Munich is one German city that appears to simply revel in its own contradictions, a place where age-old traditional folklore exists side by side with top of the line BMWs, designer shops and industry.
Although it has to be said that probably the things that Munich is best known, all around the world, is its annual celebration of everything traditionally German – namely beer and sausages – Oktoberfest. We’ll come back to that a bit later, we should talk a bit about what Munich offers except for that wonderful autumn festival.
The city is divided into several districts, with the City Centre being made up of the Karlsplatz and the pedestrian shopping area that leads down to Marienplatz square and the surrounding area. The city centre is normally defined as the area located within the old city walls, and interestingly enough you can still see parts of the historic walls still standing.
The University area, as one might expect it is a rather upscale academic district, both trendy and charming, populated by a lot of small coffee houses, shoe stores, bookstores and specialty restaurants from many countries.
The Haldhausen is the district most well-known for its clubbing scene, this is the place to go if you’re looking for a place to party the night away. You won’t be hard pressed to find a suitable venue in the more than thirty clubs and discos.
Those looking for a bit of a relaxing stroll and calm walk, should consider visiting the Neuhausen & Nymphenburg districts. The place is so out of place that it will surely make everyone forget that they’re in a city with a population of over a million. Both these places are more or less unknown to tourists and it means that the experience that you’ll get when visiting here is quite different than the more tourist-centric areas of the city.
It should be noted however that despite its sophistications, the city retains something of that provincialism that many visitors find extremely charming. The inhabitants have a very liberal view on life and they’ll usually be the first to recognize that their city is something of a world village, rather than a metropolis.