Sunday, April 6, 2014

Some of the best things to do when visiting Munich

If you are planning to visit Germany, and Munich in particular, you will be greeted with a traditional European city with all the Bavarian style moulded together with the latest in technology and modern art. Munich is the European capital of polar opposites.

It is one of a few cities that is just as progressive as it is conservative, and has a certain amount of wealth, culture and lifestyle which is clearly visible if you visit.

[image from Heribert Pohl, via Flickr]

Here are several places you should go and visit if you plan to visit Munich:

St. Jacobs Square: This beautiful Jewish square comes complete with synagogue and a modern Jewish museum. 60 years after the end of the Third Reich, the Jewish community is now thriving and offers an abundance of places to see and visit around the centre of the square itself. There is plenty of cafes and bars in which you can frequent, as well as the medieval City Museum [which is the originally the city’s arsenal].

Wiener Platz: The Germans produce good beer and ale, and that is just a fact that is known throughout Europe. So, while you are visiting Munich, why not try and pop in to the Hofbräukeller beer garden, which is located on the east side of the Isar river. On offer are a wide selection of great beers, as well as a more sombre reminder of the Bavarian revolution in the form of a plaque that commemorates the murder of 12 people from the area. The beer garden gives people the chance to relax and reflect on Munich’s beauty, past and culture. If you are looking for somewhere to take in the good food, beer, culture and history, then why not travel to Munich with Venere.

Kaufingerstraße: If shopping is more your thing, head down to Kaufingerstraße. Munich has the most expensive retail space in Germany, if not Europe, so if you are on the hunt for a bargain or two you may not find them here, or anywhere else in Germany for that matter.

The Müller'sches Volksbad public baths: These public baths are a great place to visit when you are in Munich. Located on the banks of the river Isar, the building itself is beautiful and is affectionately known as ‘the jewel of Jugendstil”. These baths are still running, and run a very ‘open’ changing vicinity, meaning that you will have to share the space with the opposite sex. It is recommended that, if possible, you can get over any fears you have just so you can see the interior, it is well worth it.

Museums: Munich hosts so many museums and art galleries, that you will find something you love very easily. The city boasts so much, in such small a space that you could walk from one to other in minutes. If you like modern art, then you will love the Modern Art Museum Brandhorst, where you will find a number of galleries and exhibitions featuring artists like Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.

There is so much to do in Munich that this guide just scratches the surface.



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