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The Munich Tourist office has two locations. The Hauptbahnhof (main train station) tourist office is open Monday through Saturday 9–8 and Sunday 10–6. The Tourist office in the Rathaus (town hall) is open weekdays 9–7, Saturday 9–6, and Sunday 10–4.

For information on the Bavarian mountain region south of Munich, contact the Tourismusverband München-Oberbayern.

As well as tourist offices, a great way to start your Munich visit is to go to infopoint, in the Alterhof’s Kaiserburg, an information center for castles across Bavaria. Here, in a superbly atmospheric vaulted cellar, there are two films (ask for English versions), which combined make a great introduction to any Munich visit. One film is about the city’s history, the other about the Alterhof. From Marienplatz, walk 170 meters down the attractive Burgstrasse, through the Alterhof tower. On the right is infopoint. Around 100 meters farther, you’ll pass the Münzhof entrance, and another 50 meters is the Residenz Theater, next to the Residenz. Along with the films, this walk is an incredible 350-meter introduction to 1,000 years of Munich history.

Visitor Information

Munich Tourist Office—Hauptbahnhof (Hauptbahnhof, Bahnhofpl. 2, Ludwigvorstadt, Munich, 80335. 089/23396500. . www.muenchen.de/tam.)

Munich Tourist Office—Rathaus (Tourist Office at Rathaus, Marienplatz 2, City Center, Munich, 80331. 089/2339–6500.)

Tourismusverband München-Oberbayern (www.oberbayern.de.)