Munich: City Breaks
Folklore and age-old traditions with sleek BMWs, designer boutiques and modern people
Munich, the Global City with a heart, is one of the most beautiful, culture-rich destinations for a city break. Located on the River Isar, north of the Bavarian Alps, the city itself dates back to the 11th century. With so much to see and do, Munich has grown in popularity as a city break destination over the last decade and ranks amongst the top ten cities in the world for quality of life. The city has a thriving economy, and it is a major cultural centre with numerous museums and galleries to visit. It is also a vibrant cosmopolitan melting pot that has given the world one of the most exhilarating annual festivals - the incomparable Oktoberfest.
Begin your Munich city break by visiting the city square “Marienplatz”, where the old and new town halls are situated. It is the ideal spot for those looking to shop and people-watch and once you are feeling relaxed and refreshed, a visit to Maximillianstrasse is a must. Expect traditional German fare throughout the Altstadt (Old Town), and casual bistros in the trendy Schwabing district, near the University of Munich. Lunch at least once at Munich's Viktualienmarkt on your city break. Buy some cheese and bread, then order a beer and eat with the locals at a picnic table.
After wandering Munich's Altstadt, continue your Munich city break at the world-class Alte Pinakothek art museum to see the beautiful work of early Dutch artists. Or take in the scientific masterpieces at the Deutsches Museum. Unearth automotive history at the BMW Museum and brewing at Munich's Beer and Oktoberfest Museum. If your kids are with you on your weekend break, then take them to see the Indian elephants at Hellabrunn Zoo.