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Munich Travel Guide

If you are looking for an unforgettable vacation destination, Munich, the capital city of Bavaria, Germany, may just be the perfect destination for you. Located on the River Isar, this picturesque city is one of the largest in Germany and offers guests the benefits of the big city, along with amazing historical locations. For a city of these cosmopolitan proportions it has a relatively small center which makes it easier to explore on foot. You can take a sightseeing tour or use the excellent subway system (U-bahn) to go to some remote locations. Most of the landmarks though are in the city center. If you need a cab it is always a pleasure to ride on one because almost all of them are Mercedes.

Munich has an extremely long history, as it is estimated that the city was founded in the year 1158, however the city was not granted official city status until the year 1175. The city became a center point for the German Counter Reformation as well as a prime location for those interested in the arts and politics.

Today, Munich offers visitors a glimpse into this past, with many grand attractions to visit. There are many historical churches in the area including the Frauenkirche, which is one of the most famous buildings in Munich. Michaelskirche is one of the largest renaissance churches left in the area.

Munich is home to many museums which allow visitors to learn of the early history of the country, as well as to view the amazing renaissance art collected from around the world. The city is home of the state parliament, known as Maximilianeum, which is a site not to be missed. For those looking for a luxurious destination, the western portion of Maximilianstrasse is home to boutiques, designer shops and five-star hotels for guests to enjoy. If five-star accommodations aren't in your travel budget, you can price a wide array of Munich hotels and find the right option for your visit.

There are of course many modern locations to be viewed as well, including the unforgettable BMW Headquarters with its futuristic design, and the Highlight Towers located in uptown Munich. Whether you are intrigued by the old, or fascinated by the new, Munich has something to offer everyone.

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BMW Headquarters and Museum
are located close to Olympiapark
City Gates
Munich has four remaining city gates
English Garden
English Garden is located in the heart of Munich and is the largest city owned park in Europe.
Frauenkirche is a very popular landmark in Munich
Glockenspiel New City Hall
The Glockenspiel is located on Marienplatz.
Hofbräuhaus is one of the major tourist attractions in Munich
Marienplatz is the best known plaza in Munich
Max-Joseph Platz
Max-Joseph Platz is the home of the Bavarian opera house.
Michaelskirche was built in the late 16th century
Nymphenburg Palace
Nymphenburg Palace was the summer residence of the ruling...
Odeonsplatz is a huge square in Munich
Olympiapark was designed for the 1972 Olympic games
Peterskirche is the oldest church in Munich.
The Residenz
The Residenz Palace was a home of the Wittelsbach family
Viktualienmarkt is the central market in Munich

User Comments about Munich

Brady says:
Munich is one of the most beautiful citeis in Germany and inspite of the rain , it was amazing. My weekend is just posting all the pics and writing abt it-though I am going to keep it short. I didnt miss Hofbrau ..we walked and walked and lost our way trying to find it ..but we did and what a place !!I need to post pics of the Residenz and Hofbrau-also writing about these places ...