One of Germany’s most visited destinations; Munich is capital of Bavaria, and famous around the world for its hospitality. Anyone who ever heard the term Oktoberfest, surely understands this city’s biggest claim to fame. It’s not just the beer, oh no. The people and spirit of Munich can cheer up the most moody quest.
Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, Munich has a season and a solution to the doldrums. Beer, that’s always on tap by the tens of liters, but it’s the countless gardens, the unmistakable alpine crispness, chestnut trees and Christmas markets that make this place a home away from home for travelers. Cultural, guttural, refined, and down to Earth, Munich is many things to many people.
A History of Excellence
Munich offers the tourist some of Germany's finest museums, like the Lenbachhaus, the Deutsches Museum of technical achievement, and more recent archived knowledge at Pinakothek der Moderne. Architectural treasures abound too, historically significant places like the beautiful Baroque Schloss Nymphenburg, and medieval Residenz. Visitors are always amazed too, on seeing Munich’s wondrous parks; Englischer Garten, and especially Tierpark Hellabrun.
Few cities have more scenic backdrops than the German Alps, and Munich Nymphenburg offers still more outdoor bliss for the traveler and the local. Other impressive things to see are; Glyptothek, the National Bavarian Museum, and Riemer Park, just to name a few.
Active and On the Go
Munich is a city always on the go too. Shopping, drinking, eating, or snowboarding in the Alps, the people of Munich simply cannot sit still. The Olympic Stadium, Munich at Allianz Arena, Olympic Park, river surfing Englischer Garten, skiing at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, there’s limitless sports activity for everyone in the family here.
We mentioned shopping, didn’t we? There’s a Munich sport everyone can identify with. Munich has some of the most upscale and complete shopping experiences anywhere in Europe, the world even. Markets to chic boutiques, and everything in between, you find plenty to task your credit card with in this city. A walk down Leopoldstrasse alone is enough to send spending limits to the max.
Nightlife & Culture
Like most European metropolises, Munich has its fair share of art galleries, theaters, opera and ballet offerings, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Residenztheater, many, many more. Nearby restaurants, the aforementioned beer gardens everywhere, discos, bars, taverns, you name it, Munich has entertainment after dark – and until dawn. If you get lost and cannot find a party, head over to Haidhausen, there’s one there any time.
Wining and dining is never a problem in a place that believes in living life to the fullest. If ever there were a city with an overzealous appetite, it might have to be Munich. Weißwurst for breakfast, lager for lunch and dinner, you don’t have to wait for Oktoberfest to enjoy yourself here. Munich is a glass all the way full, in half empty world.
Main attractions: BMW Museum, Deutsches Museum, Glyptothek, National Museum of Egyptian Art, Villa Stuck, Tierpark Hellabrunn, Hirschgarten, Schloss Nymphenburg, Schloss Dachau, Schloss Schleißheim, and many more.
Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
Official language: German
Area: 310.43 km2 (119.86 sq mi)
- Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)
- Primary Socket Type: Europlug, Schuko
- Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.): Plug adapter
- 110-120V electronics: Plug adapter + step-down transformer
- Hair dryers, curling irons, etc.: Plug adapter + voltage converter
Other places to see & things to do: Residenz, Oktoberfest, Maibaumaufstellung, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, River-Surfing, Riemer Park, Englischer Garten, Museum Brandhorst and others.
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