Munich Layover Guide (MUC)
Munich Airport (MUC) is one of the busiest airports in the Munich Metropolitan region in Germany. The airport is located 28.5 km (17.7 mi) northeast of Munich near the town of Freising. It was first opened in 1992 and it is named after former Bavarian minister-president Franz Josef Strauss. Munich is a unique city of its own kind and boasts world-class museums and exquisite royal palaces. It is also a major center of attraction for visitors because of beer and its annual Oktoberfest celebration.
Can you leave Munich Airport (MUC) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible to visit Munich during a layover. However,visa is required for certain travelers to go through immigration and customs. (more info).
Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing
Germany Organized Tours
Visit the Neuschwanstein Castle
While your visit to Munich explore Bavaria’s most scenic landscape by train and van. Marvel at the stature and discover the exquisite architecture of Neuschwanstein Castle standing proud at the top of the hill and surrounded by forested mountains. After exploring the fairytale of the castle you can experience the beautiful old-world town of Fussen. This town is framed by one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the world. You can take a train or bus for going through the majestic landscapes of Bavaria. » book this tour
Tour The Eagle’s Nest
This tour from Munich will take you to the Hitler’s mountain retreat which is located in the mountains above Berchtesgaden. In addition, you can drive along scenic Alpine roads on this tour. In order to reach Eagle’s Nest, you have to ride the elevator which is bored through a tunnel in the mountain. You can also visit the NS Documentation Center in Berchtesgaden before driving back to Munich. » book this tour
Alte Pinakothek and Old Town Private Walking Tour
While your visit to Munich, a tour to Alte Pinakothek is a must. Because this guided tour will let you know a lot about the city. You can discover Munich on this private walking tour and learn about the Alte Pinakothek Art Museum and its paintings from your guide. Also, you can learn about European art history while exploring the extensive collection of Old Masters and rare paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. This tour will continue to Old Town and you can take a stroll to Odeonsplatz infamous for its relation with the Nazi Party. Your walking tour will end at Marienplatz where you can see St. Peter’s Church the oldest church in the city. » book this tour
Germany Things to do / Sightseeing
Explore the Kunstareal (Art Area)
For art lovers, the Kunstareal which is an art area/museum quarter. It contains a collection of galleries that has an incredibly high caliber of both classical and modern art. Some of the galleries are stocked with Cezanne, Raphael, and Van Gough and showcase the beautiful emerging and established modern art. Moreover, you can check out the current schedule of events for sake of information on rotating exhibits.
Time required: 1 to 4 hours.
Airport to here: 34 minutes via private transport.
Visit The Ancient Bavarian Town of Freising
Bavarian culture comes alive between the churches in Freising and beer gardens. Being one of the oldest towns it is located around 20 minutes away from the airport. This town has a lot to offer for visitors from its culture to food and fresh air. People who are interested in religious artifacts will definitely pop by the Diozesanmuseum within the cathedral of St Maria and St Corbinian. Additionally, it also contains the biggest collection of religious art in Germany and a stunning library.
Time required: 2 to 3 hours.
Airport to here: 15 minutes via public transport.
Visit the Birthplace of Third Reich
During your layover at Munich explore the not so distant past. You can explore the history of the Third Reich and visit the world war 2 locations that are associated with the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis. Also, visit the beer halls that hosted small gatherings and the places where Hitler made his major speeches. Take a stroll to the streets where Hitler and his Brownshirts fought for power.
Time required: 2.5 hours.
Airport to here: 35 minutes via private transport.
Visit Dachau Memorial Site
This tour to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial is a place that contains memories and eduction. Visiting the place can be challenging, however, it’s a deeply moving and memorable experience that you don’t want to miss during your layover. Your guide will take you on the journey and will guide you professionally about this memorial site. After an extensive tour of the entire area that includes surviving buildings, a museum exhibition center, and the cinema which screens an English language documentary film.
Time required: 5 hours.
Airport to here: 23 minutes via taxi.
Enjoy at the Original Pub Crawl
Get to know Munich’s iconic bar and spend some time with tourists, backpackers, and locals. While your visit to the bar enjoy a welcome beer and then your guide will take you to some of the coolest spots in Munich. Take a stroll down to 3 of the city’s hippest and trendiest locations. Enjoy your time as your guide will inform you about the party insider tips so you can feel the vibe and dance the night away until the tour ends.
Time required: 4 hours.
Airport to here: 35 minutes via taxi.
Go to a City Tour and FC Bayern Munich Soccer Arena
Visit the home of FC Bayern training grounds and one of the most modern stadium in Europe, the Allianz Arena as well as the most important sights of Munich. It is also known as the temple of football in north Munich. After that, you can get a chance to visit the FC Bayern Museum which exhibits the stunning history of championships. In addition, embark on a bus tour which will allow you to learn about the significant sights of the city.
Time required: 4 to 5 hours.
Airport to here: 21 minutes via public transport.
Vist the Berchtesgaden Foothills & Obersalzberg
This is probably germany’s one of the most impressive tourist attraction. It offers truly astounding views of the lakes and mountains of this unique region. You can start from Deutsche Alpenstrasse or the German Alpine way. You can take awesome pictures of the beautiful valleys of the Alps towards the exquisite foothills of Berchtesgaden. From there you can also go to Obersalzberg and enjoy its phenomenal views.
Time required: 10 hours.
Airport to here: 2 hours via private transport.
Explore Munich’s Sea Life
Explore the Sea Life in Munich at the Olympiapark and experience the fascinating diversity of the underwater world of the Isar and the Danube to the Black Sea and a lost city. The great thing to see is the glass tunnel through the 400,000-liter tank. In which they have discovered 4 different species of shark. Also, you can experience the biggest range of sharks with more than in Germany.
Time required: 1 day.
Airport to here: 25 minutes via taxi.
Things to Do in Munich Airport (MUC)
Relaxing and Sleeping
Airport Lounges and Relaxing
If you are an economy class traveler you get access to the Europa lounge, Airport lounge world, and Air france lounge located in the terminal 1. In case of business class you can access the British Airways gallery lounge and the Emirates lounge. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online
Hotel and Sleeping
There are hotels available both inside and near the airport. » view all or book an airport hotel online
Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
There are several rest areas are available at the airport including Nap Cabs located in T2 and Hilton Munich airport located in between T1 and T2.
WIFI/Internet and SIM Card
WIFI/Internet: Free WiFi is availabe you can connect to "Free Wifi - Muich Airport" network.
SIM Card: You can find t mobile SIM card from varios supermarkets because there is no shop for SIM cards in the airport. » buy a global sim card for Germany, Munich that you can use for other countries as well!
Transportation to/from airport
Taxi: There are many types of taxis readily available to accommodate passengers. You can choose between a wide range of sedans to eight-passenger minibusses according to your requirements.
Train: The two S-Bahn train lines connect the airport with the city center. (more info).
Bus: Bus service is available at the Munich Airport and it is well connected to the airport and to the city center. (more info).
Shuttle: Most of the local hotels offer shuttle services as a courtesy to their guest.
Car rentals: Following car rental agencies operate inside the airport: Alamo/Enterprise/National, Avis/ Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz/Dollar/Thrifty,Sixt/Flizzr. » view available cars or rent a car now online
Parking: Several parking lots are available at the airport on all terminals.
Luggage Storage & Lockers
Luggage storage is available at the airport with different rates according to weight and time in the T1 and T2. » book a luggage storage or locker at Munich Airport (MUC) online (subject to availability).