Munich is the third largest city in Germany, located in the heart of Bavaria. It is a traditional German city with a lot of historic landmarks and little modernized structures. Last summer, I visited Munich for the first time and was extremely impressed with all the great things it had to offer me. Munich has something for everyone, from traditional museums and churches to beer gardens and a great nightlife. I spent three days in Munich and still have plenty to go back and see for my next trip.
Munich is a cultural metropolis with world-renowned museums, such as Alte Pinakothek and the Deutsche Museum. There are museums for just about every interest, from technology to fine arts. In addition, for those of you who are German car enthusiasts, there is a state of the art BMW museum, which is considered one of the most attractive museums in Munich. The Englischer Garten is another great attraction; it is Munich’s 900 acre park that offers beautiful meadows of flowers and greenery.
Munich also has some great historic churches to visit. The Cathedral Church of Our Lady is a landmark for Munich and can be found on many postcards. It is a late gothic church with two tall domes that can be sighted from many parts of the city. The Rathaus or city hall is located on Marianplatz and is home to the Glockenspiel. Usually tourists wait outside of the city hall at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to watch the Glockenspiel go off. Tourists can also sign up for Mike’s bike tours by the Rathaus; I would suggest this tour because the guides are really entertaining and informative. Marianplatz is also a popular area for shopping and has various restaurants that offer the city’s traditional cuisine. High-end shopping can be done on Maximilianstrasse, where famous designers like Chanel, Gucci, and Burberry have stores.
Now what would be a city without some great nightlife? Well Munich is a great city with a great nightlife to offer its visitors. Munich has a wide range of beergartens, bars and clubs. The most famous beergarten, Hofbraeuhaus is a definite must. It is centrally located and offers its visitors two choices of beer (light or dark). In addition to beer, its visitors can eat traditional Bravarian food and listen to the Ump pa pa music. For those of you who prefer a more upbeat nightlife, Munich’s club scene is the place to be. P1 is a legendary nightclub on Prinzregentstrasse1 with many famous clientele; it is open 365 days a year and has free admission for those that can pass the bouncers. Other happening clubs are Pacha, Atomic Café, 4 0 0 4, and Nachtwerk. For those of you who prefer a relaxing night with a few drinks, a trip to one of Munich’s bars is the perfect choice for you. Some famous bars include Brasserie Tresznjewski, Café Glockenspiel, Casa de Tapas, Schumann’s, and Cocktailhaus.
Munich is a great German city to visit and has a tremendous amount to offer its visitors. I hope those of you who are fortunate enough to visit Munich, make the most of it and try to see as much as possible. I plan on taking a trip back to finish where I left off.