Munich City Guide

Beers and monks. It’s a very unlikely combination, right? But who would have guessed that there is actually a place in which this odd pair is trivial? No, you won’t find actual beer-drinking monks in this place. Instead, you’ll find a city thriving on a balance of contrasts, where tradition sits side by side with modernity. A bustling city molded by its past and present. Named after monks yet the home of the infamous Oktoberfest. A city tagged as the “cosmopolitan city with a heart”. A city popularly known as Munich. The name of the city was derived from the medieval term Münichen, which translates to “monk”, in honor of the Benedictine monks who first settled in this area. A document signed in Augsburg serves as a proof of the foundation of the town in the year 1158. Like any other place, the city also had its share of victories and defeats. One of the highlights of its history is the unexpected boom of monumental buildings during the 19th century, giving the city magnificent architectural structures and Italian-inspired avenues. The reign of King Ludwig II in 1864 gave way to the construction of more ambitious edifices. Eventually these projects bled the financial resources dry, driving the city to poverty. Ironically, these same structures take part in Munich’s lucrative tourism industry at present. The World Wars were nothing more than a fleeting nightmare for Germany. Recovering from wounds of the past, this Bavaria capital is one of the richest capitals in Germany today having a quite a number of millionaires among the population. With big companies such as BMW, Linde and Siemens holding their central operations in Munich, rising to the top is a piece of cake. Trams, buses and trains constitute the core of Munich’s public transport system. Armed with its reputation of being the most efficient mode of transport, the system actually makes commuting within central Munich more comfortable compared to driving around in a rented or personally-owned car. Looking for parking space can be a hassle since lots of streets are designated for pedestrians. The city interior is also small enough that it is encouraged to take walking tours. A word of advice, make sure to validate your tickets before boarding the train or before taking a seat on buses and trams. Ticket inspectors are as efficient as the trains, buses and trams in their jobs, that is, charging fines to people who fail to have their tickets time-stamped. Eager to have a taste of good ‘ol German cooking? Head to Bergwolf, a common spot for nocturnal individuals. Savor their Currywurst – a type of spicy sausage slathered with curried catsup, best enjoyed with a generous serving of fries. Pommes Boutique another local joint is a posh version of Bergwolf. They serve gourmet sausages paired with organic fries. Regulars can have variety in their meals as they choose the perfect condiment from a selection of twenty dips. Traditional Bavarian cuisine can be sampled from Hundskugel, the oldest pub in Munich, built in 1440. The roasted suckling pig served in dark beer sauce is a must-try.


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