Discover why Munich in Germany ranked #44 in our countdown of ‘100 Most Incredible Cities in the World’.
Bavaria’s capital is famous for its lederhosen and dirndls, sausages and pretzels, and, of course, that rowdy annual bier-drinking event Oktoberfest.
The city’s official name is München, which means ‘home of the monks’ stemming from a monastery founded here in the 8th century.
It was actually monks who started the traditions of beer (bier) brewing in Munich in the 13th century.
During periods of fasting (such as Lent) they would brew thick, dark beer as a means of fending off hunger.
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