Munich is a city which blends both old and new. This Bavarian metropolis is one of the largest cities of Germany. Munich gives the tourists a combination of authentic German experience. Munich looks stylish with all its colorful architecture. You cross narrow streets, which seem like a maze. It is famous not only for cars but also for beer brewing. This is the heritage of Munich since the 12th century. Augustiner Brau is its oldest brewery. Cars have been banned in most parts of the city. The pedestrians are seen happily walking on the cobbled streets of Munich. Celebrating Christmas in Munich is simply wonderful.
Marienplatz is a bustling public square, and it forms the heart of Munich city. Marienplatz fronts the Rathaus. The tourists see a large column of St. Mary at the center of the square. Neues Rathaus and Altes Rathaus are built in Flemish Gothic style. You will see the renowned Glockenspie clock is set into the building façade. There are life-sized enamel and copper figures. It is at the old town square where Christmas market is spread-out. You will see hundreds of stalls all over the cobblestone Marienplatz. Near the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) is a fish fountain. The Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) was destroyed by fire in 1460 but was rebuilt. It has its own charm.
This is a favorite market with gourmets. It has a number of shops and stalls selling flowers, plants, exotic fruits, vegetables, poultry, butter, etc. It occupies an area of 22,000 (sq.m). At this marketplace, a number of festivals are held, and also music, dance and folklore events.
In Munich, it is here in Alstadt that the tourists find historic buildings. You see an assemblage of Renaissance, Baroque, Neo-Classical towers and domes. In the background are the stunning snow-capped Alps.
Odeonsplatz is a beautiful square, and it has a large concert hall. You will see the most eye-catching structure here known as Feldherrnhalle. It was built as a tribute to the Bavarian army. It has bronze statues of the generals and Marshall Wrede. Then you have the Theatinerkirche Church which has Italian décor and is designed in the Baroque style. The yellow color of the church stands out and gives a Mediterranean outlook. The dome is made of stucco from inside. There are numerous paintings, and an altar. Odeonsplatz and Theatinerkirche together give an appearance of an Italian square.
The English Garden in Munich is Europe’s largest city park. It was created in the late 1700s to transform the look of the city Munich. The park has beer gardens, a Japanese tea house, a Greek-style temple, and a Chinese pagoda. This park is larger than the Central Park of New York. The park is divided into the northern and southern sections. The English Garden has the Lake Kleinhesseloher. You will see sunbathers in the Englischer Garden in the beautiful meadow.
Deutsches Museum houses within it masterpieces of science and technology. It was opened in 1925 and attracts a number of tourists. The museum has many historic artefacts. Deutsches Museum has exhibits on astronomy, music, aerospace, agriculture, marine navigation and many more. Kids are thrilled at this museum as they get a chance flipping switches, pushing buttons and turning cranks. The tourists have the facility of having an English-speaking guide.
Residenz Palace was the home of Bavaria’s monarchs. It is a must-see Munich Palace. The tourists at the palace will go through ballrooms, galleries, apartments, fountain courts, gardens and chapels. The architecture is a resemblance of Italian or German Renaissance. The Residenz Palace has an in-house museum. There are statues fashioned from precious stones and metals in the museum. The chapel grotto is decorated with seashells and crystals.
On the outskirts of Munich are some modern structures like the Olympic Stadium, the BMW Complex, and the space-age Hypo-Haus. Munich is renowned for its luxury cars. The tourists can also go to the beachside and be one with nature. The Rhine Valley too can be visited by the tourists.
The traveler can shop for handicrafts, woodwork, leather items, pottery, and also foods like cookies and gingerbread. Accommodation is no problem in Munich city. The tourists enjoy the food in Munich. You get pretzels sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, white sausages with a dab of sweet mustard, fried meat, spaetzle the little chewy dumpling, cakes and desserts, all Bavarian style.
To get your visa for Germany, the tourists should visit the German Embassy in their country. It takes anywhere from two to ten days to get your visa. Make your request for a visa at least a month in advance. Your passport should be valid for four months. Plan your trip after visa clearance. Exchange your home currency for euros or pounds. ATMs exchange you currency too. The tourists can so that at the airport itself.
Munich International Airport is located at a distance of 28.5km northeast of Munich. It has Terminals 1 and 2. There are a number of airlines touching down at the Munich airport from all over the globe. Transport is easily available from the airport to the Munich city.