Known today as the city of laptops and lederhosen, modern Munich is a cosmopolitan playground that nevertheless represents what the rest of the world incorrectly sees as “typically German”: world-famous Oktoberfest, traditional lederhosen (leather pants), busty Bavarian waitresses in dirndls (traditional dresses), beer steins, and sausages.
Munich’s cleanliness, safety, and Mediterranean pace give it a slightly rustic feel. The broad sidewalks, fashionable boutiques and eateries, views of the Alps, a sizable river running through town, and a huge green park make Munich one of Germany’s most visited cities. When the first rays of spring sun begin warming the air, follow the locals to their beloved beer gardens, shaded by massive chestnut trees.
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.
I definitely needed more time to explore Munich. I want to go back!