Munich is the capital of the German state Bavaria, which presents unique culture and customs, representing what the world sees as typically German. Walking through its streets you may see flower boxes of geraniums, beergardens shaded by big chestnut trees and at times people in Dirndl (traditional dresses) and Lederhosen (leather pants). But that's not all Munich is about: this big but laid-back city provides great architecture, museums, art galleries and a vivid nightlife. Its numerous tourist attractions and rich history make it one of Germany's most popular cities to visit.

Dating back to the middle ages it features many beautiful buildings: visit the royal palace of the Residenz and stroll through beautiful Baroque architecture of the city center making a stop in one of the many street cafes. See the big Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Lady), visit the recreational complex of Olympiapark or the Baroque castle Schloss Nymphenburg. Go see the Viktualienmarkt, a centuries old eating area and produce market, and walk over the central square Marienplatz to see the New Town Hall with the world-famous carillon. After the cultural experience, take a walk through the lovely English garden, a huge park with a small river flowing through, featuring a man-made wave to surf on!

Munich is a rich city, offering many luxurious shopping opportunities, exclusive restaurants, bars and clubs, yet it holds a rustic and relaxed feel. It hosts the annual Oktoberfest, the world's largest folk fair, which attracts millions of visitors every year! If you're not there during that time of year, visit the Hofbräuhaus, a famous beer hall, and taste the sausages, pretzels and roast while having a big jug of beer called a stein.

Take a day trip to nearby lake Starnberger See or the world-famous Schloss Neuschwanstein, a beautiful castle sitting on a mountain top. This dreamy palace was used by Walt Disney to create the Disney castle!

Exploring Munich's many treasures will reward you with a rich cultural and culinary experience in a relaxed atmosphere, making it a must-see on your journey!