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View of the Olympiapark from the television tower. Munich, June 1991.
Bavarian Museum
Bavarian National Museum. Munich, June 1991.
Celebrating a soccer victory in Marienplatz. Munich, June 1991.
The fountain at Karlsplatz. Munich, May 1992.
Neues Rathaus
New city hall at the Marienplatz. Munich, June 1991.
Odeonsplatz seen from the Feldherrnhalle. Munich, June 1991.
Max-Joseph-Platz. Munich, May 1992.
Chinesischer Turm
Chinese Tower in the English Garden. Munich, June 1991.
BMW headquarters
BMW headquarters and museum. Munich, June 1991.
The River Isar. Munich, June 1991.

Bavaria’s Capital City

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What trip to Bavaria would be complete without a visit to its capital city, Munich (München). Germany’s third largest city (after Berlin and Hamburg, Munich has a character that’s distinctly Bavarian. Residents of Munich simply seem to take life a little less seriously than other Germans.

Munich was first settled by monks in the 9th Century. The name of the city derives from the word for monk, Mönch, and the town’s emblem has always been a little monk. The importance of the town grew after Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony, destroyed a bridge, warehouse and customs building and built a new bridge over the Isar at this settlement in the 12th Century. As a result, commercial traffic had to pass through this town, Henry collected his tolls, and the town flourished.