Munich city guide: what to see, plus the best bars, hotels and restaurants

Outside Oktoberfest, the Bavarian capital is a graceful city – green in summer, atmospheric in winter, and buzzing with great museums and bars year round

Often portrayed as the strait-laced, industrious counterpart to hedonistic Berlin, Munich tends to steer clear of the limelight. Save for its annual six-million-person beer binge on Theresienwiese open space for Oktoberfest, the Bavarian capital’s reputation abroad remains one of luxury, livability and lederhosen.

Behind the staid and steady veneer, however, lies a thriving younger culture, an embarrassment of world-class museums and galleries, and burgeoning art, student and after-hours scenes.

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