The natural habitat of well-heeled power dressers and lederhosen-clad thigh-slappers, Mediterranean-style street cafes and Mitteleuropa beer halls, high-brow art and high-tech industry, Germany’s second city is a flourishing success story that revels in its own contradictions. If you’re looking for Alpine clichés, they’re all here, but the Bavarian metropolis sure has many an unexpected card down its Dirndl.
Statistics show Munich is enticing more visitors than ever, especially in summer and during Oktoberfest. Munich’s walkable centre retains a small-town air but holds some world-class sights, especially its art galleries and museums. Throw in a king’s ransom of royal Bavarian heritage, an entire suburb of Olympic legacy and a kitbag of dark tourism and you can see why it's such a favourite among those who seek out the past, but like to hit the town once they’re done.
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