Munich”s Oktoberfest is here! It”s a beer lover”s dream to be there, experiencing it.
The world”s largest fair offers sausage, sauerkraut and Oktoberfest beer served by comely German waitresses in traditional costumes. Celebrate in 14 different beer halls, and enjoy Bavarian “Schuhplattler”, alphorn players and yodellers.
It can be nearly impossible to find an affordable hotel room in the city centre during Oktoberfest, so plan ahead! Of course, Munich has plenty more to offer a lover of fine art, leisure, and la dolce vita.
The city has a relaxed, often baroque lifestyle with an abundance of historic buildings, art and museum treasures, and a lively cultural scene.
Besides Oktoberfest, multi-faceted Munich has plenty to offer. The famous 900-acre Englischer Garten has shaded paths, brooks, ponds and swans and is best known for its four beer gardens and nude sunbathers.
Schloss Nymphenburg is a reminder of Bavaria”s royal past. The large baroque palace is surrounded by an impressive park and is considered one of Europe”s most beautiful royal residences.
Football fan? Visit the futuristic Allianz Arena with its spectacular lighting – scene of the 2006 FIFA World Cup opening.
For collectors, Munich’s museums sell fine posters and reproductions of works of art and the Deutsches Museum shop also has an outstanding collection of unique toys.
Exquisite porcelain can be bought at Schloss Nymphenburg. Beautifully fashioned antique dolls in folk dresses are very popular, and classic folk dress and accessories make good souvenirs as well. Inscribed Dukatz cups and saucers at Dukatz cafe are perfect for those who love German literature.
Antique and specialty shops carry a wide range of religious and folk art, including the traditional wood carved crib figures of Oberammergau. Beer mugs, both simple and elaborate, can be found everywhere.
For soccer fans, the shops of Munich’s two soccer clubs are right next to the Hofbr’uhaus.
Finish off with hand-made champagne truffles at Elly Seidl’s shop. Delicious!
Munich is one of Europe”s more expensive cities, but here’s a secret – nearly all restaurants have a lunchtime menu at about half the price of the evening menu.
You can also eat in the many bistros, bars and beer halls. Bavarian cuisine is not very vegetarian friendly, but many Asian and Italian restaurants cater to vegans, so worry not. Potatoes and cheese will rule, however.
For meat lovers, it’s a feast. Fried sausages served with sauerkraut are a Bavarian favourite. Try the traditional Weisswurst and Nernberger Bratwurst.
If you like pork, go for Schweinsbraten or Schweinshaxe. Leberk’se, similar to cooked Spam, is served with bread and mustard.
Steckerlfisch is smoked fish, usually mackerel or pike.
Binge on delicious Bavarian desserts, especially the famous apple strudel! And to drink? Beer, beer, beer!
Don’t miss out on a visit to the Hofbr’uhaus. Renowned for beer, food, tourists, oom-pah music, drunken revelry and Lederhosen since 1589, it’s the most famous beer hall in the world. Wash down Bavarian specialties and giant pretzels with beer served in one-litre glasses.
There you have it – the essential German experience!