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In Munich, it’s the mix that makes the message. Old meets new, past meets present and future, the modern blends harmoniously with the traditional, bits and bytes with beer, business and leisure. For the visitor, there is never any shortage of sights to see or activities to engage in.

The Bavarian Metropolis with its 1.3 million inhabitants lies virtually at the centre of Europe.

Munich’s origin goes back to an early settlement of monks from the Tegernsee Monastery which was called “ad Munichen” (the monks’ home).

The situation leading to its later growth was treated by an act of violence of Henry the Lion, Duke of Bavaria from the House of Guelph. At that time the salt transports coming from Reichenhall and Hallein had to go over a bridge spanning the Isar River at Föhring north of Munich.

The bridge passage was accompanied by a toll, and this traffic brought considerable revenue to the Bishop of Freising in whose territory Föhring was located. Henry the Lion had this bridge destroyed forcing the salt transports to use his new bridge a few miles upstream in ducal territory. On June 14, 1158, the new bridge, the market, the customs office and the mint at “Munichen” were approved by imperial decree thus in one fell swoop the monastic settlement assumed a completely different function.

The rapidly prospering town was selected by the ruling family of the Wittelsbach in the middle of the 13th century as its Residence due to a territorial split and in 1294 it was granted a new municipal charter. During the reign of Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian – of the Wittelsbach family – the city extended its walls six fold and in 1504 it finally became the capital of the reunited Duchy of Bavaria. Under the 700 years of Wittelsbach reign as dukes, electors and kings Munich attained increasingly the reputation of being a European centre of culture.

Bavaria’s capital city is encircled by a cosmopolitan atmosphere and is a city renowned for its fabulous architecture, inspiring art and fine music. An alluring aroma of pretzels, sausages and beer fill the Mediterranean style streets. Considered to be one of Germany’s most visited cities Munich has an appeal to be rivalled. Abbey Travel offers unforgettable last minute city breaks and short break deals to Munich.



Information & Facts


With our cheap weekend breaks to Munich from Ireland you can enjoy the OctoberFest  - a popular event that has become hugely successful over the last few years.

It originated from the province of Bavaria making Munich an ideal location to sample some of the local ales.

City breaks to Munich from Dublin are a great way to explore  Munich’s Olympic village and taking in the fantastic views of the surrounding area from the Olympic tower situated within the Olympic park. 

A slightly overlooked aspect of the city is the extensive collection of car manufacturers and their museums.

If you are looking to escape the city walls then we recommend taking a trip to Neuschwanstein with its captivating views over the vast countryside of Bavaria.


German is the official language. English is also widely spoken and understood.


The unit of currency is the Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents. ATMs and exchange bureaux are widely available.

The major credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in many large shops, hotels and restaurants, although Germans themselves prefer to carry cash.

Travellers cheques are best cashed at exchange bureaux, as banks often won't change them.

The quickest and most convenient way to change money is to obtain cash from one of the ATM machines that are ubiquitous features on all German streets.

Banks are closed on weekends, but exchange bureaux at airports and main railway stations are open daily from 6am to 10pm.

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