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Ten reasons for Munich

Nymphenburg Castle

Lederhosen, beer, and Oktoberfest: typical of Germany – this is the worldwide known cliché. This picture was shaped by Bavaria and its state capital Munich, where you can find all this and a lot more.

Frauenkirche and town hall, Munich

Glockenspiel at Marienplatz

Don’t miss Munich city center, especially the carillon in the tower of the New Town Hall. The 32 figures make their big dance appearances two to three times a day. Then numerous spectators gather on Marienplatz in front of the neo-Gothic building and honor Germany’s largest carillon with a flash of lightning.

Hofbrauhaus, Munich

Hofbrauhaus am Platzl

The Hofbräuhaus am Platzl has been located just a few minutes from Marienplatz for more than 400 years. It was built by the Duke of Bavaria as a brewery for wheat beer – hence the name “white” Hofbräuhaus. Today the most famous inn in the world is located in the magnificent rooms. On peak days, up to 30,000 guests are catered for!

Beer garden in the English Garden, Munich

English garden

The English Garden is the green lung of the city, with around 400 hectares one of the largest parks in the world. In summer, sun worshipers populate the meadows and joggers along the kilometers of paths that run along lakes and streams. In the beer garden at the Chinese Tower, you can try all kinds of Bavarian delicacies such as “Haxn” and “Hendl” (pork leg and roast chicken).

Surfer on the Eisbach, Munich

Eisbach

The Eisbach in the English Garden lives up to its name – because the water is cold even in summer. This scares only a few. As soon as the surfing season begins at the end of May, the Eisbach wave belongs to the athletes. What a spectacle! For a good show, the surfers like to come up with something special – and ride the wave in dirndls, for example.

Antiquarium Residence, Munich

Munich residence

Show and pomp must not be missing in Munich, of course. The Bavarian dukes, electors, and kings ruled the Munich residence for over 400 years. Since 1920, visitors have been able to visit the magnificent rooms such as the Antiquarium. Duke Albrecht V had the Renaissance Hall built in the 16th century for his collection of ancient sculptures.

Nymphenburg Palace, Munich

Nymphenburg Castle

Another palace in the west of Munich joins the city’s top sights. Elector Ferdinand Maria had Nymphenburg Palace built as a gift to his wife in 1664. For a long time, it served as the summer residence of the Wittelsbach family. Every year, more than 300,000 visitors visit the castle and its park.

Germany Alte Pinakothek in Munich (picture-alliance / dpa / Markus C. Hurek)

Pinakotheken

In the city center, there are three art galleries with renowned art collections: the old and new art galleries and the art gallery of the modern age. They show a wide range of paintings from the Middle Ages to the present. In the Alte Pinakothek alone, 700 works of art from European paintings from the 14th to the 18th centuries are exhibited, many by famous painters such as Dürer, Raffael and Rembrandt.

Traditional costume parade at the Oktoberfest, Munich

Tradition

The people of Munich are very in love with tradition. They wear lederhosen and dirndls in every season, in everyday life or on holidays. Some clubs are dedicated to the preservation of the costume as a piece of local culture, and also large events where it is almost mandatory to appear in costume. For example at the Kocherlball at the Chinese Tower, Munich’s largest folk dance event in summer.

Oktoberfest, Munich (Reuters / A. Gebert)

Oktoberfest

Dirndls and lederhosen are particularly present at the Oktoberfest. The largest fair in the world with beer tents, chunky music and rides is over 200 years old and has found numerous imitators worldwide. Of course, the original is only available in Munich! Around six million visitors flock to the “Oktoberfest” every year to celebrate “O’zapft is!” (“It’s tapped!”).

Lebkuchenherz I mog Tues, Oktoberfest Munich

The Munich way of life

Some things cannot be captured in pictures. So also what makes the Bavarian city unique: the Munich way of life, the charm of the million villages on the Isar. So, in the end, all that remains is to say “Minga, I mog Di!” (“Munich, I like you!”).

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