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In Munich exclusive shopping, fashionable streets and monumental buildings co-exist with Lederhosen, brass music and rustic beer halls. Visitors can start their day in a simple bar with knuckle of pork and sauerkraut, and end it in a gourmet temple with white linen tablecloths. Moreover, Germany’s most cheerful residents live here.
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Do and see
Munich has come to be associated with the Oktoberfest, the Hofbräuhaus, the Olympic grounds and the Fasching carnival. However, Munich also has an international reputation as a metropolis of both, art and culture. Its music scene ranges from classical to jazz and pop and the many museums display impressive collections.
Die Residenz
The extensive complex was the home of the Wittelsbach dynasty until 1918 and is one of Europe’s most prestigious palaces. The building houses the Residenz museum and the Schatzkammer (Treasure Chamber). The perfect place for children to relive four centuries of royal culture. Don’t miss Hofgarten park on the Odeonsplatz near the Residenz. It is one of the finest Renaissance gardens north of the Alps, and a peaceful oasis commanding a splendid view of the Theatinerkirche.
Schloss Nymphenburg
The impressive Baroque palace to the west of Munich was built as summer residence for the Bavarian Electors. The main building now houses a museum. In its large park there is a number of smaller buildings and pavilions and an exotic greenhouse with a café. Ludwig II, the “Fairytale” King was born in the Nymphenburg Castle his most famous castle, Neuschwanstein, is nestled in the dramatic foothills of the Alps and makes for an excellent daytrip.
Deutsches Museum
The world’s largest museum of technology and science on the Isar River in Munich. You can find everything here from mining techniques to astronomy, with lots of original historic artefacts such as the first diesel engine. Large test workshop and tours for children. There are two annexes: one in Schleissheim to the north of Munich devoted to airplanes, and one at the Theresienhöhe exhibiting all kinds of land transportation. The latest addition to the main museum is the ZNT, Center for New Technologies featuring Nano- and Biotechnologies.
Oktoberfest
Commencing in the second half off September and for 16 days on, Munich’s Theresienwiese transforms into something that might seem like the world’s largest fun fair! The Oktoberfest, or "Wiesn" as the locals call it, is a beer festival above all, but also with lots of sale stands and other events and exciting happenings. In 2010, the Oktoberfest celebrated its 200th anniversary. Starts second last Saturday of September and ends on the first Sunday of October. Don’t miss the Bavaria and the Hall of Fame on the hill above the Theresienwiese. It was built between 1843 and 1853 and was commissioned by Ludwig I of Bavaria to honour prominent Bavarians to whom the country, science and the arts are indebted.
Altes Rathaus
The Old Town Hall, an elegant example of Bavarian Gothic, is a focal point closing off the eastern side of the Marienplatz. The tower houses the Toy Museum.
Pinakotheken (Art Museum)
In the Alte-, Neue, and Moderne Pinakothek there is art from just about every century. The old Pinakothek covers the era from the Middle Ages to the end of the Rococo period. (Brügel, Dürer, Raphael, Rubens and Rembrandt). The more recent European masters (Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh) are hanging in the new section. The modern Pinakothek exhibits classic works by Kandinsky, Klee, and Picasso. In addition, you can acquaint yourself with 100 years of design and architecture.
Englischer Garten
For over 200 years, the English Garden has been a favourite spot for strollers young and old, with its 373 hectares (9000 acres) of lush meadows and its inviting beer gardens. The leisure paradise stretches from the Prinzregentenstraße to Munich Freimann.
SIGHTseeing The original since 1890
City tours in Munich - Day excursions in Bavaria and into Austria: A variety of tours are offered by Gray Line Sightseeing. Accompanied by professional and experienced guides, Gray Line takes you to the sights you most want to see. Excursions are operated daily to the dream castles of the fairy tale king Ludwig II. Tours go to the royal castle of Neuschwanstein, majestically situated in the beautiful Bavarian Alps, the palace of Linderhof. Along the world-famous Romantic Road Gray Line takes you to Rothenburg, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Southern Germany. Gray Line Sightseeing also takes you to Berchtesgaden where the Eagle`s Nest can be viewed. The Austrian town of Salzburg is also an attractive destinations. Enjoy the Mozart city of Salzburg and a boat ride on Lake Wolfgang surrounded by beautiful Alpine scenery. Gray Line Sightseeing is also the local expert for Hop On Hop Off city tours and numerous special tours such as “Munich under the 3rd Reich and the German Resistance”.
Information
Airport
Munich Airport (MUC) is about 40 kilometres north of the city. The quickest way to get there is by commuter train (S8 or S1), which take respectively 41 and 35 minutes from Hauptbahnhof. S1 starts running at 03.45 and there is one train every twenty minutes until 23.25. S8 starts its first journey at 03.18 and runs every twenty minutes until 00.38. The Airport-City bus runs every twenty minutes from Hauptbahnhof (Busbahnhof, Arnulfstr.) and takes just over 40 minutes. Please notice, as the bus route goes via the Autobahn, there is heavy traffic every afternoon and it may take up to 2 hours to get to and from the airport. The first bus from the city centre leaves at 05.10 and the last one is at 19.50. Departures commence from MUC at 06.20 (start Terminal 2) and operates until 21.40. A taxi costs about € 60.
Internet café
Coffee Fellows Adress: Schützenstr. 14, 80335 Munich Tel: +49 89 59 94 68 18 www.coffee-fellows.de
Public Transport
There is a large network of underground, commuter trains and buses centred around Marienplatz and Karlsplatz/Stachus. It functions excellently in the inner city and is considerably easier than trying to get around by car. A day pass for the entire MVV network (Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund) costs € 11,20 and for the central city zone € 5,80 “Munich City Tour Card” for € 9,90 gives you reductions in some hotels, shops and museums and is valid as a ticket for unlimited travel in the inner city.
Taxi
All registered taxi drivers have a numbered identity card on display for passengers. Taxi München eG. +49 89 216 10 www.taxi-muenchen.de IsarFunk. +49 89 45 05 40 www.isarfunk.de
Post
Stamps can be purchased from vending machines and in post offices, as well as in some kiosks. The main post office is on:
Telephone
Country code: +49 Area code: (0)89
Electricity
220 volts
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