Fun Facts About Munich
Munich is one of Germany’s largest and most famous cities to visit. The city is not just about having the biggest beer festival and BMWs; the town is also rich in stunning architecture. Check out some of the amazing facts you didn’t know about Munich.
Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and reenacts stories from the 16th century.
MUNICH HAS SIX Main BREWERIES: AUGUSTINER BRÄU, HOFBRÄU, LÖWENBRÄU, HACKER-PSCHORR BRÄU, SPATEN-FRANZISKANER BRÄU, AND PAULANER BRAUEREI IN MUNICH:
For the love of beer, you’ve got to visit Munich if you’ve never been there. At Oktoberfest, Springfest, and occasionally Starkbierzeit, the ‘Powerful’ Beerfest, held in Munich in February, these six breweries still have the highest and strongest tents. Both of them are bound by the German Purity Laws for more than 500 years now and even share the same method of brewing, with minute variations and ingredients. These six breweries are also known for producing the world’s finest beer.
No shopping on Sundays
Munich has several lovely shops, but be mindful that all retailers are closed on Sundays, including supermarkets, ensure to stock up on Friday or Saturday on groceries. There are several pharmacies open on a rotating basis on Sundays in case of emergencies, and ’emergency’ supermarkets are located at the airport and central train station.
They do not mince words.
Germans are reputed to be straightforward, and Bavarians are no different. Chances are somebody would let you know whether you step into the bike lane by mistake or make some such faux pas.
However, if you forget your purse at a store or somewhere else, someone might well come after you to return it, or if you drop a mitten on the street, you could find it dangling from a tree near where you left it. This honesty still has its pay-offs.
Although major retail stores and grocery outlets are likely to accept your credit card, only cash or EC-cards (like debit cards) would be accepted by most restaurants and shops in Munich. For daily usage, make sure you have enough Euros in your purse or wallet.
There’s music everywhere.
Whatever your taste in music is, Munich got you covered. It has varieties of music, from opera and jazz to big rock and pop arena concerts. Try to catch a performance in an abandoned underground station. Besides, your opera ticket also includes public transportation there and back, oh yes! It’s that awesome.
Munich City Park, which is known as the English Park, has an area of 4.17 square kilometers and is the largest urban park in the world. The park was created in 1792.
October is called Oktoberfest, but it begins in September.
Yes, I know the word “Oktober” is misleading since the festival takes place mainly in September. The event began in 1810, and it took place over a week in October at the time. It has been extended over time, and the initial date has been changed to September because the weather is colder and friendlier. At this time, it is easier for a tourist to stay much longer and enjoy the festival at night.
Munich is a cultural hub.
In Munich, there are over 80 museums to pick from as a tourist. From stark contemporary art galleries that display some of the most famous artistic masterpieces to a museum devoted exclusively to the humble potato, visitors will find anything. Highlights include the Glyptothek, with its vast collection of ancient artwork, and the Egyptian Art State Collection, whose collection extends over 5,000 years.
Beers are considered food in BAVARIA.
The 500-year-old Beer Purity Law in Germany is still in place today. It was decreed by Duke Wilhelm of Munich on April 23, 1516, to safeguard the beer lovers of the country from chemicals, pollutants and any other ingredients that unsavory business people might have thought of introducing. It is still intact today and governs how beer in Bavaria are officially produced. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about the ingredient in your beer.
Munich doesn’t joke with taxes.
There is a statement that the tax officials in Munich are the bravest. This is because the Munich financial department submitted a notice for declaration of Hitler’s assets to Hitler in 1921.
Vehicles are unnecessary in Munich.
Locals do love their expensive cars, but then you can get by without a car in Munich also, considering the price of petrol and overall rush-hour traffic, this is a good idea. Public transit is extensive and impressive; a large area in Munich is walkable and created for bike lanes. You can also rent a bike anywhere in the city.
I hope these facts about Munich get you pumped up when planning you next Europe tour! Do you have any city you want us to discuss? Use the comment box to drop your request.