Storybook Munich is nestled north of the Bavarian Alps on the River Isar. It is the capital of Germany’s Bavarian state, a region known for its mountainous landscapes and fairytale castles.
Taking its name from a community of medieval Benedictine monks, the city became the seat of the dukes of Bavaria. The dynastic Wittelsbach family continued their rule until the 20th century and many grand buildings and artistic masterworks were composed here by artists such as Wagner. Heavily bombed by the Allies during WWII, Munich preserved its original street grid in reconstruction, and consistently ranks as one of the world’s most livable and pleasant cities.
Much of Munich’s life is centered at the Marienplatz, where both the impressive New Town Hall and old town hall co-exist. The square is centered around the Marian Tower and the city center is still bordered by three surviving medieval city gates from its original fortifications. The Baroque Frauenkirche and Peterskirche with its famous rounded towers are both significant cultural touchstones for Munich’s strong religious past, while the many opulent palaces, like the Nymphenburg, are a testament to the power of its old Bavarian royalty.
Adrift on an island of the Isar, Munich’s German Museum is one of the most historic and interesting science museums in the world. Alte Pinakothek comprises an artistic collection assembled from the whims of the Wittelsbachs, and includes works by Albrecht Durer and Raphael. Once a gracious host to the most celebrated composers of the past, Munich’s musical tradition lives on at the Nationaltheater and Gasteig center. Of course, no visit to Munich would be complete without tippling some local beer at Hofbrauhaus am Platzl, a world famous beer hall, or the annual Oktoberfest festival.
Munich’s many traditional markets are a delight for dedicated shoppers. By far the most popular for produce is the ancient Viktualienmarkt, and at Christmas time, adults and children alike fall under the spell of the Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz. More modern shopping awaits at the Kaufingertor with its intriguing light displays, and the large Hirmer Munich and Karstadt Bahnhofplatz have got you covered for the height of men and women’s fashion.
Get around easily on the U-Bahn and S-Bahn public transportation system. Connections to other cities around Germany and Europe are easily made at the large train station, and Franz Josef Strauss International Airport welcomes travelers from all over the world.
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