Munich is the capital of Germany’s southermost state, Bavaria. Famous for its Oktoberfest beer festival, Munich has much more to offer than exquisite beers : its one of Germany’s most prosperous cities, and regularly makes it in the Top Quality of life rankings.
Although the cityis very safe, some areas attracts a lot of pickpockets and crooks who take advantage of the crowds on the city’s streets.
SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods and areas, details on scams and other risks, as well as some useful travel advice.
The City center is delimited by the old town fortifications, and is where all the main touristic attractions can be found (the New City Hall, the Frauenkirche church) as well as the department stores and international fashion and luxury brands. There can be some pickpockets in this area.
Maxvorstadt is an upscale academic and arts area, located north of the center. There are many museums, little shops and restaurants. It is often called “the Brain of Munich”
Ludwigvorstadt and Isarvorstadt are south of Munich’s central station. The area is a small red light district, but is perfectly safe and home to a lot of restaurants, bars and cafés. The area around Blumenstraße is known for its nightclubs.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERAL RISK: LOW
Munich is a very safe city. With a rating of 86% Germany, is ranked 14th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: MEDIUM
There is some pickpocket-related risk in Munich. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.
MUGGING & KIDNAPPING RISK: LOW
Munich is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.
SCAMS RISK: LOW
There are virtually no scammers in Munich. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW
Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Berlin.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: LOW
There are no natural hazards in Munich. Be careful with the river, which can have strong currents
TERRORISM RISK: MEDIUM
Munich has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks, but it is best to stay alert.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Munich is generally very safe for women travelers.
Avoid Being A Victim! 10 Tips for Your Personal Safety
It is best to carry a small bag across your shoulder or wear a concealed pouch rather than a back pack
Carry as little cash as you can
Don’t keep your wallet in your back pocket
Beware of individuals who act strangely and who try to divert your attention in order to steal your belongings.
Pay special attention while seating on restaurants and café terraces, when you are withdrawing money from ATMs or near tourist attractions
Never keep your mobile phone or wallet on the table of a café or restaurant.
Don’t wear expensive jewellery in an ostentatious way
If an attacker tries to snatch your bag, don’t try to stop them as you will risk being injured
Thieves commonly work near tourist attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, hotels, beaches, trains, train stations, airports, subways and target vehicles with non-local license plates.
Most but not all of pickpockets work in groups, often as teenagers
The currency in Germany and most of Europe is the Euro. Germany is cheaper than other European countries, but the costs can add up in the main cities. Allow a budget of at least 60€ per day including accommodation.
The weather in Germany is colder than France and Spain, especially around Berlin. The best time to visit is around summer (June-September), although major cities can be visited year-long (days can be short in the middle of winter in Berlin).