A bundle of historic red-roofed charm wrapped up in a shiny avant-garde veneer, Bavaria’s zingy capital has an appeal that goes way beyond its traditional ‘bier und bratwurst’ image. Whether you visit for the palaces, the galleries, the world-beating clubs or – yes – the famous Bavarian beer halls, a holiday to Munich from Glasgow Airport is the ultimate way to get your German culture fix.
Where past meets future
A hodgepodge of quirky crenellated houses and green-domed clock towers gives Munich’s Old Town a fairytale charm – but the city is equally famous for its contemporary architecture. Indulge your inner history buff with a stroll around the Marienplatz, taking in the twin-domed Frauenkirche cathedral and the Gothic-style Alte Hof palace; then jump on a tram and trundle out to the northern suburbs for a glimpse of the spaceship-style BMW Welt (Am Olympiapark 1) and the stunning Allianz Arena. Barcode House (Sohnckestraße 6), a hidden gem secreted away on the outskirts, is also well worth a garners.
Bright lights and beer
Home to the Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer-themed festival, Munich is a city that really knows how to party. It’s a crime not to begin your night out here with a pint of the good stuff, and Augustiner Bräustuben (Landsberger Straße 19) in the Augustiner brewery is where the local brewmasters head when they want to enjoy a beer and a bite to eat. Chow down on some fabulous Bavarian grub before weaving over to P1 (Prinzregentenstraße 1) for an evening of celebrity mingling and funky dance music. A more sophisticated option is to net a coveted ticket for the world-famous Bayerische Staatsoper (Max Joseph-Platz 2).
Escape from the city
If you’re keen to flee the urban mosh pit then it’s just a short drive from Munich to some of the most dazzling scenery in Germany. Banish the mental cobwebs on a boat tour of Lake Königssee, explore the fir forests and snow-garnished mountains of the Bavarian Tyrol or take in the Disney-esque castles of Neuschwanstein, Hohensalzburg and Hohenschwangau. The Dachau Concentration Camp Holocaust Museum (Alte Römerstraße 75), a bone chilling but must-visit site, is also within easy reach of Munich.