Munich – Capital of Bavaria and third largest city in Germany is located on the River Isar on the fringes of the Bavarian Alps. It revels in its own contradictions- where old traditions and folklore coexist with high powered industry, designer boutiques and much more.
The Cathedral of our Lady (Frauenkirche) is the most famous building in Munich. This brick-built Late Gothic church owes its impact to its great size. The Peterskirche (Alter Peter) is the oldest inner city church, built during the Romanesque period. Michaelskirche is the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. Munich’s museums and galleries display world-class collections of artistic masterpieces like the Pinakotheken, Asam-Haus, Royal Palace Museum, Bavarian National Museum, Deutsches Museum, Gallery of Modern Art and Sculpture Gallery.
If you climb on the hills heaped up from the debris of Second World War, you’ll have a great overview of the Olympic area, especially worthwhile if there is a concert in the Olympic Stadium. For music lovers attending a concert at the magnificent Bavarian State Opera House (National Theater) is a must. For fun you can go to night spots, discos, jazz clubs or Irish pubs. Munich is also noted for the numerous parks including Englischer Garten, the world’s largest urban public park. Marvel at the magnificent castles and palaces like Archbishop’s palace, Blutenburg castle.
Other tourist attractions are the riverside beach areas, swimming pools and sports facilities, beer gardens, planetarium, innumerable theatres and cinemas and the bustling city markets.
The climate in Munich is rather inconsistent throughout the year. The best time to visit is during the summer, when the weather is warm, but not too hot. But spring and fall are also pleasant and the snow during winter only adds to the city’s charm. Should you be unlucky enough to be in Munich on a rainy day, the beauty of the city will make up for any inconvenience caused by the weather. The most popular time to visit is of course during the famous Oktoberfest held on the Theresienwiese, also called the ‘Wiesn’. Make sure you make your travel plans ahead of time.
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