Known across the world for its Oktoberfest celebrations, the capital of Bavaria is steeped in centuries of history. Munich holidays certainly have so much more to offer than this impressive annual gathering of revellers and beer lovers. Many writers and composers once called the city their home. In fact, after visiting, writer Ernest Hemingway quipped, “Munich is the best place. Everything else is a waste of time in Germany.” He may have been being flippant, but Munich really will steal your heart. From its bustling squares to its magnificent churches, Munich celebrates its past, having conserved and rebuilt most of its destroyed architecture in the original style.
The towering Frauenkirche (church used as a cathedral) and the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) define the skyline with their neo-Gothic features. The impressive art collection at the Kunstareal museum recalls Bavaria’s royal days, while the BMW museum is a nod to the wealthy city’s booming industrial side. The shops in Munich are some of the best nationwide and it has a stellar Christmas market. Dining is also unconventional in this German region. Breakfast can include ‘Weisswurst’ (white sausages) and local wheat beer, while beer gardens and halls serve Bavarian staples around large communal tables. Holidays to Munich offer the perfect way to experience the best of Bavaria.
Starting in September and running into October, huge crowds of revellers enjoy multiple taps of beer and a vast range of ‘wurst’ (sausage). Join in or just watch the fun.
The Kunstareal (museum quarter) has it all, from classical paintings and Greek sculpture to Impressionist works and contemporary artists across 18 museums and more than 40 galleries.
Surprisingly, Munich features a popular area for surfing on the man-made Eisbach River in the Englischer Garten (park). Even if you don’t fancy it, it makes for a popular spectacle.