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If you are planning a trip to Europe soon, one place to keep in mind to visit is Munich, Germany. Located in Bavaria, Germany’s southernmost “state”, Munich is surrounded with Alpine mountains, lakes, fairy-tale castles, museums, art galleries, and more. Also, depending on your timetable, trips to Switzerland, Italy, and Austria could easily fit into your sightseeing plans, since Bavaria is centrally located to these other European countries.

Accommodations:

Villa Waldperlach/Hotel Garni, Putzenbrunner Strasse 250, 81739 Munich. Tele: 011-49-89-6600300 FAX: 011-49-89-66003066. This hotel offers breakfast with the price, which usually runs 35 DM –100 DM per night, depending on whether or not you want a shower in your room (most European rooms do not come with showers, but rather have community showers down the hall). It’s a 10 minute drive from downtown Munich and is very clean. The owners speak perfect English.

Food:

For authentic Bavarian food, try Weisses Brauhaus at Im Tal, near the Marienplatz. A real Bavarian place with a nice atmosphere, you can try the Kalbskopfsuelze (calf’s head.) Don’t worry- if you’re not into that, they also offer “regular” food as well. For breakfast or an afternoon snack, visit the Hauptbahnhof, or main train station, where you can get fresh baguettes and croissants, even on Sundays.

Attractions:

Olympiazentrum. Built for the 1972 Olympics, this is a wonderfully decorated park with lakes and hills made of destructed houses from WWII. The Olympic Stadion is host to two Munich soccer clubs, FC Bayern Muenchen and the TSV 1860 Lions. On Saturdays, you can catch a match (price: 25-60 DM)

BMW Museum: The name says it all. For the car enthusiasts, this museum is located near the Olympic Center.

Historic Buildings: To name them all would take all day; your best bet is to pick up a tourist guide from the City Tourism Office. A few places not to miss: the Glockenspiel, Marienplatz, the Hofbrauhaus.

How to get there:

Fly into Franz Joseph Airport, Munich (airport code: MUC). It’s 22 miles from downtown, and there are buses (13 DM) available every 30 minutes to take you into Munich. You can also use your rental car or take a taxi or train into town. Passports are required, as are travel certificates for any pets you might be bringing with you.