Life under Munich's white and blue skies promises something for everyone. Trend merges beautifully with tradition and even the city's architecture evokes feelings of the sunny south. Southern European "savoir vivre", Bavarian composure and future-oriented vision, from tradition to innovation, beer gardens to biotech, every desire fulfilled in one place. This is an idyllic Metropolis. Friendly streets offer more exciting contrasts as they radiate the tantalizing aroma of pretzel and beer. Munich smiles on its visitors. Welcome to Munich!
For inspiration look at http://www.muenchen.de/int/en/sights.html with an overview of all touristic sites, museums, castles, parks, churches etc.
If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by the endless possibilities, these are some top locations to visit:
+ Frauenkirche, Frauenplatz 1:
With its twin onion-domed towers which are visible from afar, the Gothic cathedral and parish church is a distinctive landmark of Munich.
+ Neues Rathaus and Glockenspiel, Marienplatz 8:
Every day at 11am and noon (in the summer also at 5pm) the mechanical dancers in the New Town Hall come to life when the clock chimes the hour.
+ Asamkirche, Sendlinger Str. 34 (between conference location and Marienplatz):
Munich's loveliest Rococo church, built by the Asam brothers in the 18th century
+ Residenz, Residenzstr. 1:
The extensive complex was the home of the Wittelsbach dynasty and ranks among Europe's most prestigious palaces
+ Deutsches Museum, Museumsinsel 1:
The Deutsches Museum is located on the museum island in the Isar river. It is the most visited museum in Germany, presenting exhibitions about transport, physics, energy and communication.
+ Hofbräuhaus, Am Platzl 9:
One of Munich's best-known and most popular attractions; the brewery about which many songs have been written.
+ Englischer Garten, between Prinzregentenstr. and Munich-Freimann:
For over 200 years, the English Garden has been a favorite spot for strollers young and old, with its 373 hectares of lush meadow and its inviting beer gardens. A special attraction are the surfers on the Isar river at Haus der Kunst.
+ Chinesischer Turm, Englischer Garten 3
The Chinese Tower was built over 200 years ago in the heart of the English Garden Restaurant with beer garden.
+ Hofgarten, at Odeonsplatz near the Residenz:
One of the finest Renaissance gardens north of the Alps.
+ Alter Peter (Saint Peter's Church), Rindermarkt 1:
Munich's oldest parish church
+ Jewish Museum Munich, St. Jakobs-Platz 16:
Together with the Jewish community center and the new synagogue the Jewish Museum is part of the building complex at St.-Jakobs-Platz. The museum grants insight into Jewish history and culture in Munich as an integral part of the city's past.
+ Munich Documentation Center for the History of National Socialism, Brienner Str. 34:
The new central place of learning and remembrance at the sight of the former party headquarters of the NSDAP addresses Munich's National Socialist past and the ramifications of Nazi dictatorship. The center will offer a permanent exhibition, a multi-media learning facility, special exhibitions as well as a diverse educational and event program.
Munich's oldest market, originally a farmer's market, is now a favorite shopping area for gourmets.
+Botanischer Garten, Menzinger Str. 65:
One of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Europe.
+ Glockenbachviertel with Hans-Sachs-Strasse:
Trendy district with extraordinary restaurants, pubs and little shops.
+ Schwabing with Leopold- and Hohenzollernstrasse:
Bohemian district in the northern part of Munich with literary famousness. Extraordinary restaurants, pubs and shops. Occupied by many students and artists.
* Dallmayr, Dienerstr. 14-15 (right behind Marienplatz):
Most popular and traditional house (shop and restaurant) of delicate food and coffee in Germany with an outstanding culinary programme.
* Feinkost Käfer, Prinzregentenstr. 73:
Restaurant and shop, a paradise for gourmets with the characteristic beetle label. It has been the most popular meeting point in Munich for decades.
* Kokon Lenbach-Palais, Lenbachplatz 3:
Flagshipstore for home interior in Munich's most beautiful antique department store architecture (flowers, accessories, furniture, books and Asian antiques).
* Radspieler, Hackenstr. 7:
Lifestyle, fashion, fabrics, furniture, glass, tableware of excellent quality since 1841.