|Cost of Living in Munich
psychological barrier with life in Munich is the cost of living. It rates
among one of the most expensive cities to live in, in Europe.
one of the safest and most organised to be in, in Europe. I guess you could
say that a level of compliance cost was built-in to maintain the level of
discipline in life.
Of yes, another psychological barrier. The Value-added Tax (VAT) or
MwSt (Mehrwertsteuer) in German is a whopping 19%.
start with the bare necessities and that is food, clothing and shelter
followed by transport and entry fees for sightseeing.
|Average Daily Allowance for
TOTAL DAILY AVERAGE
40.60 living + 180 lodging
|Please note that in Germany, cash is
most used with most establishments not accepting credit cards.
Electronic Cash (using the EC Card) is also often used in place of
cash. This card is issued by a bank in the European Union and
transacts directly from your bank account.
Roast pork, served with German dumplings (knudel) and blaukraut
(cabbage... in this case, the blue variety).
is plentiful in Munich, with eateries ranging from the 1.50
semmel (sandwich roll) to the full
served restaurant meal hitting the 99.00 (or beyond, these days). For
local meals such as the schweinehaxe
(roasted pork knuckles), schweinebraten
(roasted port) or entebraten (roasted
duck), they range from 6.50 to about 9.50 depending on location. The
average meal and a soft drink will set you back 16.00
meals are expensive and scarce. Jade, our favourite Chinese restaurant
the Munich eastern
serves a good variety of noodles, rice mixes and Cantonese a-la-carte
Our meals at Jade cost a minimum 35.00 for two people, including soft
drinks with us regularly spending 50.00 for meals which include their
tasty sweet-corn and chicken soup, half a roasted duck, some fried
vegetables and another dish of some sort. Lunch is slightly cheaper on
most days, with specials costing half the
price than it normally would during dinner time. Fast food outlets have
their packaged meals ranging around the 4.50 to 6.50 mark.
of the above to be the case, a budget daily of allowance of 37.00 is
allocated for meals. This would be two averaged meals of 16.00 each
and an additional 5.00 in more drinks for the day.
A good winter shoe
Kickers Sportstar gives is an example of a shoe that gives you good
support and protection from the snow in Munich's winter months.
Munich sharing the fashion capital of the world status with Milan,
Paris, London and New York it is again no wonder that fashion (or
mode in German) can get rather pricey, depending on how in style you
to be. For most people who have become used to 32°C tropical climatic
conditions, fall and spring in Munich can be rather cool and its winters
Germans tend to dress well as they go about their daily lives, so you
might want to do the same whilst in Germany just to be part of it all.
Melbournians, Munich can be rather cold in winter as -7°C temperatures
are quite common then. The summers can become warm (over 35°C) and
rather humid (~ 99%). Although these conditions during summer
supposed to be few and far between, global warming has produced a
straight month worth of these warm and humid climatic conditions in
Munich in the summer of 2006.
Having said all of this, I checked the weather report for the start of
Spring (called frühling in German, meaning "the early") and it
said "snow showers". The weather can be unpredictable, so use this
as a guide.
temperatures drop below 0ºC
need to keep warm with gloves, scarves, a good jacket, good walking (and
snow protected) shoes, headwear and appropriate clothing.
Indicative pricing for gloves is about
12, a good scarf around 15 and hat a
further 20. A good jacket can set you back 70 in the local
C&A store, while winter shoes such as
the Kickers Sportstar is about 65.
Therefore, budget around 180 to
protect yourself from the winter.
Rothenberg ob der Tauber
certainly do not come cheap here in Germany with the average price of a
hotel room around 180 a night. This price tend to more than
double during festive and convention seasons in Munich. In recent
times, budget hotels began popping up all around town, bringing the
average price of a good clean room down. Large chain budget hotels
like the Mercure or Accorhotels Group, Best Western and the Ibis
were primarily responsible for the competition and thus, the reduction
in hotel prices of late.
No longer used for commercial transportation, horse rides are a novelty
|Munich has a great automated
network but unfortunately, this luxury does not come cheap. Most
trains, trams and busses have information screens within them displaying
where you are stopping next so there's little need to panic, searching
for the all-too-familiar road name you wish to disembark from.
Tickets for travel are purchased
according to the number of sectors you wish to travel (normally, for
short distances) or the number of zones you wish to travel between.
Once this is decided, you will need to decide on the travel duration -
single trip, daily or monthly. There are several other variations of
what you can purchase but generally, that's it! Tickets must be
validated at a ticket stamping machine once you commence travel and can
be used on trams, busses or trains.
For the best value, the single day ticket
(called the Single Tageskarte) costs 4.60 and
gives you the opportunity to travel all around Munich in the inner city
area for the entire day. By contrast, a single journey ticket in
the same zone costs 2.20 and a monthly ticket 38.50
Built by King Ludwig II - the fariy tale king. This caslte is
perhaps better known as the model to which the Walt Disney"s
Cinderella"s Castle was built
Gold statue outside
|Setting an allowance for
Entertainment such as visiting
museums, galleries, castles etc. would be a very good idea. Some
places like the Neuschwanstein or Lindehof Castles can not be easily
normal public transport, so car rental or joining a tour bus would be a
good idea. That is, of course, if the tour is conducted in
Munich has really good museums like the
world renowned Deutsches Museum and 3 art museums, namely the Altes
Pinakothek, the Neues Pinakothek and the Pinakothek der moderne.
Entrance fees for these places, starting from that of the Deutsches
Museum are 8.50, 5.50, 8.00 and 9.50 respectively. The Lenbach
House, City Museum, National Museum of Bavaria, The House of Art and
Haus der Kunst are a string of impressive museum names within Munich to
Castles such as Schloss Nymphemburg, which is located
in the city is accessible via tramcar with visit costing 5 or
10 if you also wish to visit the parks
and museums that are on-site. Within Munich, there are some more
castles but as you drive out of the city, more castles, churches and
quaint but fantastically interesting cities await you. Most of
King Ludwig II (The fairy tale king) castles are located outside of
Munich as are castles belonging to the barons and dukes of the medieval
One shouldn't forget too that beyond
castles and museums in Bavaria and Austria, they are also very beautiful
lakes (Lake Starnberg, Lake Tegern and Lake Chiem to name but a few) to
take excursions on, theme parks, caves, parks, beergardens, historic
churches, medieval cities etc etc... the list simply goes on and on..
For the purpose of planning, a budget of 15 per tour day
should be put aside.