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Munich Travel Guide
Get Your Bearings in MunichWhere to Stay
Hotels in Munich run the gamut from budget hostels to classy five star, and the best choice for short term visitors, no matter what type of budget one is on, is to stay downtown in the Altstadt downtown city center where the palaces, churches and other city landmarks are located. The best hotels in Munich can be found here, such as the Mandarin Oriental or Le Meridien Munich. Due to the great public transportation, it is easy to get to outlying suburbs by using the U Bahn and S Bahn from there.
Caution: Be sure to book your accommodation well in advance if coming to Munich during Oktoberfest or during the many trade fairs that are extremely crowded.
What to Eat
Dining in Munich can be anything from Thai, Japanese, or other ethnic to local Bavarian taverns serving up some choice meat. The city is famous for its roast pig dish schweinsbraten, and even more so for its signature weisswurst, a white breakfast sausage served with sweet mustard. For haute cuisine, head to the Schwabing district, where you can find one of the top restaurants in the entire country, Tantris, serving up some of the most elegant culinary creations you'll ever encounter. Make sure to wash everything in Munich down with a pint of Weizenbier, the local wheat beer.
Caution: If you plan to eat at Tantris, reservations are essential.
Be Sure to Sample: Weisswurst, schweinsbraten, Weizenbier.
Things to See
There are so many attractions in Munich, from old churches like the landmark Frauenkirche and historical buildings with marvelous architecture in the Altstadt old town, and there are plenty of modern attractions too. The Tierpark Hellabrunn is worth a visit, as it's one of the biggest and best zoos in the world. The city's many museums are world class, and if you need a bit of fresh air, head over to Schwabing and its Englischer Garten, a huge natural park with swimming holes and beer gardens.
Caution: Many museums are closed on Mondays.
Hot Tips: Several museums have a 1 euro entry special on Sundays.
Places to Party
Even if you aren't in Munich during Oktoberfest, there are still plenty of beer gardens to enjoy and plenty more making up the range of nightlife in Munich. The Haidhausen neighborhood is home to many clubs and dance venues and Schwabing has plenty of bohemian and chic watering holes for good cocktails and beer. The most famous bar in town is Schumann's, where celebrities line up to get a pour from the owner who has written several cocktail books.
Take It or Leave It: if you go to a traditional Bavarian beer garden, you are allowed to bring your own food in.
Where to Shop
The area around Residenzstrasse and Maximillianstrasse near the Opera House is one of Europe's most fashionable spots and tops the list for shopping in Munich. Here you will find uber trendy designer shops like René Lezard, and all of the top fashion brands from around the world. For something a bit more lowbrow, the Viktualienmarkt in the Altstadt city center is a public market with many street vendors where you can buy traditional Bavarian foods and enjoy a beer garden. Don't forget to pick up a local beer stein (mug) for the friends at home.
Best Local Souvenir: Lederhosen, beer mug.
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Munich Is Known for...
Five of Munich's most unique features and characteristics.Beer
Munich is known as the beer capital of the world for good reason. Of the 1,300 breweries in Germany, 900 of them are in Bavaria and Munich is its capital. Six major breweries are located in the city itself. The big six, as they are known locally, are: Spaten, Hofbräu, Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Löwenbräu, and Paulaner. Despite having hundreds of breweries in such a small region the Bavarian beer purity law, implemented in 1516, dramatically limits the types of beer available. The purity law limits the ingredients to water, barley and hops. They only later found out that one needs yeast as well and it is now obviously accepted and desired as an ingredient.Oktoberfest
The Oktoberfest started simply as horse races held outside of the city as part of the wedding celebration of King Ludwig I of Bavaria in 1810. Today it is known as the largest beer festival in the world with over six million visitors a year. Actually, the locals refuse to call it a beer festival at all, but calling it a volksfest (people’s festival) just isn’t enough. There really is nothing like the original, the largest, the world renowned Oktoberfest in all its drunken glory. For two weeks of unparalleled partying, Munich is the...
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