Hike up your lederhosen and get a move on in Munchen. Munich is the capital of one of the oldest states in Europe so naturally its affinity with tradition runs deep. Yet, as well as having one foot in the old world, this southern German city has another firmly planted in the new - and that's part of its undeniable charm. This happy balance, along with a strong and stable economy, encourages entrepreneurialism, attracts big business and is increasingly fostering creativity.
The Monocle Travel Guide to Munich will help you navigate the cross-section of history and modernity. We'll point you in the direction of our favourite emerging and established familyrun hotels and steer you towards the lively kitchens serving the best Bavarian classics. We'll also map out the postwar modernist structures and rococo landmarks worth seeing and recommend where you should grab your culture fix, from a Florentine-style 19th-century villa to a former power plant. Of course, no tour of the Bavarian capital would be complete without a stopover (or two) at one of its jolly Biergarten - just be sure to pick up your Tracht from one of the city's specialist retailers first.