Located northeast of Munich, near the old city of Freising, the Munich Airport or the Franz Josef Strauß International Airport, named after in memory of the former Bavarian Prime minister Franz Josef Strauß, is the international airport of Munich, the capital of Bavaria. Considered the second busiest airport in Germany, the Munich Airport serves as the secondary hub for Lufthansa along with Lufthansa Regional and its Star Alliance partners besides Frankfurt.
Divided into two terminals, the Munich Airport has the older Terminal 1 which is divided in five modules such as A, B, C, D, and E. The modules are divided into specific areas of service, module B and C handle destinations outside the Schengen-area, module A and D are used for flights within the Schengen-area, and module E is only able to handle arrivals. The additional Hall F which is separate from all five modules is located nearer Terminal 2, and handles flights with increased security requirements. Terminal 2 is the hub terminal for Lufthansa and Star Alliance members. Although not divided into modules like Terminal 1, Terminal 2’s facilities are all arranged around a central Plaza, along with two main departure levels.
Munich or München is the third largest city in Germany, and the capital and largest city of Bavaria, a German state. To get a better feel of Munich, among the events within the city include the popular Munich Oktoberfest beer festival, English speaking theatres and programs that cater to English speaking audiences, along with opera and music theatres for German and non-German speakers, since music is considered an international language.
Oktoberfest is a huge celebration which is held from September to October every year with elaborate beer tents, programmes, and souvenirs. All throughout Munich, large and traditional breweries invite guests to drink beer and eat traditional Bavarian food, enjoy the company of the people around you and listen to Bavarian music and modern music. Among the more popular beer tents include Augustiner-Festhalle, Armbrustschützen-Festhalle, Fischer-Vroni, Hackerbräu-Festhalle, Hofbräu-Festzelt, Käfer Wies'n Schänke, Kufflers Weinzelt, and Schottenhamel-Festhalle. These beer tents also offer shooting competitions, traditional tapping of the first keg of beer, and champagne, among others.
Munich also offers guided tours through the city, divided into the classical city walk, themed tours and special guided tours. The city also offers Munich packages which lets visitors a glimpse into the city’s underwater world in the famous Munich Olympic Park, and Bavarian Royal Houses, to name a few.
How to get around within Munich
Home of one of the most comprehensive and punctual systems in the world, Munich Public transportation is a treat on its own. It features the Munich U-Bahn (underground railway), the Munich S-Bahn (suburban trains), trams and buses, along with individual transportation that include cycling through the city with its bike hire systems on its safe cycle paths and controlled junctions.
How to get there
Flying into Munich Airport is easy with airlines such as Air Berlin, British Airways, easyJet, Lufthansa, and United Airlines among others. If you wish to get into Munich by train, the German Railway is your best bet. The Deutsche Bahn AG’s railway activity in Germany is one of the leading passenger transportation within the country.
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