The oldest document, in which Munich is mentioned, goes back as early as 1158. Over the following decades, it was ruled by several dukes and sovereigns. Also Gustavus II of Sweden ruled Munich in 1632. Today it is the capital of the free state of Bavaria, located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. After Berlin and Hamburg, Munich is Germany's third largest city, with approximately 1.35 million inhabitants.
With plenty of direct flights to choose from it has never been easier to get to Munich. Lufthansa offers daily direct and connection flights from Russia to the Bavarian capital. Exact departure times can be found in our updated timetable.
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The Franz Josef Strauss Airport of Munich is known as one of the most modern and busiest airports in the world. In 2009, it was named the second "Best Airport in Europe" and fifth-best in the world. It is connected to the city center by the suburban train lines S1 and S8 and there are plenty of bus connections to the city center as well as to nearby cities like Freising or Erding.
The Oktoberfest - Highlight of every Munich trip
One of the most important events in Munich is of course the Oktoberfest, which starts every year in the end of September and runs until beginning of October. Representing an old part of Bavarian culture, the Oktoberfest - as the world's largest fair - is enjoyed by about six million people each year. Most important elements of this traditional get-together are pretzels, sausages and of course the famous Bavarian beer. You should not miss this great experience and visit the Oktoberfest 2013. Lufthansa will take you there:
Economy class from Tbilisi to Munich from 369 EUR*
*Return fare, incl. taxes & fees, payment in GEL
Munich has an excellent public transportation network. The public transport tickets are valid for U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams and buses. Best thing to do is to buy a day pass or even a week pass, as single rides are comparatively expensive.
Munich is an international city and therefore has a lot to offer when it comes to bars and clubs. There are plenty of locations for every taste. Do not miss one of the hippest parts of the town, Schwabing. A lot of students and artists prefer this area and make it to a creative, alternative city quarter with cozy coffee places and bohemian bars. The trendy lifestyle-location Sausalitos is due to famous DJs and great cocktails often packed on weekends. People who favor underground feeling should visit the Babalu in Schwabing-Freimann or dance to Indie music in the Atomic Cafe in the center of Munich.
One of Bavarian's favorite dining places in Munich is the Wirtshaus in der Au - a traditional restaurant with great Bavarian cuisine, where you can also get creative world food. Enjoy its beautiful fireplace during the winter and a shady seat under a chestnut tree in the beer garden during the summer. The Hofbraeuhaus near the Maximilian Strasse is of course a more famous way to experience Bavarian culture. The special atmosphere of this institution can be felt in every corner of the ancient beer hall. Guests from all over the world experience the Bavarian way of life first hand, with its heart and hospitality.
Munich's shops combine international names and designer goods with traditional Bavarian crafts. Main shopping streets, like the Neuhauserstrasse and the Kaufingerstrasse, combine large department stores and international chains with unique designer shops. One traditional shopping location for Bavarian food as well as exquisite delicacies from all around the world is the Viktualienmarkt, in the heart of Munich. This bustling, colourful food market at the end of the pedestrian zone off the Marienplatz, has existed on the site since 1807 and should not be missed. Generally, bigger stores are open Monday to Friday from 9:00 until 20:00 o'clock and Saturday from 9:00 until 18:00 o'clock. Smaller shops may close at 18:00 o'clock on weekdays and at 12:00 o'clock on Saturdays.
Of course there are some "musts" when visiting Munich, like the Gothic style Town Hall, built between 1867 and 1909, or the famous Frauenkirche from the 15th century. But there are also other sights, which are well worth a visit. Visit the newly opened BMW Museum, take a walk in the botanical garden, learn amazing things about technology in the Deutsches Museum or just get inspired by the astonishing collection of paintings in the Museum Villa Stuck.