Munich City Breaks
Located within sight of the Alps, lively Munich is the capital of Bavaria, as well as one of Germany's best-loved cities. It combines its cutting-edge, modern skyscrapers and facilities with a handsome historic centre - and a small-town feel that is rare in cities if its size.
Perhaps surprisingly for a city of its importance, Munich was only settled in the 12th century. It was founded in 1158 by the Duke of Saxony, designed to be a monastic village. It soon became a toll-collection point on the River Isar, allowing it to grow and develop. By the 1190s the Wittelback family had taken control of the area, a position they held until 1918. Under their supervision, Munich was transformed into an ever-more-prosperous place; by the early 16th century it had become the Bavarian capital, and the region's largest city.
As the 19th century dawned, the Wittelbachs embarked upon a programme of modernisation that truly turned Munich into one of Europe's greatest cities - furnishing it with grand public buildings and the world-class Old and New Picture Galleries.
Today the city - known for its incredible annual 'Oktoberfest' - is packed with wonderful attractions, such as the mighty twin-domed Frauenkirche and its many atmospheric beer halls. These impressive highlights have ensured that Munich has remained one of Europe's premier destinations for decades.
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The Catholic Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady is a landmark of Munich and is a must-see on any tour of the city. The twin towers of the church can be seen from almost anywhere across the city and can be used as a point of navigation as you wander through the historic streets.
Munich's largest park (bigger than Central Park in New York) is a delightful breath of fresh air within the city. Here you can follow paths through the woods, rent a pedalo for a trip on the park's waterways, or spend time in one of the park's traditional beer gardens.
The world's most famous beer hall is worth visiting whatever time of year it is. Take a seat at one of the long wooden tables (with names and comments engraved into them - some from over 100 years ago) and enjoy traditional Bavarian food washed down with beer. You can enjoy regional specialities including veal sausages, brewer's goulash and pork roast, accompanied by craft beer served in one-litre 'steins'. A live Oompah band plays at the Hofbräuhaus every day.
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