IntroductionLocated to the north of the Alps on the Isar River, Munich (Muenchen) is Germany’s third largest city and the Bavarian capital. Situated in southeast Germany it is home to over one million inhabitants and is surrounded by astonishingly beautiful countryside, offering countless options for day excursions. With pleasant warm summers to relax in one of the numerous beer gardens and some charming Christmas markets to visit during the snowy winter months, Munich is a city to visit anytime of the year.
Unlike some of the more industrial or commercial cities in Germany, Munich is known for its relaxed and welcoming, atmosphere as well as as a city that enjoys its parties. Fasching (the Bavarian version of carnival) during January and February and the world famous Oktoberfest during late September are two prime examples of just how festive the mood is in Munich. There is, however much more than these isolated examples in the Bavarian capital.
There are over fifty theatres, two castles, and one hundred historic buildings that have made Munich their home. Furthermore it is considered by many to be Germany’s best city for shopping. Boasting a massive two kilometer pedestrianized shopping district stretching out from Hauptbahnhof to Marienplatz and from there north to Odeonplatz. Alternatively, Munich offers some excellent entertainment, such as the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra’s performances at the Gastieg, or those of the Bavarian State Opera at the Nationaltheater.