Bavarian snack, Munich
Bavarian snack, Munich © München Tourismus
Munich. A Pearl of life-style

A 'live and let live' approach, stylish elegance and a laid-back lifestyle – the principles by which the people of Munich live their lives.

Cosmopolitan and welcoming to visitors from all over the world, who are invited to share in the luxury and zest for life that can be experienced in a variety of different ways. Munich offers culture and tradition, sport and countryside, culinary delights and Bavarian hospitality. For tips on how to enjoy a journey of discovery through this southern German city, simply ask a concierge at one of the five-star hotels, a fashion designer in one of the newly opened studio boutiques or the person sitting next to you in the beer garden. Welcome to our world!

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No other city in Germany has such a wealth of mountains, lakes, charming villages and impressive palaces on its doorstep as Munich – a dream destination both for active and relaxation-seeking holidaymakers.

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Munich is the place for elite sports: football, basketball, tennis, rowing and horse riding championships attract large numbers of international visitors. It's also a leading destination for skiing, climbing and (river) surfing. Munich provides the perfect venue for pros, amateurs and sports fans alike.

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Munich is a paradise for shopper. Where else will you find trendy traditional costume shops for the next 'Macht der Tracht' costume party, quirky studio boutiques in the bohemian district, designer shoe shops, flagship stores with the latest designer fashions, and shops and markets selling delicious Bavarian and international specialities right next door to each other? With everything literally just round the corner, Munich is the perfect place for shopping and sightseeing.

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Grand boulevards, palaces, royal gardens – Munich's rulers have certainly left their royal mark on the city. Today, locals and visitors alike come to embrace the legacy of the Wittelsbach dynasty.

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High energy levels and even more hits: dancing at the best parties in the Feierbanane party district - or at the Kultfabrik perhaps? Party animals, club-hoppers, fans of blues and classical music – the Munich nightlife offers a wide range of different sounds.

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World-class collections and a buzzing university quarter provide the basis for an inspiring atmosphere.

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Classic Bavarian fare in the local inns and beer gardens and international specialities at ristorantes, sushi bars, tavernas and bistros take you on a culinary tour of discovery through Munich.

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Traditional costume and German music are more fashionable in Munich than ever before. The Oktoberfest and other traditional fairs and markets are especially popular with young local people now. Young bands have brought a new version of folk music (Volxmusik) to the city's clubs and are also enjoying success further afield.

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Modern architecture in Munich – anyone who takes the underground to the Olympic Park and explores the breathtaking site with its bold tent-roofed construction by Günther Behnisch will marvel at how futuristic it still looks, even after 40 years. Just opposite is the head-turning BMW Welt – a sweeping statement by architects Coop Himmelb(l)au.

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Experience Munich
Experience Munich
Urban Lifestyle
From the pleasure of culture to a pleasure culture 

All Munich residents and fans of the city share a love of the relaxed ease with which this metropolis on the River Isar makes the transition from the pleasure of culture to a pleasure culture. Munich's inhabitants also enjoy partying with visitors.

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There is always a chance to strike up a conversation at the city's many festivals and folk fairs, such as the Dulten fairs, the Spring Festival, the two Tollwood Festivals, the Oktoberfest and the Munich "Christkindlmarkt" Christmas Market. Munich is a beautiful city and its beauty has an uplifting effect, from the golden Angel of Peace silhouetted against a blue sky to sunbathers on the steps of the Glyptothek, the many hues of green in the "Englischer Garten" (English Garden) or a tourist contemplating the original blue horse by the Blauer Reiter artist group in the Lenbachhaus.

In over 700 years of passionately fostering culture, the Wittelsbach dynasty laid the foundations for a unique blend of music, theatre and museums. Today, music lovers can enjoy a regal experience in one of the world's most famous opera houses and at concerts by top-class orchestras. The works exhibited in the art museums in the "Kunstareal" art area of Munich's Maxvorstadt district chart the course of several millennia, from the double statue of King Nyuserre in the State Museum of Egyptian Art to Beuys' works in the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Lenbachhaus.

In beer gardens, under shady chestnut trees, even after the blossoming season, visitors can experience some of the city's best-loved clichés - pretzels, beer and authentic "Gemütlichkeit" (congeniality) - and be surprised at how readily everyone engages in conversation. Munich is also a shopper's paradise, with its department stores, specialist shops and flagship stores of well-known labels. Lined by green spaces, the River Isar is an oasis of unspoiled nature in the heart of the city.

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Smart Luxury
Simply Munich - simple and luxurious pleasure 

Don't run, stroll – taking your time is a rare luxury these days. With its short distances between attractions, compact city centre and many green havens, Munich is a perfect city for leisurely strolls. Take time out for a quick break along the way, savour the atmosphere and you've already mastered the art of the Munich lifestyle.

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As well as images of beer gardens, football fever, the Isar beach and the creative district, Munich also features magnificent buildings, luxury hotels, elegant shopping streets and Michelin-starred restaurants. The city's residents take full advantage of both sides of the city's character, summing up true luxury Munich-style: enjoying all the city has to offer with confident and relaxed ease. Munich's residents are proud of their city and its great cultural wealth.

The Deutsches Museum, the three Pinakotheken and the Lenbachhaus rank among the most renowned museums in the world, along with Museum Brandhorst and the State Museum of Egyptian Art. As well as great art, Munich's "Kunstareal" (art district) offers stylish pubs, cosy cafes and attractive shops. This is another example of Munich's special way of life: an elegant and confident blend of artistic pleasure and pleasure culture. In the musical arena too, Munich impresses with its variety and top-class venues. The city is home to no fewer than three international-level classical orchestras, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian State Orchestra.

The Wittelsbach dynasty enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle in the Munich Residence and Nymphenburg Palace. Today, these places give visitors an insight into the feudal lifestyle of the Bavarian ruling family.

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Cuisine
Simply Munich – simply pleasure 

From pretzels to beer and "Böfflamott" pot roast beef - traditional inns and beer gardens, ristorantes, taverns and bistros invite you to embark on a culinary voyage of discovery through Munich.

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Typical Munich inns serve hearty traditional favourites in every conceivable variation: "Haxn" (pork knuckle), "Schweinsbraten" (roast pork), "Böfflamott" (beef stew pot) and "Knödel" (dumplings). For a lighter snack, try "Weißwurst" veal and pork sausages (can be ordered individually) or "Leberkäse" meat loaf. Bavarian snacks such as "Obazda" (camembert cream) and "Schnittlauchbrot" (chive bread) taste particularly good in beer gardens, where locals come together around beer tables in a relaxed atmosphere with visitors from all over the world. You can even bring your own picnic - a special Bavarian tradition.

Another special tradition is Munich's beer, which is still brewed according to the 500 year old "Reinheitsgebot" Bavarian beer purity law. As well as the world-famous big names, the city now also features an increasing number of microbreweries specialising in craft beers.

As well as complementing Bavarian cuisine, beer also goes very well with international specialities, bringing out the full depth of culinary secrets from around the world. Munich's love of "exotic" cuisine dates back to the days of Napoleon and his troops. "Böfflamott" (from the French "Boeuf à la mode") is now a classic Bavarian dish. Munich then turned to Italy for inspiration. The city's many trattorias, ristorantes and caffè bars, as well as taverns and bistros, have now become an integral part of its traditional dining scene. Today's selection ranges from the Atlantic coast to the Far East. From Bavarian fast food to exotic slow food, connoisseurs can look forward to a real treat in Munich.

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Automotive
Munich – manufacturers and motors 

Munich is all about mobility. The city is home to the BMW vehicle manufacturer. The company presents its history, current situation and future outlook in the BMW Museum and at BMW Welt.

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There is also a chance to learn about all forms of mobility, from submarines to railways and air and space travel, in the "Verkehrszentrum" (transportation centre) at the Deutsches Museum. And over the last few years, Munich has also set its sights on becoming a cycling capital.

The BMW Area in the north of Munich offers visitors an exciting combination of an architectural experience, a museum and information. The BMW Museum showcases the company's history with highlights including the Isetta and the original car from the 1997 James Bond film "Tomorrow Never Dies". BMW Welt, the automotive manufacturer's experience and collection centre, also presents current models, from the small Playmobil-style i3 electric car to sea-blue coupés, pearl-grey compact cars and midnight-blue dream machines in an elegant "frozen" matt finish. Visitors can also go on a guided tour of the BMW plant.

The "Verkehrszentrum" (transportation centre) at the Deutsches Museum presents every conceivable means of transport, from carriages to rescue helicopters.

Munich offers a huge selection of environmentally-friendly public transport options. The city is increasingly switching to electric mobility, and local companies and the TU München are continuously researching new possibilities for climate-friendly transportation. Munich is also coming increasingly close to achieving its goal of becoming a "cycling capital", recording a 50% increase in cycle traffic since 2002. The cycle path network has been extended to over 1,200 kilometres.

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Architecture
Architecture and design icons in Munich 

Modern architecture: even after 40 years, the Olympiapark (Olympic Park) with its bold tent roof construction by Günther Behnisch still has a futuristic look. Opposite is BMW Welt, a striking statement by the architects Coop Himmelb(l)au.

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The neighbouring BMW Museum is home to the BMW Art Car Collection, created with the participation of artists from all over the world. Further north is the huge stadium ring of the Allianz Arena, designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

The Pinakothek der Moderne (architect: Stefan Braunfels) showcases all aspects of design, with its international design museums and attached Architekturmuseum (Architecture Museum). The Brandhorst Museum, designed by Matthias Sauerbuch and Louisa Hutton, has an outer skin made from 36,000 glazed ceramic rods. With its shimmering gold facade, the new extension of the Lenbachhaus designed by Foster + Partners is another architectural jewel. The new State Museum of Egyptian Art is the work of the architects Peter and Gottfried Böhm. The architectural practice Georg-Scheel-Wetzel designed the NS-Dokumentationszentrum (Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism).

The Munich-based architectural trio Allmann Sattler Wappner is responsible for Munich's most modern Catholic church, the Herz-Jesu-Kirche in Neuhausen. The full-height blue glass entrance gate, leading visitors into an interior bathed in light, gives the building a magical appeal.

An oasis of peace in the heart of the city – St.-Jakobs-Platz and the Ohel Jakob Synagogue. Designed by the team of architects Wandel Hoefer Lorch, its raw sand-coloured base and light glass construction makes it an eye-catching sight in the Jakobsplatz Jewish Centre.

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