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The heart of Munich's city center is a wonderful blend of old world history and modern architecture. Altstadt (Old Town), includes architectural icons such as the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) and Frauenkirche (women's church). Tourists and locals will all appreciate Hofbräu beer, a local beer served in myriad pubs, restaurants and special Hofbräuhauses in and around Munich. Country music is popular in the Hofbräuhaus, and no traveler to Munich should leave without visiting one!
All suburban trains, subways, and trams in the city make least one stop in or near Munich's center. Munich is served by one main rail transport system - München Hbf, or Munich Hauptbahnhof. The latter simply means main station. Some trains stop at Munich Ost or Munich Pasing on their way into or out of Munich Hbf, the city main train station.
One of the best methods of travel from München Hbf to Munich city center via foot - the station is only a six-minute walk from the city center. Marienplatz, the main pedestrian square, is just 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers) away takes just 16 minutes or less to get to on foot. The streets here are pedestrian-friendly, allowing tourists to walk freely. Even the most navigationally impaired traveler will find the walk from the München Hbf to the Munich city center a breeze, since it is pretty much a straight route from the front of the train station. A popular dining spot on this route is Augustiner-Keller which serves Bavarian food and beer, has an indoor beer hall and outdoor beer garden, and is just nine minutes away from the station on Arnulfstrasse 52. Travelers can also take a break from walking at the Rechthaler Hof restaurant which is diagonally across the train station München Hbf, also just nine minutes away. Rechthaler Hof restaurant is popular for its Ayinger beer.
Munich has three main train stations: München Hauptbahnhof, München Ostbahnhof and München Pasing. All three train stations are linked via public transport and are less than 15 minutes from each other. München Hauptbahnhof (Hbf) is just under a mile from the city center, and just over a mile to the very heart of this dynamic city. In any case, walking from the station to the city center should never take longer than 20 minutes for travelers with full mobility. Train station München Hbf also links Munich's underground and suburban train lines (U-Bahn and S-Bahn).
During the month of October, Oktoberfest is just a 10 minute walk away from train station München Hbf. Munich Central Bus Station is about seven minutes away on foot. Pretty much all tourist attractions including Karlsplatz (Stachus) are easily accessible on foot from München Hbf. Karlsplatz (Stachus) is ten minutes away from the train station and is considered one of the main city squares where people gather in summer to relax near the fountain. In winter Karlsplatz (Stachus) is transformed into an ice rink.
The majority of S-Bahn stations are wheelchair accessible, from the street to the platform. The Munich Transport and Tariff Association (MVV) advises that 85% of S-Bahn stations have barrier-free access. All S-Bahn trains are equipped with a portable ramp that the train conductor sets up for wheelchair access. The ramp is stored in a compartment inside the first car. Travelers should flag down a train operator to set up the ramp, and they will get up to set-up the ramp for you. The first car of each S-Bahn train features a dedicated wheelchair space. Seats also fold down from the wall, so that able-bodied travelers can sit if there are no wheelchairs in the carriage. Wheelchair user can also push a signal button on the wall/bulkhead to the left to signal when they wish to disembark. Using this signal button lets the operator know when to set up the wheelchair ramp.
Munich has two bus stations, Munich Central Bus Station (ZOB) and Munich Frotmanning, located on the outskirts of Munich. The bus stations and train stations are all close to shops, restaurants and hotels. Travelers should take note that Munich has paid restroom facilities. Both train stations offer luggage storage. Travelers can take advantage of free WiFi while at the station. Since the distance is just under a mile, the best way to explore Munich is to walk.