Munich (German: München) is the capital city of Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg.
There are approximately 1.35 million people living within city limits, while the Munich Metropolitan Area (including the urban areas of Augsburg, Ingolstadt, Rosenheim and Landshut) is home to over 5 million people.
As "Weltstadt mit Herz" (Cosmopolitan city with a heart) or simply â€œMunich likes you", the City welcomes some hundred-thousand exhibitors, fair attendees, foreign businessmen and tourists, for short-term or long-term , each year. Some of those actually wound up staying here, as a step-stone in their individual career.
As the German city with the strongest economy and the lowest unemployment rate (5.6%) of any German city with more than a million people (the other ones being Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg) Munich plays a huge role in international business. The city is also the economic centre of southern Germany. Munich is considered a global city and holds the headquarters ofSiemens AG (electronics), BMW (car), MAN AG (truck manufacturer, engineering), Linde (gases), Allianz (insurance), Munich Re (re-insurance), and Rohde & Schwarz (electronics). Munich is also considered a centre for biotechnology, software. Munich has significance as a financial centre (secondary to Frankfurt), being home of HypoVereinsbank and the Bayerische Landesbank. It outranks Frankfurt though as home of insurance companies like Allianz and Munich Re.
Worldwide, the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, located Am Platzel 8 is the most famous beer hall. It also operates the second largest tent at the Oktoberfest, one of Munich's most famous attractions. For two weeks, the Oktoberfest attracts millions of people visiting its beer tents ("Bierzelte") and fairground attractions.
The Oktoberfest was first held on 12 October 1810. It always finishes on the first Sunday in October. After the unification of the GDR and the BRD took place, in rare occasions, the Oktoberfest continuous, if the 3rd October falls on Monday, or Tuesday until those dates, where the festivities of the unifications are celebrated.
The local beverage of Munich, whichever way you look at it, is beer. Basically "Weizenbier" or "Dunkelbier" is brewed in the Munich area, but also different kinds of "Lager". Besides the "Pilsen" beer from Czech Republic, the German beer is basically based upon the "German purity law" which declares the ingredients of a typical beer. In the old days (until 18th century) it also regulated the price for beer, which was around 1-2 Pfennig per Mass (approx 1 litre): Nowadays the "German purity law" is no longer in effect, however many breweries from all over the world still adhere to it.
Appart from the well known Weisswürste ('white sausages'), the Munich cuisine has a lot to offer for foreign gourmets, although not everything served, might meet everyoneâ€™s taste. For example, the â€œLeberknödelâ€ (Bread dumpling with liver and and onions), which is mostly served as soup, is one of those delicacies. Arabic or Jewish visitors might be disappointed, since most of the local cuisine involves pork (e.g. the Schweinshaxe[knuckle]), however there are a lot of variety of different international, even religiously correct and kosher restaurants in the area. Some specialties are typical cold dishes served in beergardens: Obatzda is a Bavarian cheese delicacy, a savory blend of smashed mellow camembert prepared with cream cheese, cut onions and spicy paprika . It's often served in the beer gardens along with Radi, white radish cut in thin slices and salted, and Münchner Wurstsalat.