How To Explore The Best Of Munich On $75 A Day


Beautiful Bavarian Munich is one of the most expensive urban destinations in Central Europe, but you don’t have to skip the historic German city because money is tight.

Entry to the most famous beer festival in the world is actually free, so even during Oktoberfest it’s totally possible to do Munich on $75 a day. Here’s how we’d recommend doing it while pinching pennies.

Eat: $20 to $30

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The price for fancy coffee is similar to what you’d find at home, so save $5 for your latte. Alternatively, going for yogurt and granola for breakfast from the corner store will save you the cost of a pastry.

If you want high class picnic food, browse the Viktualienmarkt. The artisan breads and cheeses might be a little pricey, but there are stands with reasonable menus for a $15 lunch.

For an uber cheap eat, sample some currywurst ($5). It’s a sausage covered in curry ketchup with even more curry powder on top – it’s a favorite drunk food in the city.

You’re allowed to bring snacks into some of the cities best beer gardens. So if you want to make a dinner and drinks outing super thrifty, grab some sandwich ingredients from the grocery store. They don’t care what you eat, as long as you buy a beer.

This generous rule also applies to the famous beer gardens during Oktoberfest, although you can’t take your own picnic inside the tents.

Drink: $5 t0 $15

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We all know where the big bucks in your budget are going on a Munich trip. The beer gardens are truly the best spots to hang out and they’re not that pricey. It helps that their portions are huge, so you can sip on one giant stein for hours.

Our favorites are Augustiner Keller (it’s the classic experience), Waldwirtschaft (it has live music) and Augustiner Bräustuben (it’s a little off the tourist track).

Stay: $30 to $40

Capitalize on Munich’s student life and book yourself a cozy little studio near the universities (which all also happen to be clustered next to the English Garden). You can easily find an accommodation in the $30 to $40 range per night if you’re traveling solo, or split a larger place with a couple friends for around $120.

Play: $1

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It’s completely free to wander through the English Garden and watch the surfers take on the river waves. And it technically costs nothing to admire the kitschy decor or listen to the oompah bands at the Hofbräuhaus. Munich museums also open their doors to the cities brokest once a week for “one euro Sunday.”

There are free walking tours through the city (although the tour guides will ask for donations at the end), but if you prefer to go it alone, it’s free to watch the medieval puppet show at the Glockenspiel. When the main square’s clock strikes 11 a.m., noon and 5 p.m., little characters dance around the tower.