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Munich Introduction


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Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg. It is undeniably a city of revelers. Yet there's much more to Munich than Oktoberfest and the city's reputation as the beer-brewing capital of the world.   Click here to see the full Munich travel guide on Travel42 »

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Munich Geography


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Munich lies 50 mi/80 km north of the Alps. The Isar River flows through the eastern part of the city, near the zoo (Tierpark Hellabrunn) and the Bavaria Film Studios, around the island housing the Deutsches Museum, past the parliament building (Maximilianeum) and finally through the lush greenery of Englischer Garten, the city's main public park.  Click here to see the full Munich travel guide on Travel42 »

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Munich History


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The city was officially founded in 1158 by Heinrich der Lowe (Henry the Lion). In 1255, Munich began its long history as the home of Bavarian royalty when the Wittelsbach family, dukes of Bavaria, settled in the city. In 1504, the city was named the official capital of the Duchy of Bavaria. However, several brief periods of foreign occupation followed: In 1632, during the Thirty Years War, Munich was ruled by Gustav II of Sweden, and the Hapsburgs of Austria ruled the city 1705-14 and 1742-44.   Click here to see the full Munich travel guide on Travel42 »

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Munich Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Marienplatz is the heart of the city and the best place to start your tour. If you time your visit well, you'll be able to view a daily performance of the Neues Rathaus' glockenspiel. From Marienplatz, it's also a short walk to several landmarks, including four important churches (Frauenkirche, St. Michaelskirche, St. Peterskirche and Asamkirche). You should also take a stroll along the grandiose Maximilianstrasse, which begins north of Marienplatz and stretches east to the red-granite Maximilianeum, seat of the Bavarian Parliament. Along the route are a number of prominent museums and upscale boutiques. A pedestrian area from Marienplatz to Karlsplatz offers abundant shopping possibilities. You could easily spend two days exploring this central area.  Click here to see the full Munich travel guide on Travel42 »

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Munich Nightlife


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For nightlife seekers, our advice is simple: If the weather is good, head for a beer garden; if the weather is bad, head for a beer hall. Munich has the best of both worlds, and the best part is that both beer gardens and beer halls usually serve delicious food in addition to the liter-size mugs of frothy beer. We think Hirschgarten is probably the most authentic example.  Click here to see the full Munich travel guide on Travel42 »

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Munich Restaurants & Dining


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Munich, the city of seven world-renowned breweries, scores of beer halls and the world's largest beer gardens, is equally blessed with a variety of restaurants. There's something to please virtually every palate (and pocketbook), ranging from traditional Bavarian specialties to Italian, Balkan, Greek, Thai and classical French delicacies.   Click here to see the full Munich travel guide on Travel42 »

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