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Families will love:

  • Bavarian location
  • Tons of history
  • Near the Alps

The capital city of Bavaria, in Germany's Southern region near the Alps, is a colorful and welcoming city. Once upon a time, its gorgeous setting and friendly people were well revered. Unfortunately, the 1900's led to dark times in a rich city, with the rise of Socialism, a place in the hearts of the Third Reich, and a devastating 1972 Olympic Games. The city took a ... more
The capital city of Bavaria, in Germany's Southern region near the Alps, is a colorful and welcoming city. Once upon a time, its gorgeous setting and friendly people were well revered. Unfortunately, the 1900's led to dark times in a rich city, with the rise of Socialism, a place in the hearts of the Third Reich, and a devastating 1972 Olympic Games. The city took a beating each time, and yet rose from near-ruin to return to its full glory. Its scars are still evident: where bombings during the Second World War damaged long-standing monuments and buildings, the people choose to repair the damage with bricks and stone unmatched to the original colors to leave the outlines and remind its people of its past. For the buildings completely destroyed and left in pieces, rubble hills were created that today are covered in green grass and trees and make up one of the city's most visited parks, proving that out of the ashes of negativity can come beauty and life.

If you visit for the history of Munich, you'll find so much more than its recent history. Museums, palaces, churches and monuments tell a fascinating tale. The city, however, is now most popular for tourists for its annual Oktoberfest. While many think of the festival as one large event surrounding beer and debauchery, the event began when a prince was marrying his bride and invited the city to attend two weeks of festivities. Every year the party returns, with many family-friendly attractions: oompa music, traditional Bavarian food and treats, and parades, although, yes, there is also beer from the local breweries.

Munich's attractions are plentiful and unique -- get views of the city and the nearby Alps from the tower at the Olympic park, then zip-line across the Olympic stadium. Watch a two-story dancing clock perform daily at Parliament, then go surfing in the city's river (yes, surfing)! Explore the English Gardens or visit a church that looks like a glass cube and has a front fašade that opens completely to welcome in the public. Indulge in pretzels, schnitzel, and sausages. If you have a car, drive to the outskirts of the city and visit the Alps or catch a soccer game at one of the world's largest and most colorful stadiums. Munich vacations will not disappoint if you are looking to move beyond the larger cities of Europe.

Written by Lissa Poirot less

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