Oktoberfest atmosphere year round
Oktoberfest is in late September/first week of Oktober, although you can visit small beer fests throughout Bavaria during July, August and September, too. These are not as large, but in someways nicer. If you miss Oktoberfest, but want to experience something similar, try the Hofbrauhaus. It is open everyday, and replicates the beer fest atmosphere, complete with music, masses of beer, and grilled chickens. The tourists get quite drunk, just like at Oktoberfest. The locals mostly avoid the place, unless they are entertaining out of town friends.
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.. and here is the Glockenspiel -- the dolls dance at the music from the tower (11am, noon, 5pm, 9pm). The whole thing lasts about 10 minutes... On the second time the dolls go around, you can watch them 'fight'.
Bavarian National Museum is situated near of English Garden, in Prinzregentenstrasse. I wasn't inside and enjoyed outside views of the building. Unfortunately I didn't find any information when it was built. All info I got is about exhibits of the museum.
Munich - city of the arts
This is a city for art lovers. Art galleries and great museum abound here, outnumbering even those of Berlin in quality.
Famous galeries and museums:
-Haus der Kunst (www.hausderkunst.de)
(built under Hitler and the Nazis, originally for only German art, now many different exhibitions)
-Alte Pinakothek (www.alte-pinakothek.de)
(housing many famous D?rer paintings, as well as the biggest Rubens collection in the world)
-Neue Pinakothek (www.neue-pinakothek.de)
(Housing Van Gogh's Sunflowers and many Klimt paintings, as well as other masterpieces of the impressionism of the 19th century)
(if you are into cars this one is a must)
-Deutsches Museum (www.deutsches-museum.de - biggest technology museum in the world!)
-Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (quite interesting museum about Bavarian history, located on Prinzregentenstrasse)
-Schatzkammer der Residenz
(The Bavarian royal treasury)
-Kunstsammlung Lenbachhaus (www.lenbachhaus.de)
(close to K?nigsplatz, housing the Blaue Reiter by Kandinsky)
-Marstallmuseum Schlo? Nymphenburg (coaches of the Bavarian kings)
-Glyptothek am K?nigsplatz (statues in a beautiful building)
-Museum Villa Stuck (in Bogenhausen)
+ many more
The state museums are free on Sundays.
Isartor is the gate (literal translation is "Isar Gate") at the opposite end of Tal from Marienplatz.
The Isartor is guarding the city towards the river Isar, which is to the east of the inner city