The German city of Munich has many interesting faces: it is both a megapolis and a large open-air museum of architecture, which presents all European styles from Gothic to modern, the industrial capital of Germany and the cradle of intoxicating drink, beer, where beer traditions are highly appreciated. Munich beer in combination with fried small sausages, pretzel made of white dough with salt will not leave anyone indifferent, even a big teetotaler. It is in this city that the big Oktoberfest beer festival is celebrated annually.
Munich is always open to tourists at any time. There is a rosy, cheerful atmosphere here, even on the most cloudy day. The Germans themselves like to go on vacation to Munich more than to the capital. The city is very ancient: it was founded in 1158 on the banks of the Isar River in southern Germany, and perhaps this can explain the large number of historical attractions, monuments and all kinds of museums, of which there are more than a hundred. First of all, majestic cathedrals with high bell towers, beautiful parade squares, and old houses with beautiful, rich decoration and flower baskets on the windows attract.
Traveling around the city on your own will be boring to some extent, since you will not learn all the main sights of the city and interesting facts from its history. The best option is a full–day Munich tour guide. Devote a few days to exploring the city, and you can freely spend the second half of your vacation in local beer bars. Pubs are here at every turn, and some are of historical value, as their history goes back several hundred years. On holidays, citizens in national costumes take to the streets of the city, beer flows like a river, and the fragrant smell of Munich sausages spreads for hundreds of meters.
Well, how can you stay away from such fun! Be sure to visit the huge beer restaurant “Hofbroyhaus”, which was founded in 1607 and includes three spacious halls and a beer garden. At the same time, up to 4 thousand people can be accommodated within its walls.
But, in addition, Munich is also a wonderful museum and wonderful parks, luxurious palaces and monuments. Getting to know the city traditionally begins with the main square of Marienplatz: it is the center and the main artery of Munich.
The Old and New Town Halls are also located on the square.
Not far from the square is the oldest parish church of St. Peter. Famous symbols of the city are also the magnificent Baroque Cathedral of St. Michael, in the walls of which lie the remains of Ludwig II and the Frauenkirche Cathedral of the 14th-15th century. By the way, one of the towers of the Frauenkirche Cathedral can be reached by elevator, and from the observation deck you can admire a beautiful view of the city and the Alps.
An unusual observation deck, which tourists like to visit, is located at the head of a bronze statue in honor of Bavaria.
Having overcome 66 steps of the statue, you get inside the head, where the observation deck is located and through the eyes of the statue you can admire the local landscapes.
In the Konigsplatz area there are three pinakotheks, a glyptothek, where antique vessels and statues are collected, and a Crystal Museum. A large collection of European paintings from ancient times to the present day is collected in the Old and New Pinakothek, which can be equated in scale to the Louvre and the Hermitage.
The Bavarian Versailles is usually called the Nymphenburg Palace and its beautiful French-style garden with water channels, statues, paths, bridges and romantic benches.
In the very center of Munich there is a beautiful English garden where you can relax under shady trees or by the shores of a pond. Popular parks are also: Odeonsplatz, Botanical Garden and Hofgarten: the park was founded in the 17th century, and is surrounded on all sides by attractions. On one side of the Hofgarten you can see the Munich residence, on the other – the German Theater Museum, and in the center of the park – the temple of Diana.
A trip to Munich is not complete without a visit to Schloss-Blutenburg Castle and the swan castle on Neuschwanstein Mountain.
A terrible impression is made by the Dachau concentration camp 1943-1945, in the walls of which experiments were carried out on people: some visitors faint from what they saw.
It is much more pleasant to walk through the Munich museums. The most popular is the BMW Car Museum .
Munich cuisine cannot be compared with refined Italian or French. This kitchen is designed for the mass customer, and not every gourmet will appreciate it. In turn, tourists are simply delighted with local dishes and are always full.
The most famous and popular dishes in Munich are:
- salty pretzel;
- fragrant pork knee with stewed cabbage and potatoes
- Munich fried sausages.