Munich is the capital city of Bavaria, the largest federal-state of Germany. Munich is a wonderfully historical city, situated at the foothills of the Alps and within easy reach of some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. Munich is mostly famous for its architectural buildings, many dating back to the late 1800s, and also its culture which is second to none in Germany and of course the world famous annual Oktoberfest beer festival.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN MUNICH
- The first Oktoberfest took place over 200 years ago to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen and it has been hugely popular ever since. There are many more things to do in Munich including some wonderful palaces and castles. Schloss Nymphenburg was the summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria and is the largest Baroque palace in Germany. There palace gardens are huge, free to enter and a wonderful place to relax. The Munich Residenz is also the largest city palace in Germany with parts dating back to 1385. The palace is open to visitors and inside, the rooms are exquisitely decorated including the Hall of Antiquities (Antiquarium) built in the 1570s and adorned with incredible paintings.
- Munich has a huge number of wonderful museums throughout the city. The City Museum of Munich is a great place to find out about the history of this great city. The museum has regular seasonal variations and wonderful collections of both musical instruments and puppets. A great one for the family is the Deutsches Museum, a wonderful hands-on, interactive natural science museum and one of the largest in the world. Inside the Munich Residenz is the Treasury, is a fantastic collection of Bavarian royal furniture, art and jewels.
- Munich also has some wonderful parks of which Englischer Garten is very popular. Free to enter and a great place to relax or have a drink in Munich’s second largest beer garden which is also here.
EATING OUT & NIGHTLIFE IN MUNICH
If you like Bavarian food, then Munich is the place for you. A good breakfast choice would be the Weißwurst, a tasty sausage typical eaten along with a Weissbier (white beer made from wheat). Munich also offers great value snacks and the butcher is a good place to find them. This includes Leberkässemmeln which is a spicy meat served in a white roll with a sweet mustard.
GETTING AROUND IN MUNICH
As expected, Munich has an excellent modern transport system including the tram, bus, metro and tube with a good variation of ticket types to suit most travellers. Munich is also very bike friendly and so a great way to discover the city. Bikes are easily rented and can be dropped off at a different destination. Bikes and pedestrians tend to use the same path so it is always worth keeping an eye on people around you while cycling.
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