The capital city of Bavaria and the largest federal state of Germany is also the third largest populated city and noted for both architecture and culture. Annually Oktoberfest beer celebration is held in Munich.
Munich is divided into 6 Districts: Marienplatz/Isartor/Karlsplatz/Odeonsplatz (commonly called the City Center) which is home to a pedestrian shopping area, gates and several historical walls among other things. Schwabing/Maxcorstad (or the University area) is an upscale academic district with small coffee houses, stores and specialty restaurants; Olympic Eikaufzentrum which is the are where the 1972 Olympic games were held; Haidhausen an area that offers more thirty clubs and discos, bars and many restaurants; Neuhausen & Nyphenburg is a perfect place for cafes and other places to eat plus the world’s largest beer garden and Thalkirchen along the river Isar which serves as a recreational area and home to the Hellabrunn (zoo).
Most visitors to Munich will make a point of visiting Dachau Concentration Camp (highly discouraged if you have young children with you) - you can book a tour which takes between three and five hours. On a less sobering note, you will be fascinated with the hands on interactive displays of natural science, construction and engineering at Duetsches Museum and be in total awe of the beautiful artwork you will find at Pinakotheken.
For great outdoor activities you’ll want to visit Schloss Nymphenburg which is the largest baroque palace in Germany - several buildings are on the land and the gardens are highly recommended resting spot. If you have children of any age with you on your destination you won’t want to miss Zoo Hellabrunn the oldest Geo-Zoo in the world - this nature island is divided into 15 park areas - Europe, Jungle House and Aquarium, Tortoise House, Australia, America, Petting Area, Polarium, Children’s Zoo, Asia, Villa Dracula, Elephant House, Jungle Tent, Walk Through Aviary and Orangutan-Paradise/TNA - children young and old will delight at the dwarf goats, California Sea Lions, Eagle Owls and much more to be seen here.
Munich offers a variety of shopping opportunities whether you’re in search of high end luxury goods or bargains or if you’re looking for meat, spices or fresh fruits and vegetables. Dinner time means an opportunity to experiment with true Bavarian fare including a blend of corned beef, bacon and onion (Leberkassemmeln) baked in a bread pan. Munich is also home to many fine Italian, American and Chinese restaurants.
There are a number of traditional beer gardens in Munich - where you are often allowed to bring your own food - however understand the beer that is served is ½ mix of beer and ½ lemonade and has to be bought there. Beer gardens are typically family friendly offering play areas for children.
Munich offers a wide variety of entertainment in the late nights - some club even charge a high fee for entrance and offer free drinks until one in the morning - German Music, Goth, Wave, Electronic Music as well as Hip Hop, Rave, Rock and others are available for late night entertainment.