Munich

Munich

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About Munich

An assorted wealth of endearing contradictions

The capital and largest city of the Bavarian state, Munich represents an assorted wealth of endearing contradictions. Mediterranean themed cafes juxtapose with art galleries and museums highlighting a royal Bavarian and Olympic legacy. An increasing amount of visitors flock to the city in the summer months, while the beer festival Oktoberfest, is a celebration not to be missed.

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Munich has a reputation of combining tradition with modern trends, and this is reflected in the Bavarian city’s hotel scene. The Hotel Torbräu (Tal 41) has been welcoming guests since 1490, yet is still a classy option, while the Rocco Forte’s 160-room Charles Hotel (Sophienstrasse 28) boasts less history but more opulence, and includes a spa. For the lower budget the Hotel Adria am Englischen Garten (Liebigstrasse 8a) is a good value choice, with close proximity to the English Garden’s parkland. There’s only three bedrooms at the Pension Prinz (Ascholdinger strasse 1c), but if you can secure one you won’t be disappointed.

Most visitors to Munich will start their retail escapades at the historic core of the inner city. Head to Maximilianstrasse for luxury stores or Sendlinger Strasse for more unique, arty goods. Europe’s largest underground shopping centre, the Stachus Passagen (Karlsplatz), is located nearby, with plenty of modern stores along with its Fair Trade Shop for the conscientious shopper. Munich’s gay and lesbian scene is focused in the Glockenbachviertel quarter, which represents an excellent opportunity to seek out individualistic pieces of jewellery and new designers. The run-up to Christmas heralds the arrival of the seasonal market on Marienplatz, offering lots of festive goods and a vibrant atmosphere.

In a country that could be said to have beer running through its veins, there is perhaps no other city that’s more imbued with the amber nectar than Munich, which also compliments savoury staples such as pretzels and sausage. There are of course upmarket options for dining out, but some will prefer to hit a bratwurst stall for a hearty feed while taking down a litre stein of beer. The Viktualienmarkt is a great place to head for a quick bite, offering a multitude of stalls serving food throughout the day in a large open-air setting. For a more refined dining experience, Dallmayr (Dienerstrasse 14) serves up classic continental dishes, while Atelier (Promenadeplatz 2-6) boasts a menu full of flair. For a superb bierkeller evening of drinking and dining try Augustiner Grossgaststätten (Neuhauser strasse 27).

Munich Spring Festival

April – May

Regarded as Oktoberfest’s little sister, Theresienwiese plays host to this festival which may be smaller than its sibling but still offers a great time through its beer tents, live music and fairground rides.

City Foundation Festival

June

Two days of celebrations mark what is regarded as Munich’s birthday each year on June 14th. We may be a long way on from 1158 but the festivities continue in earnest in and around Marienplatz, with dancing, crafts and children’s entertainment all featuring.

Munich Opera Festival

June

Various venues across Munich help stage a world-class programme of opera and chamber music. The Bavarian State Opera run the event, and they use the festival to premiere new pieces of work.

Auer Dult

Various dates

Auer Dult events peculiarly take place three times per year, usually in April – May, July – August and October. Folk festivities, Bavarian food stalls and fairground rides accompany the markets that specialise in ceramics, porcelain and crockery.

Oktoberfest

September/October

Oktoberfest is a beer festival that really doesn't require any introduction. Despite its misleading moniker, it begins in September each year and heralds 16 days of revelry for locals and visitors alike, all enjoying the huge beer tents, musical shows and food stalls.

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Language:German
Currency:Euro
Time zone:GMT +1 hour
Flight time:2 hours
Airport code:MUC
Holiday type:City Break / History & Culture / Summer Sun

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