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.
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.
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.
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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