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History, culture and delicious beer lay the foundations for any visit to marvellous Munich

Germany’s third-largest city and the bustling capital of beautiful Bavaria, Munich is one of Europe’s most exciting, artistic and historic cities. Located in Bavaria’s south on the River Isar, the city is often referred to as the ‘City of Beer and Art’, and its culinary heritage and rich portfolio of cultural attractions are characteristics that every visitor will come to appreciate during their time in Munich.

  • Absorb the stunning landmarks surrounding Marienplatz.
  • Experience Munich’s atmospheric Christmas market.
  • Sip Bavarian brews during the vibrant Oktoberfest celebrations.
  • Visit one of the city’s famous palaces.
  • Wander around the peaceful and scenic English Garden.
  • Head to the various art museums found at Konigsplatz.
  • Explore Munich’s modern BMW Museum.

For lovers of art, there’s no better place to descend on than The Kunstareal, Munich’s art quarter which is home to four major venues that display everything from works of art from true masters, through to more modern-day designs. For classic pieces from Dutch, Flemish, Italian and French masters, opt for Alte Pinakothek, while those hoping to see modern works from the likes of Picasso and Warhol should head to the Pinakothek der Moderne – there’s a venue for all tastes.

If art comprises half of Munich’s identity, the other half is very much defined by beer. Functioning as an integral part of day to day Munich life for centuries, the city’s historic brewing tradition is just as significant today as it has been throughout Munich’s history. While you can sample some of these world-class brews in countless pubs, bars and beer halls, the headline act of Munich’s annual beer appreciation is the famous Oktoberfest, when over six million people descend on the city to consume over seven million litres of beer. The festival and numerous beer halls are also great places to sample traditional Bavarian cuisine, including its range of tasty sausages and schnitzels.

Munich is also a very walkable city, with many landmarks to be discovered within its old town, including its main square, Marienplatz, which is surrounded by the likes of the New City Hall and Old City Hall, as well as being the host to the city’s famous Christmas market. From an expansive square to expansive gardens, Munich’s English Garden, or Englischer Garten, is the perfect place to escape to on a sunny day, where one can enjoy walks through pristine nature, alongside nine kilometres of winding streams and an artificial lake.

Despite its history and heritage, as well as its rich Bavarian cultural identity that can be detected throughout the city, Munich is also one of Germany’s most innovative cities, recognised as something of a hub of technology. Nowhere showcases this better than the BMW Museum and the Deutsches Museum, both a nod to Munich’s scientific and technological significance.

You can surf in a river, there are more than 100 art galleries and there are in excess of 60 beer gardens. This is all true! This place is vibrant, young, full of opportunities for outdoor fun. And yet, its cultural, elegant, and so green... You can simply do it all in Munich, and you should!

Melania Siriu
Travel Designer
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