Despite being home to some 1.3 million people and such industrial giants as Siemens and BMW, most visitors go to Munich looking to sample the famous Bavarian Gemütlichkeit, and find it most usually at the bottom of a Masskrug (litre mug) in one of the city’s justly famous beer-halls or gardens.
Not only during the Oktoberfest is Munich the place to wash down sausage, kraut and dumplings with some of the best tasting beer on the planet until the stomach groans, the ears buzz, ( the legs wobble? ) and the heart sings. The Münchners are famed for their ability to find an excuse to celebrate all year round, be it in a cosy kneipe with 20 seats or the world’s biggest beer garden with over 8000, and rest assured, a pair of lederhosen will never be far away.
It is though of course not just the beer which makes Munich one of Central Europe’s favourite backpacker destinations, to mention just one of Munich's highlights the three Pinakotheken (masters, impressionists and modern) are regarded as among the world’s finest art galleries.
Euro Youth Hostel has a great location in Munich-close to the station and a short walk to many of Munich's main sights. Their Famous bar serves up some of Munich's best beer at backpacker-friendly prices!
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The best way to get your bearings in Beer Heaven Munich is to take your fine selves to the city centre square of Marienplatz. This twelfth century bad boy is named after Mary’s column ‐ erected to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation, back in the days when neutrality wasn’t all the rage, and also to honour the Virgin Mary who was charged with guarding Munich against cholera epidemics!