Liebt Dich" And You Will Love It, Too – Travel To Munich
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The city’s new motto, "Munich
Loves You," may be a bit commercial, but it is exactly how you will feel
from the very moment you find your bags at the airport. It is also not
overeagerly presumptuous to say that whoever you are, this Bavarian capital
will have you head-over-heels enamored with some or all parts of its eclectic
mish-mosh of cultures. There is absolutely something for everyone when
you travel to Munich.
|Of Germany’s major cities,
Munich is Berlin’s more cosmopolitan sister, with perhaps a bit of an adolescent
identity crisis. Throughout history Munich has often taken a different
path from the general German way.
During the Reformation, Munich
remained staunchly committed to the Catholic Church, and while the people
enjoyed the flourishing Renaissance period, the Duke marveled in such endeavors
as bankrupting those very institutions.
Additionally, Munich’s Kingdom
of Bavaria maintained its sovereign status from Germany until Ludwig II’s
notorious habits prompted Germany to fully incorporate the region in 1871.
After World War I, Munich was a hotbed of social movements where the Nazi
party was capable of growing deep roots and slowly taking hold of government.
By 1938, the first concentration camp, Dachau, had been constructed to
the north. Visitors to Munich can take a tour of this historic site, which
has largely been destroyed but contains memorials and an extensive collection
of information on World War II.
When in Munich
The best way to experience
Munich is to think and act like a local. There are a multitude of wonderful
cultural experiences in the center of town that are overlooked by many
visitors. Assimilate your way into Bavarian life by attending any one of
the superb classical or modern plays at the Residenztheater, a wonderful
artistic alternative to the National Theater that is also in the city center.
To the northeast, the royal family’s summer residence, Nymphenburg Palace,
is also a more desirable alternative to the crowded and touristy Residenz
in central Marienplatz for its magnificently vast gardens, stables, winter
ice-skating, natural history and science museum and open public parks.
The palace is open for public viewing year-round as well.
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|At night, pubs and jazz
clubs open their doors with generous hospitality to anyone who shows a
little respect and appreciation for the German way of life. Veer off the
main square to find a meal fit for a Bavarian King and cocktails among
Beyond Beer Gardens in
Although Munich is home to
one of the largest beer gardens in the world, not to mention the famous
Oktoberfest, its proximity to Italy, the Alps and the Mediterranean coast
makes Munich the ultimate German destination for city travelers. Spring
and autumn are the best times to enjoy Munich; however, winter in known
for its riotous six-week pre-Lent gala of Festivals, Balls and overall
indulgence. Even if Munich is just a stop along the way, you may find yourself
compelled to drop everything and rewrite your plans!