Munich, city of beer
Bavaria's capital, Munich or München in German, is the third largest city in Germany in terms of population. It is world famous for its beer and the renowned Oktoberfest that takes place between September and October. Munich is a very touristic destination because it offers many activities and has a rich cultural heritage. A trip to Munich is the opportunity to immerse yourself in Germany's history and culture, thanks to many museums and remarkable buildings. There are a multitude of things to see and do. Air France offers regular flights to large German cities such as Berlin, Munich or Frankfurt, departing from major US or European airports, often through partner airlines, such as KLM. Take advantage of Air France's offers and discounts on our website to reserve tickets at reduced prices.
- The Deutsches Museum, the world's largest museum of science and technology.
- The National Museum of Egyptian Art.
- The Pinakothek der Moderne, worth the visit just for the building itself, nicknamed the "cathedral of light".
- The Alte Pinakothek which contains one of the world's largest collections of classical paintings.
- The Glyptothek Museum, to admire magnificent Greek and Roman sculptures.
Munich has a variety of architectural styles and monuments. There are some superb examples of gothic architecture. The Neues Rathaus or new town hall, has a belfry that is 280.5 feet high with an animated carillon.
The Michaelskirche church was built in the Renaissance style, also quite prevalent in Munich.
The Munich Residenz will please everyone. It is a blend of many different styles: Renaissance, Classical, Rococo, and Baroque. It was built over several centuries, which explains the unusual combination.
There is nothing better for relaxation in Munich than the many green areas within the Bavarian capital. You can stroll through the old Botanical gardens, Alter Botanischer Garten or the castle grounds at Nymphenburg, which was the summer residence of Bavarian monarchs. One of the first heated swimming pools dating back to the 18th century is located on the grounds, as well as: a tea pavilion, a hunting pavilion, and a neo-classical temple. You can see a fabulous collection of carriages in the stables.
There are year-round events and festivals in Munich: the Munich opera festival in July, the Christmas market in December, the Tollwood music festival from June to July, and the StuStaCulum musical event organized by the city's students.
Traditionally, beer goes with sausages or typical dishes such as Knödel, potato pancakes. Another dish: weisswurt, white Bavarian sausages served with mustard and a pretzel. Finally, don't miss tasting the famous Münchner Sauerbraten, beef marinated with spices.
Other Bavarian places and specialties to discover:
- Ratisbon (Regensburg), known for its well-conserved Medieval heritage,
- Bamberg, a city on UNESCO's World Heritage list,
- The Neuschwanstein Castle, romantic castle perched on a mountain,
- The city of Nuremberg, where you can try the famous Bratwürste (sausages from Nuremberg) among other specialties.
Bavaria offers a wide choice of places to visit, depending on your interests. It is best to avoid the cold winter season when traveling to Munich .