Munich - Where to Stay for first time travelers

Where to Stay in Munich for a first time visit? An insider’s guide 2024

Munich, the capital city of Bavaria in Germany, is a vibrant city remarkable for its rich history, cultural attractions and authentic traditions. For example, Oktoberfest takes place there, as well as many football events, which attract people from all over the world. Overall, around three million tourists visit Munich, every year. So, it’s only logical to ask yourself where to stay in Munich and experience the city’s irresistible charm.

This is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, with a population of around 1.49 million. It is set on the banks of the river Isar north of the Alps.

In 1806, Munich became part of the sovereign kingdom of Bavaria and was turned into a major hub for arts, architecture and culture. It is an old city, but surprisingly modern, offering something everyone can enjoy.

Question: Where to stay in Munich?

Munich offers a variety of neighbourhoods and accommodations to suit different preferences.

It also offers a grand variety of attractions to suit your interests.

A visit to the Marienplatz, the main square and Glockenspiel, the New Town Hall is such an opportunity to feel the vibes of Munich.

Exploring the English Garden, one of the largest urban parks globally, with picturesque walking paths, meadows and a serene lake is breathtaking. Nymphenburg Palace is an extravagant Baroque palace, and the fascinating gardens showcase the city’s historical significance.

There are plenty of museums in Munich, such as the Pinakotech and the Art Museum of the Bavarian State, one of the largest science and technology museums.

The Cathedral of Our Lady has the iconic twin towers of Frauenkirche, the main Munich Cathedral, the Royal Palace and many more iconic extravagances.

We know that different types of people require different advice on travel accommodations. This guide includes the best areas for

  • the first time visitor
  • Families
  • Couples
  • Luxury & Design
  • Solo-Traveler
  • on a budget

Are you more of a visual learner/travel planner?

Lucky for you, we’ve included a map with all of our favorite neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for all of your travel needs.

Check it out below to get a better idea of where you should stay for your first or next visit to the Munich.

This is the extension of our guide to 7 days in Germany.

(This guide is always up to date, the last updated April 2024.)

But, first things first:

Here is the question: Where to stay in Munich?

The answer is simple: Altstadt (Old Town)

Altstadt, or the Old Town, is the historical centre of Munich and one of the most charming and vibrant areas in the city. Altstadt is not only rich in historical landmarks, but it also offers a blend of modern amenities, restaurants and shops. A great place to immerse yourself in history and culture, and one of the best answers to where to stay in Munich, Germany during your visit.

Some of these areas include:

  • Marienplatz
  • Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Dear Lady)
  • Viktualienmarkt
  • Hofbräuhaus

Why do we recommend these areas?

Marienplatz is the central square, located in the heart of the city’s Old Town (Altstadt). It is one of the most iconic and bustling locations in Munich, surrounded by historic buildings, shops and cafes.

The Cathedral of Our Dear Lady is a significant landmark of the city.

Viktualienmarkt is a lively and historic food market located in the heart of Munich. It sure is a delightful experience for those interested in exploring Munich’s culinary tradition and enjoying local flavours. Immersing yourself in the vibrant market atmosphere is a unique experience.

The Hofbräuhaus is one of the most famous beer halls in Munich, famous for its Bavarian atmosphere, traditional music and of course, the beer. Visiting the Hofbräuhaus is an unforgettable Munich experience, providing a taste of Bavarian culture.

And now, it’s time to reveal the best places to stay in Minich and get the most out of your trip here!

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

📍Best Area:Altstadt (Old Town)
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Novotel München City
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Couples:Unsöld’s Factory Hotel
💎 Best Luxury HotelMandarin Oriental
🤩 Best Design Hotel:Rosewood Munich
😎 Best for Groups:Hotel GIO
🦸 Best for Solo-Traveller:Hotel ADRIA München
💃 Best Hotel for Nightlife:Domus Hotel
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:Schiller 5 Hotel
👌 Safest Area: Maxvorstadt

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Munich

Below is a list of the accommodations that will meet your needs and expectations whatever traveller you might be.

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Luxury Traveler
1.4 Design Traveler
1.5 Groups
1.6 Solo-Traveler
1.7 Nightlife-seeking traveler
1.8 Budget Traveler

1.1 Families

Munich’s family-friendly atmosphere, parks, museums and cultural attractions make it an excellent destination for a memorable and enjoyable family vacation.

Munich has numerous parks and playgrounds scattered throughout the city. You can let the kids play while you relax in the green spaces. Some of the parks in Munich have water features in summer.

The Hellabrunn Zoo is one of the most bio-diverse zoos in Europe. It offers a variety of animals in their natural habitats. It is a very exciting destination for families.

So, smart budgeting for accommodation and additional activities will ensure a memorable family holiday. To answer your question “Where to stay in Munich”?’, here is a suggestion for the two best neighbourhoods you and your family should choose.


While Schwabing is often associated with a more adult-oriented scene, families can still find enjoyable and family-friendly activities in this vibrant part of Munich. Schwabing is a lively and diverse neighbourhood in Munich, known for its bohemian atmosphere, cultural scene, and green areas. A must-visit when locations include the English Garden, Luitpoldpark, Kinderkunsthaus and Schwabinger Wasserspielplatz.


Haidhausen is a charming district in Munich, located east of the city centre. It’s known for its relaxed atmosphere, historic architecture and a variety of culture. Families visiting Haidhausen can enjoy a variety of activities and attractions suitable for all ages.

Must-visit locations are Rosenheimer Platz Playground, Munich East Station, River Isar, Flaucher Park and a few more.

Handpicked accommodations for families

Schwabing 70m Sannierte City Wohnung, Schwabing

Wondering where to stay in Munich? Schwabing 70m Sannierte is set in the Schwabing-West district of Munich, 2.2 km from the BMW Museum, 2.6 km from Alte Pinakothek and 3 km from Königsplatz.

The spacious apartment consists of 1 bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, and offers a private bathroom. The accommodation is non-smoking.

Book Schwabing 70m here

Relax and unwind at Schwabing 70m sannierte City Wohnung

Have a great time at Schwabing 70m sannierte City Wohnung

Novotel München City, Haidhausen

Although fully renovated in 2018, in 2022, Novotel Munchen City was expanded with 67 additional rooms in the new building connected to the existing one. Novotel München City offers soundproof rooms and a spa with a swimming pool.

You will be located just 5 5-minute walk from Marienplatz Square, while the S-Bahn will be 5 minutes away by train. While you stay here, you can enjoy local and international meals in the Flave restaurant. Guests can also enjoy some drinks.

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Private room at Novotel München City

Have a pleasant stay at Novotel München City

 1.2 Couples

Munich’s blend of historic charm, green areas and cultural offerings make it an ideal destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Whether you prefer exploring parks, enjoying cultural activities or savouring delicious cuisine, the city has something to offer to every couple.

Now, let’s explore the best places to stay in Munich!

Altstadt (Old Town)

Munich’s Altstadt, or the Old Town, is a romantic and historically rich area, offering couples a charming atmosphere with its narrow cobblestone streets, historic architecture and cultural landmarks. Must-visit places are Marienplatz and Glockenspiel, Residenz Palace and Court Garden, Residenz Palace and Court Garden.
Munich Old Town provides a romantic backdrop for couples to create lasting memories together.


Glockenbachviertel is a trendy and lively neighbourhood in Munich known for its vibrant atmosphere, cultural diversity and a mix of boutiques, cafes, bars and art galleries. Must-visit areas are: Gärtnerplatz, and Müllersches Volksbad, but do not miss a candlelight dinner and discovering hidden courtyards, and tranquil places for romantic moments.

Handpicked accommodations for couples

Unsöld’s Factory Hotel, Altstadt

Featuring a bar, Unsöld’s Factory Hotel is located in the centre of Munich, 500 metres from the Bavarian National Museum. Each room has a private bathroom, and selected rooms have a terrace. Couples are very fond of this hotel, rating it as one of the top hotels in Munich.

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Make yourself at home at Unsöld's Factory Hotel

Enjoy your time at Unsöld's Factory Hotel

Hotel Olympic, Ludwigsvorstadt

Just 2 underground stops from Munich Central Station, Hotel Olympic lies in the lively Glockenbachviertel district. Elegant rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows are offered at the hotel. In your room, you can enjoy watching cable TV, and a minibar and use the elegantly equipped bathroom.

A buffet-style breakfast is provided in the Olympic classical breakfast room. Many restaurants, clubs and bars are within a 5-minute walk away from the hotel.

Book Hotel Olympic here

Experience comfort at Hotel Olympic

Have a wonderful stay at Hotel Olympic

1.3 Luxury traveler

Munich’s blend of cultural richness, culinary excellence and high-end shopping makes it an ideal destination for luxury travellers. Whether you’re indulging in culinary specialities, exploring historic sites or enjoying the city’s vibrant nightlife, Munich offers a luxurious experience at every turn.

Here are a few recommendations- if you’re wondering where to stay in Munich, make sure to choose a luxurious hotel. Complete your experience by indulging in some fine dining at Tantris, Ella Restaurant and Atelier, immerse in the city’s culture by visiting the Royal Palace, and go shopping at the luxury Maximilianstraße street.


Maximilianstraße is located in the heart of Munich. Whether you’re looking to shop for luxury goods, enjoy a refined meal or simply soak in the sophisticated ambience, Maximilianstraße offers an upscale experience in the city.

Altstadt – Lehel

Altstadt-Lehel is a central district in Munich, Germany, encompassing both the historic Old Town (Altstadt) and the upscale Lehel neighbourhood. This area is rich in history, architecture, and cultural attractions.

Handpicked accommodations for the luxury traveler

Mandarin Oriental, Munich Maximilianstraße

Luxurious rooms and a top-notch restaurant are featured at Mandarin Oriental in the heart of Munich’s Old Town. It is located in a quiet street, just a 5-minute walk from Marienplatz Square, very close to the Maximilianstraße shopping street which means that all main attractions are nearby.

Rooms are spacious and are fitted with Samsung entertainment systems and a free minibar. The marble bathrooms include high-quality toiletries. No wonder it’s one of the travellers’ first choices when looking for where to stay in Munich!

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Enjoy your stay at Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Have fun at Mandarin Oriental, Munich

Hotel München Palace, Altstadt-Lehel

Hotel München Palace is situated on the quiet upper banks of the River Isar in central Munich, near the English Garden. The elegant rooms have a free minibar, a flat-screen TV, and a marble bathroom for more comfort.

A daily continental or buffet breakfast will be served for you in the restaurant where you can also try some international dishes. By the end of the day, you can relax in the sauna and steam room or work out in the modern gym.

Book Hotel München Palace here

Have a great time at Hotel München Palace

1.4 Design-lovers

Munich is a city that can contribute to design enthusiasts, offering a mix of historic architecture, modern design and a thriving arts scene. Must-see spots are Haus der Kunst, Eisbach Wave, BMW World and BMW Museum and MAK- Museum of Applied Arts.


Looking for the best places to stay in Munich? All the academic institutions, cultural landmarks and vibrant streets make this district an interesting neighbourhood to explore. No matter if you’re interested in art, history or simply soaking in the local atmosphere, Maxvorstadt has something to offer for everyone.


Schwabing’s wide range of history, art and modern flair, makes it an exciting destination for design-minded travellers. Whether you’re interested in contemporary art, architecture or simply immersing yourself in a creative atmosphere, Schwabing has plenty to offer.

Handpicked accommodations for the design lover

Rosewood Munich, Maxvorstadt

Rosewood Munich is located in the centre of Munich, 300 metres from Frauenkirche. This 5-star hotel offers room service, a bar and a 24-hour front desk. You can enjoy the spa and wellness centre with an indoor pool, fitness centre and sauna. There is a terrace at your disposal, as well.

An à la carte breakfast is also offered. The restaurant within the property offers German, Austrian, and local cuisine specialities. You can get vegetarian, dairy-free and vegan dishes on request. No wonder this is one of the top hotels in Munich.

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Private room at Rosewood Munich

Have a pleasant stay at Rosewood Munich

Munich Rooms Hotel, Schwabing

Located only 2.6 km from Konigsplatz, and 2.6 km from Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich Rooms Hotel also offers rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV, and as well, a private bathroom, bed linen, and towels. All the rooms include a seating area.

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Make yourself at home at Munich Rooms Hotel

Enjoy your time at Munich Rooms Hotel

1.5 Groups

Munich’s diverse offerings and welcoming atmosphere make it an excellent choice for group travel. If you’re looking for where to stay in Munich and are interested in cultural exploration, outdoor activities or indulging in Bavarian traditions, the city has variety for each member of your group. It offers a mix of cultural attractions, charming neighbourhoods and a lively social scene.


Isarvorstadt’s dynamics and character make it a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re interested in cultural experiences, gastronomy or simply soaking in the atmosphere, it can be a great place for a group visit. The Deutsches Theater, gastronomic diversity, the Müllersches Volksbad and a few more places are a must-visit while there.


Looking for where to stay in Munich, Germany? This brimming neighbourhood is located on the eastern bank of the Isar River and is part of the larger borough of Munich called Au-Haidhausen. Haidhausen is known for its historic charm, vibrant atmosphere and diverse cultural scene.

Key points of interest in Haidhausen include the Gasteig Cultural Centre, which hosts concerts, exhibitions, and events, and the Wiener Platz with its traditional market. The district also features many cafes, restaurants, and pubs, making it a popular area for locals and visitors alike.

Handpicked accommodations for groups

Hotel GIO, Isarvorstadt

Stayin at Hotel GIO in Munich will provide you with elegant, Mediterranean-style rooms located in central Munich. It has a great location being exactly on Goetheplatz Square, just 500 metres from the most interesting venue in Munich, the Octoberfest.

The stylish rooms are completely renovated with a private bathroom. Some rooms also include a balcony. A breakfast buffet can be enjoyed in the Tuscan-style restaurant or on the courtyard terrace. Drinks are available in Gio’s Orange Lounge Bar.

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Experience comfort at Hotel GIO

Have a wonderful stay at Hotel GIO

Holiday Inn Munich City Centre, an IHG Hotel, Haidhausen

Just 500 metres from the Deutsches Museum, Holiday Inn Munich City Centre offers a large convention area. Set within a shopping complex, the rooms feature soundproofing and coffee/tea facilities.

A rich breakfast buffet is served in the restaurant, which also serves Bavarian and international specialities. Snacks, as well as à la carte menus, coffee and different cocktails are available in the Isar Bar, Café & Restaurant.

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Enjoy your stay at Holiday Inn Munich City Centre, an IHG Hotel

Have fun at Holiday Inn Munich City Centre, an IHG Hotel

1.6 Solo-travelers

When looking for where to stay in Munich, I suggest you plan according to your interests and preferences, as the city is likely to offer a rewarding experience for solo travellers. You can explore the historic centre, enjoy the parks, and the Bavarian cuisine, visit the Beer Gardens or attend some local events.

Altstadt (Old Town)

When in Munich, visit the Old Town, the city’s historical centre, characterised by narrow streets, charming squares and significant landmarks which a solo traveller can enjoy to the fullest.


Maxvorstadt is a district in Munich, Germany, known for its cultural richness, educational institutions and artistic atmosphere. It is located just north of the historic city centre (Altstadt) and is a very significant part of Munich.

Handpicked accommodations for a solo traveler

Hotel ADRIA München, Altstadt

Located in the elegant Lehel district, only a 4-minute walk from the English Garden, Hotel ADRIA München is one of the best places to stay in Munich. The hotel offers rooms with colourful designs. A full buffet breakfast is available each morning in the bright breakfast room or you can choose to have a takeaway breakfast. Room service is also available.

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Relax and unwind at Hotel ADRIA München

Have a great time at Hotel ADRIA München

Ruby Lilly Hotel Munich, Maxvorstadt

Rooms are very comfortable and decorated with wooden wall-panelling, offer a cosy atmosphere and for your comfort, free toiletries and a hairdryer are set in the bathroom.
The hearty breakfast buffet is served at Ruby Lilly Hotel Munich on a daily basis. The bar is open 24 hours for hotel guests and is designed on a concept reflecting Munich’s glittering lifestyle of the 1970s.

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Private room at Ruby Lilly Hotel Munich

Have a pleasant stay at Ruby Lilly Hotel Munich

1.7 Nightlife Traveler

The city has a vibrant and diverse nightlife scene, offering something for everyone, from traditional beer gardens to trendy clubs and bars. So, let’s explore where to stay in Munich if you’re looking to spend some fun time!


Glockenbachviertel is known for its eclectic and inclusive atmosphere, making it a great choice for a memorable night out in Munich. This district attracts a diverse crowd and offers a mix of bars, clubs and cafes.


Schwabing offers a mix of traditional Bavarian pubs, trendy bars and cultural venues, making it a lively and exciting neighbourhood for nightlife in Munich. Keep in mind that the specific atmosphere and offerings can vary, so checking for current events and recommendations during your stay is always good advice.

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

Domus Hotel, Altstad – Lehel

Featuring a bar, Domus Hotel is located in the centre of Munich, 300 metres from the centre. Each room features a private bathroom. Rooms also offer free WiFi, while selected rooms are fitted with a terrace. Hotel offers breakfast included in the price and airport shuttle for additional fee.

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Relax and unwind at domus Hotel

Have a great time at domus Hotel

Pullman Munich, Schwabing

Being one of the top hotels in Munich, Pullman Munich is located in the Schwabing-West district of Munich, 2.6 km from BMW Museum, 3.2 km from Alte Pinakothek and 3.7 km from Königsplatz. One bedroom, a living room and a private bathroom bedroom, are details that are important for a nice stay. Please note, that this is a non-smoking accommodation.

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Private room at Pullman Munich

Have a pleasant stay at Pullman Munich

1.8 For the Budget Traveler

Munich, although known for its high quality of life, can be explored on a budget if you plan wisely. With some smart and low-budgeting choices, you can enjoy the city’s culture, history, and cuisine without breaking the bank.

Ludwigsvorstadt – Isarvorstadt (Main Train Station Area)

Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt, especially around the main train station (Hauptbahnhof), is a central and well-connected area in Munich. While it’s a bustling hub, it also offers options for budget travellers. As you are on a budget you have to follow smart budgeting tips: budget eateries, free city events, discounted attractions, picnic in the English Garden or free walking tours.

Au- Haidhausen

Au-Haidhausen is a district in Munich known for its charm, cultural offerings, and a mix of traditional and modern elements. It provides opportunities for budget travellers to experience Munich.

Handpicked accommodations for budget traveler

Schiller 5 Hotel, Ludwigsvorstadt

At Schiller 5 Hotel, you will be 100 metres from Munich Central Station and all important spots of the city will appear easy to reach. The rooms are decorated in a contemporary design with extra-long beds. Some of the rooms offer a kitchenette, and the private bathroom comes with a bathtub or shower, a hairdryer, and free toiletries.

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Make yourself at home at Schiller 5 Hotel

Enjoy your time at Schiller 5 Hotel

Motel One München – Deutsches Museum, Au-Haidhausen

Motel One München is located in the Au-Haidhausen district. It offers modern rooms with air conditioning, and rich breakfast buffets, and bars are also available in the hotel.

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Experience comfort at Motel One München - Deutsches Museum

Have a wonderful stay at Motel One München - Deutsches Museum

2. Best Neighborhood to Stay in Munich

Each of the best places to stay in Munich offers comfortable accommodations, promising an enjoyable stay for whichever type of traveller you are. In any case, you’ll be able to explore different districts and enjoy the charm and the dynamic of the city, including all its historic, architectural and modern attractions.

  • Altstadt (Old Town)
  • Maxvorstadt
  • Schwabing
  • Glockenbachviertel
  • Haidhausen

3. FAQs

What is the best neighborhood to stay in Munich?

The best neighborhood to stay in Munich is Altstadt (Old Town). It is the historical center, offering a charming atmosphere with narrow streets, historic landmarks, and modern amenities. Other recommended neighborhoods include Maxvorstadt, Schwabing, Glockenbachviertel, and Haidhausen.

Where should you not stay in Munich?

While Munich is generally a safe city, some areas may be less ideal for tourists. It's advisable to avoid neighborhoods with high crime rates, such as Hasenbergl and Neuperlach. These areas are mostly residential and may not offer the same tourist-friendly atmosphere as the central districts.

What should I avoid in Munich?

When in Munich, it's advisable to avoid engaging in any disruptive behavior, as public disturbances are not tolerated. Additionally, be cautious of pickpockets in crowded areas and public transportation. It's essential to respect local customs and traditions, especially when visiting religious sites or during events.

Where should I stay in Munich for the first time?

For first-time visitors, Altstadt (Old Town) is highly recommended. It provides easy access to major attractions like Marienplatz, Frauenkirche, and Viktualienmarkt. Staying in Altstadt allows you to immerse yourself in Munich's history and culture while enjoying the convenience of being centrally located.

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5. Summary of where to stay in Munich

According to the research I did while compiling this insightful guide featuring appropriate accommodations and safe districts of Munich, each of the places will allow you to enjoy your time in the city.

I truly hope that these tips on where to stay in Munich will be helpful for you. In case you need more travel inspiration and advice, don’t hesitate to check out my blog page.

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