Car Hire From Munich Airport:

by : Fiona Hiliard

With one foot in the Alps and one foot in Germany, Munich's wonderful location makes it a fantastic place to rent a car. The following is a guide to the best places to visit while on tour in Munich.

Munich Airport Mini Guide:

Munich International Airport is to be found 29km from the centre of the city of Munich. Munich International Airport can be reached by exiting off the A92 between Munich and Deggendorf.

The award-winning airport has a range of facilities including: 24 hour internet access, wireless Internet access, a 24-hour medical emergency centre and bureau de change for last-minute euros. Information desks can be found in the arrival and departure areas of level 4 and in the main hall of level 3.

Things To See/Do in Munich:

It's easy to see why Munich is such a popular destination for city breaks. Not only does the city boast impressive cultural attractions and a lively nightlife, the surrounding countryside offers an exciting car hire touring experience.

Munich is the capital of the Bavarian region of southwest Germany. Bordered by the Alps, the city has its own unique culture. Marienplatz, the main town square is a great place to start sightseeing. The square is characterised by its four impressive cathedrals. The oldest parish church, Peterskirche (Alter Peter) offers visitors a stunning view over the city from its viewing platform at 300ft.

A short car hire trip outside of the city will take you to other historic attractions including Nymphenburg Palace, The English Garden or the Allianz Arena, which hosted crucial matches in 2006's FIFA World Cup.

Karlstor, just off the Karlsplatz Square is the gateway to Munich's fabulous shopping scene. Passing through the historic arch, shoppers enter a wonderland of thrifty high-street fashion stores and elegant boutiques which encompasses Neuhauser Strasse, Kaufinger Strasse and Marienplatz. Here you'll find all the cheap European chain stores such as Zara, H&M, Mango and C&A, as well as chic department stores such as Karstadt and Galeria Kaufhof. The whole area is pedestrianised, punctuated only by brightly coloured fruit and flower stalls.

Eating Out/Nightlife/Accommodation in Munich:

If beer is Munich's number one obsession, food comes in at a close second. From cheap quick snacks sold on street kiosks like donuts, hot-dogs, roasted nuts and Turkish kebabs to traditional and international cuisine, the city has it covered. Munich's traditional fare may not be the most attractive of cuisines, but it's hearty fuel for a day's shopping and sightseeing all the same. Local specialities include Haxe, grilled knuckle of pork or veal, Knoedel which is bread or potato dumpling and Weisswurst, a white veal sausage which is boiled and served in its own special earthenware cauldron. Grilled fish with thinly sliced fried potato is another popular low cost dish. In general, prices for eating out are cheap and portion sizes are generous. Munich is famous for its beer and its breweries, so it's not surprising that a guided tour of the of the city's breweries tops the to-do list of most visitors to Munich. However, the sheer number of beer gardens and historic beer halls located around the city makes it possible to sample the breweries' delights in your own time. Beer is big business in Munich. Each year, over six million tourists visit the annual Oktoberfest in September and October.

In terms of accommodation, Munich offers something for everyone. Those on a thrifty budget will find cheap lodgings at hotels such as Hotel Jedermann and Intercity Munchen, close to the main railway station on Bayerstrasse. Meanwhile, those looking to splash out will find themselves in the lap of luxury at establishments like The Mandarin Oriental.