Munich

Swing a stein, explore Bavarian history or simply experience life in a modern German powerhouse.

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The bustling home of Oktoberfest, Munich has an eclectic mix of medieval and postmodern architecture, and a proud royal heritage, as well as a sporting pedigree like few other cities. The capital of Bavaria and Germany's third-largest city is a cultural and economic powerhouse.

Essential sights

The Altstadt (Old Town)

The charismatic Altstadt has scores of attractions, including the gothic Karlstor gate, Marienplatz square, the Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Lady) and Peterskirche (St Peter's) churches, the National Theatre and Citizen’s Hall. There's plenty to see, and in the case of the iconic Rathaus-Glockenspiel, listen to as well.

Regal architecture

The glittering Hall of Antiquities and Ancestral Gallery are two prime attractions at the Munich Residenz, the former royal household of the Wittelsbach monarchs of Bavaria. The palace has an impressive 10 courtyards and 130 rooms, many displaying royal treasures. For further echoes of Bavaria's regal legacy, stroll along Munich's four leafy royal avenues.

English Garden

One of the world's largest urban parks, the Englischer Garten is a lush, green space tracking the eastern bank of the River Isar. Paths, trails, bridges and artificial waterways criss-cross the park, which is home to the elevated Monopteros, Japanese teahouse, 25m-high Chinese Tower and Kleinhesseloher Lake.