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1. Posted by ma_galazin (Budding Member 41 posts) 8y

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We will be traveling to Munich for 5 nights in October, 2009 as part of our honeymoon and we're having trouble finding where to stay. Ideally, we would like to be in the old town/main tourist area and have a kitchen or kitchenette. These are pretty much our only specifications...Any help/suggestions will be greatly welcomed!

2. Posted by butafly (Budding Member 51 posts) 8y


I'd say your best bet is to look for a holiday apartment as hotels usually don't have kitchenettes in their rooms. A website I just found that has a lot of offers is, specifically for Munich.
I've had a look at the apartments - none of them seem to be booked out for October yet - to find some that are in the centre of Munich. You can have a search on the website yourself as there are lots more. (search word Munich) will help you figure out which suburbs are close to the centre. Examples are Maxvorstadt, Altstadt-Lehel, Ludwigsvorstadt, Isarvorstadt and Haidhausen. The adverts are in German but they usually include the name of the suburb or the closest underground stop and the minutes it takes to get to the inner city (Innenstadt) so that should help you figure out where they are. If you have problems understanding the adverts, ask me or use the translations tool at google to get an idea. :)
Another website with lots of B&Bs and apartments is

These ones looked alright and central: (this looks pretty nice, it's central and cheaper because it is smaller and only accommodates 2 people unlike the others)

Also have a look at these:

As the ones a bit further out are usually cheaper, it might be worth considering renting one of them and buying a weekly underground ticket. (around 5 km from the inner city)

If you want to do another internet search, the German word for holiday apartment is "Ferienwohnung".

Keep in mind that Oktoberfest is in October (September 19 - October 4) - I'm not sure whether that's the reason you're going, but if it isn't, you should go after October 4 because prices soar during the Oktoberfest weeks.

Hope this helps,


3. Posted by mdavey (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y


as the previous post suggested, there is a big difference between the first week and the rest of October

  • if you are coming during the fest and haven't booked already your options are limited, you are very unlikely to find what you are looking for at any price

  • if you are coming later, you may still need to need to revisit your specifications

around the center, you mainly find the big hotels (e.g. Mandarin) or little romantic hotels (e.g. Plazl) and both are quite expensive and neither generally offer kitchens - outside the center is easier

there are two points about Munich that you may not know:

  • the public transport is very good and there are few places up to, say, 15 miles out of town that are not well connected with frequent (10 minute or 20 minute) buses, trams, trains or metro - a weekly ticket covering all transport is quite inexpensive, the actual cost depends on just how far out you are
  • eating out is very reasonably priced also with lots of choice (if that's the reason for wanting a kitchen)


4. Posted by ma_galazin (Budding Member 41 posts) 8y

Thanks so much for the suggestions! We will be arriving on either the 18th or 19th of October, so I'm assuming we won't have a problem finding what we want after the rush of Oktoberfest.

Thanks SO much butafly! I will look into all of your recommendations today and give some updates on my progress! That was an amazing post and I appreciate the research. I haven't been able to find as many accomodations in Munich as I have in the other cities that I looked at. Is English widely spoken, or I am going to have a tremendous problem with the language barrier?

Thanks again!

5. Posted by butafly (Budding Member 51 posts) 8y

I have obviously never been in the situation myself but I would assume that you would have no trouble getting around with English at all. German pupils are required to learn English at school for at least four years so everyone should have at least a basic knowledge of English - whether they are willing to talk to you in English might sometimes be a different question of course. In a big city such as Munich it should not be a problem at all, especially in the tourist area etc. I wouldn't worry about it.
I went to Prague and stayed in an area a bit outside of the inner city. People in the shops there spoke none of the languages I know (German, English, French and Spanish) and we still somehow managed to communicate. So even if people don't speak English, you will be able to get around. Of course it can't hurt and is always appreciated if you know a few words of German - things like Danke, Auf Wiedersehen etc.

6. Posted by ma_galazin (Budding Member 41 posts) 8y

Well, the more we look and the more research that we do, we just become even more confused and unsure...

Anyway, by being active on this and another Europe forum, we have learned that there are even more things that we would like to see and we simply do not have enough time. We only have 10 nights and we are interested in visiting Munich, Rothenberg, Passau, Bamberg, Resenburg, Nuremberg, the scenic and castle region throughout Bavaria, Salzburg, Halstatt, Steyr, Vienna, the national parks in Austria, plus more of the beautiful region between Salzburg and Vienna. I have no idea what we're going to do. We are now starting to consider renting a private holiday home somewhere in the Bavarian region, renting a car and just exploring, followed by a few nights in Salzburg with some opportunities to explore the surrounding area a bit there. What to do?

7. Posted by mdavey (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

as a non-German speaker when I arrived in Munich, I can assure you that your biggest problem will be getting people to reply in German - they hear your accent and auto-reply in English - same is true for Nuremberg, Vienna and Salzburg. Regensburg, Passau etc less so but you still won't have any problems

personally, I try to not do too much on a holiday because I get back feeling like I need another holiday. Additionally, all of the places you mention have lots of attractions that you only discover once you are there so give yourself some flexibility


8. Posted by butafly (Budding Member 51 posts) 8y

Quoting mdavey

personally, I try to not do too much on a holiday because I get back feeling like I need another holiday. Additionally, all of the places you mention have lots of attractions that you only discover once you are there so give yourself some flexibility


I agree with that. If you can't stay any longer, just postpone some of the destinations until your next trip. If you want to go to Salzburg and Munich, stick with those two. There is lots to see in those cities alone, trust me. Plan one, maybe two full day trips from each city, e.g. to Vienna and Nuremberg and Bamberg (or another combination of cities) and just do some shorter ones on the other days. There's no way you can see everything anyway. Keep in mind that there might be traffic jams and it takes around 3 hours even without them to get to Bamberg for example. Driving is stressful and so is catching trains all the time, especially when they're not running on schedule.

9. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

Since you asked about accomodation in Munich, I would like to suggest that you check out the Meininger hostel + hotel.

They are not too far away from the main train station and have a tram stop right in front of their door. Downside is that they do not have a kitchen, but it is no problem to buy bread, cheese and cold cuts and make sandwiches in your own room. (Germany is famous for its sausages and cold cuts, just go to a good butchery and have them give you a selection.) There is a decent typical Bavarian-style brewery-eatery across the street (guests of the Meininger get a discount) and a number of cheap Turkish-Arab snack stalls close to the train station.

Aside from the Meininger I heard good things about the AO hotel+hostel close by. I don't know whether they have a self-catering kitchen, but there are plenty of hostels with private rooms in Munich. Search for "hostel Munich" online and then check the individual sites of the hostels for details (private room for 2 + self-catering kitchen).

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