Munich

In Marienplatz

In Marienplatz, the city’s main square

A German friend once told me that Bavaria is the Texas of Germany, which I don’t think is meant to be a compliment. True, the region is religiously and socially conservative and its residents speak with a unique accent, but as a tourist I’m always pleased to find Germany’s most enjoyable clichés here: Lederhosen, cavernous beer halls, oompah music.

Skyline

Skyline

I also love that Munich is drenched in Rococo, a style that permeated the city in the 18th century.

Viktualienmarkt maypole displays artisan symbols and traditional white-and-blue Bavarian stripes

Viktualienmarkt maypole displays artisan symbols and traditional white-and-blue Bavarian stripes

Hofbräuhaus brewery, first established by Wilhelm V in the 16th century

Hofbräuhaus brewery, first established by Wilhelm V in the 16th century

Munich sustained a lot of ruin and destruction during the two world wars, but was mostly rebuilt in time for the 1972 Olympic Games.

Isartor, a medieval gate

Isartor, a medieval gate

In the Middle Ages, Munich’s growing city center was protected by a wall, Äußere Stadtmauer, with four large towers. Though the wall was demolished in the 18th century during a growth spurt, some gates remain.

Setting up for lunch

Setting up for lunch

Outside Residenz, the main palace

Outside Residenz, the main palace

16th-century  Michaelskirche

16th-century Michaelskirche

Angelo's favorite part of Munich

Angelo’s favorite part of Munich

Munich is an ideal walking city. It’s full of appealing architecture, impressive museums and, of course, food and beer. It’s easy to spend a few days here just wandering around and hanging out.

17th-century Mariensäule

17th-century Mariensäule

Remember to look up in Munich!

Remember to look up in Munich!

Building detail

Building detail

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