Where to stay in Munich? Accommodation in Munich, unfortunately, is not the cheapest one, especially in the city center. During Oktoberfest, prices increases rapidly, and yet all the rooms are usually booked and it is hard to find any reasonable option. But what if you don’t want to rob a bank? I have gathered 12 ideas where to stay in Munich for every budget!
Where to stay in Munich? The best neighborhoods!
If you are up to something really special, the perfect location is of course the one located in the city center called Altstadt-Lehel. All the Munich tourist attractions are within short walking distance from here. Personally, I love the surroundings of the Lehel U-Bahn station. You will find many charming cafes and cozy bars here. Moreover, the picturesque Isar shores are nearby. Altstadt itself (especially next to the Marienplatz U-Bahn station) is an excellent choice for the lazy ones. You will be surrounded by the most important monuments of Munich under your nose. This is also a perfect neighborhood if you plan to spend some time shopping. Drawbacks? Crowds of tourists and Munich residents on a shopping spree may be a bit overwhelming and loud.
Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt is honestly my favorite part of the city. Located on the south of Altstadt, still close to main tourist attractions, but definitely more laid-back. Here you’ll find Theresinwiese, where Oktoberfest takes place every year. A district full of hip cafes and sensational restaurants. Be sure to wander around the part of the district called Glockenbachviertel. Fantastic bars for the evening, great breakfast spots and… the hairdressing paradise of Munich! The major downside of the district may be the proximity of the Oktoberfest (you know, drunk hordes of teenagers). In this case, just skip the hotels near Theresienwiese for these 3 autumn weeks.
Where to stay in Munich if you love art? Maxvorstadt. Munich can really be proud of excellent museum collections. If during your trip you want to focus primarily on admiring the works of Van Gogh or Picasso, you should look for some nice hotel right here. Near the Königsplatz U-Bahn station, you will find some of the best museums. The district is still quite centrally located and just a few minutes walk from Marienplatz. There are not many fancy shops, but on the other hand, you’ll find a lot of interesting cafes and restaurants.
All the Munich residents simply love Schwabing. Everyone I’ve ever talked to would like to have an apartment here. Honestly, I didn’t quite get its phenomena. It’s filled with monumental, slightly overwhelming architecture, especially in the area of Schwabing-West. On the other hand, it’s the perfect neighborhood to explore the nearby Englisher Garten. Although a little further from the old town, Schwabing-West in the north borders the Olympiapark and BMW Museum and headquarters. Where to stay in Munich if you are up to see FC Bayern live? The northern part of the district Schwabing-Freimann is the perfect place for people visiting Munich for the sake of football. In the north, in Fröttmaning, there is the Allianz Arena stadium.
On the right banks of the Isar river – Bogenhausen and Au-Heidhausen
If you are wondering where to stay in Munich, two districts on the right side of the city of Izar – Bogenhausen and Au-Heidhausen are also worth considering. The first one is a district of beautiful, old houses, inhabited by wealthy Germans and ambassadors of different countries. I honestly admit that there are not too many interesting or fun things to do. However, the area itself is considered to be prestigious. Au-Heidhausen is definitely nicer for fun-seekers, it’s a bit like Lehel. A lot of picturesque tenement houses, cozy restaurants. Very good access to the city center and the Munich biggest attractions.
Accommodation in Munich
In Munich airbnb is almost non-existing. Munich is facing a real crisis in the housing and real estate market. The city authorities, wanting to prevent further uncontrolled increase in property prices and rents, limited the possibility of short-term rental to a maximum of 6 weeks per year. The effects are rather not that spectacular. I saw some studios whose rental price increased from 850 to 1450 euro per month in just 2 years!
So, where to stay in Munich? I gathered several ideas in a different price range. However, accommodation in Munich is still expensive. It is a bit tricky to find anything under 70 euros per room. Considering how well the Munich metro is developed, you should look for something outside of the city center, if you want to save a bit. On the other hand, accommodation in such distant districts as Trudering and Riem is also very expensive, due to the proximity of the Messe Munchen, trade fair centers.
Where to stay in Munich – 12 ideas for every budget:
Accommodation in Munich for a special occasion (more than 200 EUR/night):
- Bayerischer Hof – probably the most famous hotel in Munich. Very luxurious, combining Bavarian traditions with modern style. Beautiful views of Altstadt from the top floor terrace. Excellent location in the very center of Munich, between the Odeonsplatz and Marienplatz. On-site Blue Spa and several restaurants, including the famous Trader’s Vic.
- BEYOND by Geisel – beautiful apartments in the heart of Munich, right on the Marienplatz, overlooking the town hall. The whole concept is based on creating a cozy atmosphere, which feels like home.
- Mandarin Oriental – 5-star hotel in Munich, belonging to the luxurious chain, located right next to Altstadt. It is famous for its unique terrace on the top floor. There is a heated swimming pool for guests and the perfect China Moon Roof Terrace with an amazing view of Munich.
- Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski München – right next to the famous shopping street Maximilianstrasse, an extremely posh hotel. Very luxuriously furnished rooms and a spa with a panoramic view of the city. Rumor has it, they serve the best breakfasts in Europe 😉
Accommodation in Munich for medium budget (80-150 EUR/night):
- Cocoon Hauptbahnhof – very nice hotel next to the central station in Munich, decorated in the style of a Bavarian hut in the Alps. Perfect location just a kilometer from Theresinwiese, where the Oktoberfest takes place.
- BOLD Hotel München Zentrum – hotel located just 5 minutes walk from the Oktoberfest (which has its pros and cons), 50 meters from the Poccistrasse U-Bahn station, just 3 stations from Marienplatz. Very modern rooms.
- Ruby Lilly Hotel Munich – located in Munich’s Stiglmaierplatz square, 800 meters from the Central Station. The hotel offers its own list of songs to be played online under the name Ruby Radio, and you can borrow electric guitars in the bar. On-site bike rental.
- Motel One München-Parkstadt Schwabing – hotel in one of the best districts of Munich (Schwabing), close to the famous Englisher Garten park and the Alte Heide U-Bahn station with easy access to the center. Cool interiors with a Bavarian touch. Very good price for this location.
Cheap accommodation in Munich (less than 80 EUR/night):
- Motel One München City Süd – hotel in a very good location at the Wettersteinplatz U-Bahn station in the Obergiesing district, basically 4-5 stops from Altstadt. Although from the outside the hotel looks a bit like a block, there are surprisingly modern and designer interiors waiting for you.
- LetoMotel München Moosach – hotel in the Moosach district in the north of Munich. It is located close to a major transport hub, from where you can easily reach the airport (S-Bahn S1) or Marienplatz (station Moosach Bf.). Interesting, colorful interior.
- Wombats City Hostel – near to Munich’s main attractions, just a 10-minute walk from Marienplatz, next to the Hauptbanhof central station. There is an interesting patio with trees inside and very clean rooms.
- Gspusi Bar Hostel – very good location. Only 600 meters from the Viktualienmarkt and near the Sendlinger Tor U-Bahn station. Hostel in a Bavarian style, a very nice bar on site.
|Tip: Cheap accommodation in Munich during Oktoberfest is possible! It is worth considering the special campsites in Munich, which are opened for the duration of the festival, for example Oktoberfest Camping and Wies’n Camp. These are located in the Riem district. Prices start from a dozen or so euros per person in a tent. Getting to Theresinwiese takes about 20 minutes by metro. As for accommodation in Munich, it is a very good offer.