Munich Travel Information

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"In other cities, you are forced to live, in Munich you can live" as Anton Sailer once said. The question remains: is Munich, with its continental charm, a metropolis, or just a somewhat bigger Bavarian village? And which would be better? Have a look and decide for yourself.

CITY CENTRE: Munich's historic city-centre lies between the Karls, Isar and Sendlinger City gates and the 'Odeonsplatz'. This is where splendid buildings and concrete constructions stand side by side. For an excellent view of the city, climb to the top of St Peter's Church, which the natives affectionately call 'Alter Peter' ('Old Peter'). The old town actually has numerous churches, such as the Asam and Theatiner Churches, the Dreifaltigkeitskirche and the landmark two domed towers of the Frauenkirche. On the Marienplatz, street performers entertain the crowds, but as soon as it's time for the Town Halls' chimes to ring through the city, no one pays them any attention! The 'Odeonsplatz' is where the city's pearl, the 'Residenz', former seat of court, lies and it's always nice to walk through its lovely gardens. In the mornings, the curious Virkualienmarkt is a pleasure to stroll across.

SCHWABING: The Countess of Reventlow once claimed that "Schwabing isn't a place, it's a state of mind". And when you're 'schwabing', you put on a few more airs and graces than those around you and hold your head up that bit higher! But don't be fooled, this part of town has many faces. The Ludwigstraße reveals the city's 19th Century royal magnificence. This boulevard's buildings today house University departments and Ministries. Behind the Siegestor ('Victory Gate'), you can appreciate the scale of the city. If you want to strutt your stuff, then head off to Leopoldstrasse, which is lined with cinemas and restaurants. This is the place to see and be seen in! In the side-streets architecture fans can savour the area's many delights. Around the turn of the century, Schwabing was much favoured by revolutionaries and artists - the atmosphere they once generated has been kept alive, especially around the 'Münchener Freiheit'. If you fancy visiting a museum, then look no further, this is where most of them are!

BOGENHAUSEN: Munich's Mayfair. This is where the rich and beautiful live, well, the former at least. The walk from the 'Friedensengel', the 'angel of peace' leads you straight into this district. Everywhere here, elegant streets branch off the main road. Glimpse through the hedges and you'll see villas galore. The area simply oozes wealth. In Arabella park, in the north of Bogenhausen, you could be forgiven for feeling a touch Liliputian: the size of the buildings, which look like something from a sci-fi movie, make you feel positively dwarfed.

HAIDHAUSEN: Or should we say 'the French district'? The motto here is definitely 'savoir vivre!'. With its distinct style and multicultural inhabitants, you can always be sure to find a great mixture of people in this area. Haidhausen is popular with artists and different ethnic groups alike. This makes it one of the most creative parts of the city and the perfect place to enjoy a culinary world-trip! Don't overlook the 'Müllerschen Volksbad', a beautiful old Roman-Style swimming pool.

ENGLISCHER GARTEN: If you haven't fallen in love with Munich yet, then you will have done by the time you leave the 'English Gardens', one of the biggest city-parks on the Continent. With its lush meadows, quiet corners and beer gardens, it offers something for people of all ages. At the 'Eisbach', and other parts of the River Isar that run through here, you can perfect your all-over tan, you certainly won't be on your own! In the Japanese Garden, you can watch a traditional tea ceremony and in the beer garden around the Chinese Tower, you can savour that 'Munich feeling' with the locals. The Monopterus, former haunt of the flower power generation, is also a sight worth seeing. This place is truly the perfect oasis.

NYMPHENBURG: Tired of the hustle and bustle of city-life? Time to visit 'Schloß Nymphenburg' with its Versailles-style gardens and ponds with their well-fed swans. Is this where time has stood still? The castle dominates this picturesque area, which is a favourite meeting place for lovers and families alike.

SENDLING: Only for early birds? This former industrial area also contains the belly of Munich, a grand wholesale fruit and veg market. If a hard night on the town hasn't let you peek into this world, which comes to life at five every morning, then head off to the unique Israelite Cemetery, which houses graves spanning eight centuries. You won't be able to sleep too long in Sendling, because the traffic will wake you up!

THERESIENWIESE: Not just for natives! Under the watchful gaze of the 'Bavaria' Statue, this is where the world-famous 'Oktoberfest' or 'Die Wies'n' takes place. Every year, the autumn air is filled with the aroma of freshly-baked pretzels, sausages and of course - BEER! This is unmissable, there is certain unifying force created by beer, people from all walks of life rub shoulders: tourists and Bavarians, punks and businessmen, all swaying to the beat of the Oompah bands and dancing on tables. Quench your thirst with a quart of beer and flaunt your 'Dirndl' and 'Lederhosen'...

OLYMPIC VILLAGE: Built for the 1972 Olympics, the youngest part of the city has 9,000 inhabitants who are mainly students. Even though some of its architecture initially aroused a great deal of controversy, it is now an integral part of Munich's landscape - basically, you either love it or hate it. Either way, it's the recreation and leisure mecca. Take in a concert, watch Bayern-München play footie in the Olympia Stadion watch the seven-day cycle race'the possibilities are endless.


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Avg. High 34° 38° 47° 55° 64° 70° 73° 73° 66° 56° 43° 36°
Avg. Low 23° 25° 32° 37° 44° 50° 53° 53° 47° 40° 32° 25°
Mean 28° 31° 38° 46° 54° 60° 63° 62° 56° 47° 37° 30°
Avg. Precip. 1.8 in 1.7 in 1.9 in 2.2 in 3.5 in 4.3 in 3.9 in 3.9 in 2.7 in 1.9 in 2.2 in 1.9 in

Fahrenheit temperature scale is used.