Munich is often referred to as the ‘City with heart’ and this pulsating cosmopolitan city can deceive visitors with its unmistakable village feel with warm and friendly locals. The city’s unmistakable atmosphere is due, in part, to the strong personality and the boisterous temperament of the Bavarian people. This is probably best demonstrated by the Oktoberfest, a sixteen day long beer festival, in October, which involves brass band concerts, funfairs and consuming lots of beer and sausages!
Münchners live life as if they are beside the Mediterranean. They get up early, take long lunches and leave work early. There is a great emphasis on the ethic of working only to make enough money to enjoy yourself. Nevertheless, successful industries such as BMW and Siemens thrive here.
The city’s splendor and refinement are evident in its architecture. This is primarily thanks to “the Ludwigs”, especially Ludwig I who commissioned a building plan to turn Munich into the “Athens on the Isar”, and Ludwig II whose frantic construction nearly bankrupted Bavaria. The resulting legacy of fanciful palaces, magical grottos and grand squares gives the city its unique character.
With warm summers accommodating lovely garden restaurants and open-air stages and snowy winters with romantic Christmas markets, Munich is a place to visit all year round. Munich a quite a green city with lots of open spaces, wide boulevards and well kept parks. Munich is not the biggest city in Europe and as such will not tire you out too much when exploring on foot but if you feel the need to use it Munich does have a superb modern public transport system.
The nightlife and dining options in Munich can compare with any major city in Europe with a good variety of bars, clubs and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as discos and beer halls Munich offers a good choice for those with classical tastes with its fantastic classical music and opera venues.
Munich offers many surprises and is a perfect destination for a short weekend break with its culture and hospitality. Munich is less than a 2 hour flight from UK and with excellent hotels in Munich at affordable prices, The Internet Traveller can offer cheap deals to Munich at any time of the year.
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