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Set against the majestic backdrop of the Alps, Bavaria's colourful capital is a city for all seasons.

Munich is a carefree city, perhaps most famous for its festivals, especially the annual 'Oktoberfest' Beer Festival, although culture fans and shoppers are equally well catered for.

Downtown Munich

The Munich mentality, which combines traditional Bavarian originality and an almost southern European sense of joie de vivre makes for an irresistible combination.

In architectural terms, Munich's museums are amongst the worlds finest. The splendid Nymphenburg Palace with its park and famous Rococo hunting lodge is not to be missed. Towering above the city's rooftops are the splendid spires of churches in various styles dating back over many hundreds of years.

Enriched by its ornate architecture, greenery, captivating hinterland and capacity for enjoyment, Munich is a delightfully inviting city and an excellent choice for a short break.

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Although most famously associated with the annual Oktoberfest, there's much more to Munich than beer gardens and breweries. Extending over an area of 120 sq mls with a population of nearly 1¼ million, this cosmopolitan city has plenty to offer, from world-class museums to a thriving arts scene, high fashion, gourmet cuisine and fine architecture. At its heart lies the old town (measuring just under 1 ml long by 1¼ mls wide) with bustling pedestrianised Marienplatz, where tourists flock to watch the daily glockenspiel performance at the square's neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall). Nearby is one of Munich's great landmarks, the Frauenkirche Cathedral (Church of Our Lady), with its onion-domed towers. Englischer Garten, among Europe's largest parks, has beer gardens and bandstands. The student district of Schwabing – an artists' colony since the 1920s – is popular for its bookstores, antique shops, boutiques, cafes and nightlife. To the W lies the main museum quarter, with nearly 40 offerings to choose from. The Bogenhausen district has several examples of Munich's "Jugendstil" (Art Nouveau) architecture, along with art galleries and elegant shops.

Towards the SE corner of Germany, in the heart of Bavaria. 45 mls N of the Austrian border. 150 mls SE of Stuttgart. 90 mls W of Salzburg (Austria). 18 mls SW of the airport.

Astride the river Isar and surrounded by rolling farmland, with the foothills of the Alps to the S.

From basic student campsites and budget pensions to top-of-the-range 5-star grand palaces, though the emphasis is on mid-range hotels geared to the Mon-to-Fri business traveller and tour groups at weekends and during the peak summer holiday season.

Daytime: strolls around the traffic-free streets of the old town; panoramic views from the tower of St Peter's church; rather eclectic Munchener Stadtmuseum; Residenz palace, whose Schatzkammer showcases royal treasures; the Alte Pinakothek for Old Masters and one of the world's largest collections of Rubenses; the Neue Pinakothek for Impressionists and early 20th-century artists; Deutsches Museum of Technology, one of the largest of its kind; Schloss Nymphenburg (one-time summer residence of the Bavarian royalty), with its lovely grounds, botanical garden and several museums; Tierpark Hellabrunn (zoo); Bavaria Film Studios for film buffs; Olympiapark, built for the 1972 Summer Olympic Games, with sports facilities and a tower with observation platform. The Oktoberfest beer festival/fair is held from the last Saturday in Sept to the first Sunday in Oct. Nightlife: numerous drinking halls; cafes, bars, nightclubs, discos and restaurants in Schwabing in particular; much on offer musically, from jazz, rock and pop to opera and classical concerts (3 orchestras of international fame are based in Munich and the July opera festival ranks third in the world); 11 major theatres and a further 40 fringe and cabaret venues; 3 cinemas specialising in English-language soundtracks.

Something to suit virtually every taste (and budget), from traditional Bavarian fare to Italian, Balkan, Greek, Persian, Romanian, Turkish, various Oriental options and vegetarian. Bavarian specialities tend to be hearty, and include Braten (roasts), Schweinshaxe (pork shanks) and Weisswurst (spiced veal sausages); sauerkraut is the typical accompaniment. A popular snack-on-the-go is "Semmel mit ein paar Wiener" (a roll with 2 frankfurters). Lots of locally brewed beers. Tempting high-calorie pastries and chocolates.

The pedestrianised centre hosts a wide variety of upmarket department stores and boutiques. A large open-air food market, Viktualienmarkt, has expensive but high-quality merchandise. Maximilianstrasse and vicinity for designer fashion shops. Christmas market (beginning the fourth Sunday before Christmas) in Marienplatz. Lots of antique shops, especially in Schwabing and the city centre. Gourmet goodies, beer steins, Christmas ornaments and porcelain are favourite buys.

Half day: city tours. Full day: Dachau concentration camp and the picturesque town of the same name; Neuschwanstein – "mad" Ludwig II's clifftop castle in a stunning alpine setting; Starnberg, a pretty town on the lake of the same name; Herrsching, an old resort on Lake Ammersee; Freising, an historic old town with a cathedral; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a small town on the side of Germany's highest mountain, Zugspitze; village of Oberammergau, with its famous Passion Play, and the nearby castle of Linderhof; Berchtesgaden, with lush valleys, mountain scenery, a national park and a royal castle; Salzburg (in Austria), 1½ hrs by train.

An efficient integrated system of buses, trams and underground/surface trains (U- and S-bahn). The Munchen Welcome Card covers all areas within Munich, as well as giving reduced entry to main museums and monuments. Two efficient S-bahn trains from the airport to the centre.

Attracts backpackers, package tourists, expense-account executives and conference delegates – academic, political, financial, managerial and scientific.

Getting There

Various direct flights, hotels and city breaks from the UK to Munich airport are available to book at discount rates.

Getting Around
An extensive and efficient public transport system operates throughout the city with busses, trams, underground and suburban rail.

Must See
Superb sights include the Frauenkirche Cathedral, the Glockenspiel of the clock on the Town Hall and the beautifully restored 11th century St Peter's Church. The former home of Bavaria's rulers, the Residenz palace complex, boasts courtyards, fountains and five hundred years of history.


Paintings in the Neue Pinakothek include works by Goya and Renoir. Nymphenburg Palace is a splendid Baroque Summer Residence with three miniature palaces within the grounds.

Dont miss the Viktualienmarkt fruit and vegetable market and beer garden for colour and atmosphere.

Must Do
Climb the Tower in the Olympic Park for magnificent views! Visit the Deutsches Museum, one of the world's largest for science and technology. The best shopping streets are around Marienplatz square and the Sending Gate. Exclusive boutiques and designer fashions are found in the nearby Maximilianstrasse.

Olympic Park Tower

To Relax
A visit to the famous Hofbrauhaus drinking hall is a must. Relax in the English Garden or visit the fashionable district of Schwabing, the Latin Quarter, and discover the lively cafes, bars and restaurants around Leopoldstrasse.

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Munich Highlights

> Within sight of the Alps, the capital of Bavaria offers German efficiency and Mediterrenean atmosphere, which combined makes it one of the most appreciated German cities

> Watch the Glockenspiel in Marienplatz, the heart of the city and marvel at the Frauenkirche whose onion domes have now become the symbol of the city.

> A trip to Munich would not be complete without a visit to the Hofbrauhaus, the best known of the famous Munich Beer Halls

Beer Festivals

> The restoration of its great palaces and churches has helped recreate a beautiful city with historic buildings, handsome parks and world class museums, galleries and theatres

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