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When Germans are polled about where they would most like to live, Munich finds its way consistently to the top of the list. Being within easy driving distance of the Alps, Italy and the Mediterranean, the Czech Republic, Austria and some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, it's not surprising everyone wants to be there!.

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» Allianz Arena

Allianz Arena, Munich

Home to the city's two leading football teams, FC Bayern and TSV 1860, Munich's Allianz Arena is one of Germany's largest and most iconic sports stadiums. The award winning building, designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, was created as a vision of the future and its unique appearance has been likened to a giant inflatable boat or a huge white car tire. Most spectacular is its extraordinary façade, crafted from illuminated air cushions that change color …

» Amalienburg

Amalienburg, Munich

Amalienburg is Emperor Charles VII's most precious legacy and the beautiful park gardens and fountains have become one of Munich's most scenic locations. A former hunting lodge on the grounds of the Nymphenburg Palace Park, the Amalienburg palace is considered one of the finest examples of European Rococo style. The ornate decorations of every room reflect a French-inspired refinement, especially the breathtaking Large Salon, or Hall of Mirrors …

» Andechs Monastery

Andechs Monastery , Munich

Munich's beer gardens are world famous but few offer such idyllic surroundings as the Andechs brewery, housed in the historic Andechs Monastery, 40km southwest of the city. Dating back to 1392, the Benedictine Abbey is perched atop the Holy Mountain of Heiliger Berg and overlooks the glittering Lake Ammersee. The Abbey's beautifully preserved cloister is its oldest feature, but the architectural highlight is its striking Baroque church, remodeled in 1712 …

» Augsburg

Augsburg, Munich

Venerable Augsburg was settled in 15BC; along with remnants of the ancient city wall, you can see numerous antiquities in the Römisches Museum. But even more than its status as one of the few Roman settlements in Germany, Augsburg's glory comes from its days as a center of trade and finance which determined its current appearance. From the Gothic Catholic cathedral via the enormous Renaissance Rathaus to the Rococo palaces of the city's more prosperous …

» Bavaria Filmstadt (Bavarian Film Studio)

Bavaria Filmstadt (Bavarian Film Studio), Munich

Movie buffs and film fanatics will be in their element at Bavaria Filmstadt, a theme park set within one of Europe's largest and most renowned film studios. Founded in 1919, the Bavarian film studio has provided the backdrop to films like The Never Ending Story and Asterix and Obelix vs. Cesar, and remains a working studio today. With parts of the studio open to visitors, movie fans can go behind-the-scenes and discover the original sets and props from hit films and TV shows like Wolfgang Petersen's Das Boot, the highest grossing German film of all time …

» Bavaria Filmstadt (Bavarian Film Studio)

Bavaria Filmstadt (Bavarian Film Studio), Munich

Housed in the oldest town house in Munich, the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum features permanent exhibitions on topics ranging from the history of beer to the Bavarian monks' purity laws and the unique quality of Munich's beer. As for the story of Oktoberfest, on the upper floor of the museum you'll learn about its beginnings as a national festival for the 1810 wedding of King Luis to Princess Teresa, right through to today's celebration - it's the largest beer festival in the world attended by some 6 million people every year …

» BMW Museum

BMW Museum, Munich

Housed in a futuristic mirrored building as fashion-forward as its cars, automobile pioneers BMW take the spotlight at Munich's BMW Museum, located at the company headquarters near Olympic Park. Whether you're an auto enthusiast or just looking to get your photo taken beside a slick sports car, you can't fail to be impressed by the museum's vast display of cars and motorcycles. Everything from vintage Rolls-Royce Motors and classic MINIs to recent models like the BMW 850, are showcased in the adjourning BMW Welt - the bowl-like side building that houses the museum's extensive car collection …

» Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche)

Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady (Frauenkirche), Munich

Which landmark particularly stands out in Munich's skyline? That would be the Cathedral of Our Blessed Lady or Frauenkirche, the church featuring two onion-shaped domes on top of twin towers that reach 99 meters (325 feet). But it's not just the church's architecture that makes it stand out, by law no other tower can be taller or obstruct the view of this symbolic Bavarian building. Near the entrance of the catherdal is the famous "devil's footprint" …

» Dachau Concentration Camp

Dachau Concentration Camp, Munich

Dachau Concentration Camp was the first of its kind opened in Germany by the Nazi government in 1933, and it served as a model for later concentration camps. Designed to hold Jews, political prisoners, and other "undesirables," the camp is now a memorial to the more than 40,000 people who died and over 200,000 who were imprisoned here during the Nazi regime. The memorial was established in 1965, 20 years after Dachau was liberated by American forces …

» Deutsches Museum

Deutsches Museum, Munich

Munich's gigantic Deutsches Museum is the kind of museum that begs for multiple visits and as one of the world's largest science and technology museums, you could easily spend an entire weekend taking in its vast permanent collection. Opening its doors in 1925, the museum sits on a specially constructed river island, reached by bridge from the mainland. Famous for its interactive exhibitions, inventive displays and impressive collection of artifacts, the Deutsches Museum succeeds in its quest to make science fun and accessible to all ages and interests. …

» English Garden (Englischer Garten)

English Garden (Englischer Garten), Munich

The Englischer Garten, German for "English Garden", is one of the world's largest urban parks - even larger than New York's Central Park. Named for the English style of landscape gardening, the park is popular with locals and visitors alike who come to lounge on the meadow grass, cycle the winding paths, or even surf the man-made waterfall created by a bridge over the Eisbach stream on Prinzregent Strasse. The English weren't the only ones to have an influence in Munich's park, the Japanese Teahouse and Chinese Tower are also popular attractions in the Englischer Garten …

» Feldherrnhalle

Feldherrnhalle, Munich

Feldherrnhalle, or Field Marshals' Hall, is a monument in Munich that was built between 1841 and 1844. It was built in an Italian style and modeled after the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. It is located on Odeonsplatz at the former site of one of the city's main gates, Schwabinger Tor. The monument was built as a tribute to the Bavarian army that fought in the Franco-Prussian War and features bronze statues of some of the most important generals of Bavaria. In addition there are two lions on the steps. One is growling towards the Residenz Palace, the other is keeping its mouth shut towards the church …

» Fraueninsel

Fraueninsel, Munich

Fraueninsel is an island outside of Munich in the Bavarian region of Germany. It sits in Chiemsee, the largest lake in Bavaria, along with another island called Herreninsel. On Herreninsel visitors can see the Royal Castle of Herrenchiemsee, built by Ludwig II as a replica of the Palace of Versailles. On Fraueninsel there is a Benedictine church and monastery which covers about one third of the island. Though the church has existed since 782, the complex you see today was rebuilt in the 1700s. The island is one of the oldest cultural sites in the area …

» Hard Rock Café Munich

Hard Rock Cafe Munich, Munich

Munich's Hard Rock Café was the second to open in Germany, and the 3,000-square-foot space has hosting late night parties and live concerts with enough seating for hundreds of guests, plus plenty of standing room, since 2002. The cafe mixes typical Bavarian elements with its modern decor and light installations. The Munich location has more than 150 exhibits on music history in its memorabilia collection, which features local artists, as well as international celebrities like Madonna and Freddie Mercury …

» Herrenchiemsee

Herrenchiemsee, Munich

Herreninsel is the larger of two inhabited islands in Chiemsee, a Bavarian lake near the Austrian border. While it features a monastery which dates back to the 8th century, the site of the post-war conference which drafted West Germany's constitution, the island's main attraction is undoubtedly Herrenchiemsee. This was one of the three palaces built by the profligate 19th century Bavarian king, Ludwig II. But unlike Linderhof or the world-famous Neuschwanstein …

» Hofbrauhaus

Hofbrauhaus, Munich

Germans' love of beer is unrivaled worldwide, and Munich is home to Bavaria's most celebrated beer hall: Hofbrauhaus. Formerly the royal brewery for the Kingdom, Hofbrauhaus is now owned by the state government and also has the second largest tent at Oktoberfest - "Hofbrau-Festzelt". Grab a stein of their finest brew and drink with friends in the restaurant, die Schwemme (beer hall), or Biergarten (beer garden) often accompanied by live music …

» Hofgarten

Hofgarten, Munich

The former court garden of the Residenz Palace, Munich's Hofgarten was originally laid out in 1613, characterized by its mulberry tree-lined walkways, ornamental fountains and fruit orchard. A large portion of the formal gardens were restored or redesigned post-WWII, but the central pavilion survived, a domed temple designed by Heinrich Schön the Elder in 1615 and topped with a bronze figure of Tellus Bavarica, the symbol of Bavaria …

» House of the Arts (Haus der Kunst)

House of the Arts (Haus der Kunst), Munich

The House of the Arts, or Haus der Kunst in German, is an art museum in Munich that was originally founded by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in 1937. It originally housed Hitler's vision of what great German art was, and the exhibits were folk art displaying Nazi ideals. The museum's purpose has changed several times since the end of World War II, but since 2003 the museum has been dedicated almost exclusively to contemporary art. The Archive Gallery, the museum's permanent exhibition, displays art, photography, and other items that explore the museum's turbulent history …

» Linderhof Castle

Linderhof Castle, Munich

Ludwig II had a habit of designing palaces after his idols. In the case of Linderhof Palace, the inspiration was the Sun-King Louis XIV and Versailles as he built up the "King's Cottage". Sun decor, hall of mirrors, and a smaller scale version of Versailles Ambassador's staircase are testament to the king's admirations. As far as royal palaces go, Linderhof Palace has a private atmosphere with only four rooms that actually served a purpose …

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Munich is a popular tourist destination and has been described as Germany's secret capital. Center of the city is the Marienplatz with the Old and the New Townhall, its tower contains as attraction the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, an ornate clock with almost life-sized moving figures that show scenes from a medieval jousting tournament …

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