Accommodation in Munich - Overview

Looking for somewhere to stay in Munich? Two pieces of advice - bring plenty of cash and book early!

Accommodation is not the cheapest in the Bavarian capital, and there is an additional squeeze on prices when big events are in town. Munich is a big conference destination, and let's not forget the biggest one of all - Oktoberfest. It pays to do your research and book ahead if at all possible. 

As for the accommodation itself, there is plenty of choice available, with a diverse selection to suit all budgets. 

From luxury five-star hotels on swanky streets like Maximilianstrasse to two-star affairs a little lighter on the wallet, Munich has an ever increasing choice of hotel. Leading booking site has some 380 hotels in Munich listed at time of writing (January 2016). To browse through the selection, many with great last minute savings - if not fully booked - click here.

Looking for the hotels with the best ratings? Click here for the current TripAdvisor top 10 and more.

Munich is of course a popular destination for backpackers, students and others on a budget, where hostel accommodation is a more affordable option. Beds are available for as little as 11 euro, but again, it pays to plan ahead. For a selection of hostel accommodation in Munich, click here.

The private accommodation market has been completely shaken up in recent years by the arrival of AirB'nB, a clever concept which matches up private property owners with travellers at excellent prices. The effect has been to increase the selection of Munich accommodation considerably and offer excellent options for people not keen to stay in hotels. With differing sizes of accommodation available, this is a particularly useful option for families. Check out what is currently available in Munich on AirB'nB here.

A pre-cursor to AirB'n'B was Couchsurfing, a great social project that connects people all over the world, with hosts offering either free accommodation or meeting for a drink, the idea being to bring the world closer together. The project has been hugely successful, and many friendships have been made. Check out your accommodation options via Couchsurfing here (registration required).

And there is always camping. The level of camping options is of course dependent on the season, as well as major events such as Oktoberfest which call for additional capacity. The main campsite in Munich is very central, very close to the zoo, in Thalkirchen. For a list of all the campsites in Munich and surrounding area, click here.

Looking for longer-term rent in Munich? This will be covered in a separate section coming soon. For some tips in the interim, check out the video below:


Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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