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Munich travel guide

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You're Going to Love Munich

Nestled in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, Munich combines historical elegance with down-to-earth charm. View timeless masterpieces from the world's great painters, take a stroll down one of Europe's best shopping streets, and rub elbows with the locals at a beer garden.

For centuries, Munich has been a major center of art and commerce. You'll find splendid baroque churches in the Old Town neighborhood and masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, and Vincent van Gogh in the Museum District. The world-famous Maximilianstrasse shopping district has high-end fashion houses like Chanel and Ralph Lauren, and the headquarters of car manufacturer BMW are in the suburbs.

Munich is a very friendly and approachable city. You can sing along with an Oompah band in a crowded beer hall, or, if your taste runs to quieter pursuits, sunbathe in one of Munich's many parks. Plus, you are only a few miles away from some of the highest peaks in the Bavarian Alps.

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When to Visit Munich

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The busiest tourist season is autumn when the annual Oktoberfest draws thousands of visitors to wash down sausages and roast chicken with a pint of Bavaria's legendary beer. However, hotels often inflate their prices during this time of year, which means you might pay quadruple rates for a room. Those on a budget should visit Munich during the spring when a variety of much more affordable folk festivals take place such as the Starkbierfest, or Festival of Strong Beer, in March and the traditional celebration of spring, the Maibaumaufstellen, on May 1.

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How to Get to Munich

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Where to Stay in Munich

If you are looking for traditional charm try the Bayerischer Hof on Promenadeplatz. This Michelin-starred hotel in a 19th-century palace offers a rooftop pool and lounge, a private cinema, and historic paintings. For authentic Bavarian charm, stay at the Gästehaus am Englischer Garten, which has cozy rooms next to the famous park. Hotel Daniel on Sonnenstrasse is an affordable option for families with children that is conveniently located in the city center. Single travelers will find good value at Hotel Pension am Siegestor on Akademiestrasse.

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Shopping Streets

For high-end luxury items, head to the Maximilianstrasse shopping district in the Old Town. Here you'll find boutiques from all of Europe's major fashion houses, trendy art galleries, and traditional souvenirs. Those in the market for secondhand items can visit one of Munich's many flea markets. The weekly Olympia Park market is a good option at any time of year, but, if you want to get antiques at good prices, mark your calendar for the biannual Theresienwiese, which is the largest flea market in Europe.

Groceries and Other

American-style supermarkets can be a bit hard to find in Munich - most residents prefer to shop at specialty stores and open-air food markets - but the discount grocery chains Aldi and Lidi are a good option if you need to buy the basic necessities. The prices are comparable to American discount chains, with milk costing EUR3 and eggs EUR2.

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Where to Eat in Munich

Munich is known as the gourmet capital of Germany. There are dozens of fine-dining restaurants throughout the city, but if you are looking for cutting-edge cuisine, visit Tantris on Johann-Fichte-Strasse for the roast lamb filets served with white asparagus and orange hollandaise. For an authentic beer hall experience head to the Hofbräuhaus on Platzl 9 where you can grab a pint and a pretzel while listening to the pounding rhythms of an Oompah band. There is also a good quality restaurant in the upper floor of the building. Traditional Bavarian restaurants like Bratwurstherzl on Dreifaltigkeitsplatz have more affordable fare. You can nosh on a grilled pork knuckle with noodles and potato salad for around EUR25.