The Oktoberfest is synonymous with Munich, characterising the good-natured personality of the hospitable capital city of Bavaria. The popular 16-day festival, with its traditional brass bands, fun fairs and perpetual flow of beer, is held on the Theresenwiese. It originates from the engagement of Prince Ludwig and Princess Theresa in 1810. Located near the Alps, Munich is a beautiful city; its stunning blend of ancient and modern architecture creates a charming yet vibrant ambience.
Symbolic of the city are the twin cupolas of the Gothic-style Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady). The Schloss Nymphenberg was the summer palace of the Bavarian rulers. The Englischer Garten (English Garden), one of the world's biggest landscaped parks, is a peaceful haven of serpentine paths and wonderful walks.
Munich is also an international manufacturing and commercial centre. It is renowned for its automotive, electronic and computing companies.
The city boasts a wealth of art galleries, shops, theatres and museums. The Haus der Kunst (House of Art), the Deutsches Museum (German Museum of Science and Technology) and the Alte Pinakothek (Old Picture Gallery) illustrate its cultural diversity.
Munich Sightseeing and Attractions
If you are hoping to enjoy the many cultural and historic sights Munich has to offer, why not explore the city with this hop-on-hop-off bus tour?