"Gruess Gott in Muenchen" (the usual greeting in Bavaria and Munich, which means, literally: "God greet you", "God bless you").
Munich is the capital of the state of Bavaria, the third-largest city in Germany and, an important business center. The city has a population of 1.3 million people, welcomes 3.7 million tourists per year, and offers something for everyone. The wonderful Isar river, which divides the city in half, offers kilometers of idyllic paths along the river banks as well as cozy spots to go bathing. The Marienplatz is the historical square in the center of the city and a favourite destination for tourists as well as a perfect place for strolling and people-watching. On the pedestrian zone in the old center of the city (Altstadt), baroque palaces from the good old days stand side by side with the the large department stores serving the bustling cowds of today, In the areas around the Residenz of the royal Wittelsbach family at the Odeonplatz, there are many elegant boutiques and cafes. The distinctive onion-domed towers of the Frauenkirche ( Church of our Lady) tower majestically above the historical city center.
The small,distinctive and atmospheric neighborhoods of Munich are an especially appealing feature of the city. Haidhausen, for example, with galleries and studios, or its multicultural restaurants, is especially charming. „Schwabing", with its university on the other hand, is predominantly student -oriented. Along the Leopoldstraße, the local boulevard for strolling and exclusive window-shopping, there are countless chic restaurants and hip pubs and bars.
The people of Munich are especially proud of their English Garden, which serves as the green oasis of the city. This huge park stretches for kilometers through the city and offers grassy lawns and meadows, a lake, two creeks and extensive walking paths, along with a Chinese pagoda and a Japanese teahouse. „Neuhausen" with it's pleasant squares and many well-preserved Jugendstil builings ( a type of Art Deco) , is also a neighborhood with a special ambience.
„Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit". ( A toast to conviviality! also a famous song)... For the people of Munich and visitors alike, the beergardens of the city are a kind of paradise on earth. This is where people sit with friends at long wooden tables under the shade of mighty chestnut trees enjoying a " Mass Bier" ( a liter mug of beer!) . Tradtionally, it is permissable to bring along one's own " Brotzeit" -snacks of sausage and pretzels and cheese, to enjoy along with the beer. The annual highlight of beer-drinking, and enjoying Bavarian food and music and traditions is the Oktoberfest. Citizens of Munich , and visitors from all around the world (6 million visitors per year!) flock to the Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese fairgrounds . Up to 100.000 revelers crowd into 10 huge bier tents that are run by the venerable Bavarian breweries.
The unique combination of Mediterranean flair, of architectural splendor, and the love of enjoyment and conviviality that characterizes Munich, makes the city an extraordinaily beautiful and appealing place for locals and visitors alike.