Travel guide - Munich
A thriving city, Munich has blossomed, thanks to its Bavarian heritage and its vitality, becoming the second most-visited tourist destination in Germany. Despite its appearances as a small and rather festive town, Munich is one of Europe’s most dynamic cities, economically and culturally speaking.
The capital of Bavaria, Munich is a force within Europe thanks to its thriving economy and its miraculously preserved cultural heritage. Your trip to Munich should begin on the Marienplatz. This square is characterised by its traditional German architecture, and is lined by the old and new city halls. From this picture postcard centre, a paradise for pedestrians, you will discover a city busting with culture.
Visit Munich and you will discover the dozens of museums which contribute to its reputation. From the Neue Pinakothek and its 6,000 works of art including works by Manet, Goya and Delacroix, to the Alte Pinakothek, via Museum Island, Munich houses many remarkable collections.
A strong symbol of the city, the red brick cathedral sets the tone for this charming city. Other treasures await at the Nymphenburg Palace, former residence of the kings of Bavaria that you should discover during your stay in Munich.
The ideal time to visit Munich is during the world-famous Oktoberfest. At the same time as the beer festival you can also discover Munich’s famous sausage, just step into the Viktualienmarkt. The Oktoberfest magnifies the festive and good-humoured atmosphere that has made Munich a favourite destination for tourists.
Munich is a symbol of the German way of life. At its heart lies the beautiful Englischer Garten, the largest urban park in Europe, however the city also highlights Germany's biggest successes, at the BMW museum for example.
For a shopping trip in Munich, the luxurious boutiques of Maximilianstrasse have everything you could possibly want.
Perfectly adaptable to your desires and moods, Munich is a city to fall in love with.
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