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INTRODUCTION / ABOUT MUNICH

Munich (German: München) which means “Home of the Monks,” was originally established as a monastery in the 8th century. Next to this settlement of Benedictine monks the city was founded in 1158. Today it's the flourishing capital of the Federal State of Bavaria.

As Germany's third largest city Munich is located in the middle of one of Europe's most prosperous areas. The city has a population of about 1.3 million (as of 2006) and the Munich metropolitan area is home to around 2.7 million people. The city is located on the river Isar north of the Bavarian Alps.

This cosmopolitan and sometimes sophisticated city has a thriving economy and is home to many major corporations, including the BMW headquarters.

Munich is best known for its folk traditions like celebrating the annual Oktoberfest - a sixteen-day festival that attracts roughly six million people.

 

WHAT TO SEE

Munich is a compact city, but you could easily spend several weeks exploring its architectural treasures and museums. For example visit “Residenz” and “Schloss Nymphenburg” (royal palaces) and “Alte Pinakothek”, one of the world's finest art galleries! The Altstadt (old town) is a pleasure to stroll around, with its grand avenues and spacious squares that recall the glory of Bavaria's monarchy. World-famous “Marienplatz”, the town hall square, and church “Frauenkirche” with its onion spires are located right beside the pedestrian zone in the very heart of the city. Also Munich's idyllic surrounds – including “Schloss Neuschwanstein”, the famous fairy-tale castle - show Bavaria at its postcard best.

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