München (known as Munich in English) means “by the monks” and is so named because a Benedictine monastery once stood where the Old Town is today. Munich is characterized by glorious architecture, excellent museums and a beer hall at every corner. It is also widely known for its Oktoberfest, the Bayern-Munich football team and being the headquarters of the Bayerische Motoren Werke AG a.k.a BMW, making it ironic that the city is best explored on foot!
Marienplatz is the central square and the hub of all activity in Old Munich. The Neues Rathaus (Town Hall) and the Hofbräuhaus (the most famous Beer Hall) are all in this area. While Oktoberfest is one of the busiest times to visit, we love Munich in December for its gorgeous Christmas markets and lively holiday festivities. If art catches your fancy then the Alte and Neue Pinokathek are a must. For architecture buffs, it is worth visiting the Nymphenburg Palace or Neueschwantstein.
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