is located to the north of the Bavarian Alps, on the River
Isar, Munich (München its German name) is a city that integrates the local
support as well as the international blend of culture. Munich was founded in 1158
by Duke Henry. Munich in German means “Home of the monks” and hence
the name has stayed the same ever since. Germany is home to the world famous beer
“Heineken”. German beer is also known for being very dark and pure.
If you enjoy sausages and hotdogs you will certainly blend in well with the German
cuisine. As inventors of the Frank they are the king of sausages.
To place the famous car company, BMW, in an over-dimensional four-cylinder-engine
was the original idea of Viennese architect K Schwanzer. The world's biggest ‘V4’,
in the shape of a four-leaf clover, was erected in 1973, to accommodate modern
offices. The unusual building consists of the four silver towers, flat factory
halls below and a giant ‘egg cup’ at the end of the halls, which houses
the BMW museum. The exhibition displays classic old-timers as well as the latest,
technically up-to-date models of the prestigious German car producer. The highlight
of the museum is the spectacular cinema-scope show at the end of the tour.
The Olympia Park complex was laid out in 1972, for the 20th Olympic Games and
covers an area of 270 hectares (667 acres). At its heart is the giant tent-like
structure of the Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium), which hosts national and international
sporting events and concerts. A number of tours are available upon reservation.
The Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower) soars 290m (950ft) above the park, offering magnificent
views from its revolving restaurant and observation terrace.
Admission: $3 (tower); $4-8 (tours).
Englischer Garten (English Garden)
The English Garden is the largest urban park in Germany, is a quiet oasis in the
heart of busy Munich. Attractions include the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower),
with its great beer garden, the Japanisches Teehaus (Japanese Teahouse) and the
Monopteros, a Greek-style temple. The Kleinhesselhoher See – a lake in the
centre of the park – and the Amphitheater offer lots of activities in the
summer months. The Haus der Kunst, home of the State Gallery of Modern Art (tel:
(089) 2112 7137),which hosts excellent temporary art exhibitions, and the Bayerisches
Nationalmuseum (Bavarian National Museum; tel: (089) 211 2401)Museum) are located
on Prinzregentenstrasse on the southern edge of the park.
Englischer Garten From Prinzregentenstrasse to Tivolibrücke