Sure, Oktoberfest always pulls in the crowds – in fact, it’s become a full-blown annual fixture for many of Europe’s party-hungry youth. But despite the free-flowing booze, Munich has long been considered hip and edgy Berlin’s oh-so-uncool southern cousin. All that beer doesn’t a cutting-edge night out make. And up against the capital’s endless clubbing options, Münchner nightlife may well pale by comparison.
But stop right there, we say – because if you don’t want to go all that heavy and are simply after a good dose of culture and some brilliant things to do, Munich’s certainly playing catch-up. The country’s third largest city (and capital of Bavaria) has experienced a major resurgence in recent years, and not just come early autumn. From an architectural standpoint, the heavily-bombed city’s beauty shines again thanks to a carefully executed reconstruction plan of historic buildings damaged or destroyed during the two World Wars. Add in a booming economy oiled by big businesses like BMW, some major landmarks, plus a passionate restaurant culture that sinks its teeth into experimental cooking while still elevating hearty Bavarian classics; wash it all down with beer, beer and more beer, and finally you’ll begin to understand why Munich keeps on topping lists of the world’s most liveable cities.
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