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München Travel Guide
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Visiting Munich means being surrounded by both historical and modern architecture and experiencing traditional Bavarian as well as cosmopolitan culture in many places. Many different attractions should satisfy cultural interest in anyone of you:
There are great art collections in the three huge "Pinakotheken", a museum on technical and scientific themes (Deutsches Museum) and a lot more cultural events going on all year long. Munich also holds the biggest city-park in the world, the secure "Englischer Garten", which is a venue on warm and sunny days and evenings for all sorts of people to hang around, do sports, etc... Our clean river "Isar", which floads right in the middle of it, is famous for the many little barbecues along its' banks, river-surfing, or simply taking a chilly bath.
Many people mainly come to visit the Oktoberfest, which is huge, awesome and always packed. You will barely meet anyone who doesn't want to come back. Anyway, the nightlife during the rest of the year is great, too.
There are also picturesque beergardens spread around the city where you sit down in summer, have a famous Bavarian beer (try Helles = lager AND Weissbier = wheat beer), and eat typical Bavarian food (like giant pretzels, white sausage and delicious roast pork). On sunny days just enjoy the dolce vita of "Italy's northernmost city" in the coffee bars which are widespread in the Schwabing-Glockenbach-Haidhausen area.
Another plus which is now official: Munich is the safest city in the world.
Top Things to See and Do
Top 10 as mentioned in most city guides & done by city walk tours ( starting daily at 10 am at Marienplatz):
1.The neo-gothic Town hall & Glockenspiel
2.World famous Hofbräuhaus
3.Viktualienmarkt (vivid market for fruits & vegetables)
4.Frauenkirche (biggest cathedral in town)
5.Residence & Hofgarten- how royal munich lived
6.Asamkirche in Sendlinger Str. (don´t miss it)
7.Nymphenburg castle (little outside)
8.Augustiner beergarden - oldest in town
9. Olympic tower & village
10. Englischer garten with chinese tower
The concentration camp of Dachau, the lakes south of Munich (Starnberger & Ammersee . look for combination tickets at ticket machines), Neuschwanstein castle at 130 km southwest of Munich and many things more...
Want to visit almost all museums in Munich on a budget? The annual "Lange Nacht der Museen" on October 25, 2008 permits to enter more than 80 museums for approx. € 15 - transportation included. Check out search engines for further information.
Beer and Oktoberfest Museum:
Open Mon-Sun 1-5 pm., Sterneckerstr.2 (S-Bahn stop Isartorplatz) - For further information visit: www.bier-und-oktoberfestmuseum.de
You might be interested in further details about the Oktoberfest...
It takes place the 16 days from mid. September until the first Sunday in October and I guess it's bigger, more packed and funnier than most of you will imagine. Every year more than 6 million people come to drink, eat, flirt and party, wander around, or do some rollercoaster rides. Most locals prefer attending Sundays to Fridays in the afternoon, because it's less crowded - still very crowded in almost all tents though. From Friday afternoon to Saturday night it's brimful and often humid inside the tents. The latter open at 9 am at weekends and lately they closed at 9:30 am on Saturdays - due to congestion. To get into the tents once they are closed, ask locals and try back or side entrances. Tents generally close at 11 pm - except the wine tent and the hard-to-get-in "Käfer", which are opened until 1 am.
Important dates for the O´fest:
First Saturday: starting 10.55 am.-Entering of the Tent owners n historical coaches and Brass bands:Way from Sonnenstrasse to the Wiesn.
Sunday Sept. 21 st Starting 10 am.- Munich Costume& Marksman procession with more than 10000 participants Through the city - starting from Maximiliansstr. via Odeosplatz Stachus Sonnenstr. to the Wiesn
Middle Sunday /11 am.
Biggest Brass Band you´ve ever seen & heard- at the big stair to the feeets of the Bavaria statue in case of bad westher the concert is at Oct. 3 rd
There are a lot of parties in the city afterwards though, for those who are still able to stand straight. Getting hostels, campsites or anything else is impossible, but thank god there is the Hospitality Club! For further information, please visit www.oktoberfest.de (also in English).
BEERGARDENS - BIERGÄRTEN
There is a bavarian tradition that allows guests to bring their own food to the beergarden (and many people do as it is a nice and cheap way of going out. But you are only allowed to consume your food at tables without sheets.
Munich is famous for its very nice beergardens so here is a simple list of some:
The Hofbräu-Biergarten is a very nice and old beergarden directly in the center at the Wiener Platz. You can take the street-tram and exit at the station Wiener Platz. It is in the middle of the quarter Haidhausen which is full of very nice, old and small buildings. The beergarden is large and when the sun is shining it is very crowded (as all the beergardens) but it is a very typical one and the location is pretty nice.Can be reached by S-Bahn stop Rosenheimer Platz and a 10 min. walk.Or Metr 4/5 Stop Max-Weber Platz: Adress is Innere Wiener Strasse 19
2) Zum Flaucher
The beergarden called Zum Flaucher is directly next to the Isar. It is not one of the largest beergardens in munich but the location is very nice to drink a beer after a refreshing bath in the Isar or a walk along the river. Another good reason to visit this beergarden is, that it is full of people from munich.
Very traditional beergarden founded around 1850 located central (next to Main railway station) -can be reached by a 10 min walk along the Arnulfstrasse or S-Bahn stop Hackerbrücke. Adress is Arnulfstrasse 52. Probably the best beer in town. Huge beergarden (cap.~ 5000 ppl.)also nice beer cellar.
4) Chinesischer Turm
The Chinesischer Turm is probably one of the biggest beergardens in munich(cap. ~ 7500 ppl.) very vivid . The´re serving fresh Hofbräuhaus-beer even when the first sunbeams begin to ban the cold winter. At weekends they offer often music (bavarian brass music). Easily to be reached by Metro and bus: Take U3/6 Stop: Giselastrasse and take Bus 54/154 Stop:Chinesicher Turm or a 10 min. walk from Metro stop. Enjoy it.
In most beergardens you can bring your own food with you - sit down in a self service zone- snap you beer & simply enjoy the...Munich-beergarden-Tradition
In Schwabing (Metro U3 or U6 stop Münchner Freiheit):
Lots of bars and Pubs located at Feilitzschstraße and Occamstraße - reccomendable: Bar Centrale, Bar Rennbahn
In Glockenbach (Metro U1 or U2 stop Fraunhoferstraße):
Lots of bars around Gärtnerplatz
In Haidhausen (S-Bahn stop Ostbahnhof) Kunstpark Ost: More than 40 Bars & Discos on an old industrial area, very crowded on weekends
Munich Airport: (30km, the fastest and most economical transport is the S-Bahn S1 (runs west) or S8 (runs east and gets faster to Munich centre). Ticket approx. 10€.
Dachau (30 km, 20 min by train S2)
-->Dachau Prison Camp
Markt Schwaben (30 km, 20 min by train S6)
Erding (50 km, 40 min by train S6)
Ebersberg (25 km, 30 min by train S4)
Füssen (130 km, 2 hrs by train)--> Neuschwanstein castle
Passau (200 km, 2 hrs by train - lovely student town with 3 rivers)
Salzburg, Innsbruck (150 km, 2 hrs by train -nice Austrian towns)- ask for Bayern Ticket at railway station, but buy it at the machine and save 5 €
The Alps and Austria are less than an hour drive.
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Who is coming?
im planning to visit Munchen on Sept 19th and i really hope to have a friend to show me around.. Looking fwd to it;)
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