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Overview to Munich: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

Munich's Stunning Skyline

Bavaria’s provincial capital, Munich, combines all the charm of a picture-postcard image of Germany – romantic gothic architecture and narrow, cobbled streets – with a thriving, sophisticated urban scene.

Like many German towns, Munich suffered heavy bombing during the Second World War but has since benefited from an extensive, and painstaking, restoration program. Its historic center has been impressively rebuilt; creating a compelling mix of modernity and tradition.

At the heart of the city, the pedestrian center of the Aldstadt around Mairenplatz is filled with shops and markets. This slice of the inner city is ideal for walking around to soak up the atmosphere or watch the artists and street musicians who entertain the crowds.

Munich’s ancient history is best glimpsed in the Marienplatz district. The churches and gateways that make up the Aldstadt are remnants of its medieval past, while the baroque palace and Frauenkirche are further examples of the city's diverse and fascinating architecture.

To the north-east, the Residenz and Ludwigstrasse showcase the rather newer – although no less impressive – 19th century roots of the city. Here, broad avenues and spacious squares complement the grandeur of the Residenz.

Munich has the well-developed cultural scene of a major European capital, and to the west of the Marienplatz-Schwabing axis lies the Museum Quarter. The most important of Munich’s 30 or so museums can be found in this district, including the renowned Alte Pinakothek.

Just north of the city center is the stylish neighborhood of Schwabing, an area with a reputation for radical bohemian chic. These days, this fashionable heritage is still visible in the trendy shops and student bars which dot the residential streets.

South of the Hauptbanhof (railway station) sits a large, oval fairground known as the Theresienwiese. This is the site on which travelers and locals descend once a year to celebrate the fabled Oktoberfest – the city’s homage to the German culture of beer-drinking.

Elsewhere, the castle at Nymphenberg can be found a few kilometers north of the center. Once the summer residence of Bavaria’s royalty, the museum’s collections and the impressive landscaped gardens of the Schlosspark now tempt visitors to the outer reaches of the city.

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