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Located in the south east of Germany and once the capital of Bavaria, Munich is what many around the world expect when they think Germany -lederhosen, sausages, sauerkraut and tankards of beer. While visitors will almost certainly enjoy these aspects of the city, Munich is a city with true depth of character and has a well deserved reputation as one of the most desirable place to live in Germany.
It is the third most populous centre in Germany and the capital of the largest federal state, Bavaria. The city is home to 1.3 million although if the urban areas around Munich are included, this number doubles.
The city is most noted for it's beautiful baroque and Rococo architecture and strong culture. The damage to the buildings during World War II has been repaired and the city appears much as it did in the late 1800's. Surrounding the city is some lovely green countryside and Munich is also and easy drive to the Alps and the ski-fields and alpine getaways. Munich has a long established association with beer and the city is dotted with outdoor beer gardens which are popular places to enjoy a tankard in the warmer months.
The city itself is partway super-modern with a thriving high tech industry and wealthy modern populous, and part way very traditional and conservative with it's Bavarian roots never far from the surface. Although more contemporary and laid back than the regional centres of Bavaria, the attitudes in Munich may seem a little standoffish, however once the ice is broken the people will open up to reveal a friendly and hospitable heart.
Munich is perhaps most famous for the huge annual Oktoberfest which attracts millions of visitors from around the world each year from late September to early October. Huge beer tents are erected and millions of litres of fine ales are consumed in a short space of time and a party atmosphere descends on the city for the duration. The crowds can be huge so if you don't feel like fighting your way through hordes of tourists it may be worth looking into some of the venues that operate just outside the Oktoberfest area or perhaps avoiding it altogether.
Munich has much more of offer than you may be aware. It is a centre for the arts for many years and was the home of many musicians, writers and artists through the centuries. The museums are incredible and prolific and rival Berlin's own. Don't miss the Deutsches Museum, Deutsches Museum, an astonishingly good technical museum with large hands-on sections, and fantastic collections around engineering, science, construction and even includes several full sized aerospace vehicles. Plan to spend a full day. Elsewhere there are several excellent museums and galleries dedicated to art, excellent venues for performance and quite a number of Castles and Palaces to visit. Add a great nightlife into the picture and Munich starts to rise to the top of the must see places to go on any trip to Germany.