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This being the home of the Oktoberfest beer binge, the number one attraction in Munich must be drinking itself. But with outstanding art museums, compelling history and glistening mountain spas in sight, there’s plenty to lure you away from the beer garden in this beautiful southern city. Munich’s verdant riverbanks, soft southern light and panoramic Alpine views are a world away from industrial Hamburg and gritty Berlin, but refreshingly so. For the ideal day out, tour the rigorous Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism; stand spellbound before the Brandhorst Museum’s Cy Twombly cycle ‘Le Panto’; or brave a wetsuit and the waves at the Eisbachwelle, Munich’s incongruous surf hotspot at the gateway to the Englischer Garten.
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