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Munich – that German city full to bursting with Bavarian charm.
This jewel in Germany’s crown is one of its most popular tourist destinations as well as being one of its most sophisticated cultural centres. On the one side, it’s a city full of lofty works of art, stunning architecture and historical buildings, opera, theatre and more. While, on the other, it’s a city full of warmth and openness, with just a touch of that German fairytale village feeling.
The city’s motto is ‘München mag Dich’, or ‘Munich Likes You’, and it certainly does. You’ll stroll from museum to cathedral down adorable lanes and pass gingerbread-like half-timbered houses on the way. It’s the perfect mix. Add to that a strong contingent of trendy art-cafes full of life and conversation and, of course, plenty of beer gardens with perfect pilsners and a lively German gusto that has remained unchanged for years.
The Bavarian capital may be a long way from the coast, but that doesn't prevent locals from enjoying a beach culture. Head down to the banks of the River Isar, which runs through the city, and soak up some true Munich dolce vita with the crowds of bathers and sun worshippers.
Munich is rightly renowned for its unique biergarten scene, which comes into its own in the summer months. Do as the locals do and pack yourself a picnic to enjoy with a litre of the city's finest brew. Hirschgarten is Europe's biggest biergarten, with seating for 8,000 and a paddock of deer to keep the kids entertained (1 Hirschgarten, hirschgarten.de).
Jump on a train to Garmisch Partenkirchen for a real Alpine day out. Trains leave Munich approximately every hour and the town offers something for everyone. Keen skiers can hire equipment locally for a few runs down Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze, while non-skiers can take in the breathtaking scenery on a ride up the Zugspitz cable car.