Munich

Munich Travel Guide

Munich is the capital and largest city in Germany state of Bavaria. Dating back to the Middle Ages, Munich has a deep monarchic past and tumultuous 20th century. The city provides more history than any one Munich travel guide can sum up, meaning there’s plenty to see and do.

One of the most popular reasons for Munich travel is to experience the world famous Oktoberfest. Six million people travel to Munich for the event, the largest folk fair in the world. A huge field is transformed into a fairground with tents operated by traditional breweries. Vendors sell typical bavarian fare (pretzels, roast chicken, gingerbread). Tourists and locals alike dress up and revel in the 16 days of festivities.
The city is also famous for its role in World War II, and those who travel to Munich can honor those lost with a visit to nearby Dachau, home to one of Germany’s famous concentration camps.

Things Not to Miss in Munich

• No visit to Munich can be complete without a stop at one of the famous beer halls, like Paulaner or Hofbräuhaus.
 • If you go during the winter months, stop by the city’s famous holiday market Christkindlmarkt, set up on the Marienplatz, for shopping and a glass of mulled wine.
 • Throughout the summer months, Munich has a free open-air opera series, which is a great way to enjoy this great German cultural tradition.

When to Go to Munich

In Bavaria and the Alps, winters can get cold, but the summer is warm with cool, rainy days in July and August. Fall and spring are the longest seasons. May to October is very popular for tourism, as well as winter for the skiing destinations.

Articles about Munich

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