Exploring the History of Munich

Exploring the History of Munich

The centuries-old city of Munich is home to an abundance of rich history that reflects itself in the old buildings and museums.

Munich, Bavaria’s capital is also known all over the world for its annual Oktoberfest celebration, which is considered the 'Mecca' for beer lovers all across Europe. 

The city is a major center of art, advanced technologies, finance, innovation, education, business, and tourism in Germany.  

A bustling time for the city has to be the Oktoberfest celebration. The celebration takes place annually from the end of September to October. Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival attracting millions of visitors each year.

While Oktoberfest is considered one of the biggest and best parties in the world, there are many other attractions in Munich that you should experience if you’re in the beautiful city.

 

Royal Castle of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof

Munich is also home to some of the world’s oldest castles. However, these two were built by King Ludwig in the 19th century and are quietly located in the Bavarian mountains. Day tours are offered here as well. Built in French Rococo style, the castle has a Moorish pavilion. The picturesque mountain scenery surrounding the castle sets an almost mystical atmosphere.

King Ludwig was known for being eccentric and his two dream castles are testament to his character. Fairytale like appearances are why these castles are the most well known in the world.

 

Bike Tours

The best way to get around Munich and experience the heartbeat of the city has to be by bicycle. With a wide range of bicycle tours around the city you can easily get around from one stop to another as you discover the history and culture of Munich.

Cycle through the Old Town and marvel in the extraordinary Old Town where you’ll find the Marienplatz Central Square with landmarks such as the Neo-Gothic town hall. Often, locals and tourist stop to enjoy street shows where actors re-enact stories from the 16th century.

 

WW2 Tour, Munich

(Haus der Kunst)

World War 2 was a dark time in history. Munich was not spared. This old city also offers 'Dark history tours' that will leave you speechless. Local tour guides share Munich’s history which include the life of Adolf Hitler. Hitler began his career in Munich. Hitler called Munich the 'Capital of the Nazi Movement'. Although they have been repurposed, some of the old Nazi buildings still stand today and can be seen during the tour. For example the Haus Der Kunst, literally ‘The House of Art’ was the first Nazi monument, constructed by the Third Reich as Nazi propaganda.

 

The look back in history can give you shivers but it really does show how far the country has come since then.