On 1st May (which is a public holiday in Germany) strange things happen in some Upper Bavarian villages and even in Munich. Men in ''Lederhosn'' and girls in ''Dirndln'' carrying long poles meet on the central square. With these poles an even longer white-blue pole is erected. There is usually an oompah band playing, booths selling food and drinks and tables where you can sit down and enjoy this non-touristy spectacle. The large white-blue pole you find in almost every village and dozens in Munich (e.g. on the ''Viktualienmarkt'') is called ''Maibaum'' (meaning may tree - known in English as a maypole) and the villages compete who has the tallest and the straightest one. It is cut down every three to five years and re-erected in the following year. Ask a local which village or district of Munich does it this year and be there not later than 10am. There's several traditions revolving around maypoles, like the dance of the unmarried men and women. The weeks before 1 May, each village has to guard its maypole, because if some other village manages to steal it, they'll have to buy it back. Usually with beer.
This pedestrian zone stretches from ''Karlsplatz (Stachus)'' to ''Marienplatz'' and is the primary shopping zone for mid-priced goods. Numerous department stores, chains and a few remaining independent boutiques line the corridor. The side streets are less crowded and offer some less homogenized shopping. Plenty of restaurants, open air cafes and beer halls/gardens offer a rest. During the summer, on Saturdays around Christmas and during Oktoberfest, this area will be jam packed with locals and tourists alike and can be unpleasantly crowded.
If you miss the Oktoberfest, it is worth travelling to the holy mountain of Andechs. It's a monastery up a hill from the Ammersee. When you are there have a look at the old monastery church and the gardens before focusing on the excellent beer and Schweinshaxen in the beer garden or in the large beer hall. Makes a great day trip which can also be combined with some swimming the '''Ammersee'''. The hiking trail is unlit, and a good 30-45 min. After dark, a flashlight is mandatory.
This is supposedly the largest annual flea market in Europe, taking place on the first Saturday of ''Frühlingsfest'' (Spring Festival - occurs in the middle of April) on the same site as the Oktoberfest in Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt. There are generally several thousand citizens offering up their second-hand goods while dealers of new wares are forbidden. A yearly highlight for flea market and antique lovers, if the weather is reasonable.
This street in northern Munich has a collection of clothes shops, such as Mazel, Vero Moda, and - especially during the summer in the months approaching the Oktoberfest - numerous shops selling comparatively cheap traditional German clothing (''Lederhosn'' and ''Dirndl''). You can walk down there in about 15 min. At the eastern end of Hohenzollernstraße you reach Leopoldstraße, which is also predominantly a shopping area.
Munich is one of the few cities in the world, where you see people in a ski dress in the public transport Skiing is popular at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Several companies offer good value day trips to Austrian ski resorts such as [http://www.skifidelity.at/hochzillertal/index2.php Kaltenbach (Zillertal)], [http://www.bergbahnen-stjohann.at/english/ St. Johann] and [http://www.matrei-ski.at/ Matrei].
This busy boulevard in the north of Munich has chain stores such as The Body Shop, fast food joints, inexpensive restaurants, cinemas, sidewalk cafes and coffee shops, such as Starbucks. In the side streets you can find a wide selection of boutiques and lesser known local designers. On warm summer evenings along the sidewalks dozens of local artists will be showing and selling their works.
This is where particular Munich city quarters encourage their residents to open up their courtyards whereby entire sections of the city become a combination flea market and private courtyard siteseeing—very interesting for viewing corners of the city one usually would not see. The event dates are coordinated by the city. Inquire at local information centers for specific dates.
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Is a week-long market and festivity, that take place three times a year (Spring, Summer and Autumn) in Haidhausen primarily dealing in household goods and antiques but also offering beer and amusement rides. Definitely try to see this if you haven't seen Oktoberfest!
A Christmas tram that runs only during Advent through the city center every half an hour (departure is from Sendlinger Tor). The tram is nicely decorated, where people can enjoy Christmas songs and mulled wine (''Glühwein''). One-way ticket costs €1.50.
Ulm is an easy day trip from Munich. You can reach Ulm by train from Munich Central Station in around 2 hours using the Bayern Ticket. You find there the highest church spire in the world, the danube as well as the most crooked hotel in the world.
The university hospital of the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The staff is able to converse in English fluently and is also prepared to deal with non-English-speaking patients, with a special focus on guests from Arabic countries.
Big & commercial market, it stretches across the shopping street, so you can mix Christmas market shopping (and eating) with "normal" shopping. If you walk south towards Sendlinger Tor, you'll reach more traditional woodcarvers' stands.
The Nazi rally grounds were located in Nuremberg. It was also the location of the Nuremberg Trials, in which some of the leaders of the Nazi regime faced justice. Nuremberg offers a lot of history and a charming old town for visitors.
Dachau is a suburb of Munich and reminder of the dark hours of German history. Prepare to be shocked by the atrocities committed by the Nazis during the Third Reich era displayed at the ''Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site''.
These streets around the Opera (''Nationaltheater'') in the city center are the place to go if you are looking for high end luxury goods. All of the usual international suspects and some local designers and clothiers are present.
Access point to Germany's highest mountain, the '''Zugspitze''' and location of the 1936 Winter Olympic Games. The rack railway train to the top of the Zugspitze leaves regularly from the Garmisch-Partenkirchen railway station.
The ''Süddeutsche'' is both one of the Germany's preeminent and most read newspapers and a good source of information for what is going on in Munich and Bavaria. The cultural part of the newspaper is strongly emphasized.
For non-serious illnesses, the GPs association provides an after-hours doctor's office near the main station that receives patients without prior appointment until 23:00 every day of the week including weekends.
The neighborhood west of the main university campus offers nice studenty clothes shops, small book stores, hip cafés and eats (e.g. the ''Pommes Boutique'' in Amalienstrasse with their fantastic Belgian fries)
Associated with the ''Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität'' (LMU), this school provides longer term German language courses for foreigners. This is an ideal preparation for other courses run in German.
Bavaria's largest lake (with a castle on an the island of ''Herreninsel'' built by King Ludwig II, and a monastery built on the island of ''Fraueninsel'') is only one hour away.
The university hospital of the University of Munich (LMU). The staff is able to converse in English fluently and is also prepared to deal with non-English-speaking patients.
The Goethe Institut offers courses in German for anyone. The Goethe Institut offers several intensive courses and will find accommodation for students.
A beautiful mediaeval city at the shores of the river Danube. It's historical city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its entirety.
In spring, join the locals surfing on the river at the edge of the ''Englischer Garten'', at the bridge near the Lehel U-bahn station.
This three week long festival combines ethnic food, souvenir shops, concerts & theater and it is very popular among the locals.
The area around beautiful Gärtnerplatz is for vintage lovers. You can find local designers and other quirky shops.
Official tourism office is in the town hall and offers from bookings for tours, hotels etc. all kind of services.
The local professional hockey club in Munich. They play at the Olympic ice arena in Olympic Park.
It's a conservative newspaper. It has the second highest number of readers in the Munich area.
nice Christmas market in a pretty park surrounding. Highly recommended if there's snow!
Local counterpart to FC Bayern. Second League, more local focus. Webpage only in German
Serial German football champion and internationally one of the best clubs in the world.
The hospital was founded in 1974 as the first cardiac center in Europe.
The most important children's hospital in Munich.