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Munich

Beer, Bratwurts and Brauhauses

Bavaria is perhaps the most evocative of German regions, flanked by the Alps to the south, the Black Forest to the west, studded throughout with castles, quaint villages and some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, and sitting at its heart, one of the most beautiful cities in Germany.

It's not surprising that Munich is considered one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Germany. The city boasts a collection of beautiful Baroque architecture, a lush central park (the Englischer Garten), two of the best universities in Germany, a booming modern economy with global headquarters of many world-class companies, and the greatest beer culture on the planet.

A pilgrimage of sorts for many, Munich's famous Oktoberfest is an annual extravaganza of beer, bratwurst and music. The festival actually begins in September, ending on the first Sunday in October. It is estimated that over 120,000 bratwurst and half a million chickens are eaten, washed down with over seven million litres of beer, with each of Germany's breweries represented in cavernous beer tents.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Bayerische Motoren Werke: Celebrating one of Munich's most famous exports, a trip to BMW Museum is a must for motor aficionados.
  2. Glock around the Clock: Make sure you head to Marienplatz to see and hear the famous Glockenspeil, a clock tower with dancing figures. The 'show' performs each day at 11am.
  3. Christmas Markets: If you are in Munich in December, a trip to the Christmas markets (one of the best in Europe) is a must-do!
  4. Romantic Road to Rothenburg: Ride along through some of Germany's most picturesque and pristine landscape along the medieval town of Rothenburg.
  5. Visit Olympic Park: See the famous Stadium where the Olympic Games were held in 1972.
  6. Dachau Concentration Camp: Pay your respects by visiting one of the first Concentration camps in Germany. Located 10 miles northwest of Munich, the camp was set up by the Nazi Germans in 1933.