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Set along the Isar River, this impressive museum has been inspiring science and technology enthusiasts for a very long time. It is known as one of the largest museums of its kind in the world. Since its foundation in 1903, the exhibition area of the Deutsches Museum has been gradually expanding, and will probably continue its expansion in the future. This museum is unique, concentrating on the history and development of technology and natural science with spellbinding exhibitions on Pharmaceutics, Astronomy, Microelectronics and a whole lot more. Numerous objects and interactive models, such as a planetarium and coal mine, are used to demonstrate mankind's progress over the centuries, which are especially popular with children.
One of the oldest English-style landscape gardens and one of the largest municipal parks in Europe, the Englischer Garten is Munich's most fascinating park. Sprawling across an area of 3.7 square kilometres (1.4 square miles), this place is one of the largest public parks in the world. The park features some of the best architecturally diverse landmarks along its vast verdant expanse and rolling lawns. From a Chinese pagoda with an adjoining beer garden and the Monopteros Greek temple, to a Japanese Tea House, the park is full of intriguing monuments and landmarks. Artificial streams gush through the park and several surfers can be seen gliding effortlessly along its foamy waters. Also housing an artificial lake and an open-air theater, the urban park is one of the best socio-cultural hubs of Munich.
Opened in 1826 by Ludwig I, the Alte Pinakothek (Old Picture Gallery) represents Emperor's achievements as an avid art collector. In fact, Ludwig continued the work of his ancestors, as some of the pieces exhibited here were first acquired by Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria in the 16th Century. Entering the museum for the first time, visitors are confronted with a truly regal collection; over 800 incredible paintings documenting the history of European art from the 14th to the 18th Centuries await perusal. The collection of old German masters and the gorgeous Rubens gallery are particularly outstanding. It is highly recommended to try out the audio guide or a tour to truly grasp the artistic and historical importance of this gallery.
St Peter's Church, also known fondly as Alter Peter (Old Peter), is the oldest parish church in Munich. The visitor who climbs the 300 steps of the tower to the top will have an incomparable view of the city, and on a clear day, the Alps look close enough to touch. St. Peter's was named after the old hill on which it stands, the Petersbergl. There was a chapel on the site earlier, which was then replaced with a Romanesque structure in the 12th Century. This later made way for a Gothic building. The church tower is a remarkable structure measuring 91 meters (299 feet). St. Peter's has undergone several changes over the centuries and today stands as one of the most revered religious beacons in the city.
In 1385, the ruling Wittelsbach family decided to build a new palace since the Alter Hof had become too small for their needs. Today, the former Royal Palace of Wittelsbach is one of the most extensive and recognizable landmarks of Munich. The main building was the first part of the royal residence to be erected. The palace grounds are a treasure chest of historic landmarks including numerous grottoes, courtyards, fountains, a medicine room, chapel and the delightful Wittelsbach fountain built by Duke Otto between 1611 and 1623. The Residenz houses the Crown Jewels, the late-baroque Residenz Theatre and the classicist Herkulessaal, a concert hall with amazing acoustics. A magnificent reminder of Germany's past, the Residenz is a spectacular peek into the royal family's lifestyle and cultural influence on the city.
A beautiful symbol of perseverance, this quiet Baroque church was constructed by the Cosmas brothers in the 18th Century. An impressive entrance framed by striking rocks greets visitors, and the church's interior is just as exquisite. The walls are red stucco, which is among the reasons that this church is regarded as a pioneering example of German late-Baroque architecture. The interior is adorned with numerous artistic elements, including the remarkable "Life of Saint Nepomuk", a fresco attributed to Cosmas Damian Asam. Unlike other churches, the altar of Asam Church lies in the west. The revered religious structure also contains a restored choir.
Longer in width than the Palace of Versailles, Schloss Nymphenburg was the impressive summer residence of the Wittelsbachs. One of the most popular attractions in Munich, the palace and its grounds are home to several landmarks showcasing diverse architectural styles. Designed by Italian Baroque architect Augustino Barelli, the palace still preserves its rococo and baroque rooms. The ornate, marble polished Stone Hall is particularly impressive and the famous 'Schönheitengalerie' (Gallery of the Beauties) containing the portraits of 36 local women, is a must see for visitors. A few interesting smaller palaces can be found in the park: the Amalienburg, Pagodenburg and Badenburg. The Marstallmuseum has a comprehensive display of carriages, sleds and crockery, while the Meditationskapelle (Meditation Chapel) with its Magdalenenklause is also worth a visit.
Marienplatz has been at the center of the city ever since it was founded by Henry the Lion in 1158. Named after the Marian Column of Mariensaule which was built in 1638 to mark the end of Swedish rule in Germany, the square is one of the most historically rich cultural hubs of the city. Serving as a bustling marketplace in its early days, the square retained its position as the city's social core even after the market was moved. Replete with monuments, Marienplatz is thronged by tourists admiring the intricate 100-meter (328-feet) high Gothic façade of the New Town Hall and the waters of the Fish Fountain. The Marian column forms the centerpiece of the square, with a golden statue of Mother Mary perched on its top.
This famous pub draws people from all over the globe. Its unique charm comes from Bavarian music and its notable architecture, which attests to its history. Tasteful beer and schmankerl complete the offer at this lively beer hall. In the summertime, locals head towards its wonderful courtyard, while the Festsaal room hosts a Bavarian evening with music every night, which costs a few Euros for admission. The meals and beer are perfect for a group of friends. Established in the 16th Century, this has become a local landmark. Any trip to Munich will be incomplete without a visit to Hofbräuhaus.
Founded in 1807 as a small herb market, Viktualienmarkt has developed over the years into one of Munich's biggest markets with an exciting collection of fresh flowers, fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, and fish on offer. It has over hundreds of shops selling fresh produce, as well as a selection of restaurants and a large beer garden that brings in the local patrons every evening. The products are known to be reasonably priced, and the entertainment includes a number of cultural events, including a popular summer festival, that takes place here regularly. Dine at the local eateries lining the streets for local delicacies, while you take in the local culture in this crowded market place.