Where traditional and modern meet
Munich is commonly associated with huge beer gardens and the omnipresent annual Oktoberfest. But a visit to this Bavarian city is always worth it – even if you are not the biggest of beer fans.
As the capital and largest city of Bavaria, Munich is located on the river Isar to the north of the Bavarian Alps. It is the third largest city in Germany, behind Berlin and Hamburg, with an estimated population of around 1.4 million. Best known for its annual Oktoberfest celebrations, the city is a famous destination for people who love beer, a good party, men in lederhosen and women in dirndls. However, the city is also known for high-tech cars, tall tankards and edgy art. No wonder then, that Munich is a city where traditional and modern sit side by side like few places on earth. We take a look at some of the city’s best neighbourhoods.
The term ‘Altstadt’ means ‘old town’ and therefore encompasses the historic centre of Munich. Head here to gaze at medieval squares, cobbled streets and some of the city’s most famous landmarks and sights such as the Neues Rathaus or the Hofbräuhaus brewery from the 16th century. As one of the most visited areas in Munich, people find top-class shopping destinations here. Furthermore, the Viktualienmarkt, an open-air market, should be on your to-visit list in the Altstadt.
Famous for being the city’s artistic quarter, Schwabing is comprised of a bohemian feel and is the creative and social hub of Munich. Popular for both locals and visitors, one can find the English Garden here, as well as vibrant shopping destinations, trendy shops, restaurants and bars.
Cultural enthusiasts should head to the suburb of Maxvorstadt, as one can find a variety of interesting museums and art galleries here. The Haus Der Kunst, for example, is one of the most famous art museums in the city and Die Neue Sammlung, a modern art and design museum, should also not be missed.
If you are looking for a laid-back suburban feel with narrow lanes and striking residential buildings, Bogenhausen is for you. The affluent neighbourhood around Arabellapark is one of the city’s most prestigious quarters, where visitors can look forward to small independent shops, chic cafes and trendy bars.
To get you inspired for a trip to the beautiful city of Munich, read the following special theme where we have collected some great places to stay and things to do.
TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF I PHOTOS: PIXABAY
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