Famous Munich

Outside Europe, Munich probably is the most famous German city. And that’s not only thanks to its Oktoberfest, the greatest beer festival in the world. The 1.5 Million inhabitant city in South Germany, capital of Bavaria, is to many like the most typical German city possible – although Germans ironically tend to say that Bavaria is not a part of the country.
Indeed, the city is somehow different to the rest of Germany. The one thing I did not like were the prices – Munich is the most expensive city in Germany: Rents for example are 65% higher than the German average. You see expensive cars and people dressed with top labels everywhere.
Apart from that, Munich is a lovely city to visit and a must for anyone, who wants to know Germany!
Have a look at the photos with extra information about the city and you understand why!

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Bavaria, the largest German federal state, has beautiful landscapes. Except for Munich and Nürnberg, there are not so many populous cities, but a lot of small villages with farms that offer bed and breakfast. Until today, cities and towns preserved their old towns because during war, Bavaria had not been bombed as much as other states.
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“Theresienwiese” is the place of 42 hectare, where the Oktoberfest “Wiesn” and other events take place. It is called after the former princess of Bavaria, Therese.

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One of the regular festivals is “Tollwood” during winter.
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The event focuses on ecological and environmental topics.

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Bands play Jazz and other kind of music, alternative food and clothes are offered.

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At Wiesn you can also admire the most famous statue of the city: “Bavaria”, the patron saint of Bavaria, built in the middle of the 19th century.
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(The sky was so grey that I had to photoshop…)
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Munich has a very nice christmas fair, too. They call it “Christkindlmarkt”.

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Bavarian “Brezeln” with “Weißwurst”, a speciality. The dish allows you to tell the difference between a Bavarian and a tourist: Bavarians remove the skin of the sausage, tourists often don’t know about that.
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German Abendbrot (“evening’s bread”): Germany has the greatest bread diversity in the world! The first thing, Germans travelling abroad miss from their country, is their dearly beloved bread.
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Hofbräuhaus, where beer used to be brewed from the 16th century. Today, you can get typical German supper “Abendbrot” and beer in one litre cups “Maß”.
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You can also listen to German brass band music (“Blaskapellenmusik”).
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Maß is also what they drink at Oktoberfest. During the festival, it is not even possible to order a smaller glass.
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At Hofbräuhaus therer are over 100 “Stammtische”, tables reserved for regulars.
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Barhopping is not so easy, though – I felt like the bars are spread around many parts of the city, there is not one “bar centre”. However, if you know the good places, you will surely have fun – beer is not so expensive and people are open-minded!
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Neuschwanstein castle, by train 2 hours from Munich, is one of the most famous attractions in Germany. It was built from 1869. Its first owner, king Ludwig II. Of Bavaria, is highly controversial until nowadays. He had been declared insane by the regime’s governors at the time and a few days later, died mysteriously. Until today, he is famous for his architectural and artistic legacy.
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Neuschwanstein from behind.
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The castle from inside the court.

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Hohenschwangau Castle is the older, but less impressive and therefore less famous castle of both. I almost felt sorry for the building, since people almost didn’t notice it.
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Around the castle, you can get more German food in typical restaurants. Here, we enjoyed some more beer (what else), Flammkuchen (actually a French/German meal) and tasty sweet Kaiserschmarrn.
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Bavaria, the largest German federal state, has beautiful landscapes. Except for Munich and Nürnberg, there are not so many populous cities, but a lot of small villages with farms that offer bed and breakfast. Until today, cities and towns preserved their old towns because during war, Bavaria had not been bombed as much as other states.

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