Review of DK Eyewitness Top 10 Munich Guide

On my visit to Munich just before Christmas I used the pocket sized DK Eyewitness Top 10 Munich guide as my guidebook of choice.

I often take short breaks in Europe of just a weekend in one city and I’ve found the Eyewitness Top 10 travel guidebook series from Dorling Kindersley ideal in highlighting the best things to see on a short trip, while still giving some depth on a wide range of sites that might interest visitors.

I love the DK Eyewitness guides, with loads of colourful photos and maps throughout the book.

Top 10 guide to everything in Munich

The DK Eyewitness Top 10 Munich guide is organised along the theme of Top 10 everything, and although this might normally make for shallow reading, there’s plenty of useful detail. When you’re short of time it’s quite refreshing to be able to focus immediately on the key things to see.

Personally I would still use any Munich travel guide book as a starting point and then seek out a few local recommendations or just wander around and see where the fancy takes you. But I hate to miss anything major just because I turned left rather than right on my wanderings.

There’s also a handy fold-out map in the back that also covers the transport system, although I find I’m increasingly that I have to squint to read the small print on guidebook maps. I often find that books are publishing in smaller and smaller font and I’d prefer to be able to read a map without having to dig out my reading glasses every time.

The Residenz in Munich

The Residenz in Munich

Top 10 things to see in Munich

On our visit to Munich we managed to see several of the Top 10 city sites that were recommended, such as the Residenz Palace, former home of the Kings of Bavaria and the area around Marienplatz, the town square at the heart of the old part of the city.

Another recommendation in the DK Eyewitness Top 10 Munich guide was the Oktoberfest, one of the most famous folk and beer festivals in Germany, but we weren’t there in October so we visited another enjoyable festival, the Tollwood Winter festival that is held on the same showground for some ethnic food, Feuerzangenbowle mulled wine and crafty Christmas shopping.

Other recommendations in the guide would come into their own in the summertime, such as the Starnberger See lake and the castles close to Munich.

Tollwood Festival in Munich

Tollwood Festival in Munich

More information on Munich

The later sections of the DK Eyewitness Top 10 Munich guide cover different areas of interest such as the best Markets, Festivals, children’s attractions and even LGBT hangouts.

Then there are sections that cover each neighbourhood with a map, cafe and restaurant recommendations and extra things to see in each neighbourhood. If I had more time, I’d love to follow the recommendations of how to spend a day wandering in each neighbourhood, with recommended coffee and lunch stops and things of architectural interest.

At the back of the DK Eyewitness Top 10 Munich guide there are sections with on getting around, planning tips and all the boring but useful information you might need to refer to like shop opening and restaurant hours.

Christmas market in Munich

Christmas market in Munich

Who this guide’s good for

Although there are sections on hotels and other accommodation, I’d say that the DK Eyewitness Top 10 Munich guide is not for someone who needs to find the cheapest hotel in a hurry. It’s more for those who have planned the practicalities in advance and want to spend their time sightseeing and enjoying what the city has to offer.

I was a little disappointed to find that there was minimal information on the Christmas markets of Munich that we’d come to see, although we found more than enough to enjoy just by walking around the central area.

I was also pleased to find that the information on which S-bahn or tram to use to get to key sites was quite comprehensive, although the one time we tried to use the tram information, a local at the tram stop told us that it was incorrect, and directed us to the S-bahn instead.

Thanks to Dorling Kindersley to who gave me a copy of their DK Eyewitness Top 10 Munich guide for the purposes of this review.

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  • Reply
    February 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Heather, great post. I love DK Eyewitness books. I’ve used them quite often (though a lot of the times from library, I will admit).

    I would like to win Rome guide.

    Thanks for doing the contest.

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    Mark H
    February 2, 2010 at 2:55 am

    I have used the DK guides twice before and find them best for first time visits when time is limited and if your focus is a certain area of town. Great photos and good easy to read maps too. They strike me as good value for eight pounds.

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    Cecil Lee
    February 2, 2010 at 6:39 am

    I think it’s time for me to get hold of some DK’s guide book to Europe cities as I’m visiting Europe this May! They sound perfect for me. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Donna Hull
    February 2, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I saw a fellow traveler using one of the Eyewitness guides in Bangkok. She handed it to me for a quick look and I was impressed. One of the guides would come in handy this fall when I travel to northern Italy. Do they make one for Milan?

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    Barbara at Hole in the Donut Travels
    February 2, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Interesting, never heard of this guide series before. I’ll have to check them out.

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    Heather Cowper
    February 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    @ Donna, yes I believe there is one for Milan and Northern Italian lakes

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    February 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    i also never see it around or probably never paid attention as i would normally opt for a LP, but now i will surely flick through it next time i would need one

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    February 23, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Thanks for the review. I often wonder if books like this are too good to be true but it looks like you summed it all up. Very cool!

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    June 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    This looks like such an inviting review. The post gave me an excellent idea of what to do and what to expect.

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