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Munich is the center of archetypical Germany: oompah bands, liters of beer, flashy cars, and scads of museums. It's not subtle, but it makes for an extremely entertaining city to visit nonetheless. Between the museums and the city's ample parkland, it's also a very kid-friendly destination.
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  • Even if it's not Oktoberfest, head to the Hofbräuhaus for a pint (or a liter) of fine German suds. Try one of the seasonal beers in the summer.
  • Located on an island in the Isar River, the German Museum boasts all manner of planes, trains, and automobiles from Germany's past. There's also an entire wing of the museum for kids.
  • Germany's largest city park, the Englischer Garten has a boating lake, four beer gardens, and a series of themed temples from China to Greece. Do note that certain parts of the park are popular for nude sunbathing (it's unrelated to the four beer gardens, promise).


  • Oktoberfest is the world's foremost beer festival. It starts in late September and runs through early October.
  • German Mardi Gras, called Fasching, is a wild spectacle in its own right compared to its cousins in Brazil and Louisiana.

Side Trips

  • Schloss Neuschwanstein, one of the world's most famous castles, is 2½ hours away by train.
  • The lakeside retreat of Starnberg is a popular summertime destination for locals.

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