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One of Munich's best-known landmarks, the neo-gothic Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) was built during the period of architectural revival in Germany from 1867-1909. Although it is now an unmistakable part of the cityscape, its architectural style is extremely popular and highly discussed even today. The carillon is built into the tower and performs at 11a and 5p every day, with 32 figures portraying a knightly joust and dance. There are additional performances between May and October. The viewing point on the ninth floor can be reached by lift.
A beautiful symbol of perseverance, this quiet Baroque church which was built by the Cosmas brothers in the 18th Century has an entrance that is framed by raw rock. Once you enter you may be surprised, for the interior is exquisite. The walls are red stucco and marble which is one reason that this church is regarded as a pioneering example of German late-Baroque architecture. The fresco "Life of Saint Nepomuk" is believed to be one of Cosmas Damian Asam's masterpieces. Unlike other churches, Asam church's altar is in the west. The choir was damaged in 1944 and has since been restored.
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 kilometers (1.4 square miles), the park 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 adjoining beer garden, 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 through its foamy waters. Housing an artificial lake and an open-air theater, the urban park is one of the best socio-cultural hubs of Munich.
Built for the 1972 Olympic Games, the Olympic complex is now used for a variety of leisure activities ranging from sports events to concerts. The 287-meter (942-foot) high Olympic Tower boasts a stunning view of the city. On a good day, visitors can go up and see as far as the Alps. There is also a rotating restaurant at the top. The famous canopy roof which spans the Olympic Stadium, the Olympic Swimming Pool and the Olympiahalle were a topic of debate in their day. The complex is, however, timelessly beautiful and has become an integral part of the modern cityscape. The Olympiaberg (Olympic Hill) is a grassy mound made from Second World War rubble and also provides great views. The ice rink and swimming pool are also popular with sports fans, as is the Olympic Stadium, home to FC Bayern Munich- one of Europe's top football clubs.
Longer 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.
Heliflieger - Helicopter Tours takes you on a memorable trip through the skies of Munich. The journey starts at the Munich airfield, where you first meet your pilot, who gives you a brief summary on the trip and what to expect. Sit back, strap yourself in and prepare for an experience of a lifetime. Enjoy a Birdseye of some of the most beautiful areas and landmarks in the city and its surroundings, like the Allianz Soccer Arena, the Alps, Nymphenburg Castle and the great lakes.
One of Germany's biggest film production companies, Bavaria Filmstadt doubles up as an attraction, theme park and film set. A site of limitless possibilities, here, one can walk amidst some of the most popular film sets, interact with a plethora of fictional characters and even learn a thing or two about the art of film-making. Several prosthetic figures and props are peppered through the set, which visitors may interact and even grab a photograph with. At the special 4D theater, one can embark on a fascinating journey through the virtual world. Special tours of the site are also conducted, where in one can about some intriguing facts of the studio and the films that were once shot on site.
Marking the beginning of a dark chapter in world history, the Dachau Concentration Camp is a poignant reminder of the Second World War. Built shortly after Hitler seized power, it was opened in the year 1933 with an intent to incarcerate political prisoners. The camp was one of the earliest concentration camps of Germany and served as an antecedent to numerous others through the course of the war. The complex has been well preserved and is a historical monument today. Old military barracks have been transformed into a somber memorial for prisoners who faced the ravages of ill-treatment and punishment from authorities. The camp served as a temporary home for refugees and those who were displaced in the dire conditions of wartime. While today the sun shines brightly over the gloomy past of the site, the crematorium of Dachau's victims is a stirring reminder of an unforgettable history.