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Metropolis with a heart: Discover Munich

Hauptstadtkoffer München

Munich is the capital and largest city of the state of Bavaria, on the banks of river Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. It is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin und Hamburg, with a population of around 1,5 Million on 405 km². According to economic criteria, Munich is considered a metropolis. 



The name of the city is derived from old high-german and means “by the monks”. Starting 1255, the city was seat of the bavarian dukes and would later become the sole capital of the state. Catholic Munich soon became a cultural stronghold. During the Thirty Years' War, Munich remained largely intact and unharmed.

Due to its historical development, Munich has been a centre for art, culture and science since the 19. century. The city became the Nazi movement's infamous “Capital of the movement”, and, following post-war reconstruction, hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Nowadays, Munich is a traffic hub with fast, reliable international, as well as national and local, connections. The city is a centre for finance, publishing and advanced technology. It is one the wealthiest and fastest-growing cities in Germany and home to numerous corporations and insurance companies. In 2013, Munich was ranked to be the “world's most livable city” with the highest quality of life. The cities slogan “München mag dich” translates to “Munich likes you” and is one of the most popular tourist destinations, especially during times of the yearly Oktoberfest.

 

These are some attractions you simply cannot miss: