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Manchester United fans travel to Germany for a mouth-watering clash with Bayern Munich this September. For any Reds planning their trip, Football Ground Guide gives you all you need to know.
What is Munich like for away fans?
United fans are no strangers to this wonderful south German city, having visited as recently as 2014, and several times before that.
Munich, of course, holds a special significance for United, being the site for the 1958 Munich Air Disaster, in which eight of the club's players were killed.
Any Reds hoping to pay tribute to the victims of the crash will likely want to visit Manchesterplatz.
A memorial was built there in 2004 on the spot where the disaster occurred, and a new street name was formed as a result, Manchesterplatz. It's a tiny square tucked between two streets. There are no significant buildings or features apart from the monument, which offers an opportunity for poignant reflection.
Fortunately, the monument is easily accessible on Munich's excellent public transport system. Head to the U- and S-Bahn station named Trudering, and, if you need to ask for directions from locals, ask for the more well-known spot: Kirchtruderingerstr.
Elsewhere in Munich, it'll be Oktoberfest when United are in town. There's plenty to get stuck into there.
Manchester United fans guide to Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest has pushed up the prices of flights and accommodation for United fans travelling for this game. However, it does present a perfect opportunity to tick off a bucket-list item and attend the iconic annual beer festival in Bavaria.
The Oktoberfest site itself is huge and, digesting the guides of locals, here's our top tips in short: arrive early, be prepared for expensive food and beer, take some water and enjoy the day.
Where to drink in Munich?
First of all, unlike in English grounds, German stadiums do not have restrictions on the consumption of alcohol. It is commonly regarded that German soil is one of the best places to get some beer and watch football in large numbers. Even then, that does not stop away fans from seeking some of the best pubs for excellent pre-match experience. It is difficult to find many pubs close to the ground, but there are several choices in the city centre. The top ones recommended by previous visitors to Munich are:
This is an excellent choice for fans who want to get some delicious food along with beer. This is located in the city centre but you will have quick access to metro stations nearby.
Drinks, music, and sports are the key ingredients of Café Schiller, which possesses a large screen for showing different sports events. You will be able to come across anything from rugby to boxing in these screens. Unsurprisingly, Café Schiller is considered to be the best sports bar in the city.
Kilians Irish Pub
This is a solid Irish bar that provides a great place for watching games that take place at the Allianz Arena. It can be one of the first choices you can consider if you do not have a ticket to the game. There is also another major reason to consider this sports bar – Guinness!
What will the Allianz Arena away section be like for Manchester United fans?
Even 18 years after being opened, the Allianz Arena remains a modern, up-to-date ground with top-class facilities. It is one of the best destinations to watch football due to its expansive nature.
The ground may lack in the personality of an old stadium, but it has all the modern conveniences. There are numerous options for getting food and drinks, while the clean concourses make for a pleasurable experience.
An away fan who is visiting the Allianz Arena will be put inside the third tier of the North stand. This section is very far away from the pitch, but it also results in some excellent views. It's a steep seating arrangement.
If you are visiting the Allianz Arena for a Champions League night, the allocation of tickets will be just over 3000. Manchester United's allocation for this game is 3,779 and the Reds have sold out.
Fans should be prepared for sparse environment near the stadium, as it is far from the city centre. The lack of entertainment options aside from the football is a stark contrast to many of the older stadiums. For those who want to stay near the stadium, the options are limited. But there is always an option of staying in the city and taking the excellent public transport to the ground. There are numerous hotels in the city centre.
How to get to the Allianz Arena
Even though the ground is quite far away from the city centre, it remains well connected by train and metro.
Take the Line 6 to get off at Fröttmaning. If you are in the old city centre, the Line 6 will take you to the Marienplatz and it is a 15 minute ride. If trams are preferred over the metro, it is possible to take a tram to Marienplatz from Ostbahnhof and Hauptbahnhof, which happen to be the largest train stations in Munich.
Allianz Arena stadium tour: How to visit the Bayern Munich ground
There are a number of stadium tour options at Allianz Arena, which also manages to house the largest museum for a club in the country. A fan can choose a combi-tour to go behind-the-scenes and see some of the facilities that are usually hidden from the public view – like dressing rooms, press conference rooms, players’ tunnel, and more. Once you purchase the combi-tour package, you will be given access to the Bayern Munich museum as well. This is the place where all the key historical elements of the club are kept under one roof. The entire tour should last for around one hour, but it is also recommended that you spend almost the same time in the museum section.
The combi-tour will only cost €25 for an adult and € 11 for kids between 6 and 13 years of age. If you are eligible for any concessions, the price drops to €22.
Allianz Arena tickets: How to watch a Bayern Munich game
Getting tickets for a big match at Bayern Munich can be difficult, but smaller matches can be more easily accesible. If there are any United fans travelling without tickets but still wishing to see a Bayern game, the German champions are at home to Bochum on the Saturday after the UEFA Champions League match.
Tickets are currently sold out for that game but a buy-and-sell marketplace is available here. Fans can also purchase re-sold tickets online, but must be cautious to avoid scammers.
How to get Bayern Munich vs Manchester United tickets
Due to significant demand, strict limitations are in place for Manchester United fans hoping to attend this game, and ticket sales are already completed.
Fans can try to purchase tickets in the home end online, but should be careful to avoid scammers and to act appropriately if attending as an away supporter in a home end.