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It may not often be the first city that comes to mind when you think about travelling to Germany, but Munich is a magical destination with so much to do and see, that you wish you could extend your vacation to enjoy it a little more. Of course, we could not fail to mention the famous Oktoberfest, home of which is Munich! Visit the capital of Bavaria, the city in which beer holds a prominent place, as it is at the heart of Munich's culture. The city hosts many breweries that produce some of the most famous beers that beer lovers should definitely try. In fact, in Munich you will find the largest beer house in the world, in Hirschgarten, which hosts in the afternoons up to 8,000 beer lovers! There, you can enjoy your drink along with traditional city food and experience the culture of Munich in all its glory! Munich is the ultimate combination of old and new, a genuine city of contrasts. You can wander around beautiful neoclassical parts of the city, such as Ludwigstraße and Leopoldstraße and then see the colourful modern Brandhorst Museum. For art lovers, there are over 80 museums to choose from, in Munich. You will find everything - from a contemporary art gallery hosting some of the most famous contemporary masterpieces to a museum dedicated exclusively to the humble potato! And of course, one thing is for sure - in Munich you will never go hungry! From huge, fragrant pretzels to giant pork guts and schnitzel, you will surely be impressed by the delicious flavors and large quantities of food. Finally, let us not forget sports enthusiasts, especially football enthusiasts. It is impossible to go to Munich, and not include a visit to the impressive Allianz Arena, the ""home"" of the world-famous Bayern Munich and Munich 1860 football clubs. The stadium was completed in 2005 and cost a total of 340m euros. At night, stadium lights illuminate the sky and create an atmosphere like in Las Vegas.
Munich has its roots in a Benedictine monastery in Tegernsee, founded in the 8th century. The year 1158 is said to be the founding year of Munich, which is identified as the earliest date the city is mentioned in a document. In 1157 Henry the Lion (Heinrich der Löwe), Duke of Bavaria, granted the monks the right to found a market where the road from Salzburg met the river Izar. The following year a bridge was built on Izar and the market was fortified. In 1175 Munich officially received the status of a city and was fortified. Five years later, OttoI Wittelsbach became the Duke of Bavaria and Munich surrendered to the Bishop of Friesing. The Wittelsbach dynasty ruled Bavaria until 1918, while in 1806, Munich became the capital of the new Kingdom of Bavaria. In 1923 Hitler and his supporters, who were then gathered in Munich, staged a coup at Beer Hall, in an attempt to overthrow the Weimar Republic and seize power. During World War II, Munich was heavily bombed and the population of the city fell from about 800,000 to 500,000 while, during World War II, people were moving from Munich to other cities. After the end of the war, Munich was completely rebuilt following a - rather - conservative plan that preserved the pre-war grid of its roads and the population of the city surpassed 1 million in 1957. 1972 is another landmark year for Munich, as it hosted the Olympic Games at the time.
Marienplatz and the New Town Hall
Marienplatz is the main square of Munich since the founding of the city, which in the past hosted the jousting that took place. Apart from the huge New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) that extends across one whole side of the square, you will also find the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus). In Marienplatz are located the Mariensäule, a tall column in honor of the Virgin Mary, built in 1638 and Fischbrunnen, a newer fountain with bronze figures. Marienplatz is one of the central meeting points of the locals and hosts many shops, beautiful boutiques and restaurants. In fact, at Christmas, one of the largest Christmas markets of the city is set up in this square!
Weisswurst (White Sausage)
Weisswurst or white sausage is a famous specialty of the city of Munich, invented in 1857 by a butcher named Sepp Moser. It is made with beef and pork usually flavored with parsley, lemon, onions, ginger and cardamom. These delicious sausages are served in a bowl with warm water and sweet mustard and eaten without their peel. Traditionally, white sausages were prepared in the morning and consumed until noon, something that is the standard until today. As a result, it is difficult to find them in a restaurant after 13:00 but if you are lucky enough and they serve them, try them with the accompaniment of a traditional beer!