Monday, March 1, 2010

A 30€ day in Munich + a giveaway!

The easiest way to save money in Munich is obviously by having a friend or family member living there... Yes, I'm talking to you friends and family who have yet to visit!

For the rest of you I composed a guide to a day in Munich on a budget of 30€.

As a special bonus to readers in Germany, the wonderful folks from are sponsoring a 50€ gift card giveaway.

You can use their site for instant savings on travel or photo prints from your latest trip, as well as everyday shopping.

The contest is open to those with a German mailing address and limited to one entry per person. All you have to do is leave a comment about your favorite money saving travel tip or favorite place to visit in Munich between now and 7 March 2010 at 23:59 (CET). The winner will be chosen using

Please make sure I am able to contact you if you win!

Viel Glück!

Below are some of my favorite places in and around the city center to enjoy on a budget. Munich is truly more of a village, so traversing on foot is relatively easy, although we do have a stellar subway system.

Simply click the image to enlarge it or print it out and take it along. There is also a map with the designated places marked below, so you can easily find your way.

Don't forget to leave a comment to enter the contest!

Here are a few of my tips:
- stay above ground so you can see more and make up for all of the walking with delicious foods
- stop by an apple store to check your emails for free
- many restaurants have lunch specials - eat a large lunch so you have energy to burn and because it's much less expensive.
- if you want to make your own 'bierprobe' purchase beer at the grocery where bottles are very inexpensive
- find groceries in the basements of many department stores and purchase drinks there

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Other free activities to consider:
Gärtnerplatz - beautiful flowers and a great place to people watch
Olympic Park - this was the stage of the 1972 olympics, and if Munich has it's way, in 2018 it will be the first city to host both the summer and winter Olympics.
BMW Museum - the tours are not free, however going inside the museum and looking around is.
'Free City Tour' - guides work off of tips

Check back March 8th to see who won, and if you're in Germany visit for more money saving opportunities!

The giveaway is over - congratulations to the winner: Andi!


Carolina Peach said...

I really enjoy the market at Viktualien (sp?)Markt!

Lise said...

Thanks for posting this Emily. We're planning our trip for August and its never to early to start budgeting and dreaming.

Free Pretty Things For You said...

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Lady B said...

Best travel-tip has got to be using McDonald's toilets - in every city, cleaned every few hours they are a trusted and reliable 'loo' stop without the bother of having to pay.

cliff1976 said...

McDonald's loos are all free all the time? Great! Burger King at Regensburg Hbf charges €0,50 for non-customers. And the McD's on Arnulfsplatz in Regensburg doesn't even have a loo. At least, none for customer usage.

But personally, I feel dirty when I steal a service like that. Kinda takes the 'wash' out of 'washroom' for me.

JoernandAllison said...

BMW Welt is really cool too! You can check out current models of their cars- like touch them and sit in them without being accosted by salespeople. Then you can go to the upper level and watch people pick up their new BMWs.
Munich is such a fabulous city, and you can definately visit it affordably! Super post, Emily!

Andi said...

My husband and I are planning our first trip to Munich now, so I have to favorite spots yet. My favorite thing to save money is to just walk around instead of taking a car or bus. You get to see more of a city that way. Of course there are times that you need to take a train somewhere, but even walking half of the time you would have taken transportation will save you money.