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Oktoberfest Highlights Visit To Munich

October 18, 2011 - 2:25am
Oktoberfest, Cathedral of Our Dear Lady highlight visits to Munich
With a population of around 1.35 million people, Munich is the third largest city in Germany, and often regarded as one of the most accessible metropolises in the nation.

Munich has many claims to fame - a rich history, the location of the 1972 Summer Olympics and ample green space, just to name a few - but perhaps it is best known for being the host of the official Oktoberfest celebration. For two weeks, millions of visitors flock to Munich and congregate in the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, a beer hall located in the center of the city. The building can trace its roots back as far as 1598 and has been open to the public since the late 1800s.

Oktoberfest usually runs from late September through the first weekend in October and gives visitors and locals alike the opportunity to try some of the local fare, from white sausage and pretzels to pot roast and apple strudel. Of course, the festival offers plenty of local beers, including products from the world-famous brewery Augustiner Bräu.

While Oktoberfest may occur for a few weeks out of the year, Munich has much more to offer visitors than just food and beer. Its lengthy history can be found in a number of architecturally unique, well-preserved historic buildings.

Such is the case with the Frauenkirche. Colloquially known as the Cathedral of Our Dear Lady, the landmark is considered by many to be the symbol of Munich - and for good reason. The church, which dates back to the 15th century, features two iconic towers reaching heights of more than 320 feet. Many tourists stop by and make the lengthy climb to the top to glimpse beautiful views of the nearby Alps.

Munich is also known for its numerous parks, one of which is the famous Englischer Garten (German for English Garden). The garden is one of the biggest urban parks in the world, covering an area of more than 1.4 square miles, placing it ahead of Central Park in terms of size.

Due to its expansive area, there is no lack of attractions inside the park. In addition to 46 miles of paths and walkways, the garden is also home to a unique Japanese teahouse that was built to celebrate the Summer Olympics.