Munich, Germany travel tips

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Admission to most of Munich's museums is free on Sunday.

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Plan ahead an budget wisely, as Munich is the most expensive city in Germany.

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Munich's Hofbrauhauses are popular, but locals prefer beer gardens. The most authentic of these is the Augustiner.

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If you're a backpacker or simply looking to save on accommodations, look at "Hostel Row" on Senefelderstrasse.

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When looking for budget accommodations in Munich, look for places in the multicultural area south of the station. It's generally safe, although it feels a bit unsavory at night.

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A great day trip from Munich is "Mad" King Ludwig's Castles---Neuschwanstein and Linderhof.

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If you plan on visiting Dachau, allow yourself several hours to fully experience the place.

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If you visit the Dachau Concentration camp, be sure to spend some time wandering through the town of Dachau as well, which is a lovely and pleasant place, very much at odds with the camp that bore its name.

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If you have an interest in aviation, be sure to visit the Deutsches Museum, which includes a Flight Museum.

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If you have an interest in art and/or history, be sure to visit Haus der Kunst, which was built by Hitler to display Nazi art. Now it's a gallery for modern art.

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Munich has numerous museums, and one of the best is the Glyptothek, which holds a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture begun by King Ludwig I.

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In the northern wing of the Residenz complex, you'll find the Cuvilles Theater, a beautifully restored venue where Mozart once performed.

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On a pleasant day, while away the hours at the Hofgarten, the beautiful court garden which is home to the "Renaissance" temple. Musicians often perform in the temple, so you may be able to catch a free concert there.

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If you have a hankering for royal history, check out the Nympenburg Palace, the summer palace of the Wittelsbach family.

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The 1972 Olympic Stadium is preserved and used for a park with a view tower and a rock music museum.

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Germans excel at transportation, so it figures that they'd have a museum devoted to it. Check out the Museum of Transportation daily from 9am to 5pm.

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Munich's newest art museum is the Museum Branhorst--don't miss it.

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Science and technology geeks should make a point of visiting the Deutsches Museum.

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To orient yourself to Munich's history, be sure to check out the Munich City Museum.

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On the square, you'll notice the massive Residenz, which was the palace of the Wittelsback royal family. It's one of the best palaces to tour.

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