Where In The World: Munich, Germany

Raymond Stellhorn
Columnist
rjs2091@lhup.edu
Courtesy of Christopher Thomas
Courtesy of Christopher Thomas

This week, we visit a magnificent city in southern Germany called München or, as we know it, Munich. The largest and capital city in the state of Bavaria features a clash of German tradition in a modernly growing society. With so many different historic sights, beautiful buildings, museums, churches, restaurants, sports, arts and festivals to see and do; one will not get bored in Munich.

What one would imagine as typical traditional German architecture of colorful medieval looking buildings can be found in the city center. Most notably must-sees include the Neus Rathaus (New City Hall), Feldherrenhalle, the Residenz (former residence of the Bavarian kings), Frauenkirche (Famous Church) and the world’s most famous beer hall, the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl. Historically, Munich has been a very powerful and important city over time. Today that influence and reputation is preserved at the City Museum of Munich as well as the National Bavarian Museum.

Munich is also well known for its passion in sport. Located on the outskirts of the City is the Allianz Arena home to world soccer super-power Bayern Munich as well as city rivals 1860 Munich and occasional hosts matches of the World Cup winners, Die Mannschaft (The German National Team). The Olympic games were hosted by the city in 1972, you can re-visit those games today by taking a tour of the Olympic Park which hosts numerous venues from the games in a beautifully maintained green area surrounding a lake overlooked by the OlypmiaTurm, a 955 foot tall observation tower.

The best time of year to visit Bavaria is during Oktoberfest which takes places from the middle of September to the first

Courtesy of Christopher Thomas
Courtesy of Christopher Thomas

Sunday of October. Here you find a massive celebration including traditional music, rides, games and an abundant amount of beer. However, the locals call it Wiesn, the inaugural festival, which was held in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese and then it was repeated at the same time the following year and years to come. About 5.9 million guests from all over the globe visited this largest fair in the world in 2015. Fun Fact: Over 600 passports were left in the lost and found in during the festival.

Einfach München means Simply Munich, the motto of the city suits itself very well. This extraordinary Bavarian city brings together German tradition and beauty with a vibrant rapidly growing culture that welcomes people from all over the world.

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