Munich is the capital and the largest city of the German state of Bavaria. It is located North of the Bavarian Alps. Munich’s foundation year is assumed to be 1158, and in 1175 Munich was officially granted city status and received fortification. In 1506, Munich became the capital of Bavaria.The city was heavily damaged by allied bombing during World War II – the city was hit by 71 air raids over a six-year period. After U.S. occupation in 1945, Munich was completely rebuilt.
The day we toured Munich was the first day of Octoberfest, an annual festival celebrating, of all things, beer, which starts in late September and lasts up to 17-18 days. It was quite a sight to behold. Hundreds of locals dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes swarmed the streets of Munich. Women in their Dirdl dresses, and braided hair. We enjoyed the Marienplatz, which is in the central square, in the heart of Munich. The area is surrounded with old churches, and the tower of New Town Hall houses the Glockenspiel, a beautiful carillon ( musical bell tower ) that is over a hundred years old. Around noon each day it performs. We got to see the animation of 32 life-sized figures re-enact historical Bavarian events. I was also impressed with the very modern buildings mixed with the old. Another thing I noticed was how fashionable the people dressed. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day in Munich.