Explore the glorious city of Munich
Munich is a city of contrasts, a place where you will find charming old buildings that house high-tech goods or modern inventions. Sometimes called the home of the Oktoberfest, this wonderful city has all the hype of a big city packaged into such an unusual bundle that it may make you feel as if you are in an unusually large village instead of a mega-city. You will find a bustling film and fashion industry, the second largest concentration of publishing houses in the world and an excellent soccer league. You will also find a wonderful inner city and hundreds of interesting attractions.
As you start to make your way around this wonderful metropolis, you might choose to take in the view from the tower of Peterskirche (St Peters), one of Munich's oldest churches. Though the 11th century church was damaged during World War II, the 91 meter high tower survived and formed the basis for the restoration of the church. At the same time, the whole inner city was reconstructed according to its original plans. Inside the church, you will find baroque ceiling-frescoes, barrel vaulting and a 306 step spiral staircase. Performances of classical masterpieces by Mozart and Hayden are usually performed in the church on Sundays.
In the heart of the city at the Old Town, you'll find wonderfully medieval turreted roofs, bay windows and dormers. As you make your way through the old, tight corners and narrow streets, you may well find yourself at the Viktualienmarkt. Essentially a food market which has been in existence since 1807, the modern day market is one of considerable size and variety. If you are in a lighthearted mood you will likely enjoy a trip to the Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum) near the Alte Rathaus (Old town Hall). You will also find the Isar Gate and a number of old protective ramparts here.
If you prefer a more natural setting for your travels, you can try hiking or cycling the nature trail just outside of Munich. The trail takes you around two large lakes and allows you to enjoy all the natural wonders that can be found next to them including wildlife and spectacular forests. The starting point of the nature trail also offers food, beautiful surrounds and park concerts.
Other sites include the so called fairy-tale castles of Linderhof and Neuschwanstein. The two literally look like they have come out of a fairy-tale with their tall spires and turrets. Not too far away you will find the Bauernhofmuseum Glentleiten (Farmyard Museum) where there is an interesting display of rural life in times gone by including crafts and trades that were once the mainstay of rural communities.
These are only a few of the many attractions available in Munich. There are sculptures, statues, magnificent castles as well as museums, old buildings and churches to see. Fortunately, many of the sights are in a relative distance of each other and are easy to gain access to. Munich is a great place to get a feel for the history and culture of Germany.