With a population of just under 1.5 million people, Munich is a vibrant modern city that also has a pleasant village feel. There is something for everybody – from bars and restaurants through to convivial beer gardens, markets, and museums. It's not only a cultural centre but also an industrial powerhouse. And it’s with good reason that Munich is known as Weltstadt mit Herz – the world city with a heart.
Football fans shouldn't miss the opportunity to catch a game at the Allianz Arena, home to world-famous club Bayern Munchen. The football stadium is a unique piece of architecture that is often filled to the brim with fanatical fans.
The Eisbach River flows through the middle of Munich and forms a standing wave that has drawn surfers from across the globe for over three decades. Even in the dead of winter, a river surfing expert in a wetsuit battling the wave, while being urged on by spectators, is a common sight.
Rafting tours are also available down the Isar River. Travellers can drift through Munich while eating Bavarian delicacies and drinking river-cooled beer. The tour includes the longest raft slide in Europe, which can make rafts reach speeds of up to 40 kmh.
Down the road from Nymphenburg Palace, travellers can find the Hirschgarten or 'Deer Garden', which is the world's largest beer garden. Hirschgarten can seat 8000 people and stocks a number of local Bavarian beers.
The Munich National Theatre has been entirely reconstructed following its destruction in World War I and is host to many German operas and plays. It was here that many of Wagner's most-famous works, like Tristan und Isolde and Die Walküre, were first performed.