Aside from the Oktoberfest, there are many things to enjoy and do in the City of Munich. This busy city in Germany is home to some of the best places of interests in the country – the same places which can offer travellers a lot of exciting things to do and enjoy.
Walk the Concentration Camps
Although this is not something that many people would like to remember, be brave enough and visit this historic place as it holds some of the most haunting events in the history of men. The concentration camp in Munich is one of the many first of concentration camps constructed during the Second World War. Here, you will get to experience how the prisoners of the German armies lived as you tour the original barracks and walk across courtyards. You can also learn more about the concentration camps and the people here as you go over the exhibitions and memorials.
Go on a Beer Frenzy
Beer is of course one of the things that Germany is famous for, and you can have the best beers in town in the Hofbrauhaus, a beer hall found in Munich’s Old Town. Here, one can get to experience true and authentic beer as one drink the originally brewed beers of the place like the Hofbrau dark and Hofbrau Original from one-liter cans. Hofbrauhaus is famous for its traditional beer house atmosphere which is both fun and quite rowdy. The schwemme beer hall, has long wooden tables where one can sit and drink beer while savouring German delicacies and listening to Oompah Music. Another fun thing to do here is to look at the tables and try to decipher the inscriptions there, some of which were engraved over a hundred ago by drunken patrons.
Take a Bob Sled Ride
Bob sled down the Blomberg mountain in the Blomberg Bahn. This is one activity that those who are looking for an adrenaline rush shouldn’t miss. There are 17 sharp curves and 40 chicanes that will surely test not only one’s skills but courage as well. Climb the mountain first by foot or ride the chairlift, and slide down the mountains less than half the time you spent going up. Just don’t go too fast or you may find yourself flying out of the sled lanes. Don’t go too slow either or you might cause a collision when the sled after you hits yours.
Drive a BMW
If you want to test drive BMW cars, even the latest ones, you can do so at the BMW Museum and BMW Welt. Here you can book for a driving experience – 3 hours in the morning, or 3 hours at night, your choice. All you have to do is to make reservations about the date and time and your preferred choice of BMW car – from the classics to the latest hybrid models – and drive away around the city or to the countryside.
Take a Break
Of course, after all the things and sights you visited, it is important to take a break. Thus, be sure to head on to the Englischer Garden, which is Munich’s largest green area. Take a stroll and relax and feel your energy rejuvenate as you take in the quiet and calm of the pristine flowing rivers and swaying trees with their colourful foliage.
Don’t let the grim and stereotyped history of Germany stop you from visiting Munich or else you will be missing on some of the most beautiful places to see and exciting things to do that you won’t find anywhere else.
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