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  • Everything about beer

    Munich Favorites

    Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In Germany it was sometimes rather difficult. We found out that there are quite some local beers, only known in that particular area. But anyway, we did like the Kirner Pils. The...

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  • Oktoberfest

    Munich Favorites

    Oktoberfest is a huge massive fair, the area is really big with wide space between the different brewerys's tent. Still, during the weekend you have to expect a big crowd. We were there during the opening weekend and, around the time of the opening ceremony, the amount of people trying to get in was just too much. It was impossible to walk and we...

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  • Marienplatz

    Munich Favorites

    The most authentic thing I did in Munich was a beer tour. A guide takes a group of about 12 people to many very Bavarian pubs (Beer garden) and you get a drink for free. My tour was the "size matters tour" with 3-5 stops included. We got a bit drunk, you have to be careful, the German beer is a bit more dangerous than other ones. But very tasty....

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  • Hofbräuhaus

    Munich Favorites

    Alois Hingerl - Dienstmann Nr. 172 , aka "Aloisius" is one of the most popular caracters created by Ludwig Thoma. Alois Hingerl was working as an outporter (I found this word for Dienstmann in my dictionary, but it sounds strange to me) at the trainstation in Munich and died during his duty. He came to heaven and was not able to adapt to the...

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  • Useful information

    Munich Favorites

    We probably made a mistake by not giving ourselves enough time. We were trying to cram too much into too little time. Munich is a place to which we plan to return and give ourselves at least three days to soak up what the city has to offer. The fun family from Northern California and the two Canadian boys we met at the Hofbrauhaus. (See photos--if...

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  • Munich Surroundings

    Munich Favorites

    Go on a day excursion to CHIEMSEE ('Bavarian Sea') where the beautiful SCHLOSS HERRENCHIEMSEE is situated! This is Ludwig II's most ambitious palace, a replica of Versailles. However, only the central wing of the building was completed as he was dethroned shortly. Another long story...

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  • Statues, monuments and fountains

    Munich Favorites

    On Viktualienmarkt you will find three fountains which are decorated with statues of Munich's best loved humorists and singers - Karl Valentin (1882 - 1948), Weiss Ferdl (1882 - 1949) and Liesl Karlstadt (1892 - 1960)

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  • Englischer Garten

    Munich Favorites

    On a cold winter's day in January 2011, with a layer of snow on the ground, we stopped to watch two brave souls who were surfing on an artificial wave in the river within the grounds of Munich's Englischer Garten. We had read in our guidebook that surfers could often be found here, but didn't expect to find any there in the depths of winter! As...

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  • Olympic Park and Olympic Stadium

    Munich Favorites

    Visit Olympiapark, where the 1972 Olympic Games took place. This park is still a lively and crouded part of the city. Do not forget to take the elevator to the top of the tower for great views of the park and the city. You can also check out the park WEB site. Or have a look at the tower webcam.

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  • Munich Residence

    Munich Favorites

    You can get to Residenz walking from Marianplatz or from Odeonsplatz. This is a beautiful palace with an expectacular garden in the front, that like others where partly destroyed during the II WW. At the entrance you will find 2 green lions .. you have to do something to the lions ... I don't remember what ...:))) but I did .... and one year later...

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  • Viktualienmarkt

    Munich Favorites

    Visit Viktualienmarkt, a huge food market. Shown here, one of the restaurants at the market. See more in the travelogue or have a look at this Viktualienmarkt WebCam.

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  • Neues Rathaus (New town hall)

    Munich Favorites

    I loved being able to just relax and people watch here. Everyone was very friendly to me (especially on the subway) so I got around with no troubles at all. That left me with plenty of time for lots of relaxing to do.

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  • Frauenkirche

    Munich Favorites

    This is another trade mark of Munich, twin tower Frauenkirche, 1 minute walk from Marienplatz. I was trying to make a pic of the church to capture its full size on the pic but found this an impossible task! Surrounding buildings are just too close! Its possible to go up to the tower, entrance fee is 6euros.

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  • Deutsches Museum

    Munich Favorites

    Avoid the Deutsches Museum! I was dragged along there TWICE during my stay, and it certainly didn't seem any better the second time! If you like transport museums, you'll probably love it here, and maybe there are other parts of it that are great, but in my experience, it's just a room full of cars, then a room full of planes, then.......you get...

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  • Schloss Nymphenburg

    Munich Favorites

    You can get the park by going behind the castle. Feel free to enter as it is free. It is a great place to walk around and also have a rest. If you have your own light meal, it is the place to make a stop and enjoy your snack in a hot summer day. Take a sit on those benches under the trees. I like Munich parks!

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  • Neuschwanstein

    Munich Favorites

    This photo was taken while we went on a hike to the bridge (Marienbrucke) nearby... There are some amazing views on that walk and I would recommend it to anyone!! :) The bridge is very high though so it can be scary for people with a fear of heights.

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  • Dachau (Concentration Camp)

    Munich Favorites

    We also visited the Dachau Concentration Camp which was nearby. It was a very dreary day which suited this place perfectly. It was terrible but interesting to watch the short movie about the camp but it was something we had wanted to see while in Germany. The camp was built in March 1933 and more than 30,000 people died there...pretty sad......

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  • The Alps

    Munich Favorites

    Photo: The Krün-Geroldsee against the backdrop of the Karwendel Mountains. Bavaria owes its great tourist appeal to both its rich cultural and historical heritage as well as the spectacular natural beauty. The Alps with the Zugspitze, Germany's highest peak +- 3000 meters.

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  • St. Michaelkirche

    Munich Favorites

    Sorry about this pic's quality. Camera's 'no flash' setting truly deteriorates the image, but this interior was incredibly moving, a must see when in München. Photographs of wartime destruction found inside this magnificient church.

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  • Alte Pinakothek

    Munich Favorites

    Munich has 3 world-famous art galleries right next to each other, the "Pinakotheken". The "Alte Pinakothek", with paintings of 14th to 16th century artists, like Dürer and Rubens is the most famous one. The "Neue Pinakothek" houses Van Gogh, Klimt, Renoir and other artists from the 17th to 19th century, and the "Pinakothek der Moderne" is Germany's...

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  • Odeonsplatz / Feldherrenhalle

    Munich Favorites

    Visit Odeonsplatz. Shown here is Feldherrnhalle (Field Marshall's Hall). This is the where of the infamous Beer Hall Putsch of 1923 took place. A bronze plaque commemorates the four policemen who got killed in the clash with Hitler's men.

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  • Linderhof

    Munich Favorites

    Take another close look of LINDERHOF: Ludwig's favorite castle which was the embodiment of his Baroque fantasies. The route from Neuschwanstein to Ettal & Oberammergau is so romantic & refreshing that I can't help but recommend it to all honeymooners!

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  • Museums

    Munich Favorites

    The weird museum of stuffed animals (Deutsches Jagd- und Fischereimuseum) on Neuhauserstr. just off Marienplatz. Just don't approach it as a serious museum ... because the taxidermists apprently didn't. Make sure you pay attention to the animals' expressions. You will either get non-stop fits of laughter or nightmares. This place is positively...

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  • Karlsplatz (Stachus)

    Munich Favorites

    This is the entrance to the Pedestrian zone and one of Europe's busiest squares. In the middle there's a huge fountain, which was built for the Olympic Games in 1972. Munich has one of the biggest pedestrian zones in Germany. It is like an open air mall with houndreds of restaurants, stores, cafes and many street performers entertaining the huge...

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  • Christmas Market

    Munich Favorites

    There's a Christmas Market at the airport, in the plaza between Terminals 1 and 2. You know, where Burger King is. It's something to do, I suppose, while waiting for your flight. Kids skate around on an ice rink. Adults wander amongst stalls selling extremely smelly cheeses and home-made candles. Admire the huge Christmas tree, then go back inside...

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  • Theatinerkirche St. Kajetan

    Munich Favorites

    The church's impressive yellow facade introduces a breath of Italy to Munich. Henriette Adelaide of Savoy, wife of the elector Ferdinand Maria, donated this church to the Italian Order of the Theatines in gratitude for the birth of the long-awaited heir to the throne Prince Max Emanuel. It was built in Baroque style and largely completed by 1688 by...

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  • Isartor

    Munich Favorites

    There are three town gates remaining in Munich. The most easterly of them is the Isartor, dating back to the 14th century. Careful restoration makes it possible to admire the dimensions and appearance of the original structure. The Isar Gate accommodates a museum honouring the Munich comedian Karl Valentin.

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  • Hofgarten

    Munich Favorites

    Hofgarten - the perfect green park in the centre of Munich, very close to Residenz, Marienplatz and other attractions - seemed a nice quiet place for me. I was there in 8 am, when nobody except rare sleeping homeless people, were there. I liked it a lot. This view was so breathtaking, that I even risked to put it on the film. As always, photo is...

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  • River Isar

    Munich Favorites

    This July-born Cancer truly is fascinated with all things water, as proven with yet another photo of a thrilling waterway. The magic of the Isar River during my stay in early May was profound, offering shades of brilliant greens that dazzled and amused this visitor. Notice the distant landmark? Englischer Garden is again, a must see on your...

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  • Kaufingerstrasse

    Munich Favorites

    Kaufingerstrasse - promenade street (not the only one, but I liked it most), full of shops and people - very vibrant atmosphere of big city. Palm trees on the street of German town (and also in this picture) - and I always thought that German is quite a northern country!

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  • Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)

    Munich Favorites

    Alte Rathaus. Looks more modest next to its 'new' counterpart. Originally built in 1474, it looks so good nowadays, that I suspect it was totally renovated after the World War II. Actually I do not know the correct explanation of the fact, maybe someone will enlighten me. Thank for VT member Prosperity I know that there is a museum of toys...

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  • Tierpark Hellabrunn (Munich´s Zoo)

    Munich Favorites

    Munich Zoo (Tierpark Hellabrunn) The Munich Zoo is one of the biggest Zoos in Germany. Even if you are not a special fan of animals behind bars: Zoos can teach children to understand the variety and biodiversity of our planet and the Munich Zoo is famous for many animals being born there. So maybe the parent animals do not feel all that bad and...

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  • Karlstor

    Munich Favorites

    The western town gate dates back to the 14th century. Since the end of the 18th century it is integrated into the "Stachus" (officially called Karlsplatz). for me it looks a bit like a LEGO building, kind of surreal here between these newer buildings.

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  • Ludwigstrasse

    Munich Favorites

    This is one of Europe's most impressive boulevards, full of historic architecture, built under King Ludwig I. Connecting Munich's old town from Odeonsplatz with the famous artistic quarter of Schwabing, which starts with the Siegestor (Victory Gate) on Ludwigstrasse.

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  • Bavaria Castles, Palaces: save money...

    For those who want to stay in Bavaria for a couple of days and are keen to visit several of the castles, palaces and gardens covered by Bavarian Palace Administration, I can highly recommend the purchase of the seasonal 14-day pass, or even of the annual pass. It is available as single and as family pass.The prices are as follows:14-day ticket: 24...

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  • Pfaffenwinkel: excellent information...

    My trip to Pfaffenwinkel, Bavaria’s region with the highest density of fine Baroque and Rococo churches, was planned, but I didn’t think of ordering some paper information material beforehand. So I had to look for this in Schongau, one of the main towns in this region. I was very positively surprised!Schongau’s tourist office had such a variety of...

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  • Please take your trash:not many rubbish...

    When I spent my time travelling through Bavaria by car, especially on the smaller roads, I stop from time to time to take photos or have a short snack break. I was always amazed of how well organised in terms of “garbage education” the responsibles for these roads are: the majority of the small rest stops with picnic tables along the roads do not...

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  • Milk – fair prices for the farmers

    Since early 2010 all of us who don’t live close by a dairy farm which takes care of their cows and thus the milk they produce can purchase so-called “fair” milk in selected supermarkets. As a logo this milk has a cow with black-red-gold stripes printed on the package. The idea behind is that dairy farmers get a fair price for the milk: 40 Cents...

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  • How did Alois Hingerl become angel...

    Alois Hingerl - Dienstmann Nr. 172 , aka "Aloisius" is one of the most popular caracters created by Ludwig Thoma.Alois Hingerl was working as an outporter (I found this word for Dienstmann in my dictionary, but it sounds strange to me) at the trainstation in Munich and died during his duty.He came to heaven and was not able to adapt to the "strange...

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  • Bavaria's Holiday Routes

    Bavaria's extensive network of popular holiday routes connects its' regional nature and cultural highlights and is the perfect finger board to the state's most beautiful and important sights:- Romantic Road- The German Alpine Road- The German Danube- The Castle Road- The Porcelain Road- The Road of Kings and Emperors- The Sisi-Road- The Cristal...

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  • Tourist Information

    Find the best ideas on leisure time, holidays and festivals in Bavaria at the tourist information in Munich. Bayern TourismusLeopoldstraße 14680804 MünchenTo order brochures call ++49 (0) 180 / 5 85 50 50 - AWARE, this costs you 0,12 € per minute!You can also send an email to tourismus@bayern.infoand have a look at their website Bayern Tourismus.

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  • History of Bavaria

    Bavaria is one of the oldest European states. It dates back to about 500 A.D., and was originally inhabited by Celts, which was part of the Roman provinces of Rhaetia and Noricum. The language was originally Old High German. The name "Bavarian" ("Baiuvari") means "Men of Baia" which may indicate Bohemia, the homeland of the Marcomanni.

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  • My Eremitage

    Bayreuth - that´s not only Wagner. It´s a cultural center, that´s true, but this town has a wonderful garden named Eremitage. Really worth seeing in Bayreuth and one of the most beautiful parks which I know. If in spring or in autumn, every time attractive. This first palace (New Castle) is decorated around itsself walls by stones of colored glass....

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  • Hours to visit Castle Neuschwanstein

    If you want to visit the castle the hours are :April - September: 9:00-18:00October -March: 10:00 - 16:00The prices : 9 Euro for Neuschwanstein and 18 for both castles (Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

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  • The town-wall of Rothenburg

    Be careful, when walking the town-wall of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, especially when you are taller than 1,86 meters.But of course the wall was not built for tourists, but to fight against enemies and you may still see the holes, where they were able to shoot at their enemies, and people at the medieval ages were a lot smaller than today. The...

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