Munich is a town with a lot going for it, with its lively markets and beer halls and its sprawling parkland, the town has been voted the most desired place to live in Germany, and I can see why. The city’s vast Englischer Garten is one of the largest city parks in the world, larger than Hyde Park, and is filled with locals whenever the sun comes out. I wonder why they call it the English Garden? The park contains many features and activities and even includes surfing (I took a video but don’t have the means to upload it yet).
The centre of the town is Marienplatz, which features the very foreboding gothic Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall), covered with gargoyles and a rather twee carillon that acts out scenes from Bavarian legend.
A short distance away is the wonderful Viktualienmarkt, a marketplace of food and drink, with plenty of outdoor seating for Munichs finest tradition: beer drinking! The tall tower of St Peterskirche provides a panoramic view of the city. Here’s the market from above:
I spent the afternoon at the massive Deutsches Museum, which my guidebook describes as ‘a temple of technology’. I cant think of a more apt description. With exhibits covering the evolution of sailing and aircraft, robotics and laser technology, and even a recreation of a mine showing the development of mining techniques over the centuries, there was far too much to absorb in just an afternoon.
The best way I can think to sum up Munich is that it is a big city but doesn’t feel like it. All the main attractions are walkable, the locals are friendly, the beer gardens relaxed and the transit system simple and efficient. This seems a place it would be easy to feel at home in.