Don't let Oktoberfest's lederhosen-clad Bavarians fool you; Munich is a thoroughly cosmopolitan city with a cultural scene to give Berlin a run for its money. Not to mention its proximity to some of Germany's finest lakes and ski resorts. Book car hire Munich airport
Why hire a car at Munich airport?
Public transport to and from the airport is quick and efficient, but to really explore the surrounding region it is best to hire a car - especially if you've brought your skis.
That all-important first mile:
driving out of Munich airport?
The airport is just minutes from the A92 Munich-Deggendorf autobahn - generally, even-numbered motorways connect east to west destinations, while odd numbers indicate those from north to south.
Car hire desks can be found in both terminal buildings and vehicles are collected from a multi-storey car park next to the main airport buildings.
There are all the usual international designer brands, from Burberry to MaxMara, while for home-grown gifts and souvenirs head to Herrmann Geschenke, where you'll find a range of über-German beer mugs, festive nutcrackers and traditional Bavarian attire. Football fans should check out the recently opened FC Bayern store.
A number of ATMs are located throughout the two terminals. There are also banks on level three of the Airport Centre and Terminal 2 arrivals and departures halls.
Grab a snack with a view at Horizont, located off the Skywalk rooftop viewing platform (which costs €2 to access). Tuck into a smoked paprika and pepper pork Bockwurst or a Berlin-style Currywurst and gaze out over the runways. For something a little more exotic, make for Mangostin (also in Terminal 2). Decorated with wooden elephants this excellent Asian restaurant serves sushi, noodles and curries.
For a behind-the-scenes airport experience, check in early and board a coach for a tour of the runways, hangars and engine testing facility - it takes 50 minutes to complete the eight-mile route. Or why not enjoy the last few hours of your holiday with a spot of pampering? Stop for a pedicure at Be Relax in Terminal 1 before visiting the hairdressers in Terminal 2 for a trim.
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The buzzing capital of Bavaria has something for everyone. Science geeks can get their fill of gadgets and gizmos at the Deutsches Museum, while culture vultures should make for the Residenz - a stunning testament to the wealth of the Wittelsbach dynasty. But if you prefer simple pleasures, give up driving duties for the afternoon and head to one of the city's many beer gardens.
With direct access to nearly 60 miles of cross-country trails and three pistes, Tegernsee in the Bavarian Alps is a favoured spot of the Munich jet-set. Not packed your skis? The picturesque lakeside town boasts a number of hiking trails and walking paths.
Escape city life and explore Germany's fourth largest lake. Spend a regal afternoon looking around the wealthy city of Starnberg's castle (at the northern shore) and the royal villa of King Ludwig II of Bavaria, situated on Roseninsel (Rose Island). Hire a pedal or motor boat, or join a guided cruise, and take in the sights from the water with the Alps providing a breathtaking backdrop.
One of the oldest settlements in Bavaria, sitting pretty on two hills on the banks of the Isar river, the historic city centre is home to a twin-towered Romanesque cathedral, Weihenstephan brewery, which has been in operation since 1040, and Marienplatz market. The thriving student population makes for a lively late-night scene.