Munich, Bavaria's glittering capital
"Munich nestles between art and beer like a village between hills." Originally written by Heinrich Heine some 150 years ago, these words remain true today. With the Opera, the Oktoberfest, the Pinakothek art galleries, BMW and Bayern Munich, the city manages to marry old Bavarian tradition with vibrant modern life.
Proud of its famous onion domes, the 15th century Gothic Church of Our Lady is Munich's unmistakable landmark. Not far away, at Marienplatz, the carillon plays three times a day. And just a stone's throw from here is probably the most famous tavern in the world, the Hofbräuhaus beer hall.
Other sightseeing highlights include the Olympic centre where the Olympic Games were held in 1972, the baroque Nymphenburg Palace, the Bavaria Film Studios and the Englischer Garten, a beautiful park renowned for its lively Biergärten.
The annual highlight of Munich's calendar is, of course, the Munich Beer Festival or Oktoberfest.
However, the Bavarian capital is also known for a number of other traditional and cultural festivals, both large and small.
Filmfest München, for instance, is Germany’s largest summer film festival and will take place just after Cartoon Digital from 28 June to 6 July 2013. You will find more information here.
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