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Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is famous not only for its beer festival – the largest festival of its kind in the world – and BMWs. It is also known for its beautiful architecture, tasty sausages (a traditional breakfast dish), football, museums, vintage streetcars, parties, exhibitions and parks, one which is larger than the Central Park in New York.

Munich is situated in the south of Germany, by the river Isar, and sits in an Alpine valley. After Berlin and Hamburg, Munich is the largest city in Germany and home to over 1.3 million people. It’s an important industrial, cultural and transport centre, which tempts its visitors with shops, night clubs, pubs and festivals. The capital of Bavaria boasts an excellent transport infrastructure – it has a large railway network, numerous highways, a nearby international airport and city metro.

Aerial view of Munich over Theatine Church of St. Cajetan (Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan) and Odeonplatz
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Aerial view of Munich over Theatine Church of St. Cajetan (Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan) and Odeonplatz

The name of the city comes from the monks who founded it. Its official birthday is 1158, when it received its rights as a city, and in 1506, Munich became the capital of Bavaria. However, in the period between 1634 and 1635, about a third of its inhabitants were killed by the plague, which ground its development to a virtual halt. Thanks to the construction of the first railway station in 1839 and the birth of industrial capitalism, the 19th century marked the peak of Munich’s development.

Today, Munich is known mostly for Oktoberfest - the annual beer festival, which is the largest festival of its kind in the whole world. It is estimated that during the several weeks of the festival, its visitors drink around 6 million litres of beer. Oktoberfest usually happens in September or October in the so-called Theresa’s Meadow (Theresienwiese).

Oktoberfest Munich Young people, dressed in dirndls, are having fun
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Oktoberfest Munich Young people, dressed in dirndls, are having fun

In Munich, beer is usually accompanied by sausages and braised cabbage. As for breakfast – the local Bavarians can’t even imagine it without Weißwürste, or “white sausage”, which is considered the traditional dish of Munich.

The Old Town (situated on the Western coast of the river Isar) is replete with Baroque- and Rococo-style buildings, most of which were built during the first half of the 18th century, when the rulers of Bavaria were eagerly trying to make Munich more like the famous Italian cities. Here you’ll also find a beautiful park, called the English Garden, which, it’s worth noting, is larger than the famous Central Park in New York. Moreover, Munich is the most popular tourist city in Germany after Berlin.

The city is considered to be the home BMW. If, at some point, you will become interested in seeing the headquarters of one of the most popular car manufacturers in the world, all you have to do is look around the city from a tower or viewpoint. It’s hard to miss the building formed like the original 4-cylinder engine.

Aerial view of BMW Museum and BMW Welt and factory and Munich from Olympic Tower
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Aerial view of BMW Museum and BMW Welt and factory and Munich from Olympic Tower

Don’t be surprised to hear the word Minga all time when walking around Munich – it’s just the way the locals call their city. It’s a Bavarian word.

Football fans are well aware of Munich, because it’s the home of FC Bavaria – the most famous football club in the whole of Germany.

Munich is home to around 3 million people, and its transport system is so well-developed that it’s called the most punctual city of Europe. The trams, which constitute the oldest transport system of the city, have been operating here since 1876.

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