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WHAT: Capital city of Bavaria and major German tourist
WHERE: Southeastern Germany, near Austria and the Alps
WHY: That most "German" of German cities
WHEN: Any time of year, but Oktoberfest is always a
HOW: International flights into Franz Joseph Strauß
International Airport, or via train from other European destinations
(München) is well known for its Oktoberfest festivities and for its
delicious yeast-wheat beers (Hefeweizen). But the capital of
Bavaria has much to offer tourists not just in October, but all year
While Munich is a large, cosmopolitan city with a population of over
a million people, the city center has the feel of a small village.
The pedestrian area plays host to cafes and markets, while the parks
offer visitors and residents an escape from the city scene.
When foreigners think of Germany, they usually picture beer halls,
oompah bands, and lederhosen. All of these traditional sights
and sounds are found in Munich and the surrounding Bavarian
Munich lies at the doorstep to the Alps and is the gateway to the
German state of Bavaria. Munich has castles, festivals, and
everything in between. If there is one city in Germany you
should visit, visit this one!
Munich's twin-towered cathedral is one of its most famous city
landmarks, and lies in the heart of the city.
The largest beer hall
in Munich is a must-see attraction. Enjoy the atmosphere, the
live band, and the beer songs!
Munich's sprawling New Town Hall is a majestic sight in
the center of the city. It is also home to Munich's world
famous Glockenspiel clock.
This palace features an astonishing array of Bavarian
The Wittelsbach family's summer villa lies in
Visit this park in Northern Munich which was
built for the 1972 Olympics.
Munich Travel Tips
Travel around Munich using the city's excellent public
This city contains too much to visit on just
one trip! If you've been here before, try visiting
these other worthwhile, but lesser known sights.
Venture into the Bavarian Alps and visit the castle Bavaria's Mad King
Ludwig grew up in.
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