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Munich, which actually means "Home of the Monks", probably, due to the fact that it was originally established as a village near a Benedictine Monastery,
is the capital city of Bavaria, Germany, and it is noted for its architecture and culture, also being famous for the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration,
The quality of the city's architecture is stunning. Although, Munich has been heavily damaged during World War II, most of its historic buildings have been rebuilt or restored, and the city's central area appears mostly as it did in the late 1800s.
With a motto like "Munchen mag Dich" (Munich likes you), Munich can only be a pleasant city to visit. There are more than enough appealing attractions in the city to make any stay a pleasant and wonderful one.
nyone planning to visit Munich anytime soon would certainly be interested in the fact that, although, most of the residents speak German, English is widely used, as well, therefore, one should not encounter any problems in asking for directions, while sightseeing.
There are numerous museums and galleries, such as City Museum of Munich or Schack Gallery, Haus der Kunst or the Lenbach House, all featuring delights for art-passionate people, as well as several beautiful parks, including palaces and castles.
Situated at a distance of only an hour and a half from the Alps, Munich is also a magnificent destination for outdoor enthusiasts and mountain sports-passionate visitors.
Munich is also a soccer capital, having three clubs playing in the Bundesliga, which is the German equivalent of the English Premier League, and it is also a very cultural active city, being home to numerous orchestras, ensembles, and opera houses.
The city has something to offer for all tastes and preferences.
Among the top "local-like" and most popular things to do in Munich, there are:
- checking out the one-euro museums;
- drinking authentic German beer (of course);
- eating cheesy pretzels;
- climbing to the top of the Peterskirche for an amazing view;
- visit the local churches;
- get lost in the Viktualienmarkt, a large daily outdoor market in the center of town;
- if visiting in late-September, be part of the popular Oktoberfest;
- visit the beautiful Olympic Park;
- rent a bicycle and cycle through the Englischer Garten;
- go shopping;
- spend a day at the zoo;
German cuisine varies so much from a region to another. In the south, in Bavaria and Suebia there are many dishes common with Swiss and Austrian cuisine. On the other side, in the west you can feel the French influences and when it comes to the North, the Scandinavian influences are more present. As far as it concerns the east, Eastern European cuisine is frequently found.
Frühstück, or breakfast, is usually made up of bread or toast with marmalade or honey, eggs and coffee. Germans also eat ham or salami for breakfast,
together with cheese on bread but very popular are also cereals and corn flakes. Another famous ingredient used for sandwiches is Leberwurst, that is
However, the main dish of the day is the lunch, Mittagessen, which is served around noon. Traditionally, dinner, also called Abendessen or Abendbrot is less heavy and usually it consists of a few sandwiches, but modern times led more and more Germans to changing their eating habits in such a way that dinner becomes actually the main meal of the day.
– there are at least 300 different types of bread, from the classic white bread to the grey one, Graubrot, and the black rye bread, Schwarzbrot.
Pumpernickel, a rye bread from Westfalia is not baked but is prepared under steam and it has a unique sweet taste. Bread is usually used for sandwiches and
normally it is not eaten during the main meals of the day.
Meat – the most popular meat in Germany is definitely pork meat! However, Germans eat also beef and chicken but less rabbit or boar.
Vegetables – carrots, spinach, beans or cabbage are easily found in most of the restaurants and homes in Germany. They are mainly cooked in soups, stews or as side dishes, less used in salads for example.
When you say Germany, you say beer! Be it Oktoberfest or not, beer is the most popular drink in Germany for both locals and visitors and there are so many types to choose from! But, besides beer, Germans also drink wine that is produced in the region of the river Rhine, while North-Western Germans prefer tea.
If you are planning a trip to Munich, you should know that the city's international airport is Germany's second biggest airport, after the one in Frankfurt. When arriving to Munich International Airport, you can take the S-Bahn (commuter train), which connects to the city center, on S1 and S8 lines, every 20 minutes from 4 AM to midnight. It will take you around 40 minutes to get to central Munich and it will cost you around € 9.00 for a single trip, so you may want to take a day pass, which costs € 10.00.
There are also shuttle buses that will take you to your hotel or to the city center, and if you want a luxury car, you can rent a limousine from the airport.
Munich has a highly developed and on time rail network, including in the surrounding area, covered by trains, trams and underground transportation. The main railway station is located in the city center and it is called Hauptbahnhof.
An alternative to the underground subways and trains, are the buses that cover the entire city area and its surroundings, but you might prefer the trains because they are much more faster and they will not get stuck in traffic jams.
If you travel to Munich by car, you can either leave your car in a Park & Ride car park (if you do a one day journey), or you can use it inside the city, even if this means less time for visiting, it is your choice. Another option for you is to rent a car, you will find a rental office every step of the way, although Munich is better seen on foot.
This transportation means is probably the best one to choose while in Munich. You can explore the city in a green, safe and clean environment and you will get the chance to enjoy all the sights around you.