So in light of watching Bayern Munich winning the Supercup in Frankfurt, I thought that I should turn my attention to Munich or better known in Germany as München. To Germans, it’s known as the capital of Bavaria which gives off the stereotype of beers and bratwursts, thanks heavily in large part to the world famous Oktoberfest. Originally, it was a festival to celebrate the Bavarian royalty’s wedding later became an agricultural festival and has now evolved into a beer festival where people all over the world make their beeline travel to Munich to partake in the huge quantities of beer. I heard that there are some beers that are just made specifically for Oktoberfest. I’m not a beer guy so I went to Munich during non-Oktoberfest days. Instead, I went to Munich to see the the city, the BMW Museum, and FC Bayern Munich.
Like many cities in Germany, Munich got heavily bombed during World War II so many of its traditional architecture was heavily damaged and/or even destroyed. However, due to the bombings and destruction, this enabled the city to widen the roads and modernize the city to what it is today. With so much investment pouring into West Germany at the time, companies were able to convert from wartime production to civilian production which is why BMW became powerhouse in Munich.
Ah, yes, and of course… the city is associated with the most successful Bundesliga team in its history: FC Bayern Munich. They play in Allianz Arena which is obvious that it’s brand new compared to their old home of Munich Olympiastadion so the charm of an old stadium filled with history is not there not like the Bernabeu or Camp Nou. However, it’s still worth going to a game to see Germany’s best even though in my opinion, they don’t do so well in Champions League. It’s quite different when you can strike fear in your domestic league opponents but not so much against other heavy European giants. I recommend that you get tickets ahead of schedule because Bayern generally sells out every game and that almost includes games where they are the visitor.
Tip: If you do go to Allianz Arena for a game, I recommend after the game to walk some distance in order to avoid the traffic. The after-game congestion is just horrendous there and that even includes the trains! I made the great decision to utilize my two feet because I could see that I was walking faster than bumper-to-bumper cars stuck in gridlock traffic.