This month you could be in with a chance of winning this fantastic holiday to Munich and Royal Bavaria courtesy of the German National Tourist Office.
Bavaria’s capital, Munich, has often been described as Germany’s “secret capital”. The uninitiated may imagine ladies in colourful Dirndl dresses and for the chaps, fetching leather-shorts and curled-up moustaches. All true – as can be observed on your stroll through the enticing beer-gardens or when sharing a foaming stein at the Hofbräuhaus. However, if you can tear yourself away from meeting the locals, top of your list of things to do should be a leisurely walk around the Marienplatz square to see the Glockenspiel at the townhall. Tuck into a Bavarian snack – which is usually a substantial hunk of meatloaf (Leberkäse) or a Weisswurst sausage – at the Viktualienmarkt. But for the culture bit, stroll to the Residenz Palace of the former Bavarian kings and exhaust your most comfortable shoes to see the Alte as well as the Neue Pinakothek Galleries or the delightful paintings at the Lenbachhaus. A short tram ride from the city centre will reveal the splendours of Nymphenburg Palace & Gardens to you.
And talking of Royalty, each day of the year – weather permitting – comfortable buses take visitors to the world’s most famous castle, King Ludwig II’s enchanting Neuschwanstein (main image A. Cowin©). The walk up to Ludwig’s real estate will reveal not only the Schloss but also stunning views of the majestic Bavarian Alps.
An hour’s train ride away visitors can explore the 2000year old city of Augsburg. Founded by the Romans and home to the Mozart family (before Wolfgang was borne), the town also owes a great debt to the most famous financier of the 15th century, Jacob Fugger, the founder of the world’s oldest social housing estate. Who says bankers cannot be a force for the good?
The prize for a 6 night stay in Munich (2 persons travelling together, staying in a twin room) includes:
- 2 x return flights from the UK to Munich
- 2 x rail tickets for an excursion to Augsburg
- 2 x bus tickets for an excursion to Neuschwanstein castle (incl. entrance fees)
- 6 nights bed & breakfast in a 3 or 4 star hotel in Munich
- 2 x Munich City Tour Card for free public transport use (including to and from the airport) and many reductions in Munich’s museums and sights
To find out more about Germany’s magic cities see www.germany.travel/cities
Header image: Neuschwanstein Castle – A. Cowin©