Munich is the most populated city of Bavaria and the second most populated city in the federal state of Germany. It is also the capital city of Bavaria, as well as the technological, financial, educational, tourism, and innovational hub in Germany. Considered an alpha-world city, Munich straddles the River Isar Banks and makes it a convenient location for many tourists to visit. Many ancient buildings are found in Munich, as are several museums that preserve the high culture and history of the people. Within the old town of Altstadt, there stands the impressive central Marienplatz square, which is home to the most beautiful landmarks in Munich that are attractive spots for the tourists too. One such architectural structure is the neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus, used as the town hall. It is a famous spot where people go to relive the memories and history of Munich that dates back into the sixteenth century through the glockenspiel show display. The Saint Peter’s Church that dates back into the twelfth century is yet another major tourist attraction spot. The same applies to the majestic Frauenkirche Cathedral of the fifteenth century with its outstanding twin bell towers. Close by, the classical National Theatre, together with the rococo Cuvillies Theatre, is known to host the State Opera and the State Ballet shows, both of which attract a good number of spectators from far and wide. The rococo Cuvillies Theatre is located within the Residenz Palace and Museum, a famous spot that is home to the Pinakothek Museums that are famous for showcasing art and craft works of both the ancient and modern approaches. For all shopping needs, people visit the Maximilianstrasse for the latest in fashion wear and more. On the same location, find the delicious local delicacies and snacks and street food. The Viktualien Market is famous for selling farm produce, cheese, sausages, among others. For relaxation and fun purposes, the Englischer Garten Park is open to the public, providing sunbathing opportunities.
The climate of Munich is oceanic, and it is characterized by the absence of the isotherm but with features of the humid continental climate. What is more, the weather varies a lot more as compared to other European countries seeing that Munich is at the center of Europe. The summers can be hot, but moderately tolerable and the winters cold, but without the extreme chill and permanent snow cover. The most common tourist time is between May and October, while the weather remains warm and pleasant. Some tourists prefer to visit during the winter, from December to February, since then, snow and winter-related activities like skating and skiing are more fun to engage in. Between September and October, Munich engages in a massive Oktoberfest Festival, a traditional celebration that was established in 1589, where local beer and beer halls are celebrated along with the famous Hofbrauhaus, folk songs, brass-band music, carnival rides and activities, among many others. Then there is the Christmas Market, as well as the Tollwood Festival, both of which are held in December. During these festivals, people have the chance to indulge in shopping for both local and international goods, organic food types from all over the world, and indulge in all forms of entertainment and partying. Between January and March, Munich holds the Fasching carnival, where the residents and visitors dress up dramatically for the many balls and parties that are held across Munich.