Munich is a city of several impressions, some of them simultaneous. One minute, strolling broad, leafy boulevards lined with imposing, palatial buildings and small public parks overflowing with flowers, you appear to be in the most refined city in the world. Then there's the more cosmopolitan, less traditionally "Bavarian" Munich—streets lined with Turkish grocery stores, travel agencies, and clothes shops.
Munich City Guide Introduction
Munich gives any other German city a run for its money in the cultural diversity department, and also sports a kicking gay scene. And then there's the Oktoberfest Munich, a crass, noisy, feisty version of the city that makes its autumn presence known all year long. The combination is dynamic, a compelling hybrid of class, cultural variety, and schmaltz.