Munich is the heart and capital of one of the most traditional German states, Bavaria. In the summer months, the city offers a multitude vast, green spaces and beer gardens where people can relax with one of the city’s beers from historic breweries. In the winter months, tourists can explore the Christmas markets or take a short train up to the snowy mountains. Despite its size, Munich retains a homely, comfortable atmosphere and is built out of numerous areas that retain their own character and individuality. A holiday to Munich will feel like a home from home for any visitor and a warm Bavarian welcome can always be guaranteed. p>
The first thoughts most people have when they think of Munich is great beer and food, football and stunning architecture; and for good reason too. The city has a whole lot more to offer though. Experiencing one of the most famous football stadiums in the world, one of the most famous festivals and some of the most iconic buildings is a must; however, beneath the surface Munich hosts a number of unusual festivals and is home to some of Germany’s best museums and galleries.
The first port of call when visiting Munich should be one of the city’s famous beer gardens. Some of the best of these are ironically located in the Englischer Garten aka the English Garden. This picturesque park is larger than New York’s Central Park and is home to several classically Bavarian beer gardens, most of which serve litre beers called Mass, pretzels and a range of other food and drinks. Be sure to look out for the park’s surfers near Haus der Kunst who ride a wave in one of the park’s rivers.
During the summer months, the locals of Munich take to the clean waters of the river Isar for swimming and sun bathing. The Isar is fed by the nearby Alps and is crystal clear by the time it runs through Munich. Find the area between the two bridges, the Reichenbachbrücke and the Wittelsbacherbrücke for a kind of inner city, river-beach experience.
Oktoberfest or locally Wiesn, is one of the biggest days in the Bavarian calendar and is celebrated from mid-September through to the first few days of October. It is the world’s largest beer festival and travelling fair and traditionally pulls in millions of visitors every year. Originally the celebration took place to honour the marriage of Kronprinz Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen but it is now a festival to mark the beginning of October, a great excuse to dress in finest, traditional Bavarian clothing called Tracht and to enjoy the city’s finest beer. For the truest taste of Munich at its best, look no further than Oktoberfest..
Munich has a rich mix of museums and art galleries ranging from the modern art gallery called the Museum Brandhorst, to the Bavarian National Museum that was founded in 1855. The city has three main art galleries called Pinakotheke; a gallery for classics, one for contemporary works and one for modern art all of which are located in Munich’s art quarter. For those lucky enough to time their Munich holiday right, there are two evening festivals of art and music, called the Long Night of the Museums which takes place in October and the long night of music which takes place in May.Visit Munich with Swiss holidays to experience Bavaria at its best and be sure to have a holiday to remember.