Dangers & Annoyances

During Oktoberfest crime and staggering drunks are major problems, especially around the Hauptbahnhof. It's no joke: drunks in a crowd trying to make their way home can get violent, and there are around 100 cases of assault every year. Leave early or stay cautious – if not sober – yourself.

Strong and unpredictable currents make cooling off in the Eisbach creek in the Englischer Garten more dangerous than it looks. Exercise extreme caution; there have been deaths.

Even the most verdant öko-warrior might interrupt his/her yoghurt pot of rainwater to agree with you that fast-moving bikes in central Munich are a menace. Make sure you don't wander onto bike lanes, especially when waiting to cross the road and when alighting from buses and trams.

Discount Cards

The Munich City Tour Card (www.citytourcard-muenchen.com; one/three days €10.90/20.90) includes all public transport in the Innenraum (Munich city – zones 1 to 4, marked white on transport maps) and discounts of between 10% and 50% for over 50 attractions, tours, eateries and theatres. These include the Residenz, the BMW Museum and the Bier & Oktoberfestmuseum. It's available at some hotels, tourist offices, Munich public transport authority (MVV) offices and U-Bahn, S-Bahn and DB vending machines.

Embassies & Consulates

Emergency & Important Numbers

Ambulance192 22
Fire112
Police110

Internet Access

As across the rest of Europe, internet cafes are generally a thing of the past. Wi-fi is widespread though rarely free. Most public libraries offer internet access to non-residents. Check www.muenchner-stadtbibliothek.de (in German) for details.

Coffee Fellows Free web access if you spend €5 or more in the cafe.

Money

ATMs abound in the city centre, though not all take every type of card.

Reisebank Best place to change and withdraw money at the Hauptbahnhof.

Opening Hours

Many museums close on Mondays.

Post

Post office For additional branches, search www.deutschepost.de.

Tourist Information

Castles & Museums Infopoint Central information point for museums and palaces throughout Bavaria.

Tourist Office Branches include Hauptbahnhof and Marienplatz.

Travel with Children

(Tiny) hands down, Munich is a great city for children, with plenty of activities to please even the most attention span–challenged tots. There are plenty of parks for romping around, swimming pools and lakes for cooling off, and family-friendly beer gardens with children's playgrounds for making new friends.

Deutsches Museum Many of the city's museums have special kid-oriented programs, but the highly interactive KinderReich at the Deutches Museum specifically lures the single-digit set.

Tierpark Hellabrunn Petting baby goats, feeding pelicans, watching falcons and hawks perform or even riding a camel should make for some unforgettable memories at the city zoo.

SeaLife München For a fishy immersion, head to this new attraction in the Olympiapark.

Paläontologisches Museum Dino fans will gravitate here.

Museum Mensch und Natur Budding scientists will find plenty to marvel at in this museum within the Schloss Nymphenburg.

Spielzeugmuseum The Spielzeugmuseum is of the look-but-don't-touch variety, but kids might still get a kick out of seeing what toys grandma used to pester for.

Münchner Marionettentheater The adorable singing and dancing marionettes performing here have enthralled generations of wee ones.

Münchner Theater für Kinder This theatre offers budding thespians a chance to enjoy fairy tales and children's classics in the style of Pinocchio and German children's classic Max & Moritz.

Brauseschwein This wacky toy shop near Schloss Nymphenburg sells everything from penny candy to joke articles and wooden trains.