Bavaria Holidays (Part 2) - Munich

Many cities in Bavaria worth visiting, from its capital, Munich and Augsburg, an important medieval town or Bamberg, a UNESCO recognized historic city.

We start walking through Munich, which can be visited in any season or time of year, bright in autumn, spring, and summer but also in winter days, when holiday spirit and Christmas market, makes it a dreamy destination.

Munich is located on the plains of Upper Bavaria, about 50 km north of the Alps.

In the following I will list some of the major attractions of Munich's:

Probably the most famous attraction of the city is Oktoberfest, a celebration of beer, during two weeks, starting at the End of September and beginning of October each year.

Fraeunkirche, namely Munich Cathedral, is a Gothic element emblematic of the city, dating back to the 15th century.

Marienplatz - Square - St. Maria, Munich central square since the Middle Ages. It houses the Column of the Virgin Mary, Old Town Hall or Altes Rathaus, and Neus Rathaus - New Hall.

English Garden is the largest park in Munich, which offers a beautiful Greek temple, a Chinese pavilion and a beautiful lake, being the ideal spot to spend a few hours of relaxation.

To buy fresh fruits and vegetables, Viktualienmarkt market, is the perfect place.

For lovers of cars and especially for those who prefer BMW brand, BMW Museum in Munich, a museum dedicated to the history of the car manufacturer, is definitely a must see.

To see how rich families lived in Bavaria and specific their luxury, you may visit Nymphenburg Palace, with its beautiful garden.

An attraction itself by works of art collected over its long history is Peterskirche Church (Saint Peter Church), the oldest church in Munich. Church of Saint Peter in Munich has a panoramic platform situated over 50 meters high, where you can admire the beauty of Munich.

Of the four gates, that facilitated the entry in Munich, in the Middle Ages, currently, have survived only three of them: Sendlinger Tor, Isartor and Karlstor.

Deutsches Museum, known as the ‘German Museum of Masterpieces of Science and Technology’, Deutsches Museum is one of the main attractions of Munich city and a tourist attraction suitable for visitors of all ages.

Olympic Tower (Olympiatum), a TV and radio transmitting station.

Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairytale castle, which has been used for Walt Disney, in "Sleeping Beauty".

Linderhof Castle is an elegant castle with baroque and rococo elements, with its "magic table" in the dining room, taken from the Grimm story, and beautiful gardens.

Hohenschwangau Castle, near Fussen, originally a medieval castle built by Prince Maximilian of Bavaria then in Gothic style, was the place where Ludovic II spent much of his youth.

Built in the Italian style, with several buildings around it, with great architecture, Odeonsplatz, is considered the most beautiful square in Munich. Feldherrnhalle or Marshall Hall and Theatiner Church, are the delight of this market, and the Hofgarten, a garden designed to delight crowned heads of the royal house of Bavaria, the garden being located near Odeonsplatz.

To drink the famous Bavarian beer, Hofbrauhaus certainly is the best choice, being the most famous and largest brewery in Munich, which can receive almost 4,000 people at the same time. Hofbraeuhaus, Paulaner Brauhaus or Spatenhaus brewery, not only famous for their beer but also for the traditional Bavarian food.

Good to know

Viktualienmarkt is Munich's most popular market for fresh food and delicatessen. Shopping Centers in Munich are Olympia Einkaufszentrum, the biggest shopping center of Bavaria, The Riem Arcaden, Einkaufs-Centrum Neuperlach.

The best way to visit Munich is using the public transport system, which consists of trams, buses, S-Bahn (suburban trains) and U-Bahn (underground). There is a single ticketing system, called MVV, with it you can use all public transport.

Among the most popular traditional desserts are apple strudel (which comes with a vanilla cream and whipped cream) and a cake with apricot jam.

Munich has two airports - Munich International Airport is 28 km from the city and is the sixth airport in number of passengers in Europe. The second airport, Memmingen, is 110 km from Munich and serves low-cost companies.

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