We give you ten reasons why Munich is worth adding to your must-visit list.

Located in the heart of Europe at the foot of the Alps, Munich offers a creative and innovative environment providing genuine experiences, a sense of authenticity and a feeling of inclusion.

Here are ten reasons why every traveller should visit Munich at least once in their life:

1. Friendly and open-minded
Munich’s locals welcome visitors all year round and are happy to invite them to share in the benefits of their beautiful city. Munich boasts a tradition of a sense of community which excludes no-one but unites people from all walks of life at a single table. This is particularly obvious during a gregarious get-together in a beer garden or while celebrating at the Oktoberfest. Munich’s invitation to its guests to become involved in the life of the city is unique for a European metropolis.

2.Excellent cultural offering
Munich can sate the appetite of culturally-minded visitors with a tempting array of options, as the city is home to one of the most renowned opera houses in the world and top-class orchestras, while a young, vivacious music scene awaits music aficionados. In total, Munich boasts more than 60 museums and galleries. Due to the great number of internationally renowned design artists that have made Munich their home, the city is now regarded as a design capital.

Munich city centre

Munich City Centre

3. Quick and easy access to all sights
Munich lies virtually at the centre of Europe and is easy to reach by high-speed train, motorways, and through a large award-winning international airport. All major sights are within walking distance from each other. Munich excels in all the things that make a place truly liveable and is clean, safe and has friendly service. The public transport system is exceptionally well-designed and efficient. As for the Alps, they are just a stone’s throw away and attract day-trippers all year round.

4. Authentic enjoyment
It is a sign of the importance that locals place on food and drink that they even define their geographical location by it. It’s probably no surprise to hear that traditional Bavarian cuisine is a hearty and robust affair, reflecting the agricultural and also the royal traditions of the region. Yet while the calorie count may be high, so is the comfort factor. Walk into any of the numerous Bavarian restaurants or beer cellars in the old town and above the friendly hum of conversation, the first thing you’ll notice are the mouth-watering, savoury aromas wafting from the kitchen. Munich classics include whole roast knuckle of pork, known as Hax’n. Served piping hot with potato dumplings, gravy and a crisp raw cabbage salad, the exquisite crackling alone can reduce grown men to tears of joy! Pot roast is also a favourite: pork, lots of gravy, bread or potato dumplings and red cabbage.

5. Festivals and events: Party with the locals
Munich’s customs, city festivals and markets have a very special flair. In the course of the year they testify to urban history and the traditions of craftsmen and townspeople. Top events include: The Fasching (carnival), Crazy Munich, Oktoberfest, The Maidult, Munich Christmas market, Tollwood Summer and Winter Festivals, the Opera Festivals, the Ballet Week, the International Film Festival, Classical Music at Odeonsplatz and the Long Nights of Music and Museums.

6. Retail therapy: The heART of shopping
With more than 1,000 stores extending over approximately 450,000 m2 of sales floors, downtown Munich plays in the European ‘Champions League’ of shopping destinations.

7. Sport
In addition to the rich culture of the city, Munich residents love sport. With great pride, the Bavarian capital city presents itself as home of the record-holding soccer champion FC Bayern München. Munich boasts one of the most modern and unusual stadiums in Europe, the Allianz Arena.

8. Royal heritage
Munich, the city of cultural enjoyment and enjoyable culture, is also the city of palaces and boasts an imposing royal heritage. Almost 700 years of holding court have put a mark on Munich. The city palace, the Residenz, and Nymphenburg Palace still testify today to the fact that for centuries the city was the centre of power and focus of life for the Bavarian rulers. They left outstanding masterworks of architecture, such as the splendid buildings, boulevards and palaces of Munich.

"Der Residenz" Royal palace

“Der Residenz” Royal palace

9. Plenty to explore
Visitors love taking themselves on a self-guided tour to explore places such as: Marienplatz, Frauenkirche, Hofbräuhaus, Viktualienmarkt, The Residenz, Bavarian State Opera, English Garden with Eisbachwelle and Beer Garden at the Chinese tower, Kunstareal, Olympic Park, Nymphenburg Palace and BMW Welt.

Olympic park

Olympic Park

10. Nearby treasures
The city owes its high leisure-time and recreational value to the numerous green oases, such as the English Garden, the floodplains which form the banks of the Isar River within the city limits as well as to the palace parks in the nearby surrounding area and to its proximity to the Alps and Upper Bavarian lakes, such as Starnberger See, Ammersee, Chiemsee and Königssee, to name but a few. Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze – a UNESCO world heritage site – and the castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof can be reached in less than two hours from Munich.

River Isar near Flaucher

River Isar near Flaucher

Nymphenburg Castle

Nymphenburg Castle

If you’re not keen on exploring by yourself, München Tourismus offers a broad range of services to enhance your stay. This includes provision of a suitable accommodation as well as booking of city tours, city walks and excursions to the Bavarian palaces and lakes in the surrounding area.

Website: München Tourismus