What’s going on in Munich?

By Sergio González | 10:30

Marienplatz

 

Too often Berlin and its incredible arts and cultural environment drags all the attention we pay to Germany, though by doing so we miss one of the greatest towns in Europe, Munich. Third city in Germany by size and population, it’s commonly known as the Southern capital, laying by the Alps and pretty close to Austria and Switzerland.

Munich is one of the most touristic places in Germany -famed for its beer and architecture- and it is Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice 2013 for the best destination in Germany.

Munich does not only rank in the most beautiful destinations but also it’s a great place to live. Munich climbed to the 4th position of most livable cities in 2011 and 2012 (according to Mercer Quality of Living Survey) and was crown the most livable city in 2010 by Monocle, a lifestyle magazine. Munich is also awarded every year for its social and economical innovation.

Olympiapark

Munich attractions range for every liking, but one way or the other, you should start your visit at Marienplatz, city’s very heart. This large open square is surrounded by Gothic civil building such as the Old and the New Town Hall and it’s the best place to grasps city’s mood and traditional markets. From Marienplatz, your tour will lead you to Frauenkirche (Munich’s Cathedral), the National Theatre or the Bavarian National Museum; best Munich attractions. However, you may want to keep several hours to visit Munich Residenz, home of former Bavarian monarchs and a beautiful complex with museums, parks and tons of things to do and watch.

Munich suffered a lot during WWII and a great deal of its architecture was destroyed. However, Munichers quickly got engaged not only in rebuilding the debris of their lovely city nut also enhancing it with tons of new buildings, such as the amazing Allianz Arena, with such a cool and colourful lighting it seems like a jewel, not just a place to watch sports. If you are for some open space and Olympic nostalgia (Munich hosted 1972’s edition), hit the Olympiapark, one of the coolest things to do in Munich.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Bavaria is known for its overwhelming landscapes and forests by the Alps. We like this scenery and so did Bavaria’s former rulers who built several amazing castles, fairy-tale kind; that’s why many people say the best Munich attractions are outside Munich. Neuschwanstein Castle is the most famous one but there virtually dozens of palaces and castles in Bavaria. Don’t fail to see Marienberg and Würzburg Palace. Rent a car and explore them all; it is truly worth.

Munich is home for the most famous German celebration, Oktoberfest, and it’s the top thing to do in Munich. A festivity tributed to beer couldn’t go unnoticed for very long time and nowadays we can find Oktoberfest local versions from Texas to Singapore. It’s the largest beer fair in the world and it used to go on for 16 days (last week of September and first on of October) but nowadays it’s a 17 days celebration. After German Reunification, they made it last one day more to fall on this day, 3rd of October.

Traditional beer chart ready for Oktoberfest

Bavaria is a sophisticated region, home for many Baroque music composers and opera performers -if into classical music, don’t miss the Opera Festival (until 31st July). If not, don’t worry and hit the Olympic Park for a multicultural event with culinary shows, street theater and concerts; the Tollwood Summer Festival (until 21st July). Same location will see two more festivals in August: Impark (tons of events for children) and Theatron, with local bands playing rock, jazz and hip-hop; free admission. Both festivals run from August 1st to 25th.

We love Munich and we know it’s such a great place that either you already love or will in a short future if you choose it for your next destination. We have plenty of accommodation to fit your needs and likings. Only got some hours to spare? Try NH München Airport, conveniently located for rush travelers, also boasts a state-of-the-art spa for you to relax before flying again. Remember to ask for the special offer Sleep, Park & Fly.

If you’re so lucky as to have several days to experience Munich, try our downtown accommodation. Choose among 4-starred hotels with all the facilities you’re looking for and more, including free Wi-Fi. Check in NH München Deustcher Kaiser to enjoy the best views of Munich.

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