Under the watchful gaze of the snow-capped Alps, Munich is a wonderful travel destination to explore. The German city of Munich pulses with the beat of affluence, history and culture. BMWs sit comfortably next to ancient monuments, trendy nightclubs next to historic buildings and city life is enjoyed alongside green fragrant parks in the centre of all the action. It is a city of contradictions but these opposites blend harmoniously into a place that is truly unique.
Munich is the second most visited city in Germany, after Berlin, and is sometimes referred to as "the secret capital of Germany." The capital of Bavaria, the city has its own rustic charm of small-town but at the same time it is a major metropolis of theatres, concerts, films, café culture and festivals such as the world famous Oktoberfest, when thousands of revelers gather in the city's biergaertens for pretzels, sausages and beer and to flaunt their dirndl and lederhosen. You will need either a guide to whisk you around all the sites in a few days or else you will need to remain in the city for an extended period of time to see all that Munich has to offer. Either way, a comfortable pair of walking shoes will definitely need to be packed. Tours around this amazing city will highlight the very best on offer.
Munich is an ancient city; she was first inhabited by people from the Stone Age, then by the Gaulish tribes, then the Romans and finally the Germanic people. There are two museums which can be called the very best when it comes to understanding about her ancient past. The Archäologische Staatssammlung opens up the past on these people, their culture and their daily lives, whilst the Antikensammlungen showcases the very best of ancient Greek and Roman antiquities. The city has been deeply marked by its past under the sovereignty of Wittelsbach. Their summer residence, Castle Nymphenburg, the Bavarian Royal Palace in the heart of Munich, are eloquent witnesses to the richness and importance of the princely family. Munich was internationally renowned under this dynasty back in the nineteenth century, and lasted until today. The collections in local museums are particularly rich and of high quality, which draws art lovers to the city.
If you are ready to be awed, or to be drooling with greed and lust, you should head on over to the opulent Asamkirche. This magnificent late baroque chapel may only be tiny but it is so opulent that your eyes may bulge out of your head. It was the dream of the brothers Cosmas Damian and Egid Quirin to create a private chapel that was as richly designed as their considerable pockets could manage. Gold leaf adorns many inches, alongside paintings and cherubs. However, the true masterpiece of the chapel is the outstanding ceiling fresco which depicts the life of St John Nepomuk.
Munich is adorned with many statues and monuments commemorating various historic events and influential people. The Angel of Peace statue can be found in Haidhausen and commemorates the Treaty of Versailles, which signified the end of the Franco-Prussian War in 1871. Standing tall on a 22ft column, the angel appears to protect the people who gaze up above at her serene face. Another statue which tourists seem to flock to is the Siegestor. At first glance, it looks to be a smaller reproduction of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. However, once you get closer you can see the differences. On top is a fantastically personification of Bavaria in her chariot, symbolizing her triumph of rousting Napoleon’s forces from her lands.
The city is also characterized by a certain joie de vivre, as evidenced by the major event which is the Oktoberfest. Another advantage of Munich, not least, is its unique setting at the foot of the Bavarian Alps. The city is only an hour's drive from the first ski resorts.
Munich is also an important center of scientific, as evidenced by the Deutsches Museum (German Museum), the largest art museum in the world. Many German companies have installed their headquarters in Munich (BMW, Siemens), taking advantage of its exceptional quality of life and its economic potential.
Munich is celebrated all around the world for her tasty cuisine and drinkers will soon find the city to be their own paradise. Restaurants in Munich cater to all international fare but the local dishes are a highlight. Why not order a traditional Munchner Wurstsalat or Leberkas; your tastebuds will appricate either one.
There are a wide variety of hotels and other accommodation in Munich. Centrally placed hotels may be a little more costly than others, but are ideal for exploring the city.
The climate is temperate pulling a cold, with average temperatures in winter -2 º C and 20 C in summer. This climate is conducive to the lovers of winter sports in Munich; the rains are quite common throughout the year.
Munich is a wonderful city to discover. Walking around her ancient streets gives you the chance to discover people, monuments, buildings and cultures you never would have thought possible.