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Destination Guide: Munich

Beer halls and boutiques in the Bavarian heartland
Unravel the striking grandeur and curious contrasts of well-to-do Munich. Pristine designer boutiques stand next to convivial beer gardens where locals in Lederhosen and traditional Dirndl dresses gather for the annual Oktoberfest. Escape the bustle in the city-centre Englischer Garten park.

Food and Drink

Hearty German classics and the best of global cuisine. For succulent sushi and strong sake or a platter of tapas and fruity sangria, the cosmopolitan Schwabing district has Munich's finest international restaurants. Swollen sausages with gravy-soaked dumplings and freshly brewed, frothy beers fill tables in the traditional, wood-panelled restaurants around Marienplatz square.

Sightseeing and relaxation

Forward-thinking German design and Old European Masters. Most of Munich's world-class galleries and museums are found in Maxvorstadt; the cavernous Alte Pinakothek gallery alone houses nearly 900 masterpieces by Rubens, Titian and the like. Speed forward to the latest automobile innovations at the futuristic BMW World or sunbathe on the lawns of the sprawling Englischer Garten.

Shopping

Fabulous couture or flaky croissants. The neo-Renaissance splendour of Maximilianstraße forms a grand backdrop for the shimmering designer-brand showrooms that line it. In the Glockenbachviertel district quaint facades veil the modern boutiques of Munich's up-and-coming creatives. Buy melt-in-the-mouth culinary specialities, like creamy Bavarian cheeses and artisan pastries, from the colourful market stalls at the Viktualienmarkt.

Nightlife and Entertainment

Soak up Bavarian spirit in a beer hall or dress up for the opera. The dazzlingly attired crowds at the opulent Bavarian State Opera are almost as spectacular as the performances themselves. Late-night revellers gather in Schwabing's candle-lit cocktail lounges and chic clubs. Join in the animated chatter accompanied by distinctly Bavarian oom-pah bands in Munich's beer halls.