Start off slow. This city is home to possibly the world’s only Jugendstil public swimming pool, Müllersches Volksbad, built in 1901. Swim a few laps while gawking at the jaw-dropping details on the ceilings and walls, then try out the Roman steam bath and a Finnish-style sauna with tinted lights. If you want the indulgence to continue, book a reasonably priced on-site massage. Fancy a glass of prosecco afterwards? Hotfoot it to the elegant pool café.
Think of Munich, and the first thing that springs to mind is probably beer or Oktoberfest. That, or its significance in the rise of Nazism. Or its proximity to the Alps (and concomitant superb skiing turf). However, the Bavarian capital has far more to offer beyond just the clichés – though you can visit beer gardens and breweries, learn about the Second World War and attend winter sports festivals pretty much year round. To truly get a sense of this charming, low-key city, with its natural beauty, world-beating cultural offerings and excellent bars and restaurants, here’s an itinerary that combines a little bit of everything in one unforgettable weekend.
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