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A captivating weekend in Munich

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Marla Martin ▼ | November 4, 2017
Germany   A Bavarian city has it all in all shapes and forms

Two things are enough to start thinking about Germany: fairy-tale streets and beer. Add to that interesting museums, green gardens, stunning architecture and some of the most expensive retail space in Germany, and you got Munich, one of the most exciting cities in Europe.

MunichMunich is the third largest city in Germany, the main city in the rich state of Bavaria. The city of 1.5 million people has the strongest economy in the country, it is one of top financial centers in the world, and it hosts a number of well-known multinational companies. Contrary to what you'd expect, you can feel the spirit of Munich in just a few days, so you don't need a long holiday to visit it. Name an activity - from business to art to entertainment to surfing - Munich has it all in all shapes and forms.

Glockenspiel towerGermany is one of those countries that care about its past, so Munich is a combination of modern skyscrapers, Gothic monuments, and fairy-tale houses. Munich is a great introduction to Germany and the place to start to grab a beer and sausages is definitively Marienplatz. That heart of the city is 850 years old and it's home to the famed Glockenspiel tower and glorious Town Hall. Every day 32 life-size figures depict scenes from Bavarian history and that's the scene you can't find anywhere else.

HofbräuhausFrom there, you must decide: lush garden and culture or food. Well, whatever you choose, you will end up with a beer with in your hand. Places like Hofbräuhaus and Augustiner are a must: waitresses in Dirndl outfits and traditional brass band, embellished with spectacular beer is an experience for life. Interesting, those two older breweries offer spectacular but - the cheapest beer. OK, this is activity for the evening, but it should be on your list no matter for how long you plan to stay in the city.

Chinesischer TurmFor the morning we recommend the Englisher Garten where you can run out all the evening beer or you can surf on its river. From there your next destination may be the Chinesischer Turm where you can find live music every day, fast-food, and after that head to the Hirschgarten. It is called "garden" but it is in fact a beer garden, the largest in the city, placed in a hunting lodge - and you can see a deer roaming around. Don't worry, it's not a beer, it's a real deer in the metropole!

Munich ResidenzIf you like to eat along the way, jump to the Marienplatz where you can find the Viktualienmarkt. This is farmers market that takes place daily and there you can find - anything you like: from bread and meat to go, to all kind of fruits and vegetables. When you are armed with good food head to the royal palace called Munich Residenz. With its fairy-tale painted ceilings and beautiful courtyards it is one of the most photographed places in Munich and Germany.

MaximilianstrasseFor souvenirs there are the Galeria Kaufhof and Oberpollinger but let's go see one of the Munich’s most popular attractions: Maximilianstrasse, a street with the highest retail rents in Germany. Be ready to spend several hours there, in the street marked with spectacular views. The Gothic Bavarian Parliament is on one of its ends, and then the way is guiding you to the Maximiliansbrücke over the river Isar with spectacular view of the islands and the surrounding streets. Eisbacha, a side arm of the Isar River is a popular spot for surfers.

Marienplatz in Old TownTake a peek at people sunbathing and slowly enter the Old Town, passing the statue of King Maximilian II - you can thank him for that magnificent architecture. Further down the road you will encounter a palace from the 19th century on the small square. In the evening you can enjoy a performance at the variety but also the best luxury shopping Munich has to offer. The Maximilianstrasse ends on Max-Joseph-Platz, a place with the famous Bavarian Opera House.

KarlsplatzTo complete your strolling, head to a busy shopping street Kaufingerstrasse with great street food and artists, and a short walk will take you to the most beautiful square with a fountain, Karlsplatz. From there, a short walk away, there is Odeonsplatz from which you will enter Hofgarten park with the palace of the Bavarian Kings with beautiful grass. This is the place to stop and meditate a bit... about the next destination with good atmosphere, good food and great beer.

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