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Munich, the capital of Bavaria and the third largest city, is quintessential Germany. Known for beautiful churches, world-class museums, exquisite royal palaces, traditional beer halls and the biggest beer festival in the world, there are a lot of unique things to do in Munich that you will never get to experience anywhere else!

Marienplatz

Marienplatz is the central square in the heart of Munich since 1158 when it was used for markets and even tournaments. A postcard favourite, you’ll find the heart and soul of Munich’s old town here. In addition to the iconic Neues Rathaus that fills one entire side of the square, you can also visit Altes Rathaus, the old town hall; Mariensäule, a tall column to the Virgin Mary erected in 1638, and the Fischbrunnen, a newer fountain that includes bronze figures rescued from an earlier 19th-century fountain. Marienplatz  best known for the Christmas markets, which start three weeks before Christmas.  It’s the busiest spot in the whole city, with hordes of tourists swarming across its expanse all day. But it can’t be missed.

Marienplatz
Source: muenchen.de

Visit a Beer Hall

For traditional Bavarian fun, nothing beats a good old-fashioned beer hall. Munich is Germany’s beer capital, and its beer halls come complete with rivers of beer, cheap food, noisy fun, and oompah music.

Off the 200 beer halls in Munich, one should not miss Hofbräuhaus, which prides itself in being the world’s most famous beer hall. Established in 1589 as the Royal Brewery of the Kingdom of Bavaria, it is an essential part of Munich’s history, culture and cuisine and a popular hang out for tourists and locals alike.

Besides that, Augustiner Keller located near Munich’s train station is local’s fovourite. Shaded by chestnut trees, this self-service beer garden opened to the public in 1812 and even has a cave-like indoor area. Augustiner is known for great Helles beer and is Munich’s oldest brewery founded by Augustinian monks in 1328. The third beer garden you need to know about is the Chinese Tower in the middle of the English Garden. It was community seating for 6,000 people and is centered on a 5 story tall gazebo.

Beer Halls in munich
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English Garden

If you’d like to keeping the walking tour aside and fuel your adrenaline, then you can either go for river surfing on the on the Eisbach River, which is a rare thing to see right in the middle of a city, or just the escape the city’s rush and relax in the park in Munich’s English Garden. Established in 1789, the English Garden is one of the best urban parks in the World. The city’s massive green space is not only one of the biggest in Europe, but it is more than twice the size of both New York City’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park. It’s also a pleasant place to sunbathe and picnic, and you can stop for a snack or drink at the Chinesischen Turm (Chinese Tower). The park also contains the Bavarian National Museum, with its fine collection of medieval German sculptures and tapestries, and the Bavarian State Archaeological Collection, which displays local prehistoric artifacts. It’s a great stop to rest and recharge your batteries.

English Garden
Source: Park Inn by Radisson Blog

Visit the churches

If you want to truly experience the essence of historical and architectural beauty of the Bavarian capital, then you would have to visit the churches here. There are quite a few churches in Munich that speak of this city’s past and will blow your mind with their grandiose.

Affectionately known as Asamkirche, the glorious Asam Church, dedicated to St. John of Nepomuk, was completed in 1746 by brothers Cosmas and Egid Asam and is richly decorated with stucco figures, frescoes, and oil paintings. From dark flowing features to golden accents, the church is truly a work of art.

St. Peter’s Church or Peterskirche is one of the oldest catholic churches in Munich showcases the exquisite Bavarian Romanesque architectural style. The structure was built in the 11th century by the eighth-century monks who lived on a nearby hill. After getting partially destroyed by a fire accident, the church was reconstructed again in the year 1368. It’s located above the city on a hill between Rindermarkt and Marienplatz, making it the perfect spot for an incredible view.

The Frauenkirche (the Cathedral of Our Lady) is one of the historic old town’s most distinctive building. Built in the year 1488, its twin green domes dominate the Munich skyline and are a symbol of the city. When you enter the church, you’ll immediately see the Teufelstritt, a mysterious footprint called the “Devil’s Footstep.” Legend says this black mark was where the devil stamped his foot. It also miraculously survived World War II, despite severe damage to the rest of the cathedral. Climb the steps of the cathedral’s towers for an unparalleled view of Munich’s cityscape and the Bavarian Alps.

churches in munich
Source: TripSavvy

Attend Oktoberfest

For many people, Munich is synonymous with Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest began as the marriage ceremony between Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese on October 12, 1810. All of the townspeople were invited to attend the festival, which took place in the fields outside of the city gates. Following the wedding the fields were named Theresienwiese after the Princess, and the party was such a hit that the townspeople asked King Ludwig to continue the celebration the following year.

So, every year at the end of September and the beginning of October is the time for Munich’s signature event – Oktoberfest, the world’s largest folk fest. Today the fest has 14 major tents capable of holding up to 5,000 to 10,000 party goers a piece. Oompah music spills out from every corner of the Oktoberfest grounds while traditionally dress guests hold 1-liter beer mugs and relish authentic German food.

Oktoberfest
Source: The Atlantic

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