As the capital of the state of Bavaria, Munich is a city that mixes old traditions with modern technology. Here you can find lederhosen clad men sitting next to corporal suits from BMW sharing a beer and a hearty Bavarian meal, in one of many beer gardens throughout the day. You can easily spend many days sightseeing in Munich and become immersed in the Bavarian friendly culture, only to find it hard to say goodbye when it is time to leave.
Looking out over Munich’s skyline two dominate Munich attractions will attract your eye. The first is the twin towers and red roof of the Frauenkirche (Cathedral Church of Our Lady) and the other is the gothic spirals jutting up from the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall). Built 1867-1909 the Neues Rathaus is one of Munich’s most photographed attractions, which sightseers flocking to the structure to watch the Glockenspiel play several times throughout the day. It is located in Marienplatz which a great starting point for guided tours through the city or to start your own tour to fantastic sights including the Hofbrauhaus, Viktualienmerkt and the Pinakotheken museums.
To escape the city streets, it is easy in the Munich with the Englischer Garten (English Garden) running through the city center. One of the world’s largest urban parks, the English Garden has lots to offer visitors with the Japanese Tea house, Chinese Tower, Monopteros and the famous Eisbach River. The river is man-made and has been made to create a 1 metre high standing wave which surfers and travellers surf upon all hours of the day. One other great Munich attraction that will make you forget you are in a big city is Schloss Nymphenburg. The Baroque palace itself is sensational but it is the palace gardens that are the most impressive. It is teeming with flowers and statutes along the canal banks and abundant green fields and trees to be slowly walked through and enjoyed.
Munich provides a great base for day tours by bus or train to famous historical sights. Dachau is easily reached on the S bahn around 40mins from Munich center. Famous for the concentration camp built during WWII, Dachau is also a quaint town with stunning restored houses and Dachau Castle. The Concentration Camp Memorial Site is a sobering activity but presents history in a respectful and imformative atmosphere. Schloss Neuschwanstein is a superb attraction for all ages and a great way to spend a day. The castle is located 800m above sea level in the foothills of the Alps surrounded by thick green forests and two peaceful lakes that a perfect for a swim in the summer months. It is said that the Disney Castle was based off this Bavarian masterpiece.
Munich is a marvelous city for sightseeing and exploring, filled with world renowned activities and attractions that will interest all travellers. A tour through Germany would not be complete without stopping and engaging yourself in Munich’s must see sights.
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