With a population of over one million, Munich is the third largest city in Germany. Its reputation as a friendly, welcoming city with many beer gardens and forms of entertainment attract tourists all year round.
The world famous Oktoberfest takes place in late September, while the Bavarian version of carnival, Fasching, occurs during January and February. Summers are warm, providing excellent opportunities for day trips to the stunning countryside that surrounds the country, and Christmas markets take place towards the end of the year.
There are 100 historical buildings to see in Munich, amongst them the Althes Rathaus or old town hall, which houses the Toy Museum, the Muenchener Residenz or Royal Palace, which dates back to the 14th century, and the Gothic Frauenkirche, the city’s cathedral.
The Marienplatz square is the city’s centre, with cafes, restaurants and shops. Shopaholics will delight in the 2 kilometre long pedestrianised shopping street that extends from Marienplatz to Hauptbanhof.
Art aficionados should head to the Old, New and Modern Pinakotheks, which are located near the Koenigsplatz U-Bahn stop. The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian State Opera frequently perform at the Gastieg and Nationaltheater respectively.
Families may want to visit the site of the 1972 Olympic Games, which now contains a theme park, amusement arcade and observation tower. The largest park is the Englisher Garten, literally meaning ‘English Garden’. Located near the Muenchener Freiheit, Giselastrasse or Universitaat U-Bahn stops, the park contains the Chinese Tower, Japanese Teahouse, the Bavarian National Museum, and the Haus der Kunst, or State Gallery of Modern Art. It is also possible to spend an hour rowing down the lake in a hire boat