Munich

The beautiful city of Munich, the capital of Bavaria is situated on the Isar River in the heart of Bavaria. Offering a mix of old world charm and a vibrant cosmopolitan lifestyle, Munich is a city that will delight people of all ages. Its prime location makes Munich a great starting point for touring the Alps, visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle,the beautiful Cheimsee Lake or the historic towns and villages of Bavaria. Known for its beer gardens, Bavarian traditions and traditional German foods and restaurants, Munich is not a city to visit if you are on a diet or if you are shy about sitting down at a table with strangers.

==== MUNICH – SIGHTSEEING

Munich is a green city with numerous parks. The Englischer Garten, close to the city centre and covering an area of 3.7 sqkm (larger than Central Park in New York), is one of the world’s largest urban public parks.

Other large green spaces are the modern Olympiapark and Westpark as well as the parks of Nymphenburg Palace (with the Botanical Garden to the north), and Schleissheim Palace. The city’s oldest park is the Hofgarten, near the Residenz, and dating back to the 16th century. Most known for the largest beergarden in the town is the former royal Hirschgarten, founded in 1780 for deer which still live there.

The city’s zoo is the Tierpark Hellabrunn near the Flaucher Island in the Isar in the south of the city. Another notable park is Ostpark, located in Perlach-Ramersdorf area which houses the swimming area, Michaelibad, one of the largest in Munich.

The Frauenkirche is the most famous building in the city centre and serves as cathedral for the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. The nearby Michaelskirche is the largest renaissance church north of the Alps, while the Theatinerkirche is a basilica in Italianate high baroque which had a major influence on Southern German baroque architecture. Its dome dominates the Odeonsplatz.

==== MUNICH – NIGHTLIFE

Munich is not just about beer. It is home to an exciting nightlife, offering everything from great theatre to fantastic nightclubs and bars. The Kultfabrik and adjacent Optimolwerke claim to be Europe’s biggest party area with nightclubs and bars to suit every taste. Visit the famous P1 nightclub. Wander around Schwabing and Altstadt and explore the numerous nightclubs and bars here. Dressing up is still in vogue in Munich so bring your little black dress and strappy shoes for clubbing.

==== MUNICH – GETTING THERE

Munich has a major international airport with direct flights from many major US cities. The Munich subway makes getting around the city easy and trains are always available. You may want to rent a car if you are planning on visiting other areas but if you are staying in the city, taxis and public transport are the best bets. Consider buying a Munich Welcome Card for public transport and discounts from 7.50 for a single 1 day pass to 48.00 for a 3 day pass good for up to 5 people.

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