Munich is the capital of Bavaria, and the third largest city in Germany. It is famous for famous for its historic architecture, university and artistic culture, as well as being the headquarters of BMW. The city’s location beside the Alps, its famous museum andits annual Oktoberfest beer celebration ensures that Munich has a huge leisure tourism business.
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Things to do in Munich
Experience the ambience at Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest costs around €8, payable with special tokens sold by the tents) More than 6.2 million people guzzled 6.7 million litres of beer during Oktoberfest 2007. Blame it all on the 'Mass'; that towering mug holding a full litre of golden nectar that sets you back about eight euros - and right back on your heels.
Explore the Deutsches Museum
You could spend days exploring the Deutsches Museum, said to be the world's largest science and technology collection. This vast museum occupies its own island southeast of Isartor (Isar Gate) and features just about anything ever invented. Interactive displays (including glass blowing and paper making), model coal and salt mines, and wonderful sections on musical instruments, caves, geodesy, micro-electronics and astronomy are just some of the delights on offer.
Indulge in the Bergwolf
At this favourite pit stop for night owls, the poison of choice is Currywurst, a sliced spicy sausage provocatively dressed in a curried ketchup and best paired with a pile of steamy fries. Hangover prevention at its finest.
Enjoy Kino, Mond & Sterne
The repertory at this heavenly al fresco amphitheatre runs mostly towards Hollywood classics, including several in English. Take the U6 to 'Westpark'. Come early to stake out a good spot and bring pillows, blankets and snacks.
Visit The Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche)
The gothic-period Frauenkirche, or Church of our Lady, is a unique part of the Munich skyline with its two dome-topped towers, which residents say resembles a pair of bubbling-over beer steins. The main part of the church was finished in the late 1400s but Allied bombing during World War II necessitated restoration in the mid 1900s. Today, you can tour the church for free, but some say the small fee to reach the observation platform at top is definitely worth it. Find it off the Marienplatz U-bahn or S-bahn stop.