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Munich is the center of archetypal Germany: oompah bands, liters of beer, flashy cars, and scads of museums. It's not subtle, but it's a very entertaining city to visit. And between the museums and the city's ample parkland, it's a very kid-friendly destination.
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  • History
  • Art and Culture
  • Museums


  • Even if you miss Oktoberfest, head to the Hofbräuhaus for a pint (or a liter) of fine German suds. Try one of the seasonal beers in summer.
  • The German Museum, on an island in the Isar River, contains all manner of planes, trains, and automobiles from Germany's past. One wing of the museum is for kids.
  • Germany's largest city park, the Englischer Garten, has a boating lake, four beer gardens, and a series of themed temples. Note that certain parts of the park are popular for nude sunbathing (which is 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 spectacle just as wild as its cousins in Brazil and Louisiana.

Side Trips

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

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