Munich is a fantastic option if you want to visit Germany a short city break, with the Bavarian state capital being jam packed with cultural treats.
The third largest city in the country, Munich is a popular destination throughout the year, with favourable weather conditions during the middle of summer but a wide range of events that run through winter for those who want to travel ‘out of season’.
In fact, for many people, travelling to Munich in winter is the ideal ‘second break’ after a traditional summer beach holiday in the sun.
Spend a weekend in Munich and you’ll be able to explore history dating back to Medieval times, with a number of old buildings across the city that are worthy of further exploration.
Many of these historic buildings are located around the public squares that can be found throughout Munich, and which are a great place to sit back and relax whilst watching the locals go about their business.
Should you want to explore some culture, then there are a number of impressive art museums that house artwork from some of the most famous names around, whilst you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city with a stroll through one of Munich’s wide open parks – such as Hofgarten or the Olympiapark.
You also can’t fail to have a good night out on a trip to Munich, with plenty of chances to sample local cuisine and – of course – to enjoy a refreshing Bavarian beer.
With literally thousands of bars and clubs to choose from, you won’t be short of options when the sun goes down.
Munich is home to one of the most popular Christmas Markets in Europe, which is one of the main reasons why many people head for the German city during the winter months. Running from late November through to Christmas Eve, the markets are held in the heart of the city with stalls selling all manner of goods as well as plenty of dining and entertainment options.
The famous German carmaker BMW is based in Munich and anyone with a love of things automotive will enjoy the chance to visit the BMW Museum, where you can explore the history of the brand and see some of the most iconic machines it has produced through the years – both for the road and the race track.
The Rathaus-Glockenspiel sits in the heart of Munich on the side of the New Town Hall – dating back to the early 1900s. Made up of 32 life sized figures and more than 40 bells, the Glockenspiel springs to life twice a day to re-enact two stories from the 16th century for the watching crowds.
Oktoberfest is one of the biggest festivals in Germany and is held annually in Munich – welcoming visitors from all over the world in the process. Actually starting in late September, the folk festivals features a number of different attractions although for many, the big appeal comes from the chance to sample the very best in Bavarian Beer – with millions of litres consumed every year.
The Munich Frauenkirche is a large church that is used as the cathedral of Munich and is famous for the two towers that stand out against the city skyline. Dating back to the late 1400s, the cathedral is a fine example of Gothic and Renaissance architecture that remains in daily use to this day.
Site of the 1972 Olympic Games, Olympiapark is located near to the BMW headquarters and is a popular destination for those who want to escape the busy streets. Within the park there are plenty of opportunities to take a relaxing walk whilst there are also cycle paths, lakes and a range of leisure facilities.
The Allianz Arena is home to Bayern Munich Football Club and is one of the most famous football stadiums in Europe. As well as catching a game, you could take a tour of the stadium to go behind the scenes, including a visit to the Bayern Munich museum.
The Deutsches Museum is one of the largest museums in the world to be focused on science and technology and houses tens of thousands of different exhibits. Founded in the early 1900s, the museum has been undergoing extensive renovation work in recent years and remains one of the top attractions for visitors to the city.
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