From Oktoberfest to Christkindlmarkt to the The Auer Dult on Mariahilfplatz, Munich has always been a cultural destination bursting with character and authentic Bavarian charm. Although Covid impacted Bavaria’s most famous festivals and events, rest assured that the travel comeback of 2022 is one not to be reckoned with. Munich’s old world architecture and tradition make this city a bucket list destination for many. And let’s not forget football…
The Munich is infamous for its number of breweries and hearty beer, carb-indulgent pretzels, schnitzel and lederhosen-clad Oktoberfest celebration. According to Britannica, Munich, or Müenchen (“Home of the Monks”), traces its origins to the Benedictine monastery at Tegernsee, founded circa 750 CE. The monks were later granted the right to establish a market where the road from Salzburg intersects with the Isar River, thereby fortifying the marketplace and laying the groundwork for what was to become a bustling town.
There is one family whose legacy contributed significantly to the town’s fortune for over 700 years – the Wittelsbachs. During the 14th century, the first of the Wittelsbach line of Holy Roman emperors, Louis IV (Louis the Bavarian), set about developing the town into a formidable city, which remained largely unchanged until the late 1700s. Munich increased in wealth and size and prospered until the Thirty Years’ War, which began in 1618 and resulted in an estimated 4.5 – 8 million lives lost.
Louis I, king of Bavaria from 1825 to 1848, was credited with the planning and development of modern Munich, establishing the city’s characteristic appearance. This century was Munich’s greatest period of growth and development. Protestants became citizens for the first time in what was previously a strictly Roman Catholic people. The city’s population to 500,000 by 1900. Munich’s cultural importance in Europe was greatly advanced by the popularity of composer Richard Wagner. This essentially revitalized Munich’s reputation for being a musical and cultural epicenter, teeming with talent.
It was not until Louis III exiled himself from the community in 1918 that the Wittelsbach dynasty finally ended. What followed World War I, was a movement that resulted in right-wing political ferment, and its unfortunate reputation for being the inaugural setting for Adolf Hitler assuming the position of leader to the Nazi party.
Notwithstanding Oktoberfest, the Bavarian capital is truly an elegant city with four defined seasons, and full of great entertainment, bars, restaurants, galleries and museums. The prospect of a delicious, perfectly seasoned Schnitzel will not disappoint. Neither will a game at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich was formed when members of the MTV 1879 Munich sports club broke away to form their own club. After winning the South German Championship in 1926, the club won its first national title in 1932 by beating Eintracht Frankfurt.
Although Bayern won its first national championship in 1932, the club was not selected for the Bundesliga at its inception in 1963. By winning the 2020 FIFA Club World Cup, Bayern Munich became only the second club to win the sextuple. Bayern Munich are one of five clubs to have won all three of UEFA's main club competitions, the only German club to achieve that. As of January 2022, Bayern Munich are ranked first in UEFA club rankings. The club has traditional local rivalries with 1860 Munich and 1. FC Nürnberg, as well as with Borussia Dortmund since the mid-1990s.
By the end of the 1960s, Bayern’s team contained three of the greatest German footballers of all time: goalkeeper Sepp Maier, forward Gerd Müller, and defender Franz Beckenbauer.
- Franz Beckenbauer, a graceful and legendary player, is the only footballer to have won the World Cup as both a player and a manager.
- Striker Gerd Müller, in his 15 years with Bayern Munich, scored 365 goals in 427
- Goalkeeper Sepp Maier made 473 Bundesliga appearances between 1962 and 1980, more than any other Bayern player.
Not many other clubs in the world can boast a list of legends like Bayern.
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