Oct 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Seniors Enjoy Oktober Fest

Well seniors, we have all heard about Oktober Fest in Munich (German: München), but what else is there that will make a visit to this southern German city worthwhile?  TripAdvisor says plenty.  There are many hidden gems to be seen from strolling along cobblestone streets to checking out the many local craft stores.  Munich is fun and all the beer halls are just part of the story. It is a modern city with a small-town Bavarian temperament, fun-loving locals, a great location at the foot of the German Alps and an appealing low-key approach to life.  The fact that it’s home to many universities doesn’t hurt, either.

Today, Munich is famous for its interesting mix of traditional Bavarian culture, modern living, and high tech industries.  Contemporary architecture goes hand in hand with grand avenues, first-class museums, and baroque palaces. They are a salute to Munich’s royal past: Bavaria was ruled for more than 750 years by the kings of the Wittelsbach Dynasty.

It’s large: 1.3 million inhabitants and Munich’s International Airport, Franz Josef Strauss Flughafen, is the second busiest airport in Germany after Frankfurt. In 2009, Munich Airport was voted 2nd “Best Airport in Europe” and fifth-best in the world. Located 19 miles northeast of Munich, the airport is very well connected to the city: take the metro S8 or S2 to reach Munich’s city center in approximately 40 minutes.

Munich’s Cultural Scene Attracts Seniors

Munich is the capital city of Bavaria. Within the city limits, Munich has a population of more than 1.3 million, making it the third most populous city in Germany. The urban area, which sprawls on the foothills of the Alps, has a population of about 2.7 million. Munich is noted for its architecture and culture, and the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration is world famous. Munich’s cultural scene is second to none in Germany, with the museums even considered by some to outrank Berlin in quality.

Its city center is easy to explore on foot, with plenty of pedestrian-only streets and distractions for foodies and shoppers. When your feet get tired, good public transportation makes it easy to get to most of Munich’s many attractions: palaces, museums, galleries, parks and (of course) beer halls. While German is, of course, the main language used in Munich, English is widely spoken and taught in schools. Most restaurants in the town center offer English menus, many with quite interesting translations. It is easy to get by with little or no German language knowledge. Let’s take a YouTube train into the city and check it out in person.

Located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, behind Berlin and Hamburg. Munich hosted the 1972 Summer Olympics and is a candidate city for the 2018 Winter OlympicsThe city’s motto is “München mag Dich” (Munich likes you).  This small travel planner shows you where the city is located plus additional information. Frommers complete guide to Munich just may provide everything else you need to know about this exciting city.  If you are pressed for time, try this Hop On Hop Off City Bus Tour and hopefully this will include the Top 10 Attractions, including of course a visit to the most famous beer hall in the world, the Hofbrauhaus.

Neuschwanstein Castle lies about 50 miles southwest of Munich and is a must- see while you are in the area.  Now practice this a few time before your arrival: “ein Bier hier Bitte!” jeb

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