From the cosy beer halls and magnificent palaces tothe tranquil parks and fascinating museums, the capital of Bavariais a modern city that preserves traditional charm. Munichis one of the most liveable cities in the world, with a strong economy thatattracts large businesses and millions of tourists to visit the city each yearfor its beautiful architecture, ancient traditions and the nearby BavarianAlps.
Talk a walk through the centre and you will find awide range of architectural styles, from the Gothic St. Peter's Church to theBaroque charm of the Asam Church (Asamkirche). Munichwas severely damaged during World War II, but much of it has beenreconstructed, as far as possible, according to the original style. ModernMunich is visible in buildings such as the Olympic Tower and the Museum ofModern Art Pinakothek der Moderne.
Famous for its Oktoberfest, the biggest beerfestival in the world, Munich brews some of theworld's most popular beers. It’s not surprising that the city also has apassionate beer culture. Beer drinkers come from all over the world to visitthe six local breweries, which includes the Hofbräuhaus,established in the court of Duke William V, and the world famous Löwenbräu.Visit in th summer and take advantage of one of the world famous Biergarten(beer gardens) and do what the local inhabitants of Munichhave been doing for centuries - drink a beer in the shade of the chestnuttrees.
The city houses a number of major multinationalcompanies too, which makes it a popular place for business trips. The GermanBMW is headquartered in Munich near BMW World, a fascinating complex thatoffers insight into past, present and future of German engineering.
A visit to Munich iscomplete without a stroll through the English Garden. This oasis near the citycentre, with its wooded areas and vast meadows, is located in the basin of theriver Isar.
Jump on one of the tourist buses from MünchenHauptbahnhof and get a good view of the city, or rent a bicycle to explore thecity and the parks. Most of Munich is alsoaccessible via the efficient public transport system. Whatever mode oftransportation you choose, you will certainly come under the spell the city’scharms with its proud local traditions.