Before You Go to Munich
Before You Get on the Plane
Before visiting Munich, you’ll want to make sure that all of your important documentation is up to date and available. It might help to make a checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything. The documents that you will need to bring with you include: a visa, driver’s license, picture identification card, passport, marriage certificates, and health care cards.
Essentially, if you are citizen of the EU/EEA you do not need a visa to enter Germany. You simply need to register at a local police station if you plan on an extended stay in Munich longer than 90 days. For this, you will need your passport (or photo ID) and a copy of your lease agreement. For more information on longer stays in Munich, read further on, to our Relocation Tips.
Non-EU/EEA citizens are generally required to acquire a valid visa to enter Germany. The exception to this rule applies to nationals from Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the United States; all of whom do not need a visa to enter Germany for stays less than 90 days.
Many Germans speak English. However, this is not guaranteed. It’s therefore a good idea to brush up on some basic phrases while staying in Munich.
Have a check-up with your doctor and dentist before you go. Receive all necessary immunizations before you leave. Also stock up on prescriptions to take with you – you'll most likely be able to get them while staying in Munich but it's just another thing to worry about while you're there.
By Train - Walk from your gate at Munich Airport, follow the signs and go to the S-Bahn station. Purchase a ticket that will take you to Munich Hauptbahnhof, the main station. From there, go on to other areas of the city. Useful links: Munich Airport: Munich Airport
As with any city, your personal safety needs to be a priority while visiting Munich. Take the time to program your phone, as well as memorize the following emergency numbers:
- Police (Polizei) Tel: 110
- Fire Service (Feuerwehr) Tel: 112
- Ambulance (Rettungswagen) Tel: 112
- Non-Emergency – Doctor on call Tel: 116, 117
A few practical safety tips will help ensure that your trip to Munich is both safe and enjoyable:
- Make sure to carry your cell phone with you at all times
- Avoid going out alone at night
- Don’t carry excessive amounts of cash on your person
- Ensure that you don’t have your valuables on display, particularly when using public transport.