Munich, Bavaria, Castles, & Legoland
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The good thing about travelling in Germany is the excellent train connections which are always on clock work precision and extremely comfortable and quick and you enjoy a lovely view from the comforts of your compartment as you chug along to the next destination. Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) is the southern most of the 10 Magic Cities of Germany. Munich is in fact the second busiest airport in Germany after Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) and in 2009 was ranked as the best airport in Germany and amongst the top 5 airports in the world for the high quality of service and standards it offers to its passengers. Munich is in the centre of Europe and one can explore the nearby regions including the Bavarian Alps of Zugsptize, the amusement park of Legoland and do a castle tour of the Neuschwanstein Castle along with the Linderhof Palace. One can easily stay a week in Munich and also visit nearby Salzburg and Innsbruck in Austria or football fans can go to Allianz Arena and watch the Bavarian Team playing or enjoy beer and true Bavarian hospitality in one of the Biergartens. It is not surprising that Bavaria is the most visited German State and you can combine visits to Bavaria along with France, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic.
Marienplatz and Glockenspiel which is bustling with activity and is barely 15 minutes walk from the train station. Munich is a great place for a wide choice of cuisine. Munich is located on the Isar River, north of the Bavarian Alps, and is the third largest city of Germany after Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) and Hamburg (Hamburg vacation rentals | Hamburg travel guide). Munich and the region of Bavaria host many events all year round, the major one being the Oktoberfest which this year will be held between September 19 and October 4. Another major event is the Oberammergau (Oberammergau vacation rentals | Oberammergau travel guide) Passion Play which is held in Oberammergau once in 10 years, the next one scheduled between May and September 2010. In fact 2010 is the year that Oktoberfest will celebrate its 200 years.
When one is in Munich, a visit to the city is incomplete without a visit to the Hofbräuhaus – a brewery in Munich owned by the State Government. The brewery owns Hofbräukeller, the second largest tent and they brew and serve their own beer, but naturally!! Here you are served beer in litre-sized beer steins by women clad in Bavarian dress and the brewery located at Am Plaztl 9 is a fun place worth a visit where you can enjoy your beer with a salty pretzel or a German specialty from the menu, whether it is liver dumplings or the Bratwurst – the delicious sausages. This most famous Beer Hall of Munich was once used by the Nazi Party to declare policies and hold functions and it is here that Adolf Hitler proclaimed the 25 theses of the National Socialist Program in the 1920s. The inn was originally built in 1607 and has gone through a lot of changes, whether the bombings or refurbishment and even a song on the Hofbräuhaus was composed in 1935 which is played even today. Open to public during the last decade of the 19th century, the Beer Hall can easily sit 1300 guests and is indeed one of the famous icons of the city of Munich.
At the Marienplatz you also have the famous Glockenspiel which was built in the 19th Century and it chimes 4 times every day and delights the visitor. The centre of the square has a statue of Virgin Mary after which Marienplatz (or Mary Square) got its name. The other famous icons around the square are the cathedral, the Frauenkirche - Church of Our Lady, the Town Hall and you can easily spend half a day here either shopping, eating or visiting the interesting sights around the square.
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