The capital of Bavaria in southern Germany, Munich has plenty of traditional alpine fare on offer. Crowds gather in the autumn for the annual Oktoberfest beer festival, but the beer halls are open all year round for those wishing to recreate the party at other times of the year. Expect oompah bands, lederhosen and plenty of pretzels and sausages to soak up the beer.

Munich has a lot of historical buildings crammed into a compact city centre, so it’s easy to get around and see a lot in one or two days. Start off in the Munich City Museum, which has a great exhibition chronicling the history of the town. It begins with the founding monks before taking you right up to World War 2 and the postwar recovery. Head up to the Olympic park where the 1972 summer games were held for a taste of Munich’s more recent history, as well as lovely views over the city and the mountains from the Olympic Tower.

Popular with both locals and tourists is the huge park known as Englischer Garten. As well as cycle paths, woods and lawns to explore, there’s a pretty lake and several follies that add to the park’s charm. Look out for a Chinese style pagoda, a Greek temple and a Japanese tea house. The park also has a beer garden overlooking the lake, perfect for relaxing and watching the world go by.

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