"Munich nestles between art and beer like a village between hills." Originally written by Heinrich Heine some 150 years ago, these words remain true today. With Oktoberfest and opera, Hofbräuhaus beer hal and the Pinakothek art galleries, BMW and Bayern Munich, the city manages to marry old Bavarian traditions with vibrant modern life. The Bavarian capital has so many fantastic attractions that it's hard to know where to start.
Marienplatz square is the beating heart of Munich. The square is dominated by the new and old town halls and is overlooked by St. Peter's Church, the oldest church in the Old Town, with the Frauenkirche's green, onion-shaped domes no more than a stone's throw away. The Frauenkirche, or the Church of Our Lady, is the city's main landmark, not only visually but also acoustically, with its distinctively jubilant bells pealing out their enthusiastic message.
A truly unmissable Bavarian experience awaits at the famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall at Am Platzl in the old quarter. Originally a brewery, today it is an internationally acclaimed 'beer temple'. Locals can be seen dressed in traditional costume, drinking Munich beer from the famous Mass, a one-liter tankard, and enjoying traditional hearty specialties served up with a good dose of Bavarian hospitality. Probably the largest beer hall in the world serving some 30,000 guests every day, it is always noisy and full of beer-fueled cheer.
A car collection point and themed attraction unlike any other in the world, BMW Welt brings this prestigious brand to life. With a prime location close to the BMW corporate headquarters, museum and factory, BMW Welt is not just for car buffs and lovers of all things technical. It also offers a wide range of activities and regular special exhibitions, combining engineering, design and innovation with lifestyle, enterprise and culture, in a stunning, state-of-the-art building.
At the viktualienmarkt visitors will find a whole host of stalls selling spices, game, fish, local and exotic fruit, flowers and plants, and much more. And it all looks as good as it tastes. Viktualienmarkt is also home to the city's most central beer garden where you can enjoy local beer and traditional Bavarian fare.