An Urban Oasis by the Alps

Much of central Munich is pedestrianized and is a pleasant place to explore on foot. Locals occasionally joke that Munich is Italy’s most northerly city, reflecting the region’s warm summers, street cafe culture and the grand architecture of buildings such as the Romanesque Revival style Ludwigskirche. The Bavarians appreciate good wine but beer is a great leveler, bringing people of all walks of life together around heavy wooden tables on which conversation flows as readily as drink. They also take pride in banter about Munich being Germany’s biggest village; a reference to easy-going pace of life in this city of 1.3 million people, of whom many still make time to chat with their neighbors. It’s also a tacit acknowledgement of the fact the crime rate is so low that many newspapers are still sold via honesty boxes on sidewalks.

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