All first-time Germany itineraries should include at least two full days in the Bavarian capital. This city will destroy any preconceived notions that Bavaria is nothing but ruddy-cheeked, fat farmers. Most Muncheners are fit and fashionable. Though its politics are different, Munich is every bit as sophisticated as Berlin.
- Nympehenburg Palace (especially the Carriage Museum)
- Englischer Garten
- Deutsches Museum
- Alte Pinakothek
- BMW Museum
- Bavarian National Museum
Have just one beer at the Hofbräuhaus. If you don't drink—or even if you do—take a long walk in the Englischer Garten (beware of nude sunbathers).
Places to Stay
- Hotel Asam, Josephspitalstrasse 3, (tel. +49/089/230 9700, fax 230 970 97), doubles $148 to $168 (not including breakfast)
A Place to Eat
Spatenhaus an der Oper, Residenzstrasse 12