Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria and is the third largest city in Germany with a population of over 5.8 million people. Renowned for its art, technology, finance, publishing, education, and innovation it has long enjoyed a high standard of living in Europe. The city is also known for Oktoberfest as well as its massively successful soccer club, FC Bayern Munich.
Things to do in Munich
Munich is a city with a rich cultural history so there is plenty to do and see. Famous museums & galleries include Alte Pinakothek (neoclassical museum founded by Leo von Klonze that houses many of the European great artists like Botticelli and Rafael) and Pinakothek der Moderne (Germany’s largest modern-art museum which unites four significant art collections: The State Gallery of Modern Art, The New Collection, The State Graphics Collection, and The Architecture Museum). Other museums include Deutsches Museum (famous science center) and Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (classic 29th century museum showcasing the nation’s history).
Visitors can also head over to a park like Englischer Garden (built in 1789, it is one of Europe’s largest city parks) as well as Schloss Nymphenburg, which is a large palace with gardens that was the villa of Electress Adelaide of Savoy as well as the summer residence of Franz Duke of Bavaria. Other highlights include Marienplatz (Central Square & landmark), Munich Residenz (museum complex in an old royal residence), BMW Welt (the car manufacturer’s showcase building), Allianz Arena (home of the FC Bayern Munich soccer team), New Town Hall (neo-Gothic town hall with an 85m tower), St. Micheal’s Church (impressive church with baurel-vaulted rood), and Linderhof Palace (19th century royal residence).
Day Trips from Munich
Due to Munich’s prime location within Germany sophisticated train system, it is quite easy to take day trips to beautiful sights of Europe. Sitting just outside of Munich is Fussen, Germany home of the Neuschwanstein Castle, an over the top, beautiful castle that Walt Disney used as inspiration for its model of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. The castle was the work of Bavarian King Ludwig II in the id 1800’s and the castle has a man-made grotto as well as several grand rooms. Getting to Fussen from Munich takes a little over two hours.
Approximately 90 minutes away Munich by train, visitors will find the beautiful city of Salzburg, Austria. Salzburg is known as the home of Mozart and has various sights to behold including the Sound of Music Movie Locations Tour. Located approximately two and a half hours from Munich by train is Rothenburg, Germany. Rothenburg is known for its authentic medieval feel. The old city wall still stands circling the city and the city’s gates, arches, and homes prove to be postcard worthy images.
Accommodations in Munich
Popular establishments in Munich include Anna Hotel (sophisticated and luxurious boutique hotel near Schloss Nymphenburg), Hotel Splendid Dollmann (an elegant 19th century town house in the heart of Munich and is only a 10 minute walk from Marienplatz), H’Otello B’01 (a design hotel known for its minimalistic style located one train stop from Marienplatz), and Hotel La Maison (boutique hotel located 5 minutes from the English Garden).
Transportation around Munich
Like most large European cities, Munich is best explored by foot and its excellent public transportation system. Visitors can also rent bicycles from establishments like Radius Bikes or take taxis which are budget friendly as well. Visitors should note that the area of Alstadt is a car free zone.
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