Munich has a lot to offer its visitors - enough for a stay of several weeks. For the short trip to the Oktoberfest 7s we have chosen 7 can't-miss highlights for you.
Built for the 1972 Summer Olympics, the Olympic Park has become famous throughout the world for its striking architecture. The Olympic Stadium was the home for Munich's two big football clubs, FC Bayern and TSV 1860, until 2005. The viewing platform on the Olympic Tower (192 meters) offers a magnificient view over the entire city.
The center and heart of Munich is the Marienplatz. The eponymous St. Mary's Column, the Town Hall balcony (known from the championship celebrations of FC Bayern) and the birthplace of the Weißwurst in the "Gasthaus zum ewigen Licht" are just a few of many photo opportunities. Several times a day, all eyes are turn upwards, when the famous chime sounds from the town hall (daily at 11 am, noon, 5 pm and 9pm).
O'zapft is! It has been copied worldwide, but the original is still the best: The Oktoberfest, or Wiesn for short, is the largest beer festival in the world, attracting 6 million visitors a year. Its origin is the feast of the wedding of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in the year 1810. Since then, the Oktoberfest - which to the surprise of many people takes place mostly in September - is an integral part of life in Munich.
With an area of 375 hectares, the English Garden is one of the largest metropolitan parks in the world. If you are exhausted after long walks or paddling trips, you can refresh yourself in the beer garden next to the Chinese Tower. For sports enthusiasts, the surf spot in the Eisbach is the place to be, as courageous surfers show their skills.
The Frauenkirche has been one of the city's most famous landmarks since the 15th century, and is well known for its onion domes. Cathedral tours take place in the church from May to September, and one of the two 100-meter high towers is open to visitors. The spectacular view over the city is unique.
The Viktualienmarkt is Munich's largest market. On 22,000 square meters bakers, butchers, cheese, fruit and vegetable sellers offer their goods. Not only the great variety of local food, but above all the unique flair make the Viktualienmarkt an unforgettable experience.
The "German Museum for Masterpieces of Science and Technology" is the largest museum of technology in the world. Over 50 topics ranging from agricultural and food technology to timekeeping offer fascinating insights into the history of technology. (Photo: © Deutsches Museum)
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