Munich, Germany, Bavaria’s capital, is best known for the annual Oktoberfest (or as the locals call it, ‘Wiesn’, in Bavarian dialect) that actually begins in September. It draws 6 million visitors over the course of the 3 weeks celebration each year, who drink approximately 6 million litres of beer between 9am and 11pm.
The city has over 60 beer gardens and six major breweries: Augustiner Bräu, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Hacker-Pschorr Bräu, Spaten-Franziskaner Bräu, and Paulaner Brauerei, so beer lovers won’t be short of a pint of their favourite tipple, in fact, beer is considered a food in Bavaria! In addition to beer, Munich has 61 theatres, 4 symphony orchestras and 36 museums as well as tax free shopping.
Munich is also the home to BMW, which is considered so important it has it’s own postcode. There has even been a large museum dedicated to it, which boasts a two-star Michelin restaurant, EssZimmer by Käfer.
Come winter, Munich’s Oktoberfest location in Theresienwiese turns into a little slice of a winter wonderland with the Tollwood Winterfestival. However if you want the real deal, a magical white Christmas, you can easily escape to many of the ski resorts within two hours.