As Germany’s third largest city, Munich is a hotbed of culture, great food and fantastic traditions (read Lederhosen). In truth, Munich is one of the most interesting places to visit in Germany simply because it’s a city of two halves. Partly a haven for arts and technology, and partly a place of culture and history. Beer-drinkers and culture vultures step this way, we think you’re going to love this one. 

Although it’s tricky to be sure, it’s thought Munich was founded in 1158. Since then, this city has far from rested, defining itself as a central part of Bavarian culture. Its medieval routes show through the older buildings of the city. In fact, Munich houses over 80 museums and galleries, including the BMW museum and the Nymphenburg Palace.

The other half of Munich is founded by its Mediterranean style cafés and Mitteleuropa beer halls, letting you know that it’s not all serious in Munich. Its town centre feels like a village but it houses some of the city’s most memorable sights, such as the Old City Hall and the wonderful Neues Rathaus (the New Town Hall). Finally, Munich is home to one of the largest beer festivals in the world, Oktoberfest. If you happen to be visiting Munich between late September and early October, and you enjoy a beer or two, you should definitely make a beeline for the beer tents of Oktoberfest.

Munich’s dual personality also makes it an interesting destination for families and young travelers. With a vibrant and hearty nightlife, and the finest restaurants in southern Germany, as well as a city full of interesting and fun things to do, it’s clear why so many travel here. Welcome to the city of laptops and lederhosen!