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What You Should Know More About Munich
Legal age for drinking in Munich is 16 years.
Munich's Magnificent Residenz
For past many many centuries, the Munich Residenz has been the seat of the Kings of Bavaria, Electors and Dukes. It is undoubtedly one of the most important places to see in Europe. Laid out around seven vast courts, the vast Residenz complex has three key sections:
Alte Residenz which faces the Residenzstrasse
Königsbau that is fronting onto Max-Joseph-Platz
Festsaalbau that is the Banqueting Hall
Königsbau which is the first section of this huge complex was built with magnificent Antiquarium. Built in the year 1579, it is today a part of incredible tourist attraction
Residenz Museum. Second section is the Alte Residenz which is a masterpiece of the late Renaissance. Designed in the neo classical style of architecture, the Festsaalbau, Königsbau and the Court Church were all completed in the year 1848. At present, this Residenz is a home to a variety of museums and monuments including the Treasury, Residenz Museum, and the Court Church of All Saints.
Frauenkirche: The Cathedral Church of Our Lady
Another interesting sightseeing attraction of Munich is the huge Frauenkirche - the Cathedral Church of Our Lady. It has long been the metropolitan church of the South Bavarian ecclesiastical provinces ever since the establishment of the Freising and the archbishopric of Munich in the year 1821. The church is 109 meters long and 40 meters wide, giving you substantial space to see and explore. With its twin 100-meter-tall towers and the characteristic Renaissance domes, the place is admired by people who understand fine architecture.
Marienplatz has been the central square of the city ever since the foundation. Until the year 1807, regular markets were held in this area. Besides the New Town Hall and the majestic Old Town Hall along with its reconstructed tower, you can also find several other notable landmarks here which include the Virgin's Column and Fish Fountain. Always swamped with tourists it is a great place for some free entertainment.
The New Town Hall
The New Town was completed in the year 1892. Dominating the Marienplatz, contending with the twin towers of the Frauenkirche - the Cathedral of our Lady for the position of the most significant landmark of the city, The New Town Hall, is indeed an important place to see. The principal façade that overlooks the Marienplatz is embellished with the profusion of ornaments and figures including well-known local characters, Bavarian dukes, kings, saints and electors.
Englischer Garten is a strong contender for the position of being the world’s great urban green space. The primary natural lung of the city is bigger than the Central Park in New York. The name comes from its British designer, Sir Benjamin Thompson. This urban park more or less feels like a place where the royals might have been wandering around on the horse back hunting the deer. Cycling, walking and riding trails are few important activities to be enjoyed here. What’s the fun part here? Nude sunbathing is permitted in few parts of the park!
Europe has a number of Christmas markets however the Christkindlmarkt of Munich is one of the most atmospheric and biggest market of Munich. The stalls in the market usually sprawl from Marienplatz to a variety of surrounding streets from the end of the November and go on till the Christmas Eve. It is more about the people in costume, live music, cutely dressed mangers, wandering Santas as much it is about shopping. You ought to throw in a giant Christmas tree lit up by 2500 candles and enjoy an evening wandering the street.
Oompah band rafting
One of the best water sports is log rafting. It is something that just about anyone of you can take part in. The rafts here make their way down steam from the Wolfratshausen that lies near the source of Isar. They ramble down towards Munich with a traditional Bavarian oompah band on board and a group of beer-swilling tourists. And yes, it’s all class.
Another great thing to do in the Englischer Garten is river surfing. It is a fast flowing channel which branches from the River Isar and creates a series of rapids along with one constant wave. During the winters too you can spot the wet suit clad surfers here combating the Eisbach wave. They even campaign to have river surfing made an Olympic sport. Do ensure that you get your own board if you want a go. Take note this sport is mainly for the adventure enthusiasts so do ensure that you really are prepared for this before getting in the water.
Hitler walking tours
This may seem really spooky however the Munich Walking tour is an important activity to do in the city. This walking tour is insightful and presents a great chance to understand the sites and the events that led to the rise of the Nazi party in Munich. The tours feature the obvious - One the route of the failed Beer Hall Putsch and the Nazi headquarters. The studio here features life instances of Hitler. It is rich in context and explains how one of the darkest period of the German history came to be. You must opt for the 5 hour tour if possible. It will be gripping all throughout and includes a number of small details which depict why it happened in Munich than anywhere else.
Alois Dallmayr is a daddy of all the eateries. With loyal customers from around the continent it ranks up with the London’s Fortnum & Mason. If your one of those casual eaters, you can try the exquisite salads, venison goulashes as well as the daintily presented cakes. There are some of the finest restaurants in the city serving delicious food, so do try as many local dishes as possible.
Interested in the culture scene of the city? Oktoberfest is your answer! You know, what is the first thing that tends to spring to mind when someone mentions Munich – it is people sitting in tents, chilling and drinking beer which is basically the Oktoberfest. The fest is usually held from late September to early October on annual basis. Theoretically, this event commemorates the marriage of Prince Ludwig in the year 1810. This fest really is a grand way to sit at the wooden table and pour down glasses filled with chilled bear and drink while chit chatting with friends. Held at the Theresienwiese fairgrounds, attending this fest is a great thing to do.
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