The capital city of Bavaria, Munich is the third most populous city in Germany. Located on the river Isar, the city is famous for its spectacular architecture, fine culture, and annual Oktoberfest, that attracts thousands of visitors every year. Munich is Germany's most prosperous city and often appears in the global top 10 quality of life rankings. The city's international airport is a major hub for Lufthansa and the Star Alliance, which means that Munich is very well connected internationally so you can easily find airfare from Birmingham, London and a number of other airports around the UK. The airport has expanded massively in recent years, and offers many cheap flights to most airports in Germany and other major cities in Europe, in addition to many intercontinental destinations. There are also a number of low-cost carriers that are committed to providing cheap flights to and from the city. Many travellers to the city are astonished by the quality of the architecture in the city. Although Munich was damaged extensively during the Second World War, many of its historic buildings have been successfully rebuilt and the city is similar to as it was in the late 19th Century. The city in the south of Bavaria has a dynamic cultural scene that rivals Berlin for variety and quality. Olympia Park, the site of the 1972 Olympic Games, is a must for visitors to the area, and the city's Oktoberfest is one of the most popular festivals in Europe.
Following your flight to the city there are a couple of reliable transport options for getting from the airport to Munich centre. The S-Bahn lines S1 and S8 run from the airport station to Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) via the outer districts of the city. As of 2013, the journey will cost you EUR10.40 for a single ticket or EUR11.20 for a day pass. These trains run every 5-20 minutes and take approximately 40 minutes to reach the centre of the city. If you would prefer to take a taxi once your flight has landed, the airport's taxi rank is located outside Terminal 1, on the arrival and departure level 4. These taxi services are fast and efficient and quite reasonably priced. There is also an airport shuttle bus operated by Lufthansa that travels directly to Central Station and is comparably priced.