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“München mag Dich:” Munich Loves You!

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One of my favorite European cities is Munich (in the state of Bavaria located in southeastern Germany.) Munich is the third largest city in Germany, so it has a virtually unlimited supply of things to do (I recommend staying at least four or five days, if possible.) Even though Munich is a large “modern” city, it still has retained is history. I think one of the reasons I love European cities (especially Munich) is because there is a perfect fusion of old and new. The architecture, culture, etc. of Munich’s over 850 years of existence (yes, Munich had its 850th anniversary last summer) are still alive and well. Yet, Munich is a “hip” cosmopolitan city with tons of places for shopping, dining, and playing (and, oh, working.)

I happen to adore Munich’s city motto, which is “München mag Dich” or “Munich Loves You.” And believe me, you will love Munich too after visiting the city. One reason to love Munich is the fact that it is a gorgeous city. There are so many styles of architecture—but they are all equally stunning. But, Munich isn’t just buildings. There are many parks with walking or biking trails. By the way, biking is HUGE is Munich… EVERYONE bikes—there are bike lanes on the sidewalk, which can be deadly if you stand in them because bikers will not stop (and they book it at about 85 mph, it seems.) Enough on the side note. Munich is a very green city with lots of trees, only intensifying my love for the city. The Isar River runs through Munich as well (it’s a wonderful place for a stroll or to people watch.) You’ll see many natives sunbathing on the banks on a sunny day, which can be quite entertaining. Another reason to love Munich is because it is very accessible (but not necessarily easy to get around, unless you speak German.) Munich’s subway system has different lines (i.e. the U-Bahn, S-Bahn,) but once you get the hang of things, the subway is great. Yet another reason to love Munich?! The FOOD. Yum… pretzels, sausages, strudels! You can try all of these German specialties at one of Munich’s many beer gardens (typically open-air restaurants, specializing in beer; surprise, surprise.) Munich is famous for its beers… but only for those over the age of 18!

The ultimate reason to love Munich is all the activities (cultural or not.) I’ll include a short list of my favorites.

  1. Hofbräuhaus– This is a famous beer hall in Munich known throughout the world, but not just for its beer. The Hofbräuhaus serves many German specialties—notably, the largest pretzels I have ever seen (approximately a foot tall, by a foot wide!) It also has a traditional German band, which is a lot of fun to listen to. This can be a very “touristy” place, but I still consider it a “must-see” attraction in Munich.
  2. Churches and cathedrals– There are TONS. One of the most impressive is Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady,) one of the largest churches in the area. Frauenkirche has two very tall spires, which for about five Euro, you can climb—the view of Munich is worth a million Euro!
  3. Marienplatz– This is main square of Munich. Besides the numerous restaurants and gift shops, the Marienplatz has many bright fruit and flower stands, museums, the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, which is a part of New Town Hall (a fabulous building,) and Old Town Hall. The Glockenspiel is world-famous for its enormous size—it has 32 life-size figures! It is basically a giant cuckoo clock… crazy, right?

  4. Viktualienmarkt– This is Munich’s old farmer’s market. It boasts an array of fruits, vegetables, herbs, meats, and so on. It’s a great place to soak in the sights and sounds of German culture in a unique way—or just a place to have lunch. You can also see an authentic maypole.
  5. The Residenz– The Residenz is the former royal residence of the Bavarian monarchs. The palace is grand, to say the least (with beautiful gardens, too.) The interior has pretty much every square inch encrusted with gold, glass, or jewels… There is also an amazing display of Bavarian treasures (like crowns, staffs, collectibles, etc.) The Residenz might be my favorite attraction in Munich.

There are so many more things to see in Munich, so there is no way I could cover them all! You’ll just have to see for yourself!




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