Glockenspiel on Neues Rathaus, Marienplatz, Munich, Germany.
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Things to Do in Munich, Germany

To pick up the buzz and beat of Munich, the first thing you want to do when you get to town is to wander through Marienplatz (St. Mary's Square) in the heart of the Altstadt (Old City). Every day painted mechanical figures emerge from the New Town Hall's famous Glockenspiel to reenact famous events from Munich's history as the carillon's 43 bells chime.
Brass players in Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, Munich, Germany.
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Drinking to the Band at the Hofbräuhaus
There's nothing more Munich than sitting at a communal table in the Schwemme (taproom) of the world's most famous beer hall, while downing a glass of Löwenbräu, munching on a Schweineshaxe (ham hock), and listening to the sounds of the traditional oom-pah-pah band.
Interior of the royal apartments, Munich Residenz, Germany.
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Gaping at the Riches of the Residenz
Right up until 1918 Bavaria was ruled by the Wittenbachs, who made the Residenz their main royal residence. This enormous palace, begun in the fourteenth century, today houses a magnificent treasury. You can also tour the former royal apartments and state rooms--all of them loaded with lavish furnishings and art.
Vintage BMW, BMW Museum, Munich, Germany.
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Browsing at BMW World
Even if you aren't interested in the history of the Bavarian Motor Works, BMW Welt (BMW World) is worth a visit as a stunning example of new Munich architecture. This attraction's vintage cars are examples of German automotive design at its very best.
Ornate baroque interior at the Asamkirche, Munich, Germany.
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Touring the Asamkirche
Many of Munich's fine churches had to be rebuilt after World War II, with interiors stripped of their original ornamentation. The eighteenth-century rococo Asamkirche is a marvelous exception, florid to the point of dizziness. Multicoloured marbles, gold leaf and silver cover every square inch of the interior.
Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany.
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Joining the Original Kegger
Oktoberfest, arguably the world's greatest beer festival, starts in late September. All the trinken und essen (drinking and eating) takes place on the Theresienwiese festival grounds in 14 different tents -- each with its own atmosphere, food, and musical entertainment.