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Munich
"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.
Munich Christmas Markets
Munich's Christmas Market, whose roots go back to the 14th century, is held on the Marienplatz in the heart of the city center. Town records first mention a ”Nicholas Market” in the Kaufinger Strasse near the Frauenkirche in 1642. Back then, just like today, the Munich Christmas Market offers traditional Bavarian and unique Christmas gifts, including wood carvings from Oberammergau, gingerbread (Lebkuchen) from Nuremberg, and some exquisite glassware from the Bavarian Forest. Crib figurines, bee wax candles, chimney sweeps made of plums and almonds are just some of the many thousands of other traditional Christmas gift ideas on display. Each day music lovers will be able to enjoy the festive season celebration with a special alpine Christmas Market concert from the balcony of Munich's town hall.

In the Town Hall‘s ”Heavenly Workshop”, children between the ages of 6 and 12 can have fun with arts and crafts or baking Christmas cookies. Gossamer wings and shimmering gowns lie ready in magnificent surroundings, waiting to transform young visitors into angels. Under the supervision of professional artists and instructors from the city‘s Children‘s Museum, girls and boys will have a good time.

The equally popular Kripperlmarkt, one of the largest in Germany to specialise in cribs and other nativity accessories, is a short walk away on nearby Rindermarkt. The historical event has been part of Munich‘s traditional Christmas Markets since the middle of the 18th century. The Kripperlmarkt has all you need to create an authentic manger. Christmas mangers, cribs and nativity scenes have long been a tradition in Munich. As early as 1597, the Jesuits set up a manger in St Michael’s church. In 1757, the first original Kripperlmarkt Christmas market took place: it lasted from the 1st day of Advent to Epiphany.

The Tollwood Christmas Market goes beyond other markets. As Munich´s fantastic ethnic festival, a spectacle of tents offering an exciting mix of international musicians and drama groups, performances, live music, art and culture as well as popular Christmas Market ideas with handicrafts and cuisine from all over the world. 
 
In all there are a further 20 Christmas Markets located throughout the city of Munich, including a Medieval Christmas Market with gospel singing at the Wittelsbacher Platz, a gay pink Christmas Market (Stephansplatz) and if you have forgotten anything before leaving for home there is even a Christmas Market with ice skating facilities at Munich’s international airport.

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