The Munich tram network is an important part of local life. Our love affair with trams dates back a long time here in Munich. The tram network in Munich was launched on October 21, 1876. Initially the carriages were pulled by horses but between 1895 and 1918 the network was gradually electrified and eventually the horses were replaced with electric motor trams.
During the First and Second World Wars and during the Munich Soviet Revolution, tram operations were limited and in 1945 completely taken out of service for just under a month. Once they had been recommissioned, the network was expanded and in 1966 was the longest it has ever been, spanning no less than 134 km.
With the advent of the U-Bahn (subway) it was expected that the trams would be taken out of service over the years, however in 1986 Munich city council decided to retain the tram system. The network has even been expanded since 1996.
13 lines operate along the 79-kilometer network and max. 91 of the 108 trams are scheduled to run at any one time (as at June 2014). In 2013, 105 million out of a total of 544 million Munich Transport Corporation passengers used the tram. 108 of the full 166 stops are serviced by four night lines which run 24/7.
The tram is therefore a great, handy alternative to tourist sightseeing buses for getting to know the city alongside locals. The easiest option is to get a day pass which allows you to hop on and off as much as you want all day long.
Munich’s loveliest tram lines
The Museum Line 20 takes you to the prettiest and most famous museums in Munich, such as the Pinakotheken.
Line 17 takes you from Mariahilfplatz over the Isar, right through the old town and on to the Nymphenburg Palace.
Line 16 takes you to a beautiful part of the city known as Lehel. Lehel is one part of Munich that you simply cannot afford to miss. The park here, with its English Garden, is one of the most famous urban parks in the world, and the “surfer wave” in the Eisbach river has reached cult status. With its magnificent streets of houses, Lehel also has a lot to offer from an architectural perspective. What’s more, some of Germany’s most renowned museums can be found here, such as the Haus der Kunst and the Bavarian National Museum.
This line takes you along the English Garden, where you really should stop, and then terminates at one of Munich’s most beautiful beer gardens, the St. Emmeramsmühle.
You can get an up-to-date overview of the Munich tram network here. https://www.mvg.de/dam/mvg/plaene/liniennetzplaene/tramnetz.pdf