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Bavaria is special and has a strong influence on the tourism image that the rest of the world has of Germany. Other Germans might not agree, yet it’s interesting that when outsiders think of Germany there are a few things come to mind: beer halls and great beer, breathtaking alpine landscapes, men in checked shirts and Lederhosen, and buxom blond girls wearing Dirndls. All Bavarian!

So if you’ve been traveling through the rest of Germany you’ll notice differences when you take a local tour of Bavaria and Munich, its capital. The landscape is more undulating. If you speak a little German you’ll find the Bavarian dialect different.

You can see Munich’s sights by taking typical big tours or through taking local private Munich tours with local people who can show you attractions off the beaten track and perhaps show you the private real character of Munich as only a Münchner can. Tour Munich privately and you’ll discover (among other things) the famous local beer halls where they serve (just perhaps) the best local beer in the world.

Hidden Gems in Munich, Germany

  • If you haven’t heard of river surfing (and many haven’t), Englischer Garten — a park in Munich contains a small man-made river where you can see, firsthand how surfers ride a 1 meter standing river wave. If you’re an experienced ocean surfer, join in!
  • The Müllersche Volksbad is a swimming pool in Munich’s Old Town which was erected in 1901. With its Baroque design and colourful murals, it’s normal to feel like you’ve stepped even further back in time: to a Roman bathhouse!
  • Car fans have to visit BMW Welt (World) and BMW Museum. The former is a spectacular exhibition centre and the later a Museum devoted to the history of one of the world’s most famous car brands.
  • Bavarians love tea! Probably more than coffee! So stop by Teehandelsgesellschaft Tee & Geschenke — a teashop on Westenriederstrasse where you can sample an extensive range of teas from all over the world!
  • The largest beer garden in Bavaria would be Königlicher Hirschgarten. It’s located just out of Munich, next to a deer park (some of the deer even be on the restaurant menu), so worth the trip if you visit both at once!
  • “Frühstück” means breakfast in German and “Weißwurst” is a Bavarian white sausage. Put them together and you have a traditional Munich breakfast. Enjoy out and about at Weißes Bräuhaus or buy some Weißwurst from a market, cook them up yourself and eat like a true Bavarian!
  • The Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism opened in 2015; Munich being a fitting place for a museum detailing the Nazi regime, since it was here Hitler first rose to prominence.
  • Gartensalon is a small café on Türkenstraße sporting beautiful bright décor and a lovely terrace dotted with roses. It also has a fine selection of typical German cakes and tarts that are well worth tasting. Sit, enjoy them with coffee in a close-to-fairy-tale Bavarian setting.

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Interesting facts about Munich, Germany

  • Oktoberfest begins in September, so check your travel dates are right or you could miss it. Germans call the drunk (mostly tourists) “Bierleichen”, which translate to “beer corpses.” Avoid the hill behind the tents when they are laid to rest and vomit to their hearts content.
  • A note on drinking: yes Bavarians love their beer and like to have fun, but it is a polite and respectful culture, so they don’t appreciate tourists falling down drunk in public and drunkenly singing football songs out of key.
  • Despite Germany only being reunified for 25 years, a recent poll of Bavarians revealed that 25% would be in favour of Bavaria leaving Germany and becoming an independent country.
  • The correct German name for Munich is München, which means “by the monks.” Named because here lived a Benedictine order of monks who ran a monastery in what is today the Old Town. The city name was first mentioned in historical documents in 1158.
  • Germans love books. You will find plenty of bookstores in Munich, and it’s also the second largest centre for publishing in the world, with approximately 250 publishers in the city. So a good place for unpublished (German language) writers to reside.
  • Not the best information for tourists, but Munich is widely regarded as the most expensive city to visit or live in Germany. You will notice the wealth too, in all the well-kept apartment buildings, houses and gardens and on the autobahn: Bavarians all seem to drive the very latest Mercedes, BMW or Lexus.