The low down:
Munich is one of those rare cities which manages to successfully intermingles 21st century cosmopolitanism with an obstinate, proudly Bavarian charm. Hidden right in the heart of Europe, the city’s various (often vacuous) fashion boutiques sit nonchalantly next to powerful Gothic architecture at every turn of this compact cultural maelstrom. Its unashamedly giddy mixture of cultural, sporting, shopping, dining and, of course, drinking pursuits offers a revitalising alternative to the well-trodden hedonistic route of Europe.
How to get there:
Flights with Easyjet from £50 return.
Where to stay:
The Meninger City Hostel (Landsbergerstrasse 20) has rooms from €48 (private) or €12 (shared).
Three of the best:
>> The famous Hofbräuhaus (Platzl 9) is not so much a stunning location to savour some refreshing Bavarian brew like the delicious Löwenbräu Beer, but rather the epitome of the local lifestyle and the guardian of the region’s traditions. Visit during the early evening to sample some quintessential folk entertainment.
>> Taste the local cuisine at the trendy Augustiner am Dom (Frauenplatz 8), an al fresco restaurant in the imposing shadow of the Frauenkirche and tucked safely away from the bustle of adjacent Marienplatz. Specialities include Wei?wurst mit Süssem Senf (white sausage with sweet mustard – pictured) and Schweinebraten (pork chops). Finish with some Apfelauflauf (apple cobbler).
>> Newly-refurbished, the sweeping futuristic architecture of BMW-Welt (Am Olympiapark 1) is a shrine to the local motor manufacturer, comprising an interactive museum and factory tour, within a stone’s throw of the multitude of Olympic Park attractions. Festivals and concerts take place here during the summer months.