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World-renowned for being home to the annual beer-filled madness known as Oktoberfest, Munich offers a variety of things to do outside of the traditional bevvie-based festival. From its culturally rich gallery district to its impressive array of Bavarian eateries, here’s what to wear, where to stay and what to do in Germany’s secret capital.
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Wear this

The city tends to be fairly chilly around this time of year, so it’s best to come prepared. Keep out the cold with a standout knitted jumper and go for laid-back picks to prove you’re well-versed in regard to minimalist European style. A black coach jacket and dark-wash skater jeans should complement the colours of your jumper nicely. Finish off your ensemble with on-trend chunky-soled creps, shades and a tote bag, so you can easily cart around all your daily essentials.
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Stay here

Munich boasts an excessive choice of luxury hotels, so if you're feeling lavish, the Altstadt should be your go-to destination. Bursting with cultural landmarks such as the Bavarian State Opera and the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, head to the decadent Maximilianstraße for opulent shopping opportunities.

However, if you’re after a more low-key stay, be sure to book an apartment or hotel in one of the more happening areas: Glockenbachviertel, Schwabing or Maxvorstadt. Like the sound of the latter? Enjoy a drink in one of Munich's more unusual spots, Minna Thiel – an old train carriage-turned-bar stationed in the centre of the gallery district.
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Visit this

If you're lucky enough to be in Munich during Oktoberfest, there are a number of ways to revel in the festivities. Sample a stein in the Schottenhammel or Hacker-Pschorr tents, known for attracting younger crowds and staying lively until late. Alternatively, if the weather is good and both tents are overflowing, take a seat in the beer gardens surrounding the tents and listen to the sounds of one of the many brass bands playing in the area.

For a break away from the festival, stroll through the trendy Glockenbachviertel region which hosts a wide variety of contemporary bars and cafes, local boutiques and fashionable stores such as Rocket and Amen. Exciting evenings await in this beautiful corner of the city, which is home to Munich's LGBQT+ scene.

Swing by Schwabing for the streetwear specialist known as the BSTN Store, a brand and shop, showcasing the best selection of sportswear in the city. The English Garden is within walking distance from here, with its famous beer garden, Chinesischer Turm, at the heart of one of the world’s largest urban parks. And follow the Eisbach — a manmade sidearm of the Isar river — towards Lehel to see the surfers riding the waves all year round.

Now, you can’t really say you’ve truly experienced Munich without having a Bavarian meal. The Wirtshaus in der Au has been serving some of the best Bavarian beer and food since 1993, so this large tavern with its traditional décor and live music is not to be missed. If you're looking for a fresh approach to traditional cuisine, Servus Heidi is the perfect spot, serving authentic dishes with a twist. Still thirsty? Head to cocktail bar Schumann's, opened by the eponymous owner, Charles Schumann, who happens to be one of Germany's most accomplished bartenders.