Check out these really great cheap flights from the Washington DC area to Munich, Germany for only $386 roundtrip — on selected flights from April to June 2017 departures. The cheap flights are valid on Air France and KLM Airlines for travel in April-June 2017. Availability is limited and cheapest flights have at least 7 day itinerary. Must purchase at least 7 days in advance of departure. Munich was founded in 1589, and is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. It the capital of Bavaria and the third largest city in Germany, and lies on the River Isar on the fringes of the Bavarian Alps.
The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and reenacts stories from the 16th century. One of Germany’s most popular cities to visit, Munich is also famous for its many fine churches, including Peterskirche, the oldest inner city church built during the Romanesque period; the Cathedral of our Lady (Frauenkirche), the city’s most famous building; and Michaelskirche, the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. Munich is also noted for its numerous parks, in particular the lovely English Garden (Englischer Garten), the world’s largest urban public park. Given the numerous tourist attractions, museums, and galleries, expect to spend at least a few days exploring Munich’s many treasures.
SOME FREE THINGS TO DO IN MUNICH AREA
Marienplatz – City Hall Square
This large square is found in the centre of the old part of the city and is bordered by several famous buildings. It is a popular meeting place with its many cafes and restaurants and is always crowded and noisy. The Mariensäule is the large column known as the column of St. Mary found in the centre of the Marienplatz. It was erected in 1638 to celebrate the end of the Swedish invasion during the Thirty Year’s War. At the top of the column is a golden statue of the Virgin Mary which was scupltured in 1590 by Hubert Gerhard. The figure was originally located in the Frauenkirche. The Neues Rathaus building is the New Town Hall and it dominates Marienplatz. It houses the city government including the city council, offices of the mayors and part of the administration. This building took over from the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) in 1874. The highlight of this building would have to be the glockenspiel which has three levels. Two of the levels show the Schäfflertanz or cooper’s dance and the other level shows the Ritterturnier which is a knight’s tournament held in 1568 to celebrate a royal marriage. The glockenspiel plays at 11am, 12pm and 5pm.
A trip out to the Olympiapark, site of the 1972 Summer Olympic Games, is always a lovely respite from the urban bustle, but especially so in the warmer months when you can time a spin around the grounds with a free concert. Throughout August, the Theatron Festival (theatron.de) brings live bands to the amphitheatre next to the Olympic Lake, playing everything from hip hop to gospel, pop to punk. Better yet, bring a blanket and a beverage and join the throngs of locals to eavesdrop on the stars from atop the Olympiaberg. The 564m-high hill just happens to be within earshot of the roofless Olympic Stadium where the likes of Beyoncé, Linkin Park and Katy Perry have hit the stage. Hop off the U-bahn at Olympiazentrum.
If you worship at the altar of the automobile, you’ll want to make a beeline for this ‘cathedral of cars’ near the Olympic Stadium. Sitting right next to the actual BMW plant, BMW Welt is essentially a vast showroom where you can admire the company’s entire current product palette from sedans to Minis, racing cars to electric vehicles and even Rolls Royce coaches. The futuristic building itself is a jaw-dropper, all glass and steel twisted into a double cone and lidded by a roof reminiscent of a floating cloud.
FC Bayern München training facility
Tickets to see world champion soccer players in a home game with their club, FC Bayern München, Germany’s winningest Bundesliga (premier league) team, are not only frightfully expensive, they’re also extremely hard to score. But don’t fret, you may still get a chance to see these ball magicians kick, dribble and pass during completely free public training sessions held several times weekly at the team’s headquarters on Säbener Strasse, about 6km south of the city centre (a 10-minute walk from Mangfallsplatz U-Bahn station). Check FC Bayern München’s website (fcbayern.de) for the schedule before heading out.
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