Munich is synonymous with beer and culture. Famous for hosting the Oktoberfest beer festival, one of the largest in the world and Germany’s biggest celebration, with over six million visitors every year, the city also boasts a whole host of important museums and the Bavarian State Opera, one of the world’s most prestigious international opera companies. If this wasn’t enough, the Bavarian city is a must-visit for any football aficionado, as it is home to the very popular Bayern Munich football club, one of the most followed in the world. Take one of our cheap flights to Munich to visit an extremely lively and versatile city, which caters to a visitor’s every need.
Its nucleus, Marienplatz square, is home to the impressive Neo-Gothic New Town Hall, which houses the famous Munich Carillon. In the surrounding area, you will also find the emblematic Our Lady Cathedral (Frauenkirche), which boasts two 99-metre tall towers, visible from several kilometres away, due to a law that impedes construction of buildings taller than the cathedral in the urban area and part of its surroundings. Munich’s most important street, Maximilianstrasse, is lined with shops and diverse places of interest, including the National Theatre of Munich (home to the Bavarian State Opera), the ZKMax (a very sophisticated underground art space), and the Maximiliaenum (an impressive 19th century building, which is not only the headquarters of the Bavarian Parliament, but also an exclusive residence for outstanding university students of the region.
If you’re looking for a good museum, the Kunstareal museum district is the place to go. The Neue Pinakothek, one of the world’s most prominent 19th century art museums, exhibits paintings by Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin and Gustav Klimt. The spectacular Pinakothek der Moderne houses works by René Magritte, Max Ernst, Giorgio de Chirico, Francis Bacon, Picasso, Max Beckmann and Kandinsky.
However, possibly the best work of art Munich has to offer can be found two hours from the city, in the form of Neuschwanstein Castle. Built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who was known as the ‘crazy king’, in the middle of a forest surrounded by mountains, the castle, on which Walt Disney based his ‘Sleeping Beauty castle’, is visited by over 1.3 million people every year. A visit to Munich truly is a ‘wish your heart makes’.
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