Pulsing with prosperity and Gemütlichkeit (cosiness), Munich (München) revels in its own contradictions. Folklore and age-old traditions exist side by side with sleek BMWs, designer boutiques and high-powered industry. Its museums include world-class collections of artistic masterpieces, and its music and cultural scenes give Berlin a run for its money.
Despite all its sophistication, Munich retains a touch of provincialism that visitors find charming. The people’s attitude is one of live-and-let-live – and Müncheners will be the first to admit that their ‘metropolis’ is little more than a Weltdorf, a world village. During Oktoberfest representatives of the entire planet turn out to toast the town.
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Starkbierzeit: a guide to the festival of strong beer in Bavaria
'Eisbach Surfers #1' by siegertmarc. Creative Commons Attribution This is an excerpt from Lonely Planet's A Year of Festivals...
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Oktoberfest: the ultimate guide to Munich's beer festival
Himmel der Bayern by Nico Kaiser. Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike licence (CC BY-SA 2.0) First held in 1810 to celebrate a royal wedding, Oktoberfest now hosts partiers from around the globe, visiting Munich each year to drink 6.5 million litres of beer...
Munich Bike Tour
Bike Munich to make the most of its wide open parks, elegant plazas, meandering riverbanks, beer gardens and winding medieval alleyways. Bike paths are the secret passageways to Munich's heartland's. Your guide will show you around one of the world's great cycle cities.
Bavarian beer, cuisine and culture combine to make this one tour of Germany you don’t want to miss. Imagine singing along with tens of thousands accompanied by ‘oom pah pahs’, while locals clad in lederhosen and feathered hats dance on tables. This is Oktoberfest! Of course, this tour is not only about beer—it’s also about sampling Munich’s cuisine and culture.
Top 10 places to go skinny-dipping
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