Munich

Munich, sometimes nicknamed “ToyTown” because of its exceptional cleanliness and organisation, is the vibrant capital of the southern German state of Bavaria, home to BMW and the annual Oktoberfest beer festival, an honoured tradition in Theresienwiese, where the rituals around beer are clearly still strong.

If you’re aiming for a truly authentic Bavarian experience, make sure to visit: the two domes of the Frauenkirche church, the symbol of the Bavarian capital; the Deutsches Museum, one of the largest and oldest science museums in the world; the beautiful English Garden; and at least some of the 20 major beer gardens spread across the city.

And even though traditions are important, the city is as progressive as it is conservative, so don’t be surprised to find yourself in a beer garden one minute and the ultra-chic surroundings of one of Munich’s most expensive luxury shopping, bar and restaurant districts the next.

And if all that’s not enough, besides the beautiful early and late Baroque architecture, also referred to as Rococo, the lush surrounding countryside and close proximity to the Alps mean Munich provides a gateway to some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe.