Bavarian dream


Where is Minga? Have you ever heard about this beautiful city? I can assure that all of you have and maybe even visited the place. The capital and the biggest city of Bayern, with more than 1.4 million citizens, is Germany’s third largest (after Berlin and Hamburg) city.

Munich (German: München; Bavarian: Minga) is one of the most marvellous cities I have so far visisted in my life and I travel quite a lot. I went to the capital of Bavaria for five days and I was stunned by the quality of architechture there! I felt like in ancient Rome when my eyes saw the remarkable gates which are quite a few in the city; for instance Siegestor, Isartor or Sendlinger Tor.

Munich was heavily damaged after bombing during World War II, however, it was rebuilt and looks like it was in the late 1800s. The main touristic spots are Fraunekirche – city’s biggest church, Neues Rathaus – city hall, Marienplatz – old square, Schloss Nymphenburg – a castle, Maximilianeum – the house of State Diet of Bavaria (Bavarian Landtag), Allianz Arena – the stadium of Bayern Munich and 1860 Munich and many more. Undeniably, the most famous event connected with Munich is Oktoberfest – an annual beer festival which is the largest festival in the world with even 6 million visitors from all over the world. Oktoberfest is held on the Theresienwiese (open space in the city) and therefore the locals refer to it as “Wies’n” – “Welcome to the Wies’n” which means nothing other than “welcome to the Oktoberfest“.

Munich offers many parks to relax and enjoy time with your friends and family. The most famous ones are The English Garden and The Olympic Park. Englische Garten (English Garden) is one of the larges parks in the world. The park was given the name Englische Garten because it was designed in the style of an English country park. Cyclists and joggers can enjoy the 78-kilometer-long network of paths, and amateur football players can meet on the fields for recreational games. A beautiful Japanese teahouse on the southern end of the park on an artificial island in the Schwabinger Bach (stream) offers Japanese tea ceremonies, which are performed there regularly. Olympiapark (The Olympic Park) contains sport facilities, lakes, bicycle paths, concert venues, restaurants and a football stadium(you will not miss its amazing “tent-style” roofs).

Bavaria is also a place of delicious (yet heavy) food. Some of the must-try-cuisine are:

  1. Laugenbretzel mit Obazda – pretzel is made of special dough (Laugenteig) and baked in a shaped of twisted knot, Obazda is a “creme” based on Camambert.
  2. Leberkäs mit Krautsalat – meat made of scalded sausage in a form of a pastry with bitter salad made of white cabbage (this is why some foreigner tourists call Germans “The Krauts”).
  3. Schweinshaxe (Eisbein) mit pikanter Kartoffelsalat – Roasted meat from the lower leg of the pig served with the bone, spicy potato salad not based on mayonaise but vinegar therefore less heavy and not soft in taste.
  4. Weißwurst mit süßem Senf – scalded sausage made of finely chopped veal (today pork), the white colour was achieved by using normal table salt.
  5. Semmelknödel – garnish based on rolls (Semmel) saoked in warm milk.
  6. Weißbier – beer which is based on wheat and not on barley (Braunbier), it tastes softer but its stronger.

Having research universities, some smaller colleges, headquarters of several multinational companies (e.g. Google, BMW) and world-class technology and science museums (e.g. Deutsches Museum, BMW Museum), Munich became an international centre of business, engineering, research and medicine. Often called a city of “laptop and lederhosen” and being Germany’s most prosperus city, you can find Munich on the top 10 of global quality-of-life rankings. Munich is Germany’s top destination for tourists – almost 50 % of all visitors come from outside the country. Why? Because Bavarian capital is attractive – with a large number of sights to visit, easily accessible and safe.

You can see the photos from the trip in the gallery. You will like all of them but none of them will show you how beautiful Munich really is. Buy the ticket and book a hostel, don’t wait any longer to visit the most splendid city of Germany.


Beata Jaranowska

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