Munich is the capital and most populated city in the German state of Bavaria. It lies on the banks of the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps and is the third largest city in Germany after Berlin and Hamburg, with a population of around 1.5 million people.
The city enjoys a very high standard of living and is a major centre of art, education, business and tourism.
Munich is the traditional Germany, it is home to Lederhosen, traditional Biergartens and the biggest beer festival in the world. Oktoberfest attracts around 6 million visitors and is the highlight of Germany’s events calendar. The festival used to run from October but now runs from September due to the fairer weather conditions and warmer nights.
If you are visiting Munich for the culture, it won’t disappoint. Marien Square is the central square in the heart of the city and holds the New Town Hall of Munich, the tower of which holds the 100 year old chiming clock called the Glockenspiel. From here you can explore some of the city’s most historic buildings, churches and landmarks.
The concentration camp of Dachau which lies 10 miles west of Munich was one of the first concentration camps in Nazi Germany. Dachau visitors follow the ‘path of the prisoner’ and you are able to see original prisoner barracks, courtyards and the crematorium. An eerie reminder of the horrors of World War II.
Germany has been a world leader in public transportation and Munich has some of the best options to help you get around. Easy trains, subways and trams will connect you around the city and provide access to amazing day trips.
You can easily book multiple day passes for the metro which would work out cheaper than buying day to day.
Munich is well known for its unique culinary cuisine. From cosy restaurants serving authentic German food to Michelin star rated restaurants, whatever your budget it will be well spent on the amazing restaurants the city has to offer. Strolling along the narrow lanes in the heart of the Old Town, you will find the restaurant Historisches Eck in one of the quaintest corner, which is famed for its amazing dishes and even better wine!
There is a brilliant mix of laid back eateries and wild nights out in Munich so whatever you’re in the mood for, you will certainly find it!
Munich is famous for its shopping and the boulevard between Marienplatz and Karlsplatz is a pedestrian zone and the busiest shopping are in the city. There are a number of department stores situated here and bigger shops aiming at lower and mid budgets.
The street leading from Marienplatz leads to the entrance of Munich’s newest shopping centre called Fünf Höfe (Five Courts) which is a fascinating ensemble of modern architecture housing shops, bistros and cafes.
There are also a handful of markets if you prefer the bustle of the street stalls. These are home to some of the best food stalls here offering meats, sea food, breads, honey products and special herbs and spices.
Any shop-a-holic will love Munich for the sheer number of shops on offer!