Munich is the capital of the Free State of Bavaria
The stylish city of Munich is known worldwide for the Oktoberfest, but also has plenty of other cultural, recreational, and shopping highlights.
The principal sights of Munich include the Marienplatz with the Old and New City Halls, the Frauenkirche, Nymphenburg Palace, and the Munich Residenz.
The city harbors many museums including the German Museum, the BMW Museum, and the Old and New Pinakotheks with their renowned art collections.
Munich is mainly known to the rest of the world because of the Oktoberfest, which is the largest popular beer festival on the planet. It takes place every fall (from late September to early October) and lasts three weeks. In 2014 it attracted an estimated 6.3 million visitors.
The city has many breweries, of which the oldest is Augustiner-Bräu. The Hofbräuhaus is also very well-known. The many beer gardens in the English Garden are other great places to enjoy good Bavarian beer with traditional Bavarian food. The centrally located open-air Viktualienmarkt (Food Market) also contains a wide range of culinary specialties from the region.
Munich prides itself on its style. There are innumerable places to shop, ranging from the luxurious clothing stores in Maximilianstrasse across the shops in Ludwigsstrasse and Kaufinger Strasse to unique boutiques and second hand stores in Schwabing and Maxvorstadt.
Nor is there any lack of recreational facilities and entertainment in Munich. The English Garden is a wonderful place to relax or watch standing wave surfers showing off their skills on the Eisbach River. You’ll find sports in the Olympia Park and the Allianz Area and musical highlights in the Bavarian State Opera.