Discover the Munich backstory -
rich, turbulent and fascinating
It’s young. In 2008 locals celebrated the city’s 850th birthday. “That’s not young” you say?
Consider that London and Paris go back 2,000 years, and cities like Rome and Athens were founded much, much earlier.
But what’s amazing about Munich is its depth. In under nine centuries it’s developed a unique culture that’s recognised all over the world.
Munich Backstory is your portal for exploring the city’s society, traditions and history.
It’s where you can go behind the scenes and get a little under the skin of this beautiful, folkloric city of monks, beer and art.
• German Christmas Traditions
- A brief, illustrated guide to what makes Chrismtas unique in Germany.
• Mark Twain's essay on German
- A hillarious look at struggling with the German language from one of the best writers of all time.
We're hundreds of kilometres away from the nearest ocean but that doesn't stop the surfers - Munich's dedicated wave riders have found a couple of spots to cut the breakers on standing waves in the heart of the city. Find out how here.
• Read the backstory of Surfing Munich.
Former Munich resident Karl Marx wasn’t kidding around when he declared beer to be the “staple food of Munich”. The Germans even classify beer as food for tax purposes making for wonderfully reasonable prices – beer is cheaper than cola or bottled water just about everywhere you go.
• Read more at Munich Beer background.
Some consider them sexy, others think they're just plain silly. Whatever your opinion, Bavaria's traditional costumes are pretty much impossible to miss.• Read more about the beautiful dresses called Dirndls at German Dirndl.
• Read more about the leather pants at Traditional German Lederhosen.
There are also extra photo galleries linked to these stories, do check them out!
It's hard not to think of the Munich Massacre when talk comes to the Munich Olympics of 1972. But the games were meant to be so much more than that. Here's a retrospective on some of the wonderfully retro posters used at the "Happy Games".
• Munich Olympics Posters
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