Residenzmuseum)

Residenzstraße 1, 80333 München, Germany

I didn’t have expectations for the Munich Residenz past the Antiquarium, its large painted barrel vault, however, from the moment I stepped inside, it became clear that I severely miscalculated the magnitude of the residences formerly reserved for Bavaria’s dukes, electors, and kings.

The Residenz is the largest urban palace in Germany and though its exterior and city location may seem less dramatic than other castles, such as Schloss Neuschwanstein, it shouldn’t be underestimated. Of all the palaces and castles I got to visit in Bavaria, the Residenz was one of the most impressive.

Near Munich, the Residenz has considerably more interior rooms restored and open for public view than the other surrounding palaces. While the Antiquarium is regarded as the complex’s crown jewel, the palace’s interior is luxurious and impressive overall, with architecture and art collections pulling from the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical periods.

Visitors might be surprised to know that much of what’s on display in the Residenzmuseum is reconstructed. During World War II, much of the Residenz was destroyed by bombing and had to be rebuilt.

No mention of these tragic events appears until the very end of the museum walkthrough. It would have been interesting to know more about that information prior to walking through—I would have viewed the complex with a totally different lens.

Residenz is located at the southern end of the Englischer Garten (English Garden), Munich’s equivalent of New York’s Central Park. One of the massive park’s most unique aspects is the Eisbach River, a river with waves so large that it attracts surfers from around the world (yes, surfing in the middle of the city). Head over after your visit to Residenz to catch a glimpse!

Expect to spend at least a few hours at the Residenz to take it all in, before heading to Cuvillés Theatre around the corner. Admission is just €9 and can be purchased onsite.

Cuvillies Theatre, ,a rococo theater in Munich.
Cuvillies Theatre, a rococo theater in Munich.

Cuvillies Theatre

Residenzstraße 1, 80333 München, Germany

Many visitors to Residenz only stay within the main property—far fewer make the five-minute walk to Cuvilliés Theatre nearby, which is also considered part of the complex (though you will need to pay a small fee to enter).

Cuvilliés Theatre, also known as Old Residence Theatre or Altes Residenztheater in German, is the former court theater of Residenz. Commissioned by Elector Maximilian Joseph III in 1751, François Cuvilliés the Elder, the theater’s namesake, was the architect behind this Bavarian Gesamtkunstwerk.

The elaborate Rococo theater is truly one of the most beautiful that I’ve ever had the privilege of being in—I could have stayed far longer than I did.

The nominal entrance fee of €5 is well worth it to view this magnificent hideaway. Even visiting during peak hours in peak tourist season, there were moments in which no other tourists were in Cuvillés Theatre at all.

Cuvilliés Theatre still hosts performances today. Those wanting to experience the theater in its full glory can buy tickets for the opera or symphony. The wood-carved tiers of the theater provide the perfect setting for viewing the orchestra.

Admission to Cuvilliés Theatre is purchased separately from admission to Residenz. Tickets are not sold in the Residenz ticket office—you’ll need to buy them at the theater itself. Many will tell you to get to Residenz early in the day to avoid crowds, but even on a Saturday at 2 pm, the museum didn’t feel crowded at all due to its large size.

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The Glockenspiel clock at Marienplatz in Munich.

See the Glockenspiel at Marienplatz

Marienplatz 8, 80331 München, Germany

The word “glockenspiel” is used far beyond Munich in the world, but I’m not referring to the xylophone-like instrument here.

The Rathaus-Glockenspiel is an elaborate clock in Marienplatz, Munich’s main square and the heart of the Altstadt (Old Town).

Twice daily (thrice during warmer months), the Rathaus-Glockenspiel comes alive, reenacting scenes from Munich’s history using 43 bells and 32 life-size characters. It’s a few minutes of whimsy in Munich, and yes, the performance does end with a cuckoo bird.

The top half of the clock depicts the marriage of  Duke Wilhelm V, founder of Hofbräuhaus, to Renata of Lorraine. In honor of the wedding, knights in white and blue, representing Bavaria, joust against Lothringen knights in red and white.

Below the wedding is a scene playing out the Schäfflertanz (the coopers’ dance). During 1517, a wave of the plague hit Munich. Barrel-makers are said to have danced through the streets to boost morale during the difficult time. As a result, the Schäffler dance now symbolizes perseverance.

Though the show’s characters don’t change, the music does. Four songs are featured throughout the performance, which rotates monthly.

You don’t need tickets or to pay admission to see the Glockenspiel show. Just show up in Marienplatz at 11 am or 12 pm to view the show above. A 5 pm show is also available from March to October.

St. Peter's Church, a romanesque, gothic, baroque and rococo church in Munich.

St. Peter’s Church

Rindermarkt 1, 80331 München, Germany

St. Peter’s Church is one of the most history-rich landmarks in Munich. Opened in 1294, the Baroque church is the oldest parish church in Munich, and home to one of the city’s first clock towers.

There are several ecclesiastical treasures to be seen inside the church’s sanctuary, but of them, the high altar is arguably the most prized. The altar, dating back to the 18th century, features a golden figure of St. Peter.

The church is free to visit, however, you will need to pay a small fee to go up to the top of Alter Peter, the church’s tall tower.

Viktualienmarkt, a food and souvenir market in Munich.


Located across the street from St. Peter’s

Marked by its festival maypole, Viktualienmarkt is the main market in Munich’s Altstadt, featuring over 140 vendors selling food, produce, flowers, souvenirs, and the like.

There’s something enchanting about the open-air market in the heart of the city. You won’t experience cramping or harsh fluorescent lighting of covered markets, there’s plenty of seating and some greenspace to be found.

While you could certainly shop for fresh fruit and vegetables here (Viktualienmarkt was originally a farmers’ market), for most tourists, the real draw to Viktualienmarkt are the prepared foods and souvenirs.

Delicacies like spreads, dried fruit, cheese, honey, wine, and oil make for great hotel room snacks and souvenirs while hot Bavarian biergarten and deli fare like sausages (the hallmark of any legitimate Bavarian eatery) are perfect for tourists looking to grab a bite on the go.

Locally made goods make for a more interesting souvenir than your standard shot glass. Kitschy home decor and wooden goods are the most common souvenirs sold.

If you’re lucky (or time your visit well), you may hit one of the market’s special event days. On Shrove Tuesday, stall ladies perform traditional dances in full costume. The market’s fountains are covered in flowers on the first Friday in August when free performances and live music fill the market.

Visit during Advent to see Viktualienmarkt transform into a Christmas market in Munich (the “Winterzauber”), complete with festive mulled wine.

Painted rococo ceiling at Nymphenburg Palace in Munich.
The Great Hall, a rococo room at Nymphenburg Palace in Munich.

Nymphenburg Palace

Schloß Nymphenburg 1, 80638 München, Germany

Nymphenburg Palace (Schloss Nymphenburg) is a pastel baroque and Rococo dream. This sprawling palace is the largest palace in Munich—its gardens alone are the second-largest greenspace in Munich, housing a luxurious hunting lodge.

Despite its overwhelming size, only a small portion of Nymphenburg Palace is restored and available for visitors to view. The rest of the palace houses offices, the Marstallmuseum (a museum dedicated to carriages), the Nymphenburg Porcelain Museum, and the Museum Mensch und Natur (Museum of Man and Nature, a natural history museum).

The money shot, and most instantly recognizable image of Nymphenburg Palace is the Great Hall, an airy, sun-soaked room of frescoes depicting the Olympian heaven framed by Rococo stucco work. The room, designed by Elector Max III Joseph, has remained unchanged since 1758.

From April to mid-October, gondola rides are offered on the garden’s pond—perfect for the solo traveler looking for a date idea in Munich for one.

Get to Nymphenburg Palace as early as possible if you want to catch a good glimpse of the Great Hall—large tour buses roll in quickly. The room is unbelievably impressive but does easily feel crowded.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online, or at the palace day-of. Despite visiting while Oktoberfest was in full swing and Munich was crowded, I had no issue purchasing admission on the spot.

Gold altar inside of Asamkirche, a baroque church in Munich.


Sendlinger Str. 32, 80331 München, Germany

It would be easy to accidentally skip this gilded Baroque church when strolling down Sendlinger Straße, a popular shopping street in Munich’s Altstadt. After all, the church’s exterior isn’t quite as flashy as the noise of store window displays.

Yet, you’d be doing yourself a disservice not to stop for a glimpse. compact Asamkirche, also known as St. Johann Nepomu or the Asam Church, is one of the most beautiful churches in Munich, and unlike any other.

The church pushes Baroque architecture to its limit. Angels line the walls of the narrow church, which is covered with stucco ornamentation in a way that almost gives off the same energy as your favorite eccentric antique store.

Asamkirche is free to visit, but because the property still holds services today, you’ll likely only be able to catch a glimpse of it from the entryway. The church is open 9 am to 7 pm daily, except on Fridays when hours are adjusted to 1 pm to 7 pm.

Solo travel at Oktoberfest in Munich.

Party at Oktoberfest

There’s no better time to visit Munich than Oktoberfest. While yes, you’ll experience peak crowds, there’s nothing that compares to the Wiesn being in full swing. Plus, it’s ridiculously fun to experience Munich with crowds across the city dressed up in Bavarian dirndls and lederhosen.

For two weeks at the end of September, Oktoberfest takes place at Theresienwiese (the fairgrounds). Tourists and locals alike come together to dress up in traditional Bavarian clothing, dance on the tables, eat hearty Bavarian fare, and of course, drink beer.

Visiting Oktoberfest can be a beast, but with a little preparation, it’s incredibly easy. The folk festival is free to enter, and truly one of the best parties I’ve ever been to—there’s a real sense of togetherness there!

If you’re doing Munich solo travel, don’t worry—tables in beer tents at Oktoberfest are long and communal. Festival goers are incredibly friendly and know that making friends makes your time squeezed into a table together much more fun!

I’ve put together guides on Oktoberfest tents and Oktoberfest tips to ensure you have the best time possible at this unmissable event.

Visiting Oktoberfest as a solo travler.

Shop for Traditional Bavarian Tracht

I’m embarrassed now to admit that before doing adamant research on Oktoberfest outfits, my idea of dirndls and lederhosen was more in line with Heidi than what they are today.

Dirndls are intricate, flattering, and beautiful. They come in a rainbow of colors and styles ranging from elegant and minimalist to ornate, embellished creations. Prices vary just as much—you can find decent ones as low as €75, while luxury dirndls often cost well over €1000.

Shopping for traditional Bavarian tracht can be a fun, unique way to spend a few hours in Munich. You’ll find tons more tracht stores around the time of Oktoberfest than you will any other time of the year, but if you’re not visiting for the Wiesn, don’t let that discourage you from looking! Several brands operate large flagship stores in Munich year-round.

Below are a few of the best dirndl and lederhosen stores in Munich to check out:

  • Leder Fischer
  • Angermaier
  • Trachten Rausch
  • Daller Tracht

I’ve compiled a full list of where to buy Oktoberfest clothing in Munich and online so you know exactly what to look for.

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Neuschwanstein Castle from the Marienbrucke bridge in Germany in the fall.

Go on a Day Trip from Munich

There is so much to explore in Munich alone that you could easily spend four or five days just in the city, however, you’ll be missing out on some incredible examples of Bavarian culture by not exploring the nearby area (there are so many of them that I wrote an in-depth guide on day trips from Munich).

Germany has the most castles of anywhere in the world—it’s thought that the country has over 25,000. Many of the most beautiful castles in Germany are in Bavaria, like Schloss Neuschwanstein, the castle that inspired Disney’s Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty castles; and Neues Schloss Herrenchiemsee, located on a rich blue lake. These castles are all easily accessible via public transportation, and are only a few hours away, making for a perfect day trip.

Travelers wanting to learn more about Germany’s sordid World War II history can visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Nuremberg, which offer exhibitions chronicling the horrific events that took place.

Then, there are the charming, alpine Bavarian towns like Oberammergau and Bamberg with their half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets, and overflowing flower planters that look like something out of a fairytale.

Below are a few popular day trips from Munich:

Traditional Bavarian food in Munich.

Bars and Restaurants in Munich for Dining Alone

Munich’s dining scene ranges from haute fine dining to heaping plates of authentic Bavarian cuisine. I quickly learned when visiting that this is not a city that will short you—portions at Bavarian restaurants are huge!

One of the hurdles I found when trying to find the best restaurants in Munich is that several of the best upscale and fine dining restaurants only serve a prix fixe menu of three or four courses rather than offering à la carte options.

I’m no stranger to a prix fixe, but I’ve never seen a city before where so many mid-market restaurants take that approach!

If your dining goal is to try as many local delicacies as possible, you might enjoy taking a Munich food tour. Even though overall, I’m anti-tour, I have to admit that I’ve come to like the right food tour when I’m visiting a country with a totally new cuisine to me. It’s a great way for solo travelers to meet others while also digging into local culture.

These bars and restaurants in Munich for eating alone in the city offer something interesting for Munich solo travelers.

The green painted dining room at Spatenhaus an der Oper, a Bavarian restaurant in Munich.

Spatenhaus an der Oper

Residenzstraße 12, 80333 München, Germany

Spatenhaus an der Oper might be Munich’s most well-known Bavarian restaurant and has been praised for having the “best Wiener Schnitzel in the city” by Fodor’s.

The restaurant is one of Munich’s most photogenic. Painted walls, ceilings, ornamental columns, and large paned windows fill Spatenhaus an der Oper’s dining rooms (there are several).

Spatenhaus doesn’t have a single menu. Instead, the lower level of the restaurant serves straightforward, traditional Bavarian food while the upper level is more experimental. The second floor’s menu bridges fine dining and traditional Bavarian food for a mix of the classics and new creations.

I’ll admit—I’m not the biggest fan of German food. As a vegetarian, I found that my options were usually something along the lines of heavy cream and mild cheese. While I can’t say the meal I had at Spatenhaus an der Oper was my favorite, the landmark restaurant was still well worth the visit (if you do eat meat, I’ve heard the pork knuckle is absolutely phenomenal).

Spatenhaus an der Oper gets extremely busy, especially during peak tourist season. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made on OpenTable.

Zephyr Bar, a cocktail bar in Munich.

Zephyr Bar

Baaderstraße 68, 80469 München, Germany

Somehow over the years, tracking down the best of the best cocktail bars as I’ve been traveling has become a mandatory exercise.

In Munich, pickings were slim (it really is all about the beer here), but Zephyr Bar managed to cross my path, and thank goodness it did.

This teeny tiny cocktail bar near the Altstadt isn’t like most others in the world. Instead of some sort of trendy, refined lounge, Zephyr Bar is an energetic party filled with overly imbibed bar hoppers and cocktail aficionados alike. It’s non-pretentious and somehow seems to bridge the space between gastronomic mixology and your neighborhood dive bar (never has my neighborhood dive bar grown its own herbs behind the rail).

Sticky surfaces and spilled drinks aside, I fell in love with this little cocktail bar. The eccentric bar serves standout, interesting cocktails in Munich that are just as much fun to look at as they are to enjoy.

If you choose to visit Zephyr Bar, keep in mind that it’s cash-only. There is an ATM onsite, but I recommend grabbing cash at a nearby bank instead.

Dining room and kitchen at Chi Thu, a Vietnamese restaurant in Munich.

Chi Thu

Pestalozzistraße 16, 80469 München, Germany

Multiple locations across Munich.

Vietnamese food is to Germany what Chinese food is to the United States—it’s everywhere. Little known to many tourists, Germany has one of the largest overseas Vietnamese populations in the world. Vietnamese people comprise the largest Asian ethnic group in the country.

As a result, there’s some amazing Vietnamese food all across Germany to be found. On one particular night, I was hitting my limit with Bavarian food (the rich, heavy food is not for the lactose-intolerant) and was craving something lighter. Luckily, Chi Thu was nearby.

Chi Thu is a cute Vietnamese eatery that emulates the spirit of the country in a design-forward way. Vietnamese street food classics like phở and bánh mì are on the menu, as are some of my favorites like bún chả giò (egg rolls over vermicelli noodles and vegetables) and gỏi đu đủ (papaya salad).

The restaurant has tons of vegetarian options and everything is well-priced for the area. Chi Thu’s casual approach really lends itself to Munich solo travel—its trendy design makes it a fun stop, while the counter-serve approach attracts diners running in alone for a quick bite.

Exterior of Bapas -Bayerische Tapas restaurant in Munich.

Bapas – Bayrische Tapas

Leopoldstraße 56A, 80802 München, Germany

Somewhat removed, but adjacent to Munich’s prime tourist area is Bapas – Bayerische Tapas. As the name suggests, this spacious, casual restaurant in Munich focuses on Bavarian small plates.

The restaurant also has made a name for itself through its breakfast, which is served daily until 2 pm. All menu prices are reasonable.

The Obatzda here was one of my favorites in the city, but I wouldn’t go out of your way for it. If you’re in the area, Bapas is a reliable choice for grabbing a light meal or snack.

The Antiquarium, a barrel vault, at the Residenz in Munich.

Best Hotels in Munich for Solo Travelers

Accessibility and safety are important for any traveler, but it becomes even more so for solo travelers. Munich is a large city (much larger than I was expecting). It’s easy to book a hotel that looks close to the major attractions, only to realize that it’s a pricey Uber or lengthy train ride away!

Stay in the Altstadt, where most of Munich’s main attractions are located. The Altstadt is extremely walkable and fun to wander around. Basic things like accessing the train or finding a good restaurant are easy there. Plus, there are tons of charming Munich boutique hotels that offer a taste of local culture and design.

Hotel Motel One München-Sendlinger Tor

Herzog-Wilhelm-Straße 28, 80331 München, Germany

Hotel Motel One is a chain of budget hotels in Germany, but you’d never know it from their Sendlinger Tor location’s sleek design.

Budget hotels are not usually my first choice for accommodation, but Hotel Motel One München-Sendlinger Tor was perfect for my trip to Munich. Especially around Oktoberfest, hotels in Munich sell out quickly and are incredibly expensive. This hotel had strong reviews and was still relatively affordable even just two months out from my trip.

The hotel has 24/7 security located right in front of the doors to the building, which was reassuring. The location could not have been better—Hotel Motel One München-Sendlinger Tor is just a two-minute walk from the U-Bahn Sendlinger Tor station, a 15-minute walk to Theresienwiese (the Oktoberfest grounds), and a 10-minute walk to Marienplatz. 

Despite its incredibly central location, Hotel Motel One München-Sendlinger Tor is located on a quiet street just one block away from Sendlinger Straße, which didn’t make the hotel’s location feel hectic or loud, even when Sendlinger Straße was crowded!

Rooms are snug, but for solo travelers, this shouldn’t be an issue at all.

Platzl Hotel

Sparkassenstraße 10, 80331 München, Germany

Platzl Hotel gives visitors to Munich the opportunity to stay right in the center of it all. This upmarket, family-run hotel is just around the corner from Hofbräuhaus, and a five-minute walk from Marienplatz.

Described as “one of a kind in the Munich hotel landscape” by The Telegraph, the Platz Hotel prides itself on being one of Munich’s most traditional hotels.

Staff wears traditional clothing, cementing the old-school Bavarian charm in this hotel. Though the Platzl Hotel’s design appears to have leaned more historic previously, these days the hotel combines its Bavarian roots with modern luxury and chic detail.

Solo female travelers standing in a gilded green hall at the Residenz Museum in Munich.

Top Hostels for Munich Solo Travel

The communal nature of hostels makes them a natural pick for solo travelers. Shared rooms and a high frequency of guests staying alone allow solo travelers to easily make friends while saving money.

Hostels are usually the cheapest option for accommodation in Europe, save for downright Couchsurfing.

Although hostels aren’t for me, I completely understand why so many travelers love them! Many solo female travelers have expressed actually feeling safer in a hostel than in a hotel because there are always other people around.

Admittedly, Munich doesn’t have the most robust hostel options compared to other cities in Europe. Those that do exist aren’t far off in price from budget hotels or Aibnbs. That said, the following hostels in Munich aren’t bad options for Munich solo travelers wanting a social accommodation option.

Euro Youth Hostel

Senefelderstraße 5, 80336 München, Germany

Located next to the Hauptbahnhof, you’ll have your pick of both local and regional public transportation at this convenient hostel.

Euro Youth Hostel is one of Munich’s highest-rated hostels. Guests called out the clean rooms and good bathroom and shower facilities as reasons to love the hostel.

Also receiving high praise is the hostel’s bar, which reviewers cite as being well-priced with a great happy hour. Solo travelers specifically enjoyed the bar as an easy way to meet other guests.

Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Hauptbahnhof

Senefelderstraße 1, 80336 München, Germany

As the name suggests, Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Hauptbahnhof is located right at Munich’s central train station, Hauptbahnhof. Few hostels are more convenient to the train station—Wombat’s City Hostel is located right across the street from it.

Guests at Wombat’s City Hostel Munich Hauptbahnhof praise the hostel’s inexpensive breakfast, nearby options for food and nightlife, and easy socializing.

Wombat’s City Hotel offers both private and shared rooms.

Pastel rococo room, The Great Hall at Nymphenburg Palace.

Transportation for Munich Solo Travel

Germany operates like a well-oiled machine, and Munich is no different. While the Old Town is very walkable (my favorite method of transportation), if you do need to go a longer distance, you’ve got a buffet of options.

Public Transportation

Overall, trains rule as Europe’s best method of transportation. Munich follows this rule, offering an expansive network of local and regional trains, in addition to buses.

Regional trains aside, there are four main ways to take public transportation within Munich: the U-Bahn, the S-Bahn, the tram, and the bus.

The U-Bahn and S-Bahn are interconnected train lines that each run eight lines in Munich. The U-Bahn is the subway operating within Munich, while S-Bahn trains connect Munich to the suburbs. If you’re taking the train to Munich’s city center from the airport, you’ll be on the S-Bahn.

Trams connect with buses, the U-Bahn, and S-Bahn, running on 13 different lines.

Public transportation tickets can be purchased in Munich at stations, or on the free MVV app. Just remember to validate your ticket correctly at the station—fines are no joke!

If you’re taking day trips from Munich, look into the Bayern Ticket to save some serious money on those expensive regional train trips. This ticket gives you unlimited access to local transport in Munich and regional trains for just €27. More on the Bayern Ticket here.

Rideshare and Taxi

Love the convenience of being able to catch a ride with just a few taps? You’re in luck.

Popular rideshare apps Uber and FreeNow are both available in Munich. Though they’re nearly as pricey as in major cities like New York and London, rideshare apps are a convenient way to cross the city without dealing with public transportation.

If you don’t want to download an app, taxis are also widely available in Munich. Taxis in Munich are safe to use and regulated by the city.

Rental Car

Can you rent a car in Munich? Absolutely. Should you? Ehhhhh…

Renting a car in Munich might make sense if you’re taking a lot of day trips or traveling between countries in Europe, and don’t want to deal with the hassle of public transportation. It’ll cost you though.

Expect to pay €25 to €40 to park in Munich, per night. Germany is also one of the most expensive countries in Europe to buy gas in. Gas was over $7 USD per gallon when I was there!

The freedom having a car provides might be worth it depending on how you like to travel, but taking public transportation is very convenient in Munich. Renting a car is really not necessary, especially if you’re only taking a few popular day trips and not straying too far.

Solo traveler at Residenzmuseum in Munich.

Munich Solo Travel Safety

Munich is undoubtedly safe for solo travelers. For years, Munich has been the safest city in Germany, according to the country’s crime statistics.

Many have declared Europe as one of the safest cities in Europe overall. The city doesn’t struggle with petty theft like pickpocketing in the way that many European cities do.

I felt just as safe walking around Munich in the light of day as I did late into the night. I’ve been very, very few places where I’ve felt the same.

Solo female traveler wearing a dirndl in front of an Oktoberfest tent in Munich.

Munich Solo Travel: FAQ

Is Munich good for solo travel?

Munich is a fantastic choice for solo travel. The city is rich with history and culture, but also is incredibly safe, even for tourists who are alone.

Is Munich safe for solo female travelers?

Munich is absolutely safe for solo female travelers. The city is the safest in Germany, one of the safest countries in the world according to the Global Peace Index. Solo female travelers can visit Munich comfortably, without much worry.

How many days do you need in Munich?

Four or five days is an ideal amount of time for visiting Munich, though there’s enough to do in the city that tourists could easily spend up to a week there. Three full days is the bare minimum amount of time to spend in Munich—there are simply too many incredible landmarks, day trips, and museums.

Can you get around Munich without speaking German?

It’s helpful to know some basic German when in Munich, though it’s not necessary for visiting the city. Many Germans speak basic English, at the least. Still, tourists should make an effort to familiarize themselves with common German phrases.

What is the best month to visit Munich?

March to May and September to October are the best months to visit Munich. In the spring, there are few tourists and the weather starts to get better. In September and October, Munich cools down, the leaves change color, and if you time it right, Oktoberfest takes place.

What is the best neighborhood to stay in Munich for tourists?

The Altstadt, or Old Town in English, is the best neighborhood in Munich for tourists to stay in. As the historic center of the city, the Altstadt is where several of Munich’s top landmarks, museums, and restaurants are located. The neighborhood is very safe and easy to walk around.

What time is the Glockenspiel show in Munich?

Taking place in Munich’s town square, Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel show takes place two times a day, at 11 am and 12 pm. From March to October, the show takes place three times a day, adding a show at 5 pm.

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