Famous the world over for its annual Oktoberfest, Munich is a chic and cosmopolitan city which is firmly tied to its traditional Bavarian roots. It is these contrasts are that make the state capital so interesting.
The luxury boutiques of well-known designers are strung along Munich’s magnificent thoroughfare Maximilianstrasse like pearls on a necklace.
Munich’s wide-ranging cultural scene also draws many visitors to this city. The National Theatre at Max-Joseph Square, whose spectacular architectural style is reminiscent of a Greek temple, houses the Bavarian State Opera and the Bavarian State Ballet. Its stage extends over 2,500 square metres and it is the third largest of its kind in the world. The audience can enjoy fabulous productions that benefit from the theatre's superb acoustics.
Munich National Theatre: Max-Joseph-Platz 2, 80539 München, Germany, Tel: +49 89 218501, www.muenchen.de/sehenswuerdigkeiten
A fairly recent addition to Munich’s high-calibre art assemblage is Brandhorst Museum. Opened in 2009, it features the extensive private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Brandhorst, including works by Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Gerhard Richter. Special emphasis is placed on contemporary art, notably on American artist Cy Twombly. A large part of his oeuvre forms the very heart of this museum, whose fascinating and colourful façade is visible from a distance.
Museum Brandhortst: Theresienstraße 35a, 80333 Munich, Germany, Tel: +49 89 238052286, www.museum-brandhorst.de
Apart from Munich’s wealth of art and culture, the city also scores well on the international bar and nightlife charts. Enjoy high-spirited, beer-fuelled nights on the town.