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Munich is the largest city in the south of Germany and the capital of Bavaria, situated a mere hour and a half drive from the Alps. Munich may be well-known as the home of the Oktoberfest, but there is so much more to this vibrant and exciting city.

Facts about Munich Germany

Munich is the largest city in the south of Germany and the capital of Bavaria, situated a mere hour and a half drive from the Alps. Munich may be well-known as the home of the Oktoberfest, but there is so much more to this vibrant and exciting city. It is the economic centre of southern Germany and home to the European headquarters of many high-tech industries such as BMW. Munich is the second most popular German city travel destination after Berlin and many consider it to be the beer capital of the world.

History

Munich derives its name from the medieval “Munichen” which means “monks”, as it was Benedictine monks that first settled there, drawn in by fertile soils and proximity to Catholic Italy. In 1158 the Imperial Diet in Augsburg sanctioned the rule of Heinrich der Lowe and the city of Munich was born. In 1240 the city passed to the House of Wittelsbach, who governed Munich and Bavaria until the 20th century. Munich prospered as a salt-trading centre before being hit by the plague epidemic for around 150 years from 1349. Munich has seen turbulent times, particularly during the last century when the citizens starved during World War I.

Landmarks

Facts about Munich Germany

The stunning architecture of Munich was born in the 19th century during an explosion of monument-building giving way to many of today’s tourist attractions. Marienplatz, a historic square in the heart of the city, is home to the old and new town hall. A large column in the centre of the square is topped by a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary. The Frauenkirche is east of Marienplatz. This is a large gothic church with a long central nave and elegant tall arches. the Nymphenburg Palace was originally built as a summer residence for Bavaria’s electors. The palace is famous for its Baroque decor.

Oktoberfest

Facts about Munich Germany

The Munich Oktoberfest the world’s largest fair. Every year over six million visitors flock to Oktoberfest and it is an important part of Bavarian culture. Oktoberfest began as a wedding celebration for the Bavarian crown prince in 1810 and was attended by the local community. Today, the Munich beer festival traditionally takes place during the sixteen days up to and including the first Sunday in October.

Culture

Munich’s claims to be the “secret capital” of Germany. The city is recognised for its high living standards, with the most millionaires per capita in Germany after Hamburg. Munich is a very culturally active city, with orchestras, opera houses and theatres. Any German will tell you that German beer is the best in the world. Bavaria has a vast number of breweries as well as festivals throughout the year. Munich is also home to many museums and galleries, such as the Deutsches Museum which contain an insight into the cities vibrant culture and history.

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