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MUNICH

Octoberfest
Photographer: Thorsten Naeser

Big city flair and rural charm, Alpine heartiness and Mediterranean chic, art treasures and Oktoberfest, traditional customs and hi-tech, beer gardens and haute cuisine, opera and Art Park – it’s this very special "Munich mix” that makes the Bavarian capital so attractive for visitors from all over the world. This is an endlessly new city that never loses its fascination.

Town Foundation Festival
Photographer: Bjarne Geiges

Sights

  • Frauenkirche: Visible from far and wide, the cupolas of the Gothic Metropolitan and Parish Church of Our Lady are Munich’s most famous landmark.

  • Marienplatz and Glockenspiel: Ever since the city’s foundation the Marienplatz (St Mary’s Square) has been Munich’s focal point and "living room”. It is dominated by the Neo-Gothic Town Hall with the glockenspiel in its tower, which plays every day at 11, 12 and 17h.

  • Hofbräuhaus: The world’s most famous pub was founded by Duke Wilhelm V, who established a brewery to supply his court with beer. A cheerful atmosphere is guaranteed, no matter whether you choose the Schwemme lounge, the Beer Garden or the Festival Hall.
  • Towers of the City
    Photographer: Jochen Müller

  • Schloss Nymphenburg: This Baroque schloss was the summer residence of the Bavarian kings and the birthplace of King Ludwig II. The magnificent interior décor, Ludwig II’s "Gallery of Beauty” and the spacious park with its canals, lakes and secluded little garden palaces make Schloss Nymphenburg one of the city’s top tourist attractions.

  • Olympiapark and Stadium: The 3km2 sports complex was created specially for the 1972 Summer Olympics. The stadium with its daring canopy roof and the 290m broadcasting tower are now firmly established as city landmarks. Today, the Olympic complex is a venue for sporting events, concerts, events and festivals that attract thousands of spectators to Munich.
  • Hall of Fame and Bavaria
    Photographer: C. L. Schmitt



    Munich’s Museums

    Art-lovers are looking forward to the opening of the Pinakothek der Moderne in the summer of 2002. It will be the new home of the Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst (modern art), the Neue Sammlung, the Architecture Museum and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung (graphics). Other exciting new attractions include Lothar Buchheim’s Museum der Fantasie in Bernried (opens 23 May 2001), the Kunsthalle of the Hypo-Kulturstiftung (reopens 31 May 2001), and the Verkehrszentrum (Transport Museum), a branch of the Deutsches Museum (opens May 2003).

    Octoberfest
    Photographer: Alfred Müller

    Sports in Munich

    Both spectators and active sports enthusiasts really get their money’s worth in Munich. The calendar includes many top sports events. Feeling inspired? Enjoy jogging in the Englischer Garten park or night skating on the Blade Nights – everything is possible.


    The Musical Metropolis Today, more than ever, Munich can rightly claim to be the music metropolis. No fewer than three star directors promise exquisite pleasures for music-lovers: James Levine with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and Zubin Mehta with the Bayerische Staatsoper.

    Marienplatz / Old Town Hall
    Photographer: Christl Reiter



    Munich is a multi-faceted and cosmopolitan city with a lively lesbian and gay community. As the first European member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) Munich is going to host the IGLTA’s 2001 congress (6-10 June).




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    Festivals & Events


    Black Forest Open-Air Museum
    24 March onwards

    Find out all about life and work in the Black Forest over the last 400 years. As well as the farmhouses that represent all the regions in the Black Forest, the museum also has animals, craft demonstrations and activity days for people of all ages. The season's highlights will include the German Mills Day (Deutscher Mühlentag) on 20 May, the Open-Air Museums Day (Tag der Freilichtmuseen) on 4 August and the Gutach Traditional Costumed Wedding Procession (Trachtenhochzeitszug) on 22 September.
    info@vogtsbauernhof.org



    Munich - Old Town Hall
    Photographer: Christl Reiter

    Hamburger Dom
    22. March - 21. April 2002

    The biggest public festival in northern Germany on the Heiligengeistfeld
    info@hamburg-tourismus.de

    Oktoberfest - Munich
    October

    The world's largest beer-party draws visitors from around the globe. The festival is the biggest public festival in the world and will be held for the 169th time in the year 2002.
    tourismus@muenchen.btl.de



    Munich - Octoberfest
    Photographer: Christl Reiter Beertent

    The Stuttgart Beer Festival
    September - October

    Today it is one of the largest and most enchanting beer festivals in the world, visited by millions of people. Traditional brass bands keep everyone’s spirits high, and delicious Swabian specialities are served.
    info line:+49(0)711/2228-269.



    Dresden
    DWT / Foto Strehlow Beertent

    Street Music Festival on the ‘Ring’ - Cologne
    August

    Open-air festivals The world’s biggest open-air music festival with 10 live music stages on the ‘Rings’ in Cologne, featuring rock, pop, and jazz music.
    info@nrw-tourismus.de

    The German Alpine Route

    Originally one of the oldest German tourist routes, it runs along the foothills of the Alps between Lindau on Lake Constance and Berchtesgaden on the Koenigsee. It reveals along 450 km. all the beauty of the countyside with it's rural farmer villages, 21 picturesque lakes, 64 renowned spa towns, 25 awe inspiring fortresses and castles as well as the unique richness of culture and nature at the edge of the Allguer and the Bavarian Alps. cycle enthusiasts, fans of fun sports and winter sports et.. culture and wellness will all get their money's worth here as do ramblers.



    Berlin
    Berlin Tourist Boad

    The route of emperors and kings

    This stretches from the main metropolis Frankfurt via Vienna to Budapest, a route which captures a piece of European history and tradition. Over 1,100 km. we are taken back in time to the Middle Ages, when kings and emperors travelled through the country accompanied by their huge entourage. discover culture in monasteries, palaces and castles, medieval towns and magnificent residences enjoying some of the most beautiful countryside that Germany, Austria and Hungary have to offer.

    Alster Fair, Hamburg

    The largest summer festival in Hamburg is the Alster-Vergnügen, which takes place from August 30 through September 2, 2002. Featuring everything from street theatre to music and art on the waterfront in Hamburg, the ‘Venice of the North’ is a magnificent host for this upbeat, exciting festival.


    Hamburg
    Hamburg Tourist Board

    Music in Bavaria
    Summer 2002

    "Ludwig II" - Experience the fairy tale of King Ludwig II. Set at the base of his famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Fussen, the Musical Theatre Neuschwanstein brings to life, for the first time, the story of this magical character. We offer scheduled, round trip transfers by luxury coach from Munich to Füssen, and a ticket to this beautiful musical extravaganza.
    Enjoy world famous operas in July of 2002, in Munich.
    Celebrate the "Festival Mitte Europa" in the summer of 2002, in Bavaria.



    Frankfurt
    Frankfurt Tourist Board

    Saxony Festival
    Spring and Summer 2002

    Celebrate the 10th Jubilee of the "Festival Sandstein und Musik" set in beautiful palaces, castles and gardens in the spring & summer of 2002. Dedicated to "Aspiration & Valediction" The Dresden Music Festival will enchant audiences, in the summer of 2002.

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